Celtic Castles Chapter 7

Lots of Celtic Castles have been converted into hotels, restaurants & spas. Others have tours to teach you about their history. And some are rich tales & myths.

At first thought you may not think visiting castles would be very romantic. Change that line of thought because Irish castles became a trend for celebrity romance after the Beckhams married here in 1999 in Luttrellstown Castle Co. Dublin. Since then, the castles are rightfully host to big names including:

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

Ballyfin House, Co. Laois

Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye Smith

Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Paul McCartney & Heather Mills

Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan

Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid

Ash ford Castle, Co. Mayo

Jay-Z & Beyonce loved their vacation in Ireland

Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork

Celebrities chose Irish castles because they understood how romantic castles can be. Visiting enchanting, towering castles with history seeping through the ivy flowing up the walls and remarkable surroundings are ideal for honeymooners.

The gardens and architecture are beautiful, there is lots to learn from visiting & many of them offer luxurious accommodation and premium food.

Many of the momentous castles were built in the Celtic and Medieval period by kings and vikings as a form of protection and most of them are still standing strong and they were build around beautiful surroundings.

The medieval Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare was filmed in ‘Game of Thrones’ and you can see its towering walls with jagged edges being lit up by flaming lights during the evening. Ireland features throughout the TV series because of its unique landscape – there is nowhere else like it.

There are around 53 castles scattered around Ireland, some are small and cosy, others are large and breathtaking. Many of them are still standing strong and others are monumental ruins, others have been restored. My list of the top 7 castles can be found in Chapter 6.

It is worth splashing out the cash for at least 1 night in a castle hotel. Here is a list of most of the castle hotels

It is worth splashing out the cash for at least 1 night in a castle hotel. Here is a list of most of the castle hotels
Abbeyglen CastleCabra CastleGlin CastleLough Eske Castle
Adare Manor HotelCarraigin CastleGregans CastleLough Rynn Castle
Ashford CastleCastle DarganKilgraney HouseMount Falcon House
Ballygally CastleCastle DurrowKillaghy CastleNarrow Water Castle
Ballyhannon CastleCastle LeslieKilleen CastlePortlick Castle
Ballynahinch CastleClontarf CastleKilliane CastleRathsallagh House
Ballyseede CastleDarver CastleKilronan CastleSmarmore Castle
Barberstown CastleDromoland CastleLisheen CastleTrim Castle Hotel
Blarney CastleFitzpatrick CastleLough Cutra CastleWaterford Castle
Here are some of the others for sightseeing:
Chair CastleDunguaire CastleBlarney Castle
Kilkenny CastleBelfast CastleDonegal Castle
Dublin CastleKing Johns CastleBunratty Castle

About Ed

My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna

Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita

Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina

Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad

Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica

Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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About Ronan


My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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