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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 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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  • A little out of the way off the ring of Kerry but worth it for the views. The ivy covered ruins are picture perfect and with a little bit of climbing you can make your way to the second level and to t...  more »
  • A ruin which was worth a look at from afar as you can't go near it as it had vegetation growing down it's walls which made an interesting photo  more »
  • We took a small detour after seeing this castle from Valentia Island. The children enjoyed climbing to the top window. It is in a lovely setting.  more »
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  • Not a tourist spot. It was just a blip on our map, no description or anything. We found it and it was amazing. you can climb in all of the ruins. Not crowded at all. The hillside was green and the ivy was growing. It was an unexpected surprise that made our trip magical.
  • This isn't just another bloody castle. Really cool in it's remoteness and inscrutability. Who lived in this enormous castle? What was life like for them at the edge of the world? This particular site brought out the gleeful, wondrous child in my husband, which was fun to see.
  • By far the highlight of the Ireland trip. Not very populated and some really cool vines/ruins of an ancient castle that you can actually explore.
  • Easy to reach and a great subject for cool pictures. Climb up the steps and get a better view of the surrounding area.
  • Nice castle in ruins but you can still climb to get to the 1st floor and enjoy the view.