The Irish countryside is famous for medieval
fortresses, castles, and manor houses found throughout Erin.
These impressive strongholds are rich in Irish history, and
some of the most spectacular views of Ireland can be found
among them. Most Irish castles are made from stone and date
from the 1100s. The Irish began to build fortifications in
Ireland soon after the Norman Invasion. Most of these medieval
strongholds were occupied by invading lords who used them
as defensive administrative headquarters.
Ireland's countryside is a beautiful patchwork
of green hills and valleys, combined with ancient, gray medieval
stonework. And make for some of the most picturesque images
in all of Europe. While many Irish castles have fallen into
ruin, many are open to the public. Some of these castles hold
nightly medieval banquets and are available to rent for vacations,
weddings, or other events.