Macroom Castle

Macroom Castle

One square tower, a few walls, and an arched gateway are all that remain of Macroom’s most historic building. It was built in the 13th century by the Carew family. Later it became the property of the Mac Carthys. Teigh Mac Carthy repaired it before he died there in 1565. The stragetic position of Macroom […]

Carrigaphooca Castle

Carrigaphooca Castle

Carrigaphooka Castle (The Rock of the Fairies) is situated about two miles west of Macroom, just off the Macroom-Killarney Road. It’s a four storey tower, built about 1436 by the Mac Carthy family. It rests on a good example of a glacial “roche mountonne”, an ice smoothed mound or sandstone. There is an excellent view […]

Blarney-Castle-Cork

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is possibly the most famous Irish castle in the world. Most of this fame can be attributed to the quest for the “Gift of Gab” through the ritual of kissing the “Blarney Stone”. Holidaymakers visiting Blarney Castle may hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give […]