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Carrigaholt Castle, County Clare: Address, Carrigaholt Castle Reviews: 4/5

Carrigaholt Castle
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rockyjoe
Minneapolis, MN8,241 contributions
Interesting old castle
May 2017 • Family
Carrigaholt Castle was built in about 1480 and is really a fortified, 5 story manor house and not a traditional castle. It is located near a fishing pier on the banks of the River Shannon in the small town of Carrigaholt, Ireland. This town is located in County Clare, about 45 miles southwest of Ennis, Ireland and about 190 miles west of Dublin. It has a high, fortified wall on the river side that appears to have been built for defensive purposes (although an invader could just land and attack from the other side).

I visited this attraction with my wife and youngest daughter on a Friday morning in late May and enjoyed walking around this interesting old castle. We were on a driving tour of County Clare and stopped here to check it out and see the great views of the River Shannon estuary. The castle is in ruins and did not look entirely safe so you can’t tour it (but it is interesting to look at and to photograph). We had to climb a small hill from the pier side of the building to get near it. I think the castle is now a privately owned cow pasture since we had to step over a short electric fence and I saw a few cow pies on the ground.

Overall I enjoyed stopping at the old castle and recommend that you visit if you are in this part of County Clare. It is not a must see attraction so I would not travel too far out of your way to find it.
Written August 5, 2017
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Hibby922
Midlothian, TX457 contributions
McMahon Castle in Carrigaholt
Jun 2016 • Couples
Neat looking castle......not easily accessible......but cool from outside...could not go inside........worth a stop if doing the loop head drive
Written June 26, 2016
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TriciaS_9
Dublin4 contributions
Carrigaholt Castle and Village
Carrigaholt, 10 kilometres from Kilkee Town, is a small quiet village with a few pubs that offer really good sea food. The Castle itself stands just off the pier, dated from 1480 it is a great photo opportunity, you cant enter it, but it is in a beautiful surrounding, down a quiet lane, no traffic, no queues, just the sea and the castle. There is a Dolphin Watch office in the village square which is absolutly brillient, a 2.5 to 3.5 hour sea trip which gives great scenary of the Clare and Kerry coast, the magnificent cliffs long the coast and of course the Shannon dolphins and wildlife, all with great local knowledge from the skipper. A little bit off the beaten track, with really spectaculer views, A great day out...all for €24,a bargain.
Written September 14, 2009
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Sarnia G
GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS6,742 contributions
15th Century Castle overlooking the Mouth of the Shannon
We stopped off at Carrigaholt after visiting Loop Head Lighthouse and Peninsula. If you like old castles, then you'll probably like this Tower House, built ca. 1480, by the McMahon clan. Note that you can only walk around the exterior of the building; there is a locked gate at the entrance, behind which is a board giving some information about the castle.

It has a superb location overlooking the sea on the edge of Carrigaholt village. This is a peaceful corner of co. Clare a little off the beaten-track. Well worth visiting to experience a quieter, less touristy side of Ireland.
Written April 23, 2008
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