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Carra Castle
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 43' 17.6"   W 009° 15' 19.3"

Nearest town

Castlebar

Grid Ref.

M 17180 75371

Map No.

38

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

31

Date of visit

Saturday 8 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Castle Carra is beautifully located on the banks of the Lough Carra.


This nice tower house is located on the banks of Lough Carra. The passable lane ends at a cattle gate in front of a farm. From here it's a five-minute walk to the castle. On our arrival the landowner came towards us and friendly welcomed us. He granted us the permission to the castle and gave us the directions to reach it.

The castle was built between 1238 and 1300 by the Staunton family who apparently still owns it. In the 15th century it was restored with some additions.
It's a three-storey tower house with no roof. A bawn wall runs all around the main building leaving a narrow corridor between the wall itself and the castle. To the north there's the stump of a round turret used as a advanced defensive point.
The main doorway is padlocked but it's possible to look inside and see a guard room on the right and two vaulted chambers to the left.
Sadly very little remains of the building and the fact that the access to the interior is denied makes the visit to the castle not clear.

When we came here we found out that in a corner of the corridor between the bawn wall and the castle two boys had put a tent for camping, and there were waste and beer cans all over the place.


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