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Exploring Ireland Solo – Rock of Cashel

After my drive through Killarney National Park, I headed across the country to Kilkenny. On my way, I just had to stop at the Rock of Cashel. It is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. You know, St. Patrick… the guy that supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland and brought Catholicism to Ireland? Maybe you know him better person who we celebrate by drinking green beer on March 17th. 🙂 Yeah, that guy.

Long before the Norman’s came to Ireland, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster. However, not much evidence remains of their time there. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. You can see why everyone wanted a piece of this rock since it sits high up on a hill and you can see for miles around.

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

The Rock wasn’t too busy on the day I was there. I got there late in the afternoon so if you want to avoid big crowds, this may be the ticket. It may have something to do with the gloomy weather but I think that only adds to the appeal of ruins! Make sure to look around at all of the details like gravestones are carvings because they are really quite intricate and interesting!

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

In addition to the building itself, there is also a large graveyard which includes a number of beautiful high crosses. You can see hundreds of years worth of grave sites here so make sure to leave enough time to wander outside as well!

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

I had to look this up when I got home but below you can see the ruins of Hore Abbey which was founded in the 1200s. I really wanted to scale the wall and go check them out too!

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

The Chapel of King Cormac was built in the 1100’s and has the oldest and most important Romanesque wall paintings in Ireland. The older decorations are around the outer walls the rest are visible on the upper walls and vault. You can see some of the ones on the ceiling in the picture below. This is the only part of  the Rock of Cashel that still has a roof!

Ireland Road Trip Day Four - Due Midwest

If you are thinking of visiting and want more information check out here for historical information and here for opening times, cost, etc.

 

I’ve got one or 2 more posts planned for this trip plus I’ll be writing about my itinerary for the whole trip!

Exploring the Rock of Cashel - Due Midwest

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13 Comments

  • Reply Beth

    Gorgeous pictures Erin! You’ve also highlighted a number of places in Ireland I’ve never even heard of! I hope to get there someday!

    March 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks Beth! I’m happy I got to introduce you to some new places! I hope you get there someday too 🙂

      March 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Darcy Coulter

    Love these posts. Where is your next trip taking you?

    March 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks Darcy! I’m off to England at the end of April so stay tuned 😉

      March 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Your photos are stunning and this is a troop we hope to take sometime!

    March 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks Kelly! I hope you take the trip too!

      March 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Always a Foreigner

    Excellent pictures! Ireland is on our list, and from this it looks fantastic!

    March 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm
    • Reply duemidwest

      Thanks so much! Glad I was able to give you some inspiration. I still have Ireland on my list even though I was just there. It’s lovely!

      March 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Bablofil

    Thanks, great article.

    March 20, 2017 at 5:43 am
  • Reply Ms.Travelingboots

    Been meaning to visit Ireland very very soon. We’ll be adding this to our list definitely!

    March 26, 2017 at 12:47 am
    • Reply duemidwest

      You should! It’s so close to Dublin, you could do it as a day trip or just make sure to fit it in somewhere. Thanks for stopping by!

      March 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Due Midwest - A Taste of Ireland Road Trip

    […] Drive across the middle of the country and make your way to the Rock of Cashel. Marvel at the site that has been significant to this area of Ireland since the 5th century. If you want more details about my time at the Rock of Cashel, see the full post here. […]

    May 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Due Midwest - How to Spend Six Days in Ireland

    […] Drive across the middle of the country and make your way to the Rock of Cashel. Marvel at the site that has been significant to this area of Ireland since the 5th century. If you want more details about my time at the Rock of Cashel, see the full post here. […]

    May 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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