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Worth the trip down the narrow road

I'd heard a lot about the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, so I had to check out her castle tower... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Rye, New Hampshire
A nice piece of history

Love this old castle. It's a great story to tell the kids about a female pirate. Graveyard is good... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
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Achill, Achill Island, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Called Granualile's castle, this is worth stopping at and photographing, but not really spending a lot of time at. You can envision several levels of activity in it, but the wood beams and floors have rotted away, so like most castles, it leaves a lot...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Cool little “castle” more like a turret. Has some nice history boards just down the road, talking about the pirate queen. Lovely drive. Worth a visit.

Thank Clark H
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Do your due diligence and read about Grace O'Malley before you go. Perhaps visit the ruined castle of her family, Aughnanure, as you drive through Galway on your way to Achill (although she was supposedly born out on one of the islands). Marvel at the...More

1  Thank mcconnellboys
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I'd heard a lot about the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, so I had to check out her castle tower. It's not far from the main road and worth the detour. It's a calming location, very quiet, off the beaten path. I saw some people fishing...More

2  Thank NHjo
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Worth a few minutes as you pass by on the Wild Atlantic Way. Wifey appreciated it more than I did, so perhaps I underplayed it.

Thank L3K
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Love this old castle. It's a great story to tell the kids about a female pirate. Graveyard is good for a walk around. High infant mortality rate in the 1900s. !

1  Thank holsgirlDublin
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I always loved Grace O'Malley's stories and so it came as a nice surprise to find her tower as part of the wild atlantic coast drive. No entrance fee, can be seen any day, any time, no matter what the weather. Beautiful to look at...More

2  Thank NorthsideCrew
Reviewed 6 February 2017

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...More

3  Thank ElizaF_London
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.

Thank L3K
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...More

3  Thank 1972pookie4
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