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Minard Castle

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Address: Between Lispole and Anascaul Village, Dingle, Ireland
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Private Guided Tour of Dingle Peninsula from Tralee
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Great views.

It's tough to find, get a map. Worth the trip. Nice view, fun beach. Wear sturdy shoes to climb the rocks. Decent parking too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Andy L
Berlin, New Hampshire

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Berlin, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's tough to find, get a map. Worth the trip. Nice view, fun beach. Wear sturdy shoes to climb the rocks. Decent parking too.

Thank Andy L
Lawrenceburg, IN
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179 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Yes, the castle's ruins are on private property, and the owner doesn't allow people to get very close. However, there is a nice car park, and the setting is just wonderful. Although you can't get close to the ruin, there are plenty of opportunities to get some fantastic photos. Yes, the location is a bit off the beaten track, but... More 

Thank Linerguy
La Conner, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Some towering ruins on a scenic bit of coastline. You aren't allowed to get too close, but when you see it, that makes good sense. It is located right along the Dingle Way, there is a nice beach for a picnic, and ACTUAL parking (not just the scary shoulder spots that seem common in West Ireland...) for 10-12 cars.

Thank doxieroxie
Hagensborg, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I came across Minard Castle on my hike of the Dingle Way. The trail had been mostly on back roads with lovely views of hills and farmers fields, and I came around a bend and this scene greeted me. It was absolutely breathtaking. I spent an hour painting a picture of the castle.

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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Minard Castle was attacked in 1650 by Cromwell's forces. The damage is still visible, and signs indicate it is unsafe to enter, however there are no barricades preventing walking up to it. The views of the castle and of the Iveragh Peninsula across Kells Bay are unobstructed by anything modern. Hidden in the shadows of the castle is Tobar Eoin... More 

Thank efpav
Dublin, Ireland
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Beautiful Castle ruins situated on top of a hill right on the beach with the mosyt amazing views. This is on private property so explore at your own risk. I have added informational pictures and others. It is a shame its gone into such disrepair but its beautiful none the less. Musty SEE!!

Thank James W
Morrison, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We followed the map down the mostly single track road to Minard Castle. There is a parking area off road, which was nice to have. The Castle sits at the water's edge making it a very scenic. We were there toward the end of the day. There are Private Property signs, so exploration of the castle was discouraged, still a... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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254 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I only sought this out because it was featured in Ryan's Daughter. It wasn't easy to find unless you research it beforehand, and even then, I bypassed the road to it and had to turn around. You have to drive down one of those narrow, hedge-lined cow-path lanes to get to it. It's on a small cliff overlooking the ocean... More 

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Penn Valley
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

There's not much left of the old castle, but it is still a beautiful sight. It is perched near the edge of a crumbling cliff, and on private property, so be careful and stay away from the edge. You can still envision what it must have been like, and you can still see the various levels and interesting little nooks... More 

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Conyers, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

There's not much left to Minard Castle, but it's lovely and right beside a beach that makes a great photo stop. There are friendly cows in the pasture nearby and would be a great location for a picnic. Next to the castle remains is a "fairy ring" that are common in this part of the country and was very pastoral.... More 

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