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Address: Achill, Achill Island, Ireland
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Another of Grace O'Malley's.

We got hooked on Grace O'Malley's history after visiting Westport House so a visit here was a must for us! (Another castle of her's is Rockfleet also known as Carrigahowley... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 April 2016
Samantha P
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle was the one-time home of the O'Malley family. The most famous of whom was Grace o'Malley, the pirate Queen who faced up to Elizabeth I to have her sons and brother released from an English nobleman who had taken them captive. My daughter is fasinated by her so when we were on holiday on Achill, we drove out... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It’s worth a 10 minute stop if you’re driving past. The tower is freely open, but there’s not a great deal to see. You can also take a look around the ruined church a few yards along the road.

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Thank L3K
Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This castle is simply beautiful. My boys love the fact that you can go into it. It is really well-maintained and looks fabulous for a 500 year old ruin. There is a stile to allow pedestrian access. If one wishes to, one can park at the side of the road opposite the castle itself, or a little further on at... More 

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England UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

If you can park up nearby you will be lucky. It was pouring rain when we visited and therefore no problem with the parking. Worth taking a photograph but there is little else of the turret to see. Beautiful scenery even on a wet miserable day as we had.

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Columbus, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We were driving on the Atlantic Drive on Achill. When we got to Kildownet Castle there was no place to park so I pulled (kind of dangerously) off to the side and walked over o the castle. The gate was locked and barred so that you could not get in to see it.The scenery on the drive is pretty, but... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Great spot for photography and full of interesting local history. Well worth a visit if driving around the penninsula.

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Thank Amanito G
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We got hooked on Grace O'Malley's history after visiting Westport House so a visit here was a must for us! (Another castle of her's is Rockfleet also known as Carrigahowley outside Newport.) Kildownet is accessible by climbing a few steps built into a stone wall. There is a gate, when we went it was locked. You can go into the... More 

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Dromara, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Ask any of the locals about this place. There is a great history. Also visit the gravy yard (cemetery) near by

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Thank James C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

A great old keep style castle on Achill. We were pressed for time, so I couldn't explore fully, but that does give me a reason to go back.

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Thank Erik K
Kilmarnock, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

The story of Grace O'Malley is the real stuff of legend and, apparently, this tower house is one of many of her clan's buildings around the west of Ireland. Most reviewers talk about the views around the castle (really a tower) but this review will be different. On the day we drove passed it, albeit a sunny day, there was... More 

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