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“Clifden Castle - ruins” 4 of 5 stars
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Clifden Castle
Clifden, Ireland
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Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Clifden
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“Clifden Castle - ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

This mus have been a fabulous building in its prime. Wonderful location. Now in ruins. It was built by the Darcy family, one of the Tribes of Galway. Worth a visit, but remember it is an old ruin.

Visited October 2011
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“a bit of a slog but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

If you are going to visit Clifden Castle choose a nice day because it's a long way up with nowhere to shelter if it's raining! There are 2 ways to reach it - you can drive along the Sky road and park up by the Castle gateway, or you can drive out of Clifden, past the harbour, and park by the sailing club, which is the way we normally go. Then start walking upwards, up a little path until you come to a rough sign pointing the way up towards the castle. It's quite a steep walk across the field but the views are spectacular over the bay. When you eventually get to the castle it's very quiet and the castle itself is in a pretty poor state, but it's definitely worth the trek up there. It's a lot easier coming down and you can always treat yourself to a nice drink in town - you've deserved it!

Visited May 2012
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Georgia
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“Great pics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Great place to take pics, sunset pics are the best

Visited June 2011
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Loughrea, Ireland
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“Clifden Castle and Darcy Memorial”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

We arrived in Clifden 2pm Saturday with 3hours to kill before the HC rugby kick off. Chris wanted a rest so off I set into town. The fledh in full swing and folk dancing in the square great for them but not my thing any more, 30 minutes walking or 5 minutes dancing and that's it on a good day.

This was a good day so camera in hand off up to the Castle to take some pics. You park on the triangle sensibly unless you have a hire car which you don't mind blocking things up with your Hetz Renault.

There is a sign on the front at the top of the lane that states Private Entrance. Some people want to own the world but there is a foot traffic right of way provided you stay on the lane. This sign has the effect of keeping folk out as demonstrated by the continentals taking pictures of the Castellated arch from a distance and murmuring I did not understand as I smiled and wandered past onto the forbidden path.

Through the Arch past the new house on the other side and 20 yards on the hand made sign points to the castle, (probably to stop people going through the genuinely private gate. The laneway continues its loop downwards between the Standing Stones and on. Sensible shoes are needed, at the bottom of the path the fence was damaged clearly by those avoiding the puddles. Three sides of the castle can be approached the westward side being fenced of farm land. Few photos and back to the car.

Heading back toward Clifden I found a sensible parking place to go up to the Memorial. Again sensible shoes and follow the path (as far as it exists) take care the ground is rock and turf but the view from the top is worth the short walk.

As you can tell I was running out of steam by this point so will let the pictures do the talking.

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Had food in Mannions and watched the match followed by music and craic in J Connelleys. I apologised half a dozen times for questioning those with white beards but @ killted was not amongst them.

Visited May 2012
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“Clifden castle”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

From the beautiful sky road the castel looks amazing, my advice is to keep this view and only this view.Moreover the castle is on private property so it is not very allowed to walk around.

Visited April 2012
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