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Aughnanure Castle

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Address: Oughterard, Ireland
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Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque...

Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.

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Peaceful and picturesque setting

We were on our way to Connemara National Park and saw on the OPW map that Aughnanure Castle looked to be directly on our travel route. Glad we did - the castle is only a few km... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on our way to Connemara National Park and saw on the OPW map that Aughnanure Castle looked to be directly on our travel route. Glad we did - the castle is only a few km off the main highway and well worth a visit. The parking lot was empty and we followed the path up to the castle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

Aughnanure Castle is one of well over 200 tower houses in County Galway built by mainly Gaelic families but some of Old English (Anglo-Norman) stock. They are fortified residences and were places of power and control over the surrounding lands. The name Aughnanure comes from the Gaelilge Achadh na nIubhar - meaning the field of yews, one still stands nearby.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

It wasn't open when we came for a visit in November, however, overall on the outside it appears to be a very well kept castle. Beautiful on the outside and I'm sure on the inside as well!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Took the time to drive from Kilkenny to the Aughnanure Castle (O'Flaherty Castle). One of the ancient ruins undergoing some renovation and preservation. Very informative staff who appear to really enjoy their jobs.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Not at all touristy which suited us, beautiful location and building. Fantastic family day out and friendly helpful staff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

So cool to visit this medieval tower house and learn about the history from our excellent guide, Mary.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We enjoyed our visit as we travelled through the area on the way from Connemara to Galway. The castle sits in a beautiful setting. The location is fairly remote, so I imagine it would be difficult for large tour busses to make it back there, so it was not crowded.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

I visited the castle with my elderly parents. The trip was well worth it. Friendly staff and a lovely driv down a winding road to reach it. The river adds character, thank you

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

We were driving from Galway to Connemara and saw the sign to the Castle. So pleased we stopped as the Tower House is not on the tourist bus trail which made for a very relaxing visit. Loved the very peaceful stole along the beautiful stream and along the path through the magnificent trees. Very easy to find our own way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Loved this stop. We enjoyed the history and the ability to explore the castle. You can climb up to almost the top of the tower. The grounds were lovely. This place is not handicapped-accessible.

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