Newtown Castle is a 16th-century tower house, located close to the village of Ballyvaughan within the Burren area of County Clare, Ireland. Uniquely for a tower house of its type in Ireland, Newtown Castle is round but rises from a square pyramidical base. It is today part of the Burren College of Art.
Blackrock Castle formerly Mahon Castle, is a 16th century castle located in Cork city, Ireland. In the late 16th century, the citizens of Cork appealed to Queen Elizabeth I to construct a fort at Blackrock to "repel pirates and other invaders". In or around 1600, a round tower was constructed to safeguard against pirates "carrying away" vessels entering the harbour.
Windsor Castle, England is just over an hour away and makes a wonderful day trip. View the castle, take a trip on the glorious River Thames, tramp the streets of this lovely town, with all it's great little shops. Photo from flickr.com