Dunguaire Castle is probably one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. I know when I was doing research for our trip and Googled “Castles of Ireland” among other Irish castles-related strings, this one popped up more than most others. Dunguaire, set on a small promontory, is a 16th century tower house located on the southern coast of Galway Bay near the really cute town of Kinvarra. The tower and surrounding defensive wall have been beautifully restored and tours of the entire building are open to the public for about €10 each. Additionally, every night they hold a Medieval feast with recitations of Irish literature and, of course, Irish music.
We climbed to the top floor which has access to the cat walk around the roof and some spectacular views of the surrounding area. Then we worked our way down and to the foot path around the outside perimeter for more views closer to the water’s edge. It was a marvelous drive there from Oranmore, where we were staying and we continued on afterwards along the coast, through The Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher (post forthcoming).