Grounds open daily -the ground floor of the Castle is also open
Opening times 09:30 to 18:00, last admission 17:15
Public toilet facilities on site.
Site may close for lunch subject to availability of guides.
Social distancing adhered to throughout the grounds – please follow guide instructions.
The fearsome O’Flaherty family, whose motto was ‘Fortune favours the strong’, ruled west Connacht for 300 years from this fine six-storey tower on the shores of Lough Corrib.
In 1546 the O’Flahertys joined forces with the Mayo O’Malleys when Donal an Chogaidh O’Flaherty married Grace O’Malley, later known as Granuaile, the formidable pirate queen. The O’Malley motto, ‘Powerful by land and by sea,’ showed the awe in which that family, too, was held.
At Aughanure today you can inspect the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of the three species of bat that now live in the castle.
Coming to visit us? Why not download and print off our Aughnanure Castle Family Quest Activity and get a chance to win an OPW Annual Family Heritage Card worth €90.
3.5km from Oughterard off N59 – Oughterard to Galway road.
- Hold hand rail
- Limited Access
- Stay back from edge
- Uneven walkways.