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Worth the trip down the narrow road

I'd heard a lot about the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, so I had to check out her castle tower... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2017
Saco, Maine
A nice piece of history

Love this old castle. It's a great story to tell the kids about a female pirate. Graveyard is good... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2017
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Achill, Achill Island, Ireland
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

We were driving right by the 'castle' so it was an easy opportunity to stop and take a photo and read the info board nearby about the pirate queen of the area was very interesting. With a ruin around every corner in Ireland, it was...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 18, 2019

Achill Island is beautiful and yet a haunting place of times gone by. Specifically, Slievemore Village where we see the remains of several houses abandoned during the Great Famine. Take the time to really feel the place. Also enjoyed visiting Grace O'Malley's castle and soaking...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Called Granualile's castle, this is worth stopping at and photographing, but not really spending a lot of time at. You can envision several levels of activity in it, but the wood beams and floors have rotted away, so like most castles, it leaves a lot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Cool little “castle” more like a turret. Has some nice history boards just down the road, talking about the pirate queen. Lovely drive. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank hourman101
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Do your due diligence and read about Grace O'Malley before you go. Perhaps visit the ruined castle of her family, Aughnanure, as you drive through Galway on your way to Achill (although she was supposedly born out on one of the islands). Marvel at the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

I'd heard a lot about the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, so I had to check out her castle tower. It's not far from the main road and worth the detour. It's a calming location, very quiet, off the beaten path. I saw some people fishing...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank NHjo
Reviewed August 15, 2017

Worth a few minutes as you pass by on the Wild Atlantic Way. Wifey appreciated it more than I did, so perhaps I underplayed it.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Love this old castle. It's a great story to tell the kids about a female pirate. Graveyard is good for a walk around. High infant mortality rate in the 1900s. !

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank holsgirlDublin
Reviewed March 1, 2017

I always loved Grace O'Malley's stories and so it came as a nice surprise to find her tower as part of the wild atlantic coast drive. No entrance fee, can be seen any day, any time, no matter what the weather. Beautiful to look at...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank NorthsideCrew
Reviewed February 6, 2017

The castle was the one-time home of the O'Malley family. The most famous of whom was Grace o'Malley, the pirate Queen who faced up to Elizabeth I to have her sons and brother released from an English nobleman who had taken them captive. My daughter...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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