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Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
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Great stop

Loved this stop. We enjoyed the history and the ability to explore the castle. You can climb up to... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
Alexandria, Virginia
via mobile

Well preserved monument that you can take in en route to Connemara National Park. Very pleasant... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2016
Jim M
Inverness, United Kingdom
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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 September 2016 via mobile

Loved this stop. We enjoyed the history and the ability to explore the castle. You can climb up to almost the top of the tower. The grounds were lovely. This place is not handicapped-accessible.

Thank pattelbert
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Well preserved monument that you can take in en route to Connemara National Park. Very pleasant staff here and one young lady had done a great deal of research on surnames throughout the 32 counties which was of great help to me.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Aughnanure Castle is on the drive between Galway and Connemara. Be sure and stop, no buses go down the narrow lane leading to it, so it's not over crowded! We took a guided tour, though it's not necessary, it definitely adds more to the visit....More

Thank Nancy J
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Not a commercial tourist attraction but a Tower House and ruins maintained by Heritage Ireland. Worth the visit with informative notice boards. A remnant of when the O'Flaherty's were the ruling family in this area. Being a member of English Heritage this entitled us to...More

Thank onholidayalways
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Just a short drive outside of Galway City and you're at an amazing castle. Well laid out with new information boards. Great staff, so friendly and helpful. We always have so much fun there. It's so quiet and peaceful. Takes you back in time.

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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as we saw signs for it on the road as we were driving. To our surprise, admission was free, as the 1st Wednesday of every month it's always free. It's an easy self guided tour. This is nice to do with the...More

Thank Joellie C
Reviewed 7 September 2016

The name comes from the field of yews that grow and surround the land.This is one of the tower houses, and was built by the O'Flaherty's, a very notable family.

Thank deecki
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Excellent Irish Tower castle and you get a sense for how the site was laid out, but it's crying out for something or more likely someone to bring this to life. We had a pleasant hour strolling about, but this is desperate for an enthusiastic...More

Thank No1Joker
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a great example of an Irish tower castle. The site was beautiful. Great for a picnic! Well worth the drive to this Heritage Site!!

Thank ScottGloria
Reviewed 24 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.

Thank SuburbsSteph
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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