It’s kind of funny to me as I look back at the recommendations made in the last couple years of my Ireland travel coaching business… I recommend Cahir Castle highly, noting that it is a favorite of ours.
And yet, I’ve never written about it.
Maybe I wanted to keep it as my own little secret… Which is silly as Cahir Castle is not an unknown site.
But it is an overlooked one…. I would say that the majority of travelers in Ireland – by either car or bus- pass by Cahir Castle as they drive from Dublin to Cashel to Cork without even realizing they are missing one of the largest and best preserved castles in Ireland.
Visiting Cahir Castle
The lack of visitors is definitely a big part of why we love this castle so much. Overshadowed by the Rock of Cashel, a mere 30 minutes away, most tourists are rushing to the next site on their Ireland checklist, leaving Cahir Castle gloriously free of crowds.
Another perk of this restored castle is the ability to explore nearly every nook and cranny. When we visited in 2005 we were even able to walk along the top of the castle walls. Alas, that is no longer allowed – it’s much too dangerous- but new tower rooms had been opened and even rooms below ground had been excavated and were on view when we returned in 2015.
Few rooms in the castle are furnished, so be sure to pick up an informational pamphlet on your way in to learn more about the castle – or inquire about a free guided tour.
Cahir Castle sits atop a rocky island in the River Suir, a much appreciated natural defense when Conor O’Brien began construction in 1142. Behind the rear castle walls the island demense is a wonderful area to wander, relax, and maybe even feed the ducks that lazily swim along the castle walls.