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Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
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My hubby's favorite spot

We stopped here on a rainy day and it was still one of my husband's favorites. He liked the... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
San Jose, CA
A real beauty

This is a small, not commercial, not tourist laden castle. The curators clearly love the place. It... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Kirsten Z
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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 25 August 2016

We stopped here on a rainy day and it was still one of my husband's favorites. He liked the history and I loved taking pictures. This place is beautiful, informative and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This is a small, not commercial, not tourist laden castle. The curators clearly love the place. It is surrounded by lush green trees, and a babbling brook. The Castle is accessible to all levels apart from the top. The drive in and out requires nerves...More

Thank Kirsten Z
Reviewed 19 August 2016

The castle in itself (a towerhouse) is worth the visit but the site also offers a lot of information on both the strategic use of the tower house and the specific history of Aughnanure and the O'Flaherty's.

Thank Jeroen V
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Aughnanure Castle is a quaint but very nice castle to visit, I did think the visit was overpriced though as the grounds themselves are not much to write home about. It's hard to pick and chose the visits you want to take on the west...More

Thank Diarmuid L
Reviewed 9 August 2016

this is a very nice site with a restored tower house. It is a Office of Public Works site so we got in with the OPW Heritage card, a great value!

Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Be sure not to miss Aughnanure Castle, which is just south of Oughterard off the Golf Club road, and very close to Corrib View Country House B&B. It is a preserved Irish tower house which once belonged to the fearsome Flaherty family. You will see...More

Thank Joan M
Reviewed 4 August 2016

An excellent tower house to visit as it is very much almost fully intact. We visited on the 1st Wednesday of August when entry was free so forgot to find out if there was a guided tour available. We would have liked the tour but...More

Thank YvonneOffaly_Ireland
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Stopped here on a whim as 4 year old is mad for castles and it didnt disappoint. Castle and grounds are basic enough but that was part of the charm. It was very well kept, staff where friendly and informative and best of all it...More

Thank meandhimself
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Our Family were here on a reunion. It was great to have a private tour by Jenny a passionate historian. Highly recommended. It really brings a sense of history to the area.

Thank Peter O
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Theres not much here bar the ruins of the castle, but they are well worth going to see. the place wasnt busy which was great as we could just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Would be nice if there was some information there on the history...More

Thank siobhano22
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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