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“Rahinnane Castle -- easy to miss but worth a visit”
Review of Rahinnane Castle

Rahinnane Castle
Ranked #8 of 8 things to do in Ventry
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

Like the previous reviewer, we came upon the ruins of this castle by accident while staying near Dingle this summer. It's located just off the road from Ventry north to Ballyferriter, about 2 km from Ventry. We decided to go to explore and I subsequently researched the castle online to get more information. Rahinnane (or Rahanane) dates to the 15th century. It was built by the Knight of Kerry as a fortified house on top of an ancient ring fort that was already 500 to 1,000 years old. The ditch in the ring-fort, 20-30 feet deep, was to protect the occupants and their livestock from wild animals and raiders. It made a good defensive position for the castle that was later built there, but there is no evidence that the ditch was ever used as a moat. The castle was occupied until the Cromwellian wars of the 1650s when, like many other ruined castles in Ireland, it was destroyed by Cromwell's troops. There's a plaque there that gives a brief description of the history of the castle. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 17 January 2008

While driving around Dingle on our honeymoon, we kept catching sight of the remains of a castle. My husband determined to find it, and we finally did. Rahinnane Castle is really just a 2 1/2 sided remain of a historical castle, and to access it you must walk through a cowfield owned by the neighboring Bed and Breakfast. (We paid 2 euros each to a little boy at the farmhouse to gain admittance, by the way.) The castle stands all by itself and for being so small, was very impressive. We had visited several other castles on our trip, so we knew a little of how they were constructed by that time. The landscape was such that you could envision the moat that protected it long ago. It was a residential fort for local chieftans and I do not believe there were any battles fought there. The signs warn you to be careful when walking around the castle, but we both took turns climbing a small, narrow stairway on one side. The top of the stairs take you partway up the side, which makes for a great photo. The weather was appropriately windy that day, and we dubbed it "our castle" since we had the whole place to ourselves. Really worth your time and effort to see this historic landmark.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017
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