Kinvara and Dunguaire Castle - Ireland part 4
This was one of the clearest, sunniest days I've had in Ireland, and certainly the windiest as we got on yet another bus, this time to the village of Kinvara south of Galway and its local castle, Dunguaire. I was most excited to see this castle, of which splendour Marita had attested.
There were always so many beautiful and interesting things to see while traveling by bus! Ruins, ruins everywhere! I love ruins, because they are like an echo of another time. Once, people lived in this tiny cottage on which grass and ivy now grow. Imagine that. It has a certain beauty in its desolation.
Kinvara, another delightfully colourful Irish village. We didn't spend much time here, as we wanted to make haste to the castle, but we did visit one cosy little shop whose name I have sadly forgotten, in which I bought a cute little brown top and some small gifts for my husband (if you want to know, it was tiny doll-like key ring figurines of Asterix and Obelix, whom he loves).
We then set out for Dunguaire Castle along a very scenic coastal road.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate West-Irish trees? All covered in ivy, windswept and rugged as they are. I wish we had trees like these in my part of Norway.
This mysterious archway stood all alone on a little island. I wish we had had the means of getting there, but we didn't possess a boat...
Our first glimpse of Dunguaire Castle.
Another photo of the island of the archway.
Delighted, we finally arrived and began exploring the castle interior, which we had almost to ourselves.
The banquet hall. There is a medieval banquet held here every night, but we couldn't attend it because we had to be on the last bus back to Galway. Next time, I shall travel by rental car. And bring someone with me to drive it, so we can go wherever we please, whenever we want.
You should know by now that I really like tapestries.
Especially colourful ones.
The place of honour.
Interior decorating inspiration part 1.
Interior decorating inspiration part 2.
Interior decorating inspiration part 3.
The view from the top of the tower.
The tower as seen from the courtyard.
To demonstrate how windy it was that day, behold the wild fluttering of my garments.
We then walked back to the village for a quiet and excellent dinner at one of the local restaurants, before going back to Galway.
Have you ever explored a beautiful medieval castle?