Clifden Castle
Clifden Castle
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SuJ
42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
This was interesting to see but it isn’t a destination place to look around so worth a visit if you’re passing. It’s a short walk down to it from the road, going through the arch and walking down the farm track. There’s lovely views and it’s atmospheric to see. Once at the castle it’s a building ruins with no information and no safety features either. Kids liked it but it didn’t take up as much time as we thought it would.
Written 24 August 2021
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Marvin G
Ogdensburg, NY1,493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Clifden Castle was built by John d'Arcy between 1812 and 1815. D’Arcy family could not afford to maintain it and it fell into disrepair. In the interim, it passed through a few buyers and disputed ownership passed on to the group of tenants. In 1935, the Irish Land Commission purchased the land from the cooperative and passed it back to be held jointly. But the house was now missing roof and fell into ruin. However, it is still a classic Gothic Revival style edifice and should be seen.
Written 2 August 2022
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Clemj01
Cork, Ireland53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Nice scenic walk down to the Castle. About 1km down. Fair play to the owner to allow access. Saw fab standing stones and sheep and Connemara ponies on the way. If it’s been raining the last leg can be tricky as the path floods but it was manageable. The castle itself was built in 1818 apparently. A shadow of its former glory and a bit of a wreck but interesting nonetheless. It’s free so a grand way to pass an hour and get some exercise and fresh air!
Written 22 August 2021
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
There were a few parking spots on a patch of gravel outside the castle gates. You can then walk all the way down to the castle or you can walk about halfway down and still get a decent view. We walked to the curve where the castle came into view and met some people hiking back up from the castle. We asked if the walk was worth it and they all said not really. So, if you've seen a lot of ruins in Ireland already, this is not worth the walk. But I still enjoyed seeing it and snapping a picture by only walking part way down.
Written 26 June 2022
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SteveMooreGCC
Luzon, Philippines129 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Thought a nice local castle visit would be nice and full an hour or two. Followed google maps as no local signage. Got to spot of a closed gate. Kept driving g and found lay by, took a picture from far and that’s it.

No clear entrance, sign or acces
Written 22 September 2022
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Christina A
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Randomly came accross This castle whilst out looking for a beach. A nice Little walk down to the castle, spotted lovely friendly cattle and beautiful views of The ocean. The castle is a. Shell but it was fun to poke around in. Nice Little walk to put in an hour if you're in the area.
Written 29 August 2020
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rogersober
Clermont, FL37,299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
Took the loop walk and expanded it to come up to the castle about 3.2 miles both ways. The Glora was bountiful and beautiful along the way plus stopped at the other castle. The Ruins are of a smaller place than expected.
Written 12 July 2024
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Sox299
Norwich, UK160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
First, let it be said Clifden Castle is not a castle, it is a manor house built by James D'Arcey (the founder of Clifden town) around 1815-1818 as his family home. It was built in the popular style of the time for the Irish landed gentry and had out-houses, a walled garden and other features that distinguished the owner from the poor peasantry around and created such resentment, fuelled partly by the Catholic Church and the hatred for Protestants/ The history of the 'castle' is short because of the two potato famines and the inability of the poor tenants of the estate to pay their rents and the failure of James' son. Hyacinth (what a peculiar male name) to manage the estate. Although sold on in the 1920s to the Eyre family, the house never again thrived and fell into disrepair. With independent Ireland and the still-poor peasantry, the house itself was plundered for its lead roof, beams, doors - in fact, anything of value. So what we have is a slice of Irish history that nobody in Ireland wants. How sad!
We visited the site late on a Sunday afternoon, walking down a rutted pathway past a sign saying No Dogs and No Cars. The track starts on the Sky Road a few miles west of Clifden past D'Arcey's monument. There are no indications that this is to Clifden Castle. However, after about 15 minutes downhill walking,the castle appears on a south-facing plot of improved land, Nobody looks after the ruins. Local tenants use the ruins now to graze their livestock and the old farm courtyard shelters some of their implements. The whole place is falling progressively into disrepair and ruin. One gets the true reflection of a history of Ireland raw in resentment between classes and religions, the sores of which run deep today. How sad and depressing. By all means a visit today is well worth the effort that few make - but appreciate the context and wonder why someone in authority doesn't make any effort to protect an important part of Irish history as a reminder of the past, . The ruins are so evocative and stand as testimony to "man's inhumanity to man',
Written 31 May 2015
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ehutchins
Scottsdale, AZ4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
I hesitate to write this review because we didn't actually get to see the castle, but I think this information is useful. We searched for a view from the sky road/lower sky road and didn't find one, and then we decided to try and walk down to the castle. We found the gate that others have described and started to walk down the road, but were stopped by one of the owners. He told us that it was private property and that we were trespassing and needed to leave. He said that the ruins are too dangerous and people aren't allowed to walk down there.

There were no "private property" or "no trespassing" signs in the area, so we were unaware of the issue. There is a sign saying no dogs and no cars, but that's about it. Ironically, we did see a small sign along the path from another owner (perhaps more tourist friendly) selling oil paintings of the castle.

I suppose it depends on the day and mood of the property owners in the area whether or not you get to walk down the road to the castle. It is a bit of a letdown after spending about an hour trying to get a glimpse.
Written 17 May 2015
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martyschuchman
Round Hill, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Easier to find than we thought and so worth seeing a piece of history. Take the sky road from Clifden for about 1.25 miles, look for the arch way on the left. There s a patch of grass/dirt where you can park, looks like someone's front yard but it is not. Take the stone road through the arch, about a 15 min walk and a bit muddy so bring the right shoes. Very cool to see and the views are breathtaking. Enjoy!
Written 8 April 2016
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