Gleninagh Castle (Gleninagh Castle in English) is one of those gigantic ruined fortresses that haunt the high landscapes of Ireland. Located in County Galway, this square tower of the 16th century was the possession of the O’Loughlin family, a wealthy family who ruled the area until 1890…
Built in the 16th century by the O’Loughlin family, this fortress was erected to watch over the north bank of the Burren. You will find it in a field, located near a pebble beach. So much to say that the site is idyllic!
To access it, you will just have to park at the end of a small road blocked on the Lisdoonvarna road (L54), then walk to Gleninagh Castle through the tall grass (beware of the mud on rainy days, when the field becomes a real swamp!).
Gleninagh Castle was inhabited by the family until 1890, then was gradually abandoned over the years, until it was completely abandoned and then classified as a National Monument.
The main feature of the tower is its rectangular L-shaped plan, consisting of a four-storey tower and some structures added at the base of the fort to maintain and reinforce the building. It is important to note that the fortress itself is now in ruins, so be careful if you wish to venture into the heart of Gleninagh Castle.
Among the things to see, you will have the opportunity to visit the small turret adjoining the fortress, as well as the central building, with its 4-storey tower. To visit this last one, you will find an entrance on the ground floor, which is quite rare for a castle, which normally has an entrance on the 1st floor, accessible by a wooden structure. Passing the entrance, you will then admire the magnificent machicolations, as well as the different floors… The 3rd level, moreover, has a vaulted roof, rather badly preserved, as well as a dungeon, where thieves and other criminals were locked up in the past.
Throughout your visit, you will be able to see the incredible number of windows and loopholes pierced in the walls of the fortress. From here you can enjoy the fabulous views from Gleninagh Castle overlooking an inlet, as well as the river bank across the way, overlooking the Burren River in County Clare.
Duration: 30 minutes