O'Brien's Castle
O'Brien's Castle
4.5

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Gary O
Hartford, Connecticut, United States22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
One of many O’Brien castles near Galway Bay, the one on Inisheer is crumbling but central to the island. Built on the highest point on Inisheer, the hike up is steep but the views are stunning. From the tourists who were climbing up the walls and posing to the busker who was playing guitar, the range of experiences are many.
Written May 24, 2020
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RdeFaoite
County Waterford, Ireland114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
It stole my heart forever. The historic sights are amazing. O briens castle has amazing views. Peace, beauty and Irelands treasure= Inisheer.
Written June 2, 2014
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Brenda F
Boston, MA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Inis Oirr is the smallest of the Aran Islands, but has lots to see. The island itself is just beautiful, the colors of the ocean made me feel like I was in the Caribbean, not Ireland. If you are lucky you will see the island's resident dolphin, Sandy. The island is small, so can easily be accessed on foot. But there are also bike rentals available, as well as pony and trap or tractors to help you tour the island. There is O'Brien's castle on top of the hill with gorgeous views, the holy well Tober Einne, the graveyard where you will find St Caomhan's grave and St Caomhan's church, the Plassey ship wreck, and the lighthouse. All of these are worth seeing. The Cliffs of Moher are also just across the bay. There are no shortage of interesting and beautiful things to see on this island. There are a couple restaurants, and several small cafes on the island to find something delicious to eat. There is even a spa on the island! Inis Oirr should definitely be part of your itinerary when visiting Ireland! Can be accessed by boat from Doolin, Clare, or boat or airplane from Galway.
Written July 5, 2017
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Colleen O
Ballarat, Australia45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I should say the actual island was good. You get a ferry over, we chose to ride electric bikes for 45 euros each.
We went with Aran Ferries. When the bus turned up an hour late it caused a rip effect causing us to lose roughly £600’ s in lost bookings as we missed our train and the bus was full. From hotels, trains and the ferry to Holyhead. I was supposed to get a call back from a manager and I am still waiting.
Written July 23, 2023
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Philomena
Ireland116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful experience. The view from the castle was amazing. So nice to sit and relax. We were sorry we didn't bring picnic as weather was gorgeous.
Written August 17, 2020
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CodyDC
Washington DC, DC6,573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The castle ruins itself are just ok, but what makes this place special is the views of the island's landscape and coastline. Perfect for panoramic mode for your phone's camera. What was also nice was a musician playing Irish music which was perfect for video mode as a soundtrack while capturing the landscape of the island.
Written May 19, 2019
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1,251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The ruins of the castle are nice, though not entirely spectacular. It is more about a pleasant hike up to the highest point of the island - a must when visiting Inisheer. You can also hire a pony & trap. The views of the island and the sea are beautiful. A nice and relaxing spot.
Written August 8, 2018
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Bruce J
Melbourne, Australia293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
O'Brien's castle is the largest ruin on Inisheer. It is a bit of a hike up to near the summit of the island. The ruin is not large but is worth the short hike up through the main village.
Written July 8, 2018
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Patricia M
Middletown, NJ260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
If visiting Inisheer, I recommend walking up the hill to O'Brien's Castle. Built in the 14th Centurey- amazing that it's still standing. The view from the top of the hill is incredible.
Written August 24, 2017
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MariaGalwayIreland
Galway, Ireland281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Inis Oirr is the smallest of the Aran Islands & very easy to walk around in a day. The ruins of O'Brien's castle is on the highest point of the island & overlooks the houses & stone wall network that divide the island into little gardens rather than fields. Wonderful place to visit.
Written May 2, 2015
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