Mountsandel is the oldest known settlement of man in Ireland, dating back to between 7900 and 7600 BC. Ulster was invaded by Normans I 1171 and fell under their rule for the following 150 years. Following the plantation of thousands of English and Scottish people into Northern Ireland by King James l, in 1610, plantation houses and castles began to appear across the landscape. The best example of a castle from this period, that still stands today, is Dunluce Castle in County Antrim.
On this page you can find the castles and ancient settlements that tell the story of Northern Ireland's past.
We've picked out a selection of the most popular castles in Northern Ireland. Displaying Northern Ireland's ever changing landscape and history.
Ancient sites, settlements and monuments found in Northern Ireland.
On the Ring of Kerry Version of the Ancient Ireland Tour 2019, for nights 4 and 5, you will stay in the town of Killarney, County Kerry. Between these nights, you will explore the world famous Ring of Kerry. Home to picturesque villages & some of Ireland's most awe-inspiring scenery.
During the Dingle Version of the Ancient Ireland Tour 2019, on nights 4 and 5, you will be staying in the idyllic fishing village of Dingle, county Kerry. A jewel in the crown of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle is famed for its picture postcard landscapes, delicious food and unique marine wildlife.