Dunguaire Castle & Corcomroe Abbey


Monday the busy day of sights started with the beautiful Dunguaire Castle just outside Galway.


View from the Castle


I paid the couple Euro to go inside, but inside it felt very fake - for instance, the banquet hall has been "restored" and they apparently hold medieval banquets there several nights a week. Not really my thing.

Climbing the tower
But climbing towers is my thing! (Climbing anything, really...) It was worth it to hike the spiral staircase to the top of the tower, where you can climb out a window and walk along the roof. (Not sure if that was really allowed, but there wasn't a sign saying I couldn't!)

View from the top 

 Along the castle wall


Stained glass window inside


 Next to the 75 foot tower


Flowers growing up the castle wall


 Loved the little path around the outer walls ~ very Secret Garden


These beautiful flowers were just growing wild along the side of the road!



Leaving Dunguaire Castle, the journey continued into County Clare. The goal for the day - Aillwee Cave and the Cliffs of Moher. But the great thing about driving Ireland is that is takes hardly any time to get anywhere. I brought a great paper atlas that had castles, museums, attractions, etc marked along the routes. That's how I came upon Corcomroe Abbey.

It was a good 15 minutes off the main road, but it was still early in the day and I was fresh with excitement. The drive was down a road that looked like someone's driveway, past several fields of horses. I was pretty sure an arrest for trespassing was soon to follow - but no!

 Had to take pictures of the horses :)



And then I saw this in the distance:

Corcomroe Abbey 

The abbey ruins were stunning. It's also been interesting to read more about these places now that I'm back as I sort through the (hundreds of) pictures.


Built around 1205 ~ incredible to be exploring something so ancient 


Imagine building these arches and walls with no modern machinery




From here, it was on to the Cliffs of Moher!

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