Every expedition requires a base camp. And although the primary goal of our journey is to see Leap Castle and all the most notorious haunted, castles of Ireland, we chose our primary residence with care. We will be staying at Carraigin Castle in Galway for our two week journey to Ireland. Carraigin Castle is perfect for us. It is beautiful and has an amazing view. It is comfortable and is large enough for our little family to be spread out in and it has a little bit of dark history to keep us up at night.
For ten generations Castle Carraigin was home to family and descendants of Adam Gaynard III. The castle dates back to 1238 and was never intended to be a fortress or a protective structure. It was a family home. It was owned by the Gaynard family and the Staunton family. The castle had a bit of a dark history when it was burned down by the IRA in 1922 ( http://www.ciaranmchugh.com/?pagid=carraigin-graveyard) and local folklore says that there is a tunnel that connects the castle to the neighboring cemetery. The castle was restored in 1970 and is now available to rent on VRBO, which is where we found it.
We leave next week and I will be posting videos and photographs from all the wonderful places we will be going and there will certainly be many stories from Carraigin Castle.