Monastic Sites
On the road you can see many medieval forts and castles, ancient abbeys and monasteries in different states of preservation. Here are some of these beautiful places for you. In this gallery you can also find some fine examples of the well known round towers taken on different locations during our Ireland tours. The most impressive of them is definitely the 8th Century monastery Skellig Michael located on one of the two Atlantic islands named the Skellig Rocks which deserves an own chapter. The magic of this place brings you more than 1,000 years back in history (gallery 7).
Dunbrody Abbey, 1210 (Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford)_

Dunbrody Abbey, 1210 (Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford)_

Dunbrody Abbey, 1210 (Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford)

Dunbrody Abbey, 1210 (Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford)

Ardmore, 12th century (Co. Waterford)

Ardmore, 12th century (Co. Waterford)

Ardmore, 12th century_(Co. Waterford)

Ardmore, 12th century_(Co. Waterford)

Skellig Michael, 7th-8th century (Skellig Rocks, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry)

Skellig Michael, 7th-8th century (Skellig Rocks, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry)

Skellig Michael, 7th-8th century (Skellig Rocks, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry)_

Skellig Michael, 7th-8th century (Skellig Rocks, Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry)_

Glendalough Graveyard (Wicklow Mountains)

Glendalough Graveyard (Wicklow Mountains)

Reask Monastic Site (Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Reask Monastic Site (Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Glendalough, 6th century (Wicklow Mountains)

Glendalough, 6th century (Wicklow Mountains)

Glendalough, 6th century (Wicklow Mountains)_

Glendalough, 6th century (Wicklow Mountains)_

St. Kevin's Kitchen, 6th century, Glendalough (Wicklow Mountains)

St. Kevin's Kitchen, 6th century, Glendalough (Wicklow Mountains)

Gougane Barra (Co. Cork)

Gougane Barra (Co. Cork)

Kylemore Abbye, 1920 (Connemara)

Kylemore Abbye, 1920 (Connemara)

Kylemore Abbye, 1920 (Connemara)_

Kylemore Abbye, 1920 (Connemara)_

Gallarus Oratory, 8th-9th century (Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Gallarus Oratory, 8th-9th century (Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Gallarus Oratory, 8th-9th century_(Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Gallarus Oratory, 8th-9th century_(Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Gallarus Stone (Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Gallarus Stone (Smerwick Harbour, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134_(Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134_(Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)_

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)_

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134_(Cashel, Co. Tipperary)_

Rock of Cashel, 1100-1134_(Cashel, Co. Tipperary)_

Trim Abbey (Trim, Co. Meath)

Trim Abbey (Trim, Co. Meath)

_Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Timoleague, Co. Cork)

_Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Timoleague, Co. Cork)

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Timoleague, near Cork)

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Timoleague, near Cork)

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Co. Cork)_

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Co. Cork)_

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Co. Cork)

Timoleague Abbey, 1240 (Co. Cork)

Newtown Abbey (Trim, Co. Meath)

Newtown Abbey (Trim, Co. Meath)

Hore Abbey, 1270 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Hore Abbey, 1270 (Cashel, Co. Tipperary)

Augustinian Priory, 1315_(Adare, Co. Limerick)

Augustinian Priory, 1315_(Adare, Co. Limerick)

Reask Stone, Reask Monastic Site (Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Reask Stone, Reask Monastic Site (Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry)

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century (partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)_

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century (partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)_

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century (partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century (partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century_(partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)

Ardfert Cathedral, 15th century_(partially restored, in Ardfert, near Tralee, Co. Kerry)

Muckross Abbey, 1448_(Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry)

Muckross Abbey, 1448_(Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry)

Muckrose Abbey, 1448 (Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry)

Muckrose Abbey, 1448 (Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry)

Muckross Abbey, 1448 (Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry_)

Muckross Abbey, 1448 (Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry_)

Quinn Abbey, 1433 (Quinn, Co. Clare)

Quinn Abbey, 1433 (Quinn, Co. Clare)

Ennis Friary, 1240 (Ennis, Co. Clare)

Ennis Friary, 1240 (Ennis, Co. Clare)

Augustinian Priory, 1315 (Adare, Co. Limerick)

Augustinian Priory, 1315 (Adare, Co. Limerick)

Trinitarian Priory, 1230 (Adare, Co. Limerick)

Trinitarian Priory, 1230 (Adare, Co. Limerick)