The Irish landscape is dotted with the ruins of castles, fortified houses, tower houses and and Galway in particular is home to many of the finest examples of these medieval antiquities in various states of (dis)repair.
Thoor Ballylee Castle
Thoor Ballylee near the village of Gort in Co. Galway dates from the 13th century and was once the home of the celebrated Irish poet, W.B. Yeats.
Menlo Castle was built in the 16th century and sits on the banks of the River Corrib, opposite the National University of Ireland, Galway sports grounds.
Ashford Castle sits on the Galway-Mayo border near the village of Cong. Dating from the 13th century, the castle is now a famous 5 star hotel.
Lynches Castle stands proudly on Shop Street in the city of Galway as a fine example of a medieval town house. The current structure was built in the 16th century and was once the home of the powerful Lynch family – one the famous ‘tribes’ of Galway.
Ballynahinch Castle, near Clifden Co. Galway, traces its origins back over 700 years ago to the days of the feared O’Flaherty clan. The castle passed hands many times over its history and in the 1920s was purchased by His Highness the Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, India – widely regarded as one of the finest cricket players of all time.