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“Beautiful hike. So-so castle.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle
Clifden, Ireland
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Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Clifden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Houghton, New York
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“Beautiful hike. So-so castle.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The walk down to the castle on a warm sunny day is gorgeous. Views over the bay and the farms are spectacular. The castle really is not that old or impressive, but the exploration and discovery are fun. It's all in the journey. Worthwhile but don't expect too much of the building itself.

Visited May 2013
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“Awesome ruin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The ruin was completely deserted when my husband and I went down to see it. Walk past it to see the old stables and gate, and the trail takes you up to a great view.

Visited June 2013
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“Impossible to Access Easily”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The castle is about 30 mins walk from the gates into the grounds, and a further 30/40 mins from the town. Sign posts are non existent.
We never made it down to the castle as the path deteriorated into basically a little stream and we had a baby with us in the stroller, we decided to abandon the stroller and carry the child but really the walk was too far and we gave up.
We had to settle for views from the SKY ROAD above.
If you are going dont bring young kids, take good footwear and a Brolly becasue we got lashed on by the rain with no shelter available!

Visited June 2013
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“Clifden castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is privately own and we were driving down the bumpy dirt and met a grandpa. Ask how to get to castle. Said he give us a tour for 5euro. We gave him 10 and said it had to extra special. He was very knowledgable. Took us into his stable building and pull out his old accordion and played us a few songs.

Visited June 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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“Spectacular!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

What a wonderful sight!!! And the views from the castle are wonderful, the only thing is you have to park down on the quay and trek the way up, there is another more direct way but I believe the people who built the house just inside the entrance don't like you walking that way. Since it was owned by the founder of clifden I am surprised it is not made more of an attraction as a lovely little coffee shop there, sitting area looking out over the views would do a roaring trade, maybe something to be looked into for the future.

Visited May 2013
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