The Rock of Cashel

By all the tour and travel books of Ireland this castle is almost always listed as the number one castle to visit. It is pretty cool and pretty impressive. It sits on the top of a very steep hill which is of course an excellent place to put a fortress. This makes it very difficult to attack and very easy to defend. It is a limestone outcropping that reaches up about 200 feet. And this ruins is pretty old, dating back at least to around the 4th century. It served as a fortress right up to the 11th century. In 1101 it was given over to the church and became more of a monastery and ecclesiastical center.


It is mostly in half ruins but still pretty cool.

The Rock of Cashel



The Rock of Cashel



One of the amazing things about this site is the cemetary with lots of very old graves, many of which are celtic crosses.

Rock of Cashel cemetary

This next picture is kind of neat. I took it from the highway. It shows the rock of cashel from a distance and how it is perched on top of the hill.

A little more about Cashel

Overall this is a wonderful site to visit. It doesn't take long to walk around the inside and outside of the ruins and at the bottom of the hill there is a place to eat and public bathrooms. The structure is on the top of a hill but it is a very easy walk up there and the cemetary with all the celtic gravestones is rather nice.

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