The Real Castles of Ireland

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NYC-based Cedric Angeles photographed our cover along Ireland's Cliffs of Moher. "You can drive everywhere in Ireland," he says. "You kind of have to just throw the map away, pick a direction, and go. The charm is in all the tiny towns and castles you come across along the way.
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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, on a 450-acre estate near Galway Bay.
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Interior at Ballynahinch Castle, a three-story crenellated mansion.
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A room at Ballynahinch Castle, where the atmosphere is genteel without being prissy.
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Ballynahinch exterior.
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Ballynahinch Castle Bar.
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The grounds at Ballynahinch Castle.
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The town of Roundstone, near Ballynahinch Castle.
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Markree Castle, in County Sligo, where the same family has lived for 14 generations.
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Markree Castle attracts all sorts with its combination of character, diligent service, and imposing surroundings.
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Interior at Markree Castle. The existing building was designed and built by Victorians to look medieval.
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Irish breakfast at Markree Castle.
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The Bryan Cooper Room at Markree Castle.
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The library at Markree Castle.
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The River Unshin, which runs through the grounds of Markree Castle.
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Cows near Markree Castle.
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Strandhill Surf School, 20 minutes from Markree Castle.
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The Traditional Music Shop in Doolin, County Clare.
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Breakfast at the Burren Perfumery, near Ballinalacken Castle Hotel, in County Clare.
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Outside the still room at the Burren Perfumery.
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The rocky coast near Ballinalacken Castle, where the Cliffs of Moher plunge into the Atlantic.
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Castle ruins near Ballinalacken Castle.
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A Ballinalacken Castle bedroom.
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Inside Ballinalacken Castle, a 12-room family-run property that has the unfussy air of a B&B.
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Breakfast at Ballinalacken Castle.
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The 700-foot-tall Cliffs of Moher.
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