The Rockfleet castle - © Ivano

Rockfleet Castle

Localisation en Irlande
The Rockfleet castle - © Ivano

Informations about Rockfleet Castle

Location in Ireland Ireland County: County Mayo (Republic of Ireland)
Location :
Address : on Clare Island : a boat leaves the island to reach the castle

Type de lieu Type :  

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Rockfleet Castle is an Irish castle located on Clare Island in County Mayo. Built in the middle of the 16th century, it belonged to Richard Burke, who had to give it to his former wife Grace O’Malley, a famous Irish pirate, when he divorced her.

Visit Rockfleet Castle

A fortified tower on Clare Island

Rockfleet Castle is a 4-storey fortified tower, rising to a height of more than 18 metres. Open to the public all year round, the castle was built on the seafront. It was restored by a wealthy American owner in the 1950s, and has benefited from a very special renovation, using materials corresponding to those used in the 16th century.

A true jewel of Irish heritage, the castle now belongs to the Irish State. Everything can be visited there: from the first floor with its astonishing scale, to its crow’s nest hidden in one of the walls of the building’s secret passage. Only the door on the top floor is padlocked for security reasons.

A small exhibition retraces the great moments of Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate who marked the history of Ireland by her multiple battles, whether on land or at sea…

Practical informations

Adresse Address: on Clare Island : a boat leaves the island to reach the castle
Location: (County Mayo)

GPS coordinatesGPS : 53.896066,-9.627089

PricePrice* :

5€ the crossing, the visit of the castle is free of charge

*indicative price may vary according to the season and the policy of the establishment.

Opening HoursOpening Hours:


DurationDuration: 45 minutes


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