Ireland: Bunratty Castle

While some might suggest that posting photos of my trip to Ireland here is a bit off topic. I’d argue that it was research. Research for drawing better castles and the like on my fantasy maps as well as inspiration for my D&D games!

“Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland.” – Wikipedia

Personally I still thinks it’s a friggin’ castle, not a “tower house”.

Bunratty was intereting in that they actually staged the rooms with furniture and nick-nacks, so you could see what it might have look like with people living in there.


Ireland: Blarney Castle

I was recently on a trip to get some inspiration for castles and the like. We don’t have a lot of those in the Pacific Northwest. In September I travel with a delightful group of ladies to the majestic land of the Irish, which is chuck-a-block full of old castles, cemeteries, monasteries, and ruins.

Blarney Castle & Gardens was one of my favorite stops. It was a beautiful, photogenic location, and the weather was well behaved. A couple days before the area had been hit by quite a wind storm. Up on the tower it was still as cold as tits on witch, but it could have been MUCH worse. (I’m not actually sure why witches have cold tits. Is it because of dancing naked in the moonlight? But considering all the history/mythology of witches tied with Blarney, it seems appropriate.)

Blarney Castle

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Hoping to get some elequence for my D&D game mastering!

Traveling Companions

Bench by Blarney Castle
My delightful traveling companions, Sally, Carol, and Donna
3 women on a bench in Blarney Castle
Me with 2 of my traveling buddies, Carol and Donna. The spot on the bench was wet, so I chose not to sit my bum down.