Ballykine Castle interior

This fortress is one of the most interesting structures in Ireland: The outer parts of the the outpost’s fortifications date from around the mid-1500’s, but the inner area – this room – date back to a time almost 900 years earlier.

I mean, it is surreal. The setting – tumbledown walls covered in moss positioned in an ancient Irish rain forest – is like nothing but a Hollywood film. I expected to see cheap fog effects. A Hobbit riding a unicorn. Then it kicks in that this is all real, You have to feel a little awe at standing inside of a 1,500 year old fortress.

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