Hi everyone. I hope I find you all well and a very Happy Easter to all! This week I’m taking us on a tour of some of Ireland’s lesser known castles of which there are many dotted all over the country. Here’s my top 5.
Ireland’s Lesser Known Castles
- Roscommon Castle
- Luttrellstown Castle
- Castlewellan Castle
- Castle Roche
- Clifden Castle
1. Roscommon Castle
Roscommon Castle was built in 1269 by Robert De Ufford, Justiciar of Ireland. It was dismantled by Cromwellian “Ironsides” in 1652 and eventually burned down in 1690. The ruins of the castle are now open to the public. Attractions include the Hill o’ Bones, a wildflower meadow, bird walk, lake feature and a children’s playground
2. Luttrellstown Castle
Luttrellstown Castle dates back to the early 15th Century and is situated on the outskirts of Dublin. It was owned by the eponymous Luttrell family for over 600 years. The castle has played host to numerous dignitaries over the years including Queen Victoria in 1844 and 1900 and more recently David & Victoria Beckham who celebrated their nuptials here.
3. Castlewellan Castle
Castlewellan Castle and forest park are located in County Down in the town of the same name. The castle itself is a Scottish baronial castle and was built between 1856 and 1858 by the 4th Earl Annesley. The forest park covers some 1140 acres. The park includes the Peace Mace which is made up of some 6000 yew trees and the National Arboretum of Northern Ireland which dates abck to 1740.
4. Castle Roche
Next up we have a wonderful example of the numerous ancient castle ruins in Ireland. This castle has an interesting story behind its construction. It dates way back to 1236 AD and was first commissioned by Rohesia De Verdun. Rohesia moved to Ireland after the sudden death of her husband. She immediately requested a fortified castle be built for her. She even offered her hand in marriage and share in her wealth to whoever would build this castle for her. Legend has it however that the newly married Rohesia disposed of her new groom by pushing him from the window of their bridal suite! To this day that same window is known as “Murder Window”.
5. Clifden Castle
So we end in the west of Ireland at some stunning ruins. There is a lot of history within the ruined walls of Clifden Castle. Built-in 1818 by John D’Arcy, the manor house was at once considered one of the country’s finest. However, after the death of John, his son Hyacinth inherited the house. The famine struck and the new landlord was no longer able to collect the rents. As a result, the estate went bankrupt. It eventually fell into ruins which are still pretty impressive. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Connemara region.
So if you’re planning a trip to Ireland, maybe one of these hidden gem castles will make it on to your to do list! Shop our full collection of Irish sweaters, Irish jewelry and Irish gifts and grab a bargain in our Spring Clearance Sale which starts today!
Thanks for dropping by,
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!