7 Stunning Historic Castles in Ireland

Ireland’s lush, green countryside is dotted with imposing castles dating back to the Middle Ages. Take a tour of seven famous Irish fortresses, plus get tips for seeing them in person from Travel Channel.

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Dunguaire Castle

Travel Channel Facebook fan Anna L. submitted this stunning photo of Dunguaire Castle in County Galway. The 16th-century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. See More Stunning Photos of Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

Ashford Castle

A popular spot for weddings and honeymoons (Pierce Brosnan even got married here), Ashford Castle was built in 1228 as the country estate of the Guinness family. In 1939, it was converted to a 5-star luxury hotel so visitors to Ireland can spend the night like nobility. Learn How to Honeymoon in Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

Rock of Cashel

The buildings at the Rock of Cashel historic site, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, include Cormac’s Chapel, which holds the sarcophagus of King Cormac, a former king of Munster. Explore More Historic Sites in Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

Doe Castle

The Doe Castle features high outer walls and four major defense towers surround an interior building with a four-story tower and keep. See More of Ireland's Best Castles on TravelChannel.com >>

Cliffs of Moher

Soaring 700 feet at its highest point, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare offer amazing views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point sits O'Brien's Tower, a castle-like observation tower built in 1835. Explore More Historic Sites in Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

Ross Castle

Ross Castle in County Kerry was built in 1536 by local ruling clan the O'Donoghues; today, it’s run as a bed and breakfast. Paranormal believers say the spirit of an English lord’s daughter haunts the castle, as does the ghost of Irish folk hero Myles “The Slasher” O’Reilly. Discover More Haunted Spots in Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

Blarney Castle

Thousands of people visit this County Cork castle each year to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to give the “gift of the gab.” With a garden of rock formations, the castle’s grounds are also a popular tourist attraction. Explore More Historic Sites in Ireland on TravelChannel.com >>

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