Clifden Castle
Clifden Castle
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Kiamom
Pittsburgh, PA347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited Clifden Castle. The ruin is located just outside of the town of Clifden at the beginning of the Sky road. The is a small parking area near the sign for the castle. You will see an arch that was a part of the original entrance. The castle is reached by a pleasant walk down a farm track. We saw cows and a Connemara pony grazing on the walk. When we visited we took our time looking at the ruin and taking photos. There are nice views across the fields and over the water. There are signs restricting entrance to the building for safety reasons. Walking back to the parking area is up a gradual incline. It was a very pleasant evening walk.
Written 12 October 2023
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ronwynp
Gonubie, South Africa57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
When in west Galway this modernist castle is worth the visit.

The parking area outside is rather small , but the walk to the castle is pleasant
Written 26 June 2023
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trishbaldwin3
Portsmouth, NH10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Let people in. It is either able to be visited or not. Grumpy older man on a motor bike told us we couldn’t be there.
Written 7 February 2023
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Joan M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Had fun exploring the room at the castle and imagining life as it was in the past. The setting is beautiful.
Written 2 December 2022
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SteveMooreGCC
Luzon, Philippines129 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Thought a nice local castle visit would be nice and full an hour or two. Followed google maps as no local signage. Got to spot of a closed gate. Kept driving g and found lay by, took a picture from far and that’s it.

No clear entrance, sign or acces
Written 22 September 2022
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Clifden Castle was built by John d'Arcy between 1812 and 1815. D’Arcy family could not afford to maintain it and it fell into disrepair. In the interim, it passed through a few buyers and disputed ownership passed on to the group of tenants. In 1935, the Irish Land Commission purchased the land from the cooperative and passed it back to be held jointly. But the house was now missing roof and fell into ruin. However, it is still a classic Gothic Revival style edifice and should be seen.
Written 2 August 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
There were a few parking spots on a patch of gravel outside the castle gates. You can then walk all the way down to the castle or you can walk about halfway down and still get a decent view. We walked to the curve where the castle came into view and met some people hiking back up from the castle. We asked if the walk was worth it and they all said not really. So, if you've seen a lot of ruins in Ireland already, this is not worth the walk. But I still enjoyed seeing it and snapping a picture by only walking part way down.
Written 26 June 2022
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nick w
London, UK1,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If you park-up near the large arch off to the left of the Sky Road out of Clifden and then walk down the gravel track you will discover a wonderful 'hidden' ruin. This nineteenth century 'castle' is slowly collapsing so try and get to see it whilst most of it is still standing but do exercise care and enter at your own risk.

It is set overlooking the water and is wonderfully atmospheric. There is no entry fee and no visitor information but a bit of online research reveals it was built as the family house in 1818 by the man who started the town of Clifden. However, after changing hands it was then eventually abandoned to beautiful dereliction.
Written 18 June 2022
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EdenJ
Raleigh, NC230 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Enjoyed the hike down to the castle ruins. It was interesting walking around the grounds and seeing how the understructure of the castle
Written 9 June 2022
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We were doing the Sky Road trip , a beautiful road worth driving , and came across the Clifden Castle. The views down over the fields with the ocean in the background was amazing. It was a perfect sunny day to.

The reason for a 4 rating is that the Castle is not well signposted & a bit of a walk down from the road. Not easy to park along most parts of Sky Roads. From what I gather you cross over private farms to get to the Castle so not sure if thats why its not well signed.

Apart from that the buildings are in good condition & worth the 10 min or so stroll down the hill , the views alone make this a worthwhile visit
Written 10 May 2022
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