Aughnanure Castle, Co Galway
Aughnanure Castle is located just before Oughterard just off the N59 from Galway City. It opens its door to the public from the 2nd of March to the 1st of November daily. There is ample parking for both cars and coaches.
The castle itself is a very well preserved example of an Irish Tower House, built in c 1500 by the O’Flaherty’s it sits close to the shores of Lough Corrib and stands on a rocky island. On site there is also the remains of a banqueting hall, watch tower, double bawn and bastions.
The infamous Grainuaile/Grace O’Malley married Donal an Chogaidh O’Flaherty in 1546 joining together these two great families.
Photography by Tina O’Rourke