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Aughnanure Castle

A historical gem in the heart of Connemara

09:30 -16:00.

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Aughnanure Castle

A historical gem in the heart of Connemara

09:30 -16:00.

See all opening times

Limited Access

Grounds open daily -the ground floor of the Castle is also open
Open 09:30 - 16:00 last admission 15:30 .
Free admission
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.
Site Closed from 29 November 2021.



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Co. Galway
H91 PX20

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Aughnanure Castle

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

Opening Times

26 April – 27 October

Daily 09:30- 18:00.

last admission 17:15

Seasonal Opening Times

28 October - 28 November.

Daily 09:30 – 16:00

Last admission 15:30


Co. Galway
H91 PX20

091 552 214

Getting Here

3.5km from Oughterard off N59 – Oughterard to Galway road.

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  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • River Walk


  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access
  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven walkways

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