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Aughnanure Castle

Yesterday I visited Aughnanure Castle (“OCK-na-nure”), a restored tower house (built c. 1500) in a tranquil riverside setting not far from Galway City, and as you can see I couldn’t have asked for better weather. (Bats, murder holes, secret chambers…I imagine it might be rather spooky to visit when the weather’s not so fine.)

That pepperpot-tower-type thing used to be a watch tower, but most of the wall that connected it to the others is gone (or under grass). Too bad they don’t allow picnics here!

The forty-minute walk from Oughterard is do-able but not ideal, since there are a few spots along the busy N59 without a shoulder to walk on—and Oughterard isn’t the most happening spot anyway. Seems there are as many closed (some quasi-derelict) shops and restaurants as there are ones still open for business. If you don’t have a car, going by Citylink (as I did) may be your best option. Ask to be dropped off at the castle turn-off, which is about 1.5km before you reach Oughterard. It’s a very pleasant 2km (20-minute) walk from there.

(Edit: Alas, it seems Citylink has discontinued this service.)

2 Comments to Aughnanure Castle

  1. K's Gravatar K
    May 28, 2009 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Oooh, pretty. Kelly loves you!

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 22, 2009 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    This seems like one of those hidden gems that not many people go to, but is even better because of that.

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