After leaving The Burren, we spent the next day at Bunratty Castle. Now this place was very cool – not castle ruins but a fully intact 15th century castle that was restored in the 1950s.
After lunch at next door Durty Nelly (total tourist trap but not bad), we walked around the castle grounds. There they recreated a medieval village so it was fun to drop by the blacksmith, stables, pig pen, etc. There was even a fairy village – so magical!
We then toured the castle itself and that was well worth the price of admission! The [narrow!] spiral staircases in the stone turrets really transported me to a different time and out on the top ramparts I could survey “my” territory for kms around.
We left Bunratty for afternoon tea at the Savoy in Limerick. The walls were lined with bookshelves so it felt very much like tea in an old library – very charming! Of course I had Guinness with my tea because Ireland!
In the evening we returned to Bunratty Castle for a medieval banquet. We were greeted by harpists, madrigal singers, and mead. Then dinner was right up my alley as there were no utensils! We had soup, ribs, and capon while being serenaded by more singers in period costume. It felt straight out of Game of Thrones!
This marked the end of our time in County Clare but what magical time it was – we must definitely return sometime and tarry longer.