Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard

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Hear great stories in an intimate atmosphere at Aughnanure Castle. The 16th-century fortress was originally built and owned by a famous lord family, the O'Flahertys, until it was captured by the region's president. The family eventually regained its ancestral home, only to lose it again. Today it is a state-run facility. At the entrance you'll receive an informational brochure to help you on your self-guided tour. Look for the plaques throughout the castle to discover interesting facts and stories about its old inhabitants. You won't be overrun with crowds in this secluded attraction. Plan a Oughterard trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • It does not take long to tour Aughnanure Castle, you can see a watch tower and a banquet hall. The castle was built in 1546. If you are a Family with younger children their website has a free print.....  more
    It does not take long to tour Aughnanure Castle, you can see a watch tower and a banquet hall. The castle was built in 1546. If you are a Family with younger children their website has a free print.....  more »
  • This is a fairly well-kept castle that's worth a quick visit. We walked around for about 30 minutes or so. There are restroom facilities on site. 
    This is a fairly well-kept castle that's worth a quick visit. We walked around for about 30 minutes or so. There are restroom facilities on site.  more »
  • The castle was built by the O'Flaherty family in the 16th century, one of Connacht's most notable lord families. In 1546, Grace O'Malley married the heir to the O'Flaherty clan, Donal O'Flaherty... 
    The castle was built by the O'Flaherty family in the 16th century, one of Connacht's most notable lord families. In 1546, Grace O'Malley married the heir to the O'Flaherty clan, Donal O'Flaherty...  more »
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  • One of the best castles I've ever been in. Great to be able to get inside the structure and see all the different rooms. Would love to have got out on the roof but the very knowledgeable guide informed us it had to be closed because of regular "jumpers". Very good visit and not expensive on a family ticket. Really enjoyed it and the guide even directed us to a tree on the way in that was over a thousand years old.
  • Very much worth the trip! Entrance fee was $5 per adult, and the information throughout was really interesting and informative. Very narrow staircase to the top of the tower but that is optional-the whole area gives perspective on the daily lives of this clan. Recommend to go early as it's a popular place.
  • Very informative self tour. The welcoming gents manning the entrance were very open to questions and it was obvious they love their jobs as we discussed the castle with them. Not busy at all, off the main road a bit this was an impulse visit based on seeing the sign for it and we are so glad we did!
  • Beautifully restored and maintained. Well worth a visit to view the castle both inside and outside. There are informative history displays inside and you get to experience the spiral staircase to all four floors.
  • The fearsome O’Flaherty family, whose motto was ‘Fortune favours the strong’, ruled west Connacht for 300 years from this fine six-storey tower on the shores of Lough Corrib. In 1546 the O'Flahertys joined forces with the Mayo O'Malleys when Donal an Chogaidh O’Flaherty married Grace O'Malley, later known as Granuaile, the formidable pirate queen. The O’Malley motto, ‘Powerful by land and by sea,’ showed the awe in which that family, too, was held. At Aughanure today you can inspect the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour. Well worth the visit great to see beautiful places like these opened to the public. It was so peaceful you kind of felt yourself in the moment. The grounds are fabulous and a huge amount of information pictures along your visit.

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