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“Ruined Castle, plus two bonuses”
Review of Minard Castle

Minard Castle
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$259.80*
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Private Guided Tour of Dingle Peninsula from Tralee
Ranked #19 of 74 things to do in Dingle
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

The rural road leading to Minard Castlel—in places only wide enough for one car—makes the trip there from Anascaul a bit of an adventure. This may be the most dramatically-situated ruined castle in Ireland, on a small promontory overlooked a beach with surf-rounded boulders. Nearby is a holy well, and on the opposite cliff the remains of an Iron Age ring fort. Although the castle ruins are now too unstable to permit safe entry, here is a virtual-reality tour made some years ago: http://www.voicesfromthedawn.com/minard-castle/

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

I always try and visit when I am in Dingle. It is a bit off the beaten track but not that much and stands on a high bank in a charming small inlet which is also a storm beach, which is a natural phenomenon. It commands its little bay. In fact the recent storms January and February 2014 have taken a toll on the stones and thrown them onto the little road beside it. The castle cannot be entered any more as it is in a precarious condition but I remember playing in it when I visited as a child. This is one of the ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit in his angry passage through Ireland. I'm sure you can see the points where some of his cannonballs hit. The bay is lovely annd I have seen porpoises sporting there in fine weather. It is a very peaceful place and there is an old holy well not far up the hill from there that has been tidied up for visitors and revived in popularity relatively recently..

1  Thank Mary R
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

I really liked this area, mostly because my husband and I were there by ourselves. This has wonder photo opportunities. The other reviews are true, up near the ruins of the castle is private property and the building is unsafe. You can see the castle from the beach just below. There is also a path which someone has already described that goes to a holy well. Many previous people have left ribbons and memorabilia on tied to the tree behind. I will post photos .

Thank drifter1960
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stopped at the cafe for lunch and directions. It is so easy to find. The rock beach in front of it is wild. Made for great pictures with those rocks in front of it. The castle isn't accessible because it is unstable, but you can get kind of close to it. There is a yard in the back with a horse and a soccer net. Never saw the horse play though. There is a road behind it with a gate with a cross on top. Be sure to get out and go through the gate and down the path and you will come to a beautiful Holy well with a rag tree behind it. It was such a nice unexpected surprise. The woman in the cafe seemed like it was not a big deal to go to the castle. I thought it was great!

Thank Mimidarling
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This castle is in a fabulous setting and the beach is great too. There is an information sign telling you about the way in which the beach was formed which I found very interesting. the castle isn't supposed to be approached, although we did. If you're not too keen on ruined castles, don't go and visit...

Thank Rebekah M
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