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Photos of the most stunning Irish castles

Ireland has one of the world's highest densities of stone castles, ranging from the medieval period to the 19th century. Ireland is also the only country where castles were consistently built with (unpainted) grey stones, rather than limestone or brick.

Adaire Manor

Castle Hotel Adare Manor (© HeiFi - iStockphoto.com)

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - iStockphoto.com)

Birr Castle

Birr Castle (© Lukasz Pajor - Fotolia.com)

Blackrock Castle, Cork

Blackrock Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)
Cahir Castle (photo by Marcus Meissner - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle (© Tupungato - Fotolia.com)



Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle (photo by Antonio Damian - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle (photo by Ingo Mehling - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle (© RobinsonBecquart - iStockphoto.com)

Kilkenny Castle (© Maury Mauser - Fotolia.com)
Kilkenny Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)

King John's Castle, Limerick

King John's Castle, Limerick (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)
King John's Castle, Limerick (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)

Lismore Castle

Lismore Castle (photo by TheLizardQueen - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle (© spectrumblue - Fotolia.com)

Markree Castle

Markree Castle (© Alexey Zarodov - iStockphoto.com)

Powerscourt House

Powerscourt House (photo by Amanda Susan Munroe - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Ross Castle

Ross Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)




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