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Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen

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4.8/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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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  • We stayed at St. Finians bay which is fairly close to Cahersiveen. We saw this attraction on one of our maps or possibly our GPS and thought we would take a peek. This castle is great. It is in the mi...  read more »
  • Nice figure but up close; well, the Castle suffered insults of the time. some tourists hazard to visit the inside of the ruins despite the contrary opinion. No tour, it seems that it is private property abandoned by its owner
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  • Standing sentry in a cow field (watch where you're stepping) and held up by a cloak of ivy, Ballycarbery Castle is easily accessible on foot and an interesting ruin to explore. Although it is possible...  read more »
  • Holy Christ this is the best castle every, no one or ticket booth to restrict your movements! Stairs to climb the castle up to 3 floors....amazing!! Trust me worth the time outside the Ring of Kerry drive...
  • Hidden gem off the beaten path. Sure they're are tons of ruined castles throughout Ireland, but if you're driving along in Kerry, this is a great stop. Added bonus, no crowds.
  • I loved this castle. You can climb in it and emagine what it was like when it was whole. I thought it was so beautiful and I lived the way it looked.
  • Very pretty castle ruins. They seem to be held up by ivy now. Some more information signs would help give some more context to the castle though.
  • Cool castle ruins and fun to climb around. No entrance fee :D
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