Lens Artists Photo Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

Ballcarbery Castle was once the home of the McCarthy family, built around the 15th/16th century.  Now it is being reclaimed by nature, exposed to the weather as well as some tourists and cows.


It was my favorite of all the ruins we visited in Ireland.  Around every corner there was some new beauty.

Apparently you cannot get this close to the castle anymore, but it is still worth a trip to Cahersiveen in County Kerry to see it.


You can find more weathered and worn things at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

16 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

  1. Madame Writer March 25, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Wow, that a beautiful and haunting place! On one hand, it’s kind of sad that it fell into disrepair. On the other hand, it makes a beautiful sight to see a castle reclaimed by nature!

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  2. Amy March 25, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    Beautiful site and weathered castle via your lens. Can only imagine the old time.

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    • Mei-Mei March 26, 2019 / 11:17 pm

      I really enjoyed trying to picture it in the 1600s as well 🙂


    • Mei-Mei March 26, 2019 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you, it was such a beautiful place.


  3. Tina Schell March 25, 2019 / 7:02 pm

    Love the arches all grassed over. Wonderfully captured


  4. Leya March 26, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    This castle will be a must see next time we go! Lovely shots and it seems to have a dream position on top of the hill.

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    • Mei-Mei March 26, 2019 / 11:16 pm

      It’s on the water, too–beautifully situated! Hope you get to see it.


  5. JohnRH March 28, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Fascinating. I love castles. Man (and woman) has moved a LOT of rock over time. Ireland is a good place to do that I suppose.

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    • Mei-Mei March 28, 2019 / 2:15 pm

      It is indeed! I think in some places they started making walls just to do something with all the rock that was in the ground!


      • JohnRH March 28, 2019 / 3:27 pm

        I’ve seen rock walls straight up the sides of steep, barren, Irish hills where even bow-legged sheep won’t try to stand. The tour guide said it was more a case of ‘This land is MY land’ than anything else.

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