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Aughnanure Castle

Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214
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Nice bit of history to this place but I thought it would be free I suppose nothing is these days if... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tomas C
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Wonderful Aughnanure Castle built by the O'Flaherty family, my ancestors!

The castle lived up to all my expectations! The setting near Oughterard is serene and peaceful with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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.
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Oughterard, Ireland
+353 91 552 214

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice bit of history to this place but I thought it would be free I suppose nothing is these days if you want to keep it well maintained. Anyways worth if your driving by otherwise you’re not missing out

Thank Tomas C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The castle lived up to all my expectations! The setting near Oughterard is serene and peaceful with the river flowing nearby. The staff at the castle were very interested when we said we had come all the way from Australia to see my family castle!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An hour or so is sufficient to tour this once family-occupied castle. The steps are a bit of a challenge (photo posted), but it's worth checking out all the various rooms & levels.

Thank JKorW
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped off at the castle on the way to Oughterard. It's not an easy trek for someone who is less mobile on their feet, mind those stone steps. While the castle is still intact,there is not much else there,there was no tours on when...More

Thank nolanl1981
Reviewed 16 October 2017 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 12 October 2017

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 11 October 2017

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 8 October 2017

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 8 October 2017

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 6 October 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Christine J
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11 October 2016|
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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