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Ballyportry Castle
 

County

Clare

Coordinates

N 52° 57' 27.9"   W 009° 02' 34.1"

Nearest town

Corofin

Grid Ref.

R 29967 90139

Map No.

51

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

24

Date of visit

Tuesday 10 June 2014

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The restored tower house seen from the road. The bawn wall is low and very close to the building.


This castle is a very good example of a 15th century tower house. It's a four-storey building with a crenellated top, but the southwest (240°) end rises by one more floor and has been recently dressed in white pebbles.
Around the tower house there's a small and low bawn wall. The building has several windows in all walls though most of them are just slits, apart from a two-light window in the northwest wall on the top floor of the main tower, and four three-light windows, which appear to be more modern, on the lower floors in the southwest and southeast walls. The castle was restored in the 1960's and it's now a private property used as a self-catering accomodations for tourists.
On the day of our visit two beautiful donkeys were grazing the grass around the bawn wall and came with us all around the castle for the whole length of our stay.

We came here for the first time on May 13th, 2000.


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