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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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  • The hubs and I visited Ballycarbery Castle last September, when it seemed all of Western Ireland was soggy. We trekked through the mud and wandered around this stunning sight for some awesome photos. ...  more »
  • One of the coolest places we stopped at on the Ring of Kerry. Yes, it takes a little bit of effort to get there, but it's well worth it. There's a small car park, which is about a three minute walk aw...  more »
  • Castles in Ireland come in all shapes, sizes and conditions. This one is small and in ruins. It is off the beaten path, but well worth a visit to those travelling by. It is free to visit. The views fr...  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.