Walk in the footsteps of planters and Gaels
17 March - 5 November 2023
Please note that there is no credit card terminal at this site .
Admission is by cash only .
Parke’s Castle occupies a striking setting on the northern shores of Lough Gill in County Leitrim.
A restored castle of the early seventeenth century, it was once the home of English planter Robert Parke. There is evidence of an earlier structure on the site, a tower house once owned by Sir Brian O’Rourke, lord of West Breifne. O’Rourke, whom one English governor described as ‘the proudest man this day living on the earth’, resisted crown rule and fled Ireland, but ended up in the hands of Queen Elizabeth’s forces. He was thrown into the Tower of London, tried and finally hanged at Tyburn.
Tragedy struck in 1677, when two of Parke’s children drowned on the lake. The castle then fell into disrepair. Only in the late twentieth century was it restored, using traditional Irish oak and craftsmanship.
Viewed at sunset, the castle cuts a stunning silhouette over the water.
17 March – 5 November 2023
Open daily 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission 17:15)
071 916 4149
On the Sligo-Dromahair Road (R286), 11 km from Sligo Town or 7 km from Dromahair
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- Guided tours
- Assistance dogs only
- Uneven walkways
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