Inside the tower house one can climb up through the great hall and its massive chimney to the sleeping quarters and from there to the roof-walk. Obviously renovated, nonetheless the ceiling timbers have been recreated as the originals, a splendid piece of work. There are also some information panels and the lady at the kiosk will help with any info...more
About 4 kms inthe direction of Galway lies the impressive tower house of Aughnanure castle. Built in 1500 by the O'Flaherty family who owned much of the area as early as the 8th c.. There had been an original castle here in the late 1250's built by the Earl of Ulster but then the lands reverted to the O'Flahertys in 1300. Between 1569 and 1630 it...more
Aughnanure Castle dates from the 1500s. It is about 2 miles south of Oughterard. It was built by the O'Flahertys. The six story tower house is open for tours and gives a great view of the rest of the site where you can see parts of a banqueting hall and watch tower. There are plaques on each floor of the tower house describing how each floor was...more
If you've seen the movie "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, you may remember the lovely stone bridge shown at the beginning of the movie, when Michaleen is driving Sean Thornton from the train station to town. The bridge is located outside of Oughterard, on the way to Clifden. Try to visit it near sunset!more
From the pier in Oughterard, catch a ferry to Inchagoill Island. The price of the ferry includes a 20 minute guided tour of the historic sites on Inchagoill Island, including the remains of a church built by St. Patrick's newphew, Lugnaed. Lugnaed is buried there and his headstone is shaped like a rudder. The commentary given by the guide is very...more
Lough Corrib is a picturesque lake in County Galway. There are 365 islands in Lough Corrib, "one for every day of the year" according to someone we met in Oughterard. The most famous island is Inchagoill, where St. Patrick built a church (see more on Inchagoill in another tip in this section).The Hill of Doon is a great place to get pictures of...more
Stop in The Boathouse if you're in Oughterard for an evening of fun. If there's a sesiun on, it's even better. The pints always seem a bit better when there's a bit of a laugh and some local entertainment.
Dress Code: Casual
As we were walking to Aughnanure Castle, we passed a field with some horses. One of the horses was close to the fence and put its head over to be petted, so we obliged. Another horse saw this and came running over to us. Since he had run over to see us, I started to pet him too. That's when "Seamus, the killer horse" as we later dubbed him bit the back of my arm! Fortunately, I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt so the bite did not break the skin. It did leave a noticeable bruise for several days, though. After we toured the castle we passed these horses again and saw an Irish lady getting ready to pet "Seamus". We warned her about him, but she tried petting him anyway, and "Seamus" almost bit her, too. The lady laughed and scolded the horse saying, "You're a bold one, you are!" Seriously though, it's good to remember that even animals that we consider to be domestic can be dangerous.
Lying about 8 kms from Oughterard to the west is the bridge used by John Wayne at the beginning of the fim "The Quiet Man" shot here in 1951. It is well signposted on the N59 and is just a short drive from there. On one side of the bridge is a sort of pulpit with a photo of John Wayne sitting on the bridge. On the other side is a post marked "Sli Dulra 2009" and "Gaillimhe". This is in reference to the Oughterard Heritage walk that passes here and is the half-way mark on the walk.