Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Contact Details

Address: Oughterard, Co. Galway.
Telephone No: +353 91 552214
Fax No: +353 91 557244


Opening Hours

16th March - 2nd November 2016: Daily  09.30 - 18.00

Due to essential electrical works being carried out in the Castle, the castle itself will not be open to the public until the works are completed.  However, there will be a guide service on the grounds of the castle with free admission for visitors.  Guided tours will be subject to guide availability on the day.  Please note also due to the type of works being carried out, the OPW cannot provide toilet facilities on site.

 Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Admission Fees

D Adult: €4.00
Sen/Group: €3.00
Child/Student: €2.00
Family: €10.00


Exhibition, toilets, car / coach park

Restaurant/Tearooms: None



Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib.  In 1546 the O'Flaherty's motto "Fortune favours the strong" and the powerful Mayo O'Malleys Motto "Powerful by land and by sea", were joined in the marriage of Donal an Chogaidh O'Flaherty and Grainuaile/Grace O'Malley.  Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.

Location: 3.5km from Oughterard off N59 - Oughterard to Galway road

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111

Guided Tours:
Maximum number: 20
Duration: 45 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book:  English, Irish, French, German

Seasonal Events:  Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes

Additional Information: Restricted access to castle grounds for visitors with disabilities

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