Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all on this beautiful Friday, and if you’re not Irish join in the fun anyway. Instead of looking at something to do with the holiday I thought we would take a virtual trip across the Atlantic and take a look at some beautiful castles on the Emerald Isle. Castles are very interesting, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and they usually have wonderfully interesting histories. Ireland is high on our list for places to visit and this small country holds some amazing castles with a wide range of histories. So, join me for a tour as we lower the drawbridge and climb the turret steps to check out these beautiful Irish homes that just happen to be fit for a King or Queen. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
Ashford Castle is a medieval castle built on its present site in 1288. Today the castle sits on a 26,000-acre estate and is a 5-star hotel. The last private owners of the castle and lands were the Guinness family of beer fame.
A bar area fitting for a Guinness in Ashford Castle. (via)
Ashford Castle boasts a beautiful indoor pool. (via)
The gorgeous old world Lobby at Ashford Castle. (via)
A guest room at Ashford castle, fittingly done up in Green. (via)
Kylemore Castle was built as a private home in 1867 for a wealthy London doctor. The castle took 4 years and 100 men to complete and covers more than 40,000 square feet. (via)
A sitting room frozen in time at Kylemore Castle. (via)
The dining room at Kylemore, all set and ready for guests. (via)
Part of the charm of Kylemore Castle is its beautiful gardens and flower beds. (via)
Lismore Castle is the Irish home of the Duke of Devonshire. The castle is located in the town of Lismore in Waterford County, Ireland. The castle came to the Cavendish family in 1753 when the daughter of the Earl of Cork, castle occupant at the time, married the 4th Duke of Devonshire. She was her father’s only heir and the castle has been in the Cavendish family since then.
A sitting room in Lismore. (via)
Another beautiful interior at Lismore, the Drawing room. Notice the beautiful tapestry hanging over the fireplace. (via)
Pugin hall is a beautiful dining room at Lismore Castle. (via)
Kinnity Castle Hotel (via)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of three Irish Castles, remember that a couple of these are available to stay in as hotels or completely rent out. If you’ve visited an Irish Castle please let us know. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!