Famous for its staggering coastal cliffs and endless greenery, east Ireland is also recognised worldwide for its range of castles dotted throughout the region. Take Leap Castle, for instance, in County Offaly, which dates back to the 15th century and is believed to be one of the most haunted sites in Europe.
Further inland stands Cahir Castle, which is located over the River Suir and is considered to be one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. Perfect for a day trip, the fortress has everything from moats and turrets to dungeons and towers.
Another option is going to the market town of Athy. Positioned just 72 kilometres southwest of the country’s capital, Dublin, Athy is the ideal place to go for a secluded setting amidst Ireland’s stunning landscape. Athy Heritage Centre is a popular tourist attraction, which showcases a variety of historic artefacts as well as an Ernest Shackleton exhibition, the famous polar explore hailing from Athy.
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