Ireland is a country that has always fascinated us: we were there before the children arrived and we promised to come back with them. For now we have not yet managed to organize a trip to Ireland with our two little girls Isabella and Maya but we plan to visit this island with them next summer.
For the moment, we just publish a list of the 10 castles that we liked most in Ireland and perhaps even the most photographed …
Dunluce Castle, in the county of Antrim
Unmissable, a true icon. This medieval ruin is located in a beautiful defensive position right on the edge of a cliff. It is one of the most scenic points of the coast. Stop not to be missed when traveling along the Causeaway Coast.
Rock of Cashel, in County Tipperary
Abode of the kings, it is a highly suggestive site that has had a threatening weight on the history of Ireland. A fine example of medieval architecture, it contains a Gothic cathedral, a castle, a circular tower and a high cross. A perfect image of Celtic Ireland.
Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway
A fairytale castle, beautiful to photograph and where you want to stay all year, since it has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The backdrop of Connemara’s Twelve Bens mountain range, the Owenmore River and the colors of the surrounding landscapes will make the cameras work overtime.
Trim Castle, in County Meath
Here it seems to be in a movie. In fact, this 800-year-old giant appeared in Braveheart. It is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Here you can take amazing panoramic images of the River Boyne, from the top of the keep or take it back at night, when its image stands out against the sky.
Castle of Crom, in the county of Fermanagh
Romantic and incredibly beautiful. A magnificent building of the neo-Tudor era not to be missed, located in the heart of the Irish lake region. Turrets, crenellated towers, walks on the lake, magnificent wildlife and the forest offer opportunities for exceptional shots throughout the year.
Blarney Castle, County Cork
The Blarney Stone House. In some respects, the castle will look warlike, for other magical, but the stunning image it returns is incredible at any time. Legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will get the gift of eloquence. Here the photo is usual.
Hillsborough Castle, County Down
The official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland. There are plenty of photo opportunities in the elegant boardrooms, in the majestic throne room and in the gracious living room. Alternatively you can let yourself be transported through the amazing gardens, the fountain or the exteriors.
Kylemore Abbey, County Galway
Quiet, romantic, incredibly picturesque. Incredible architecture, breathtaking views, a walled Victorian garden and a Gothic church that’s like a miniature cathedral are the perfect setting for the perfect shot. An unmissable stop along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Castle Ward, County Down
It is the Winterfell de Il Trono di Spade®. Its medieval courtyard and settings along the shores of the lake are among the many film sets of the famous TV series. Castle Ward is a splendid architectural mix of Gothic and Classical.
Ashford Castle, County Mayo
Here it seems to be literally out of the world. It is one of Ireland’s most famous castles, as well as five-star hotels. Asford Castle offers extraordinary photo opportunities all year round. The two dogs of the prestigious Irish Wolfhound breed, residing in the castle, could offer the subject for a shot to be published on Instagram.