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Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
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Some interesting history of England and Ireland............preserved tower and nice spot to relax... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Paris, France
Hidden little gem.

A well maintained ruin - if that's not too much of a contradiction in terms. The main building is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.
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Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some interesting history of England and Ireland............preserved tower and nice spot to relax. Not too much of the original work left but you certainly get the idea.

Thank albany6660
Reviewed 1 week ago

A well maintained ruin - if that's not too much of a contradiction in terms. The main building is a tower that is pretty much intact, or perhaps has been restored to a high standard. and the rest of the site is well looked after....More

Thank Kiffer1963
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great old O'Flaherty castle. Kids can explore the three floors of the castle and the grounds. Super cool place for all ten of us.

Thank Maya M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small site is approached along a wooded path. It can be toured in about an hour if you walk the grounds and go through the floors of the castle, It is somewhat like a museum on one floor but has nice views of the...More

Thank DonaldMichigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a small castle that you can see and read everything in one hour. Inside the biggest building, they could reproduce what used to have there. It looks more an empty build with white walls and some curiosities. I`m not saying that you should not...More

Thank Erika G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a tower rather than a castle but we did enjoy it. The grounds are in excellent condition and very interesting.

Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had visited galway and wanted to see our clans castle. We were not dissappointed. A winding road up to the castle which added to the mystery. There was a €5 entrance fee which was very reasonable . There was plenty to see in this...More

Thank Barry O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting castle ,with lots of information on Irish names if you are trying toi find your roots !

Thank christopher b
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

A little off the beaten track but excellently refurbished and maintained grounds and buildings. Very interesting to see the building as it would have been. Nice and quiet so plenty of time to have a good look around with no big crowds to contend with....More

Thank Aileen G
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is a good example of in Irish tower house castle-- There are dozens of them in this part of Ireland. The river wrapping around the base of the walls makes it unique and beautiful, but if you've seen other tower houses, you may want...More

Thank Paraglide2014
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11 October 2016|
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Response from Jinglefish | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer this as it's not a specific question - nor do I know the in-depth family history or lineage. I do however love the fact that BBBuffSouthamton wants to visit someday and that she claims to be a descendent. If... More
James O
23 May 2015|
Response from cflaherty | Reviewed this property |
The O'Flahertys had been temporarily expelled from their ancestral lands west of Lough Corrib in Connemara by the Norman family of De Burgos in 1256 and the original castle at Aughnanure may have been built by Walter de... More