Situated on a hill, not far from Caherciveen, stands the ruined castle of Ballycarbery. In a state of serious deterioration, the castle is overgrown with mosses and wild grasses, and has a look worthy of a children’s fairy tale, with its forms overtaken by time. Majestic, the Ballycarbery Castle dates from the 16th century and dominates the fabulous Kerry landscape of plains and stretches of mud where the tide has receded. The area is deserted, and the construction deliciously silent. Notice to the amateurs: Ballycarbery is really worth the detour!
Built in the 16th century on a mound of land dominating the Kerry landscape, Ballycarbery Castle is said to have belonged to the McCarthy clan until the death of Daniel McCarthy.
On the death of Daniel McCarthy, the castle passed into the hands of Sir Valentine Browne, a wealthy nobleman, who purchased a large portion of the surrounding land.
In the course of history, the castle suffered a devastating attack and the ramparts had to withstand many rounds of cannonballs… It is as a result of this battle that the castle remained in ruins as we know it today.
According to historians, the castle has indeed suffered much damage and was never really restored.
During your visit, you will see that the castle is very damaged. But this is what makes its charm today! It is made up of a stone rampart pierced with small loopholes. Under the effects of battles and time, only half of this wall has remained intact.
Access to the ground floor is via an entrance without a door, which leads to several compartmentalized rooms. Of these, only one still has intact walls and roof. The others are open to the sky, and we can only guess their presence from the remains of sections of wall geometrically implanted in the ground.
Two staircases in poor condition then give access to the first and second floors. This time, the deterioration of the place is such that you will find it difficult to distinguish the stone from the weeds. All the rooms are open to the sky, and the first floor is the most spacious level of the whole construction.
At the top, you will be able to guess the features of a crenellated tower in ruins, covered with moss and grass. A little further up, an arched window offers a breathtaking view of the plains of County Kerry .
The place is breathtaking, and little frequented: a wonder to discover as you wish!