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Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen

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Ballycarbery Castle is a castle 3km from Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland. The castle is situated high on a grass hill facing the sea and is a short distance from Cahergall Fort and Leacanabuile Fort.HistoryThere was some kind of residence situated on the site of the castle as early as 1398 however the present ruins were constructed in the 16th century. It was noted as a McCarthy Mor castle by some sources at that time but whether it was occupied by the McCarthy Mors or their wardens the O'Connells is unknown. The castle was passed onto Sir Valentine Browne following the death of its owner Donal McCarthy More. In 1652 it was attacked by cannon fire from Parliament forces during the War of the Three Kingdoms. In the 18th century a house was built on the site using the barn wall and it was inhabited by the Lauder family. This house was demolished in the early 20th century.Structure: Ballycarbery CastleThe castle was surrounded by a high wall with less than half still remaining. There are arrow slits dotted along the bottom of the remaining wall. A staircase remains inside one part of the wall however is not easily accessible.The ground floor of the castle was made up of several chambers but only one chamber is still roofed and walled. It's a large chamber with a quite high roof and in one corner a staircase leading upstairs.There are two different staircases leading to the first floor and there is also a path up the back of the castle since the whole back wall is missing. One of the staircases is up on a height inside the ground floor chamber and is in very good condition. The other is entered from outside the chamber and is slightly damaged.
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  • This is a cool ruin off the ring of Kerry. It's a short walk from the car park... fun to explore and take pictures. I climbed down the staircase but had to climb back up and come down the back way, as...  more »
  • Great views of this castle from Mannix Pt campground,just looks so mysterious in the background,absolutely perfect ruin and even better that you could explore all through it.Was a bit muddy getting to...  more »
  • It's nothing special as not much's left of it but it is accessible and you can climb on it,take some pics and chill before you get on the fairy to Valentia Island.  more »
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  • The best castle for me. Most of it is gone but its still have vhat to show and u can get to the second floor to see everything around as well u can see the stone fort nearby.
  • Amazing castle, even a storm blowing couldn't ruin how good this castle is being able to climb up to the other floors made it to really enjoyable and interactive, the wind and rain added an eerie vibe to it 😀
  • Beautiful scenery wonderful sounds of the oyster catchers and the cerlew wading in the river after the tide has gone out
  • We walked right up to this castle. It didn't have many people when we went and only encountered others when we left.
  • We really had a good time here. It's like a jungle gym for grown-ups. You can climb all over the ruins. It was fun to imagine what it once looked like. If you are on the Ring of Kerry, I'd definitely make a stop here. The tour guides didn't seem to be familiar with it so there were very few people here. We also enjoyed the forts.