If you like historic, naked stone walls, spiral staircases and heavy wooden doors, then this is the list for you! Also the views from the battlements of many of these castles are spectacular; you get to see Ireland from a totally different perspective.

The Black Castle

The great hall has been deliberately left as a simple room, in bare stone without electricity, plumbing or WiFi, to try to re-create the experience of a 16th century castle. You will be provided with candles and a supply of fuel for the fire. The bespoke oak half-tester king-size bed is supplied with Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious bedding. The castle sleeps two people; this is proper Medieval glamping! You will sleep well here!

Rincolisky Castle

Down in the south west of Cork, you will love Rincolisky Castle, with stunning panoramic sea views overlooking Roaringwater Bay, near Skibbereen. This is a three-bedroom and two-bathroom castle, sleeping up to seven guests; the roof terrace is just amazing. A camera and GoPro are essential for the stunning views over to Kilcoe Castle. The only thing better than the views is the price!

Ballyportry Castle

This is a late Medieval 15th-century Gaelic tower house; the castle sleeps eight guests in six bedrooms. Ireland has its share of posh crenellated hotels - but for drama and seclusion, nothing matches this old tower standing proud and tall amid the rocky outcrops of the famous Burren. Expect stone spiral staircases with Medieval majesty and vast peat fires flickering against walls of naked stone. Ballyportry is just a mile from the village of Corofin in County Clare, which is where you'll find evening entertainment and lots of craic!

Turin Castle

Once the heart of Medieval life, the great hall has a huge stone fireplace with a vaulted ceiling rising to over 20 feet. There is a beautiful 17th century oak table with ample room for a banquet. The castle sleeps up to twelve people in five bedrooms. An intricately designed minstrel’s gallery spans one end of the hall, with incredible acoustics, so bring your harp! The views from the battlements are awe-inspiring! On a clear day you can see for up to 40 miles across to the Maamturk Mountains.

Killahara Castle

​As the song goes… It's a long way to Tipperary … but the view at the top of this castle, through the glass gables in the penthouse bedroom, show most of the county. With wooden floors throughout and stone spiral stairs right to the top of the keep, this is true 'Irish rustic'. The original master bedroom of Chieftain Donagh O Fogartie, with vaulted ceiling, occupies almost an entire floor. The castle has seven spacious bedrooms, with accommodation for up to twelve adults. Cashel Folk Village and the famous Rock of Cashel are just a stone's throw away.

Castles available to book through Celtic Castles