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“Clifden Castle and Darcy Memorial”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Clifden Castle

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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“Clifden Castle and Darcy Memorial”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

We arrived in Clifden 2pm Saturday with 3hours to kill before the HC rugby kick off. Chris wanted a rest so off I set into town. The fledh in full swing and folk dancing in the square great for them but not my thing any more, 30 minutes walking or 5 minutes dancing and that's it on a good day.

This was a good day so camera in hand off up to the Castle to take some pics. You park on the triangle sensibly unless you have a hire car which you don't mind blocking things up with your Hetz Renault.

There is a sign on the front at the top of the lane that states Private Entrance. Some people want to own the world but there is a foot traffic right of way provided you stay on the lane. This sign has the effect of keeping folk out as demonstrated by the continentals taking pictures of the Castellated arch from a distance and murmuring I did not understand as I smiled and wandered past onto the forbidden path.

Through the Arch past the new house on the other side and 20 yards on the hand made sign points to the castle, (probably to stop people going through the genuinely private gate. The laneway continues its loop downwards between the Standing Stones and on. Sensible shoes are needed, at the bottom of the path the fence was damaged clearly by those avoiding the puddles. Three sides of the castle can be approached the westward side being fenced of farm land. Few photos and back to the car.

Heading back toward Clifden I found a sensible parking place to go up to the Memorial. Again sensible shoes and follow the path (as far as it exists) take care the ground is rock and turf but the view from the top is worth the short walk.

As you can tell I was running out of steam by this point so will let the pictures do the talking.



Had food in Mannions and watched the match followed by music and craic in J Connelleys. I apologised half a dozen times for questioning those with white beards but @ killted was not amongst them.

Visited May 2012
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Galway, Ireland
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“Clifden castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

From the beautiful sky road the castel looks amazing, my advice is to keep this view and only this view.Moreover the castle is on private property so it is not very allowed to walk around.

Visited April 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

A lovely scenic hike along a cliff like area. Fantastic views of Clifden Bay and all the boating activities, very peaceful. Helps to be a bit fit....

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Carmel M
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Getting to this castle is the adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

We didn't really know what to expect when we went looking for this castle. We had heard about it, but we didn't know it was literally just an abandoned castle sitting in the middle of someone's land. We were able to see it from afar at a stop on the side of the road, but that wasn't enough for us--we wanted to GO and explore it! So, we guessed our way down there in our small rental and went down some winding roads. We stopped and asked a sweet elderly lady how to get there, and she said that although the path leading to it had been boarded up for some time, people still hop over anyway. We finally reached the shore by the water with some parking. We parked and spotted a path that was on the cliff of the waters and started hiking. There are quite a few boarded up barriers, but they're not difficult to hop if you're able. As you walk you see a lot of cows, but when you finally get to the hills by which the castle is situated, it makes you feel like you've truly discovered something magical. The field leading up to the castle is vast and since there is not much around, you sort of feel like you've been tossed back in time, and with the sea in the background, it is truly a sight to see. Be careful, though--there are signs warning of bulls, and it can be quite muddy. I would definitely recommend exploring this area to the adventurous at heart!

Visited November 2011
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Gresham, Oregon
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“good view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

road was too wet to go up to Castle but the view was worth it.

Visited September 2011
Thank Bill77Oregon
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