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This was the inaugural place of the O’Donnells, Chieftains of Donegal until the beginning of were the 17th Century. Although the flat rock at the summit is only a short climb, because of the lie of the land it was possible for the chieftain to see...

Situated in Midlothian, this is one of the largest and finest Scottish castles. Plenty of reason to visit the castle on any tours of Scotland.   It is a 14th Century castle based on a plain tower house. But between the 15th and 17th Centuries a group of buildings...

This is a small town in County Monaghan, Ireland.   The town is a real hidden gem, as it has an ancient lineage which makes it worth a stop on any tours of Ireland.   The remains of a 12th Century Augustinian Abbey, known as the “Wee Abbey” are...

This is in Argyll if you find yourself in that direction on any tours of Scotland.   It is dramatically situated on the rocky West coast of Knapdale.   Castle Sween is interesting as it is of high architectural importance. The castle appears to be the earliest stone castle in...

  This is the home of the Chiefs of the Maclean’s. It sits in the Island of Mull. Both the castle and the island are worth visiting on any tours of Scotland.   The present chief is the 27th – Sir Charles Maclean.   The castle was built in the 13th Century...

This little island is off the coast around Sligo. The access point is the little harbour of Mullaghmore. It will take up a full day on any tours of Ireland.   The island is about 4 miles out to sea. It is uninhabited. The last residents left in 1947.   But the island...

This is a village in Stirlingshire, Scotland. It is an example of an ancient burgh.   It is worth a stop on any tours of Scotland.   It was founded in the 12th Century by William the Lion. It was set up as a medieval burgh. However Airth failed but was founded...

This is an attractive small village in County Westmeath. The village is laid out English style, around a green. It is popular on tours of Ireland for fishing.   There is a tiny village called Fore nearby. Fore stands among a group of ecclesiastical ruins. There is a graveyard beside the...

This is near the village of Maybole if you are passing on any tours of Scotland.   It is a very fine example of a Scottish religious establishment of the 13th Century, and worth looking at.   The abbey was founded in 1244 by Duncan, Earl of Carrick, and...

This castle is situated near the village of Quin. It is on the Northwest side of the village.   The castle was built in 1550 and restored in 1975. It is worth seeing on any tours of Ireland, as it also has something interesting in its grounds.   Within the grounds...