Easter Road Trip Day 3: Castles, Castles, Castles

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Just when I thought I’d seen my castle of the trip in Enniscorthy, we arrived in Cahir! We left Waterford early in the morning and made three stops along the way first: Dungarvan, Helvick Head, and Ardmore.

Dungarvan was a beautiful seaside town, still quiet in the early morning when we arrived.

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Helvick Head is a spot of land that sits on Dungarvan Bay and boasts beautiful scenery and a lot of wildlife. It really is just a spot of land with a pier! It’s like arriving at the end of the earth.

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You know you’re in the middle of nowhere when you reach a stop sign and realise it doesn’t say ‘stop’ anymore…

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Our third stop was Ardmore, my favourite of the three. This is thought to be the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland, and is home to a beautiful Round Tower, the ruins of a church, and a cemetery. The beach isn’t bad either!

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We finished our third day with an early arrival in Cahir. We spent the afternoon visiting Cahir Castle, a fortress that casts a massive shadow over the town, and our night sleeping at the nearby Carrigeen Castle.

Cahir (below) is a quaint little town built around this dark, medieval structure.

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Both castles used to be owned by the powerful Butler family, and the lady who currently runs the charming B&B out of Carrigeen Castle (below) is a distant relative of that very family! We had an amazing stay, with a great breakfast cooked for us in the morning. This place is really built into the old castle, not just a guest house out the back. I’d definitely recommend it!

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