After exploring the Monastery of Clonmacnoise we headed to the town of Cashel, which is a really nice town to visit in Ireland on the county of Tipperary. We stayed one night at the Baileys Hotel, it is a beautifully Georgian building ideally situated in the heart of Cashel.
The Rock of Cashel
This town is very well known because of The Rock of Cashel, it was the seat of the High Kings of Munster. Most of the buildings of the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. One of the High Kings of Munster donated the rock to the Catholic Church. The site is very historical and unique since the church is located on the top of a hill it overlooks the whole town of Cashel. There are a number of high crosses on the graveyard that surrounds the building. On the day that we visited The Rock of Cashel the temperature was very cold and it was windy. To top it off it started to rain on our guided tour so we decided to walk down the hill to the Bru Boru Centre, where we had a delicious traditional Irish lunch.
After lunch we headed to Cahir Castle. The castle was pretty amazing because it is well preserve and one of the largest ones in Ireland. The Castle is on a very lovely setting on the water. It had a lot of stairs and towers that you needed to climb up, so it looked exactly like a castle from a movie. I felt like a princess! We also saw a few cells where they used to lock up people. It was a little scary to see them since they were very dark and small.
After finishing our tour in the castle we headed to the Swiss Cottage. The Swiss Cottage was truly a highlight of my day because it was is very unique and kind of peculiar to see something like this in Ireland. The cottage is located on an elevated site with access by a path with stone steps. The interior of the cottage is marvelous since it has a graceful spiral staircase and the rooms are decorated very elegantly.