Castles of Ireland: The Spectacular, Spooky and Straight-up Ruined

Most people who dream of touring Ireland think about one thing…the pubs! Sure, the Irish are known for raucous socializing over pints of Guinness, but the true glory of Ireland lies in its many spectacular castles scattered across the country.

So, I’ve gathered this twisted list of the best castles of Ireland that can’t be missed. Some are spectacular in their size and beauty, some are downright scary, and others are just straight-up ruined yet fascinating to encounter.

Kilkea Castle

The Earl of Ulster, Hugh de Lacy, built this expansive castle in Kilkea, County Kildare in 1180. This intimate, 11-bedroom luxury castle hotel overlooks the River Greese and is the perfect setting for a dream wedding or unforgettable family reunion.

The 180-acre estate includes an 18-hole golf course and a variety of sporting activities such as archery, horse riding, and fishing. There is also a lovely restaurant, Hermione’s, which seats up to 100 guests.