Right in the heart of Central Ireland is Clonmacnoise Castle, found in Offaly County and Province of Leinster. The drive to Clonmacnoise Castle from the Dublin Airport is typically under 90 minutes, depending on traffic, and it is a straight shot heading west.
Follow the road signs directing you to the M6, and stay on the highway until you spot the exit signs for the R446 and Clonmacnoise. Frequent signs point the way to the castle and show you where to park to tour the ruins.
When the Anglo-Normans colonized Ireland in the 12th century, they build a wooden castle in the area now known as Clonmacnoise, in County Offaly.
Although the wooden castle burned down, it was replaced by a stone version in the following century.
Today, Clonmacnoise Castle is merely a collection of ruins, but they are unique because they are so precariously balanced at the top of a hill that they appear to be falling.
It is breathtaking to see this ruined castle among green fields filled with local dairy cows.
And don't miss the ancient monastery, just down the road!
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