As happened to be in the area decided to end our trip at this attraction.
As part of Heritage Week the entrance fee is free (€8 for a family otherwise). Car parking is provided but as was expected the car parking was packed and limited.
If one doesn't fancy paying the entrance fee there is still a lovely wooded riverside walk from the car park to the entrance gates.
As part of Heritage Week we were meet with the sound of live bag pipes which was wonderful, there was falconry and archery experiences which were excellent too and the facepainters (which Im not sure if free as we dont go for these).
The castle itself can be climbed to the top by tight steps. The Oughterard Flower Arranging Group (or of such name) had amazing displays set in the ground floor and at various window points upwards.
Lovely soft grass inside the castle that would be perfect for picnics.
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