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Historical Places in Ireland That Will Leave you Speechless

Check travel expert Derry's top 10 historical places in Ireland. You can see every one on a Vagabond & Driftwood small-group tour of Ireland!

Historical Places in Ireland At At Glance

By Derry

β›ͺ The Rock of Cashel

You'll notice its commanding presence first.

Rising above the the Tipperary landscape, the Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years.

The monumental Rock of Cashel rises above the green Tipperary landscape

Dating to the 12th century, the Rock of Cashel is associated with various prominent Irish historical figures.

Saint Patrick is said to have converted the pagan King of Munster to Christianity here. Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland here.

🏰 Blarney Castle

Kiss the famous Blarney stone and receive the gift of the gab.

But there's so much more to the famous Blarney Castle.

River view of Blarney Castle Gardens and Tower

Constructed in 1210, it would be rebuilt in 1446 due to a terrible fire. Originally owned by the MacCarthy clan, it was confiscated by the Williamites in the 1690s.

A stroll around the lush landscaped gardens that surround Blarney Castle are a real highlight on our tours.

⛰️ Skellig Michael Island

Located 12km/7 miles off Ireland's Atlantic coastline, monks established a monastery in this wild location between the 6th-8th century.

I tell you the thing does not belong to any world that you and I have lived and worked in: it is part of our dream world.

George Bernard Shaw

As a monastery it remained continuously occupied until the 12th or 13th century. It remained a place of pilgrimage afterwards.

Scenic view from Skellig Michael's beehive huts towards Little Skellig

Our 12 Day Vagabond Giant Irish Adventure Tour is the only chance for you to land on Skellig Michael as part of a Vagabond Cultural Adventure.

Feeling energetic? After a rough, 60 minute ocean crossing, you'll need the stamina to climb over 600 steep, stone steps to Skellig Michael's summit.

You can then explore the stone beehive huts where monks lived and prayed in extreme isolation.

βš”οΈ Dunluce Castle

Strikingly situated atop sea cliffs on Antrim's Causeway Coast, Dunluce Castle has born witness to a long and tumultuous history.

First built by the Earls of Ulster, this 13th century fortress is also associated with the famous warrior chieftain, Sorley Boy MacDonnell.

The castle was reputedly an inspiration for C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series.

Game of Thrones might like to imagine Theon Greyjoy alighting from a ship here - Dunluce served as Pyke in the hit TV series.

πŸ•ˆ Monasterboice

Monasterboice was founded in 520AD by St Buithe, a follower of St Patrick.

It's a prime example of early Christian settlements in Ireland. The impressive Celtic High Crosses here are Ireland's tallest.

Detail of decoration on High Celtic Cross at Monasterboice in Ireland

Constructed at the same time that Irish Celtic society was embracing Christianity, the crosses are distinguised by a unique decorative style.

Celtic crosses were used as teaching aids for a largely illiterate and pagan population. People would gather at the high cross to listen a monk interpret biblical scenes.

☘️ Poulnabrone Dolmen

While we're on the topic of old age, one of the most ancient historical places in Ireland is the Poulnabrone Dolmen.

Like the CΓ©ide Fields, this portal dolmen dates back to the neolithic Stone Age period (somewhere between 4200 and 2900 BC).

Neolithic Poulnabrone Dolmen in Clare

Located in the stunning Burren region in Clare, the Poulnabrone Dolmen was was found to contain human remains as well as weapons and jewellery.

Archaeologists speculate that the portal dolmen was used for unknown ceremonial and ritual purposes.

β­• Uragh Stone Circle

No one knows exactly what the Uragh Stone Circle's purpose was. When we visit, we like to let our imaginations run wild!

Surrounded on either side by spectacular mountains, waterfalls and lakes, the natural setting for Uragh is truly jaw-dropping.

Uragh Stone circle silhouetted against the sun

Located on the rugged and undiscovered Beara Peninsula, Uragh consists of 5 standing stones, arranged in a circle. These are dominated in turn by an enormous monolith.

Also dating from the neolithic Stone Age era, Uragh is DEFINITELY one of the most amazing historical places in Ireland.

πŸŒ„ Kylemore Abbey

One of the most wonderfully located historical places in Ireland, Kylemore Abby is nestled between two mountains and a lake in beautiful Connemara.

Tissues at the ready! The tale of Kylemore Abbey is romantic and tragic in equal measure. After wealthy English couple Mitchell and Margaret Henry became enchanted by Connemara on their honeymoon, they endeavoured to build a home there.

Guest Christina Kelleigh's shot of Kylemore Abbey

Unfortunately, Margaret died not long after construction of Kylemore was completed in the 1860s. A chapel situated on the beautifully landscaped gardens pays tribute to her.

Visit Kylemore Abbey, as well as many other historical places in Ireland, on our 11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour.

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