The ancient castle of the Gara's looms up out of the fields as you round a bend in the road; it is almost unexpected, like somebody dropped it here from outer space. The castle is so out-of-scale with the small fields that is surprises you, even though you know it is there.
The ruin is not well kept. Cattle graze in the fields surrounding the building and in the keep, and access is muddy and difficult. It seems as though there was an attempt a few yerars back to make it more visitor-friendly, with a small parking area and a pedestrian gate, and a wooden bench in the central area. The bench is now decaying and upturned, and the building will deteriorate further unless there is an intervention.
All that aside, this is a place worth visiting. You will most likely have it to yourself; not many people go there, and if you have a suny day you can sit and gaze and wonder at the people who built this huge stonework here, in what is amost the middle of nowhere.
Fascinating, and full of atmosphere, despite its failings.
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