We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
Review Highlights
Great castle

This was just down the road from where we were staying. It was quiet for our visit as nearly out of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Excellent Guided Tour

I was pleased to have the opportunity to view the inside of a Tower House castle while in Ireland... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Corrina A
Saint Thomas, Canada
Read all 291 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214

Similar Things to Do in Oughterard

Write a Review
Reviews (291)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 215 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was just down the road from where we were staying. It was quiet for our visit as nearly out of season, but very well looked after and informative. Well worth a visit if your in the area but it’s not a big place so...More

Thank Katejacinta
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleased to have the opportunity to view the inside of a Tower House castle while in Ireland. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out many fascinating facts and features we otherwise never would have noticed. One of these included the construction of...More

Thank Corrina A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend a few hours at the castle enjoying the history and taking lots of photographs. fun place to hang out

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 1 week ago

While there was no guide when we were there, there were plenty of explanatory placards as well as a guide booklet that told us all about the history of this place and the O'Malley clan (see Grace O'Malley and her tower house ruin on Achill...More

Thank mcconnellboys
Reviewed 1 week ago

Aughnanure Castle is near Oughterard Ireland built in the 1500's. My family throughly enjoyed exploring this castle off the Drimneed River. The tower house tour and small circular watch tower were fun to explore. There is an option for a guided tour.

Thank adegrenier1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to look around this tower house. Our guide really brought it to life with her knowledge and enthusiasm.

Thank Christine J
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting castle, with excellent, well laid out information boards. The welcome from the staff was particularly helpful, telling us to look at the carvings in the windows of the Banqueting Hall in case we missed them. Overall, a most enjoyable visit.

Thank Amandah209011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to and tour of Aughnanure Castle. So interesting and so beautiful! We learned so much and were quite intrigued with the stories and facts. We definitely encourage your visit!

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

An absolute must see if you are interested in the history and every day life of the Irish from the early centuries. Very authentic Castle in a beautiful area

Thank Jan M
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Some interesting history of England and Ireland............preserved tower and nice spot to relax. Not too much of the original work left but you certainly get the idea.

Thank albany6660
Nearby Restaurants
Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
338 reviews
3.15 km away
Powers Thatched Bar & Restaurant
354 reviews
3.05 km away
Breathnach's Bar
323 reviews
3.12 km away
Hallorans Cafe And Restaurant
95 reviews
3.12 km away
Nearby Attractions
Knockillaree Riding Centre
223 reviews
3.07 km away
Brigit's Garden
218 reviews
5.52 km away
Glengowla Mines
266 reviews
6.56 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
11 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Jinglefish | Reviewed this property |
I can't answer this as it's not a specific question - nor do I know the in-depth family history or lineage. I do however love the fact that BBBuffSouthamton wants to visit someday and that she claims to be a descendent. If... More
James O
23 May 2015|
Response from cflaherty | Reviewed this property |
The O'Flahertys had been temporarily expelled from their ancestral lands west of Lough Corrib in Connemara by the Norman family of De Burgos in 1256 and the original castle at Aughnanure may have been built by Walter de... More