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“Fun hike with sheep & cattle”
Review of O'Brien's Castle

O'Brien's Castle
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Boat Trip to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands from Doolin
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Inisheer
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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fun hike with sheep & cattle”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Another ruined Irish tower fort... what sets this one apart is its location at the top of a terraced hill with views of both Galway bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy and imagine what it would have been like to live here 500 years ago!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Donna C
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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“Inisheer is a true gem of the earth.”
Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

It stole my heart forever. The historic sights are amazing. O briens castle has amazing views. Peace, beauty and Irelands treasure= Inisheer.

Visited June 2014
5 Thank RoyBs
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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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“Nice castle”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We came to the castle by pony and trap and spent a good amount of time looking around. Basically just a run down castle, but with an interesting past and a beautiful view - worth a visit if you are on Innis Orr

Visited October 2013
1 Thank yogiglo
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Round Lake, Illinois
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“Ruined Castle on the Windy Inis Oirr Island”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

My wife and I visited Inis Oirr (Inisheer) in September 2013. There are a lot of sights to see on Inisheer -- such as the Teampall Chaomlain (graveyard and church), and the hard-to-find but really cool An Tur Faire (a ruined tower high up in the hills of Inisheer. An Tur Faire is closed off from visitors, but from this point (which is a fairly difficult walk through rocky pastures, barricaded terraces, and unstable ground filled with horse manure) it is a quick walk to O'Brien's Castle.

When you arrive at the lower stone terraces of the castle, you will have to walk up the hill through multiple stone walls, but getting to the top is well worth the energy and effort. The castle -- which was built in the 1300's -- is in complete ruins now, and the interior is "closed off" (though a few people tried climbing into the castle). Inisheer itself at all sides and angles is very windy, but being at the top of the hill where the castle rests is extremely windy. From the top of this hill you can see all views of Inisheer -- from the houses below, the harbor, the cemetery to the West, and the Burren-like desolation to the East.

It took us a long while to walk up to O'Brien's Castle (finding the right path alone to An Tur Faire instead of walking along paths to residents' homes took most of the long while -- once you find An Tur Faire, getting to O'Brien's Castle is simple, and getting down to the base of the island is an easy, quick walk).

If you have taken the time already to visit the island of Inis Oirr, then O'Brien's Castle cannot be missed.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Christopher D
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic few hours!”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We went to Innis Oirr to visit Obriens castle for my friend, who's family name is O'Brien. The ferry from Doolin was easy and took about 40mins to get over to the island (€15pp return). Innis Oirr isn't somewhere that I would have thought to have visited on my own visit, but I am so glad that we did this. It is a delightful little island, that seems to be back in time. The landscape is Burren and it is just gorgeous. We walked around the island (you can hire bikes) and up the hill to Obriens castle. It is a little bit of a slog up the hill, but it is well worth it!! The scenery on the island is amazing and you can see the islands and towards the cliffs of Moher if it is a clear day. The castle itself is a delightful little ruin, the experience is slightly marred by the obvious scene of a teenage hang out, but netherless, it is still pretty amazing to be standing in something that is so old. As you walk down from the castle towards the beach, on the right, about 50m down, there is a little b&b that serves as a cafe. The lady that runs it, is very welcoming and the house is like stepping back in time inside, but she does an AMAZING home made Baileys cheesecake!!! If you are in the area, Innis Oirr is an amazing half day trip! (We went over on the 10am cruise and back on the 2pm).

Visited September 2013
3 Thank crazyboo82
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