Clifden Castle
Clifden Castle
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nick w
London, UK998 contributions
Jun 2022
If you park-up near the large arch off to the left of the Sky Road out of Clifden and then walk down the gravel track you will discover a wonderful 'hidden' ruin. This nineteenth century 'castle' is slowly collapsing so try and get to see it whilst most of it is still standing but do exercise care and enter at your own risk.

It is set overlooking the water and is wonderfully atmospheric. There is no entry fee and no visitor information but a bit of online research reveals it was built as the family house in 1818 by the man who started the town of Clifden. However, after changing hands it was then eventually abandoned to beautiful dereliction.
Written June 18, 2022
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shivbanglola
Ireland20 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Wish this place was better signposted & had more information ... An awesome building in a stunning location and actually in seemingly excellent repair compared to many other Irish castles - would happily have paid for a tour to give history and insight into the various rooms etc.

I had a hunch it was privately owned due to the nature of the trail etc & upon doing some googling discovered it is owned by local farmers hence no signs/information boards have been erected which is understandable.

Am glad the proprietors allow access to the building but such a shame it has continued to fall into ruin since being abandoned in the late 1800s.

Written June 12, 2021
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,005 contributions
Jul 2022
Clifden Castle was built by John d'Arcy between 1812 and 1815. D’Arcy family could not afford to maintain it and it fell into disrepair. In the interim, it passed through a few buyers and disputed ownership passed on to the group of tenants. In 1935, the Irish Land Commission purchased the land from the cooperative and passed it back to be held jointly. But the house was now missing roof and fell into ruin. However, it is still a classic Gothic Revival style edifice and should be seen.
Written August 2, 2022
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SuJ
25 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This was interesting to see but it isn’t a destination place to look around so worth a visit if you’re passing. It’s a short walk down to it from the road, going through the arch and walking down the farm track. There’s lovely views and it’s atmospheric to see. Once at the castle it’s a building ruins with no information and no safety features either. Kids liked it but it didn’t take up as much time as we thought it would.
Written August 24, 2021
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Clemj01
Fermoy, Ireland35 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Nice scenic walk down to the Castle. About 1km down. Fair play to the owner to allow access. Saw fab standing stones and sheep and Connemara ponies on the way. If it’s been raining the last leg can be tricky as the path floods but it was manageable. The castle itself was built in 1818 apparently. A shadow of its former glory and a bit of a wreck but interesting nonetheless. It’s free so a grand way to pass an hour and get some exercise and fresh air!
Written August 22, 2021
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Jul 2020
Took me a bit to find the entrance for this castle. When you are on the Sky Road, and you see a castle gate, you should park your car nearby, and take that entrance. It takes around 10 min to walk (900m) to the site, and you go through farms tracks.
Written July 23, 2020
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL435 contributions
Jun 2022
There were a few parking spots on a patch of gravel outside the castle gates. You can then walk all the way down to the castle or you can walk about halfway down and still get a decent view. We walked to the curve where the castle came into view and met some people hiking back up from the castle. We asked if the walk was worth it and they all said not really. So, if you've seen a lot of ruins in Ireland already, this is not worth the walk. But I still enjoyed seeing it and snapping a picture by only walking part way down.
Written June 26, 2022
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SteveMooreGCC
Luzon, Philippines62 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Thought a nice local castle visit would be nice and full an hour or two. Followed google maps as no local signage. Got to spot of a closed gate. Kept driving g and found lay by, took a picture from far and that’s it.

No clear entrance, sign or acces
Written September 22, 2022
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Christina A
35 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Randomly came accross This castle whilst out looking for a beach. A nice Little walk down to the castle, spotted lovely friendly cattle and beautiful views of The ocean. The castle is a. Shell but it was fun to poke around in. Nice Little walk to put in an hour if you're in the area.
Written August 29, 2020
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Sox299
Norwich, UK165 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
First, let it be said Clifden Castle is not a castle, it is a manor house built by James D'Arcey (the founder of Clifden town) around 1815-1818 as his family home. It was built in the popular style of the time for the Irish landed gentry and had out-houses, a walled garden and other features that distinguished the owner from the poor peasantry around and created such resentment, fuelled partly by the Catholic Church and the hatred for Protestants/ The history of the 'castle' is short because of the two potato famines and the inability of the poor tenants of the estate to pay their rents and the failure of James' son. Hyacinth (what a peculiar male name) to manage the estate. Although sold on in the 1920s to the Eyre family, the house never again thrived and fell into disrepair. With independent Ireland and the still-poor peasantry, the house itself was plundered for its lead roof, beams, doors - in fact, anything of value. So what we have is a slice of Irish history that nobody in Ireland wants. How sad!
We visited the site late on a Sunday afternoon, walking down a rutted pathway past a sign saying No Dogs and No Cars. The track starts on the Sky Road a few miles west of Clifden past D'Arcey's monument. There are no indications that this is to Clifden Castle. However, after about 15 minutes downhill walking,the castle appears on a south-facing plot of improved land, Nobody looks after the ruins. Local tenants use the ruins now to graze their livestock and the old farm courtyard shelters some of their implements. The whole place is falling progressively into disrepair and ruin. One gets the true reflection of a history of Ireland raw in resentment between classes and religions, the sores of which run deep today. How sad and depressing. By all means a visit today is well worth the effort that few make - but appreciate the context and wonder why someone in authority doesn't make any effort to protect an important part of Irish history as a reminder of the past, . The ruins are so evocative and stand as testimony to "man's inhumanity to man',
Written May 31, 2015
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