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“Peace and tranquility”
Review of Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Oughterard
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Owner description: Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We visited this beautifully restored castle on a warm and sunny day - it was beautiful.

The tower has been restored very well and is open to visitors.

A few other visitors at the time but no great crowds so this was very nice. A shame that the tea room is no longer in operation.

A lovely place to visit, and only a few euros entrance fee.

Thank Pamela H
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"banqueting hall"
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"guided tour"
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"enjoyed our visit"
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"small site"
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"walk around"
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"off the beaten path"
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"main building"
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

This castle is located in a quiet, almost hidden area just outside of Oughterard and is easy to locate...just follow the signs. Lots of free parking and a reasonable entrance fee. The castle area is accessed by a gravel pathway that winds along beside a beautiful little stream..the walk up to the castle will make you feel as if you've been transported back in time.

The castle name comes from the Gaelic - Achadh na nIubhar (field of yews). There is one ancient yew still remaining and it has been preserved so that you can get a close look at it...easy to imagine the whole area dotted with these beautiful trees all those years ago.

The castle area is clean and well-maintained and is a beautiful spot to sit and relax, taking in the beauty of the area. You can enter the tower and take the unbelievably narrow stairs up to the 4th floor..the view from the top floor is just breathtaking. This place is so peaceful and beautiful that you won't want to leave.

Thank KosiceKat
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

I absolutely loved this castle and would highly recommend it to all! This tower has been cleaned and refurbished inside. There are large posters on the wall explaining how each of the rooms would have been used, and the rooms are large, open, and free of clutter inside. The castle was easy to make your way through as well, even though this is not a guided tour. The price for admission was also extremely reasonable, and you can easily take in the entire castle and grounds in about a half an hour or so. One of the best features is that this property was not overrun with tourists, so you can feel free to take your time and explore to your heart's content. Also, its location is in between Galway and Oughterard, both excellent places for fun! Can't imagine that anyone would be disappointed by this site!

Thank greyhoundymom
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

A great insight into the past in this beautifully restored tower house. Plenty of informative displays. A friendly welcome and a welcome cup of tea and cakes. Nothing to dislike!

Thank GIC_Berks
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We love this castle! I think one of the reasons is that we stay close to it (it's just up the road from the Oughterard Golf Club) and we walk there. It's always just so peaceful. If you're looking for a large grand castle, this isn't for you. Aughnanure Castle is located on a meandering brook (used to be a river) and has several building to explore and a very very narrow and fun winding staircase. It's a wonderful early morning or dusk walk if you just want to walk around the outside path.
They do charge to get in during regular hours. We never buy the program because there is a lot of information inside.

Thank LR B
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