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Kildavnet Castle

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Achill, Achill Island, Ireland
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Grace's tower

I always loved Grace O'Malley's stories and so it came as a nice surprise to find her tower as part... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Dublin, Ireland
Lovely spot for a historical ramble

The castle was the one-time home of the O'Malley family. The most famous of whom was Grace... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
London, United Kingdom
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Achill, Achill Island, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I always loved Grace O'Malley's stories and so it came as a nice surprise to find her tower as part of the wild atlantic coast drive. No entrance fee, can be seen any day, any time, no matter what the weather. Beautiful to look at...More

Thank NorthsideCrew
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The castle was the one-time home of the O'Malley family. The most famous of whom was Grace o'Malley, the pirate Queen who faced up to Elizabeth I to have her sons and brother released from an English nobleman who had taken them captive. My daughter...More

1  Thank ElizaF_London
Reviewed 23 October 2016

It’s worth a 10 minute stop if you’re driving past. The tower is freely open, but there’s not a great deal to see. You can also take a look around the ruined church a few yards along the road.

Thank L3K
Reviewed 27 August 2016

This castle is simply beautiful. My boys love the fact that you can go into it. It is really well-maintained and looks fabulous for a 500 year old ruin. There is a stile to allow pedestrian access. If one wishes to, one can park at...More

1  Thank 1972pookie4
Reviewed 9 August 2016

If you can park up nearby you will be lucky. It was pouring rain when we visited and therefore no problem with the parking. Worth taking a photograph but there is little else of the turret to see. Beautiful scenery even on a wet miserable...More

Reviewed 21 May 2016

We were driving on the Atlantic Drive on Achill. When we got to Kildownet Castle there was no place to park so I pulled (kind of dangerously) off to the side and walked over o the castle. The gate was locked and barred so that...More

Thank Buckeyemary
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Great spot for photography and full of interesting local history. Well worth a visit if driving around the penninsula.

Thank Amanito G
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We got hooked on Grace O'Malley's history after visiting Westport House so a visit here was a must for us! (Another castle of her's is Rockfleet also known as Carrigahowley outside Newport.) Kildownet is accessible by climbing a few steps built into a stone wall....More

1  Thank Samantha P
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Ask any of the locals about this place. There is a great history. Also visit the gravy yard (cemetery) near by

Thank James C
Reviewed 3 October 2015

A great old keep style castle on Achill. We were pressed for time, so I couldn't explore fully, but that does give me a reason to go back.

Thank Erik K
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