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