The Internet is tricked by this fake image of a castle in Ireland.
This a photo that did the rounds on the more visual social media spots such as Pinterest, Imgur and Reddit. The varying captions claim it is a “castle island” and many say it is in Dublin.
As an office of native Irish people our first reactions was “Wow!” and then, "Wait, this can’t possibly be real." While we do have a great many castles, could anybody say that they have ever come across this one? It's hardly a sight we'd forget?
However, all you have to do is carry out a cursory Google Image search to see that many are taken in by this Photoshop trickery. This image is actually Khao Phing Kan island, also known as “James Bond Island,” in Thailand, with a portion of the Lichtenstein Castle, near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württember, Germany, plonked on top.
There you have it! Don’t believe everything that you see!
While we're very sorry to have to bring you this news, there are plenty of other great places in Ireland to see and we're also here to help on that front. To see some real Irish castles, check out this gallery.
* Originally published in 2013.