Standing on an outcrop of rock surrounded by forest and pasture, this sturdy fortress is a well-preserved Irish tower castle with an unusual double bawn (a fortified enclosure) and a still-complete watchtower that you can climb. It was built around A.D. 1500 as a stronghold of the “Ferocious” O’Flaherty clan, who dominated the region and terrified their neighbors in their day. The castle’s fireplaces are so big that you could fit a double bed in them. Aside from the tower the site is mostly a ruin, although you can wander through what remains of the banqueting hall. The grounds also contain the remnants of a dry harbor.
Oughterard, Co. Galway
Our Rating Hours Mar–Oct daily 9:30am–6pm. Last admission 45 min. before closing. Closed Nov–Feb Phone 091/552-214 Prices Admission €5 adults; €4 seniors; €3 children; €13 families Web site Aughnanure Castle
MapOughterard, Co. Galway Connemara
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