Clifden Castle, Clifden

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  • It's not really a castle, but the ruins of a gothic manor house. It's easy to find - drive around the sky road until you see the crenellated gateway, then walk through the gateway and down the obvious...  more »
  • This is a tricky one to find as there are no signposts to it, or even at its entrance. The car park is also very small and you could easily miss it. It's a long walk down to the ruins itself, easily 1...  more »
  • We walked here from the car park a very rainy day. It is a small tractor trail and took max 10 min. A delightfully "old" "Castle" which is a ruin and has an interesting history from 1800 's. Very beautiful surroundings and had the weather been better had we spent more time and walked around and enjoyed the view of the sea. Located near Clifden, and along the way here are several beautiful houses and surroundings to enjoy.
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  • Incredible little abandoned castle about 4 min drive from Abbeyglen/Clifden, constructed by the founder of Clifden, John D'Arcy in the Gothic Revival style in the early 1800's. Park at the gate and walk down through the dirt path. Can explore the grounds and inside of the castle completely uninhibited, and it's completely free of charge.
  • My husband and I have used Google Maps and Trip Advisor to find various castles/ruins that are a bit off the map. We just visited this one today, and WOW, it was definitely worth it! It's definitely a "newer" castle--you can tell from the style and way it looks--but still really cool. You can actually walk around inside of it (unlike many of the other off-the-beaten-path towers we've come across). We loved it and would highly recommend it!
  • Amazing ruins of a castle in a stunning location (I suggest to do all the skyroad). Pay attention, the satnav will probably bring you in the wrong place. It's also impossible to get there by car: there's a little car park before the path that lead to the castle. Pay attention with kid, could be dangerous.
  • Beautiful old castle in beatiful place. Amazing view to sea and beatiful green fields around with lambs, cows and horses. Very nice place to stop by for a short walk, but don't forget your camera!
  • Castle ruins with a beautiful view and free of charge! It was a nice 10 minute walk downhill on dirt road. Totally worth the drive out to Clifden!

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Where to stay in Clifden

The authentic charms of Clifden are best experienced while staying in the center of this seaside town. Here you will find several places to spend the night, from upscale hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. For a more typical Irish experience, opt for the latter. Backpackers generally head for the town's hostels, while travelers with a larger budget often stay at the 19th-century castle-turned-hotel. If price is not a concern, look into renting a traditional Irish home.
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