Not long after leaving Valentia Island behind, we came across the ruins of Ballycarberry Castle, located in an area known as "over the water" by the locals in Cahirciveen. Nearby down near the waters edge are are the old barracks.
In the 15th century when the Castle would have been in its prime, I think it would have an impressive sight. When built as a the home of the McCarthy Clan, it was probably the largest and most impressive castle built on the peninsula of Iveragh .
It's listed on the County’s historical buildings list so I guess one day restoration will take place. Don't expect to see much as the Castle is in a poor state of repair.
Ballycarbery Castle is a 15h century ruin that is now beautifully covered in ivy, and in a gorgeous lowland setting with little development around. When I was there, we were able to go right up to the castle and even climb inside a bit where we had a picnic. Apparently this was once a magnificent castle, and its proximity to Caher Gael stone fort makes the visit doubly worthwhile. Both sites can be easily incorporated into a Ring of Kerry trip.
There was no admission fee when we were there. As with all these ruins, it's not necessarily safe to get inside, so use your best judgment.
This 15th century tower house is situated in the near of Cahersiveen, off the famous Ring of Kerry. The ruins, partly covered with ivy and situated close to the sea, look great!