Trip To Ireland: Ruins

One of the more fascinating things we noticed on our trip to Ireland was the many stone ruins. Everything from castles and churches to farm houses and barns. We visited several preserved/ restored structures but we did not have an opportunity to explore any of the ruins. These are ten of the ones I was able to photograph from the bus. There were many others I was not able to photograph. I have identified them by their approximate location, usually the section of road we were traveling. I would be grateful if any of my Irish friends could help identify the ones I have not, or correct any miss-identifications.

1 Between Galway and Moher

Between Galway and Moher

2 Also between Galway and Moher

Between Galway and Moher

3 Galway to Moher

Also Between Galway and Moher

4 Ennis to Bunratty

Ennis to Bunratty

5 Ennis to Adare

Ennis to Adare

6 Desmond Castle Adare

Desmond Castle Adare

7 O'Connell's Home

Daniel O’Connell’s Childhood Home

8 Off the Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

9 Between Killarney and Blarney

Killarney to Blarney

10 Between Waterford and Dunmore East

Waterford to Dunmore East

I apologize for the picture quality. Most of these were taken from a moving vehicle. If we had an opportunity to see them ahead of us, we were able to take a picture. Ireland is, at least the portion we saw, awash in these pieces of history. It is remarkable to see.

  9 comments for “Trip To Ireland: Ruins

  1. September 29, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Sorry – I’m a city girl!!!

    Hubby is from Ennis though – I wonder if that is Clare Abbey – the one between Ennis and Bunratty

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    • October 18, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      That sounds right. It be what our Tour Director told us. There is so much to see it was hard to always pay attention. we loved Ireland. Beautiful landscapes


  2. September 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Leaves me wondering what the countryside looked like when those ruins were functioning buildings.

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  3. October 27, 2019 at 2:59 am

    “Ireland is the country for ruins. Here you have ruins of every period of history, from the time of the Phoenicians down to the present day… each century has marked its progress by the ruins it has left. Have I said I LOVE Ireland?

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    • November 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you for reading. As I mentioned in several posts, we are awed by European cities, cathedrals, and culture. So far we have visited Czechia, Hungary, Austria, and Ireland. Your region of Spain is definitely on our destination list. However, the list is long…


  4. October 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    So many amazing ruins around there -looks like you made it to a lot more than I did! I’d love to go back someday and take more of it in 🙂

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    • November 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      M.B., we toured around southern Ireland. A big loop, Dublin to Dublin. We booked with a tour agency. You move quickly but you see a lot. It is impossible to see everything that way, but it provides a good introductory visit. We saw quite a bit that we were not able to explore. Thanks again!!

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