“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Confucius

One of the nice things about Ireland is that you can get on a bus to practically anywhere in the country. It may be a bit pricey at times, but you can usually get where you’re wanting to go. One of the nice things about previously living, working and traveling around Ireland is I know how to get around (not that it’s difficult) and I know what touristy places to avoid. Been there, done that.

My mom loves castles. Obviously we don’t have too many of those back in the States. So we decided to check out Barryscourt Castle, a castle located just eighteen kilometers (about eleven miles) outside of Cork. We boarded the bus towards Middleton and got off two stops later. The small village of Carrigtwohill greeted us.

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The bus stop was in the middle of nowhere, so after asking which direction the castle was, we were on our way. After about twenty minutes or so, we saw signs and the castle in the distance.

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We were both pretty excited to see the castle in the distance (even though when we took the picture, the castle was in front of us).

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The castle has been restored and, unlike many Irish castles, is in pretty decent shape. We talked with some of the castle guides and roamed around the grounds.

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The castle itself was closed for renovations, but the grounds gave us plenty to explore. We were the only visitors there, so we had it all to ourselves. :)

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The town, just like the castle, was practically deserted.

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It was amazing getting to explore this small town and see this amazing castle, and it was even better seeing it without hundreds of tourists and people waiting in line to even step foot onto the grounds. Sometimes going off the beaten path is the best route to take… more often than not, I’ve found that it’s usually with it.

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As usual, I took tons of photos.  You can view the rest of them here.

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