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Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
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Beautiful grounds set in the middle of nowhere add to the mystery of this castle ruin. Wasn't... read more

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East Grinstead
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Amazing walk back in history!

Aughnanure Castle is a story waiting to be told as you walk the paths back to see where so much... read more

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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 yesterday via mobile

Beautiful grounds set in the middle of nowhere add to the mystery of this castle ruin. Wasn't expecting to pay 5 euro to get in though.... 💰

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Reviewed yesterday

Aughnanure Castle is a story waiting to be told as you walk the paths back to see where so much history happen...As an American,it is incredible to experience a place so many years old. Definitely a place to visit to get the true Irish experience.

Thank mwatson8485
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited Galway before, we were excited to find this beautiful castle just off a main road. The grounds are peaceful and serene. The castle keep is very well restored and you are able to check out all the floors. Not many tourists visit, so...More

Thank tm_rome
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful choice for anyone who appreciates history. Quite happy to stroll about on my own or with my family and take pictures of the restored defences and tower house. The Bailey within the walls offers room for families to roam and the Tower provides...More

Thank Liam W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set back off the beaten path, interesting Irish castle. Illustrations give the highlights of the history, tower use and clan relationships. Small parking area.

Thank Maggie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Aughnanure Castle, a low key, but well preserved attraction that's a wonderful look into the Irish past. Can't say enough about the help Jenny and her co-workers, who give tours of the castle, gave us. It's a very...More

Thank Cosmo45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captivating place and very historic. Amazing scenery and a great tour! Could have spent more time there easily

Thank 11,814
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an empty castle...it is not furnished. They want to preserve it as it is. Our tour guide, Jennifer, was very informative. We learned so much about castles from her (why the staircase spirals in the direction it does; what is a murder hole?;...More

Thank mamagoggle
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Even so the castle tower itself is quite empty you get a lot of information about the castle itself and Irish history

Thank Martin R
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We really enjoyed our tour north of Galway to Aughnanure Castle. Since we had a car we wanted to get out and explore a bit of the countryside from Galway. It's a neat castle and you can get inside and go up several levels. We...More

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Well I claim this Castle is from the O'flahearteigh Gaelic-Clan O'flaherty (O' Laverty) Anglezised. I am descent from this Clan. Maiden Name.
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
who built it?
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