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Rockfleet / Carraigahowley Castle

Although the castle was not open on the day we visited, it was a great place to call to. We... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Martin B
County Dublin, Ireland
The Pirate Queen's castle keep: Rockfleet Castle

A bit misleading, since it's not really much of a castle per se, but more of a watch tower, or... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii
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N59 Road | Off N59, Newport F28 X593, Ireland
+353 98 27375
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All reviews pirate queen definitely worth a visit beautiful location grace key renovation door tower sign history step century mulranny
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Drove out of our way to see this because the Destination Westport website stated... “Every nook and cranny can be explored including the passages within the walls.” This is what we found. Very disappointed!

1  Thank Dana W
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Although the castle was not open on the day we visited, it was a great place to call to. We wandered around all the outside areas, and saw everything that a 16th century Gaelic towerhouse had to offer. It is such a peaceful, tranquil location,...More

1  Thank Martin B
Reviewed 9 March 2018

This is one of the greatest castles in Ireland! You ask WHY? Because it is a true pure Irish Tower Castle! Grace is buried on Clare Island in the ancient Abbey. In 2003 when I first went over to Ireland from the USA, I had...More

Reviewed 16 January 2018

A bit misleading, since it's not really much of a castle per se, but more of a watch tower, or castle keep. It's still quite interesting driving up to it, as you can literally park right beside it as you step back into time. For...More

1  Thank Flowerfish3
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We stopped by Grace O'Malley's keep outside of Newport again. This time my father was in tow with us. The weather was great for pictures. It wasn't open for interior exploration, but that didn't stop us from taking plenty of pics on the outside. Definitely...More

Thank Erik K
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This looks like there might be more to it than Kildavnet (One of Grace O'Malleys other castles) but it was undergoing renovation and was locked when we visited. Shame, it looks quite interesting from the outside.

Thank L3K
Reviewed 8 August 2017

It is grand to drive at leisurely pace from Newport to Mulranny, to meander down the many lanes to the left and discover treasures.. Coming in sight of this castle keep/watchtower was sheerly magical. A wild place, sea and seaweed and a watchful heron. Leave...More

Thank RoseMarigold77
Reviewed 29 July 2017

This castle is not that easy to find. You have to take a small side road between Newport and Mulranny (coming from Newport, it is to the left). There is a sign, but it says "Carrickahowley Castle" instead of Rockfleet Castle. The castle (which is...More

2  Thank nathelbiya
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is one of Grace O'Malley's castles. Not really furnished but redone in a very authentic manner. Obtain key at house next to castle if unopened

2  Thank CharlesK2217
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Beautiful castle in great condition in a very scenic location right on the edge of the sea. Easy to get to and definitely worth a look. Not open to the public yet but looks like they are working on that. Shall return when they do.

1  Thank Lynn H
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