Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Contact Details

Address: Aughanure, Oughterard, Co. Galway. H91 PX20
Telephone No: +353 91 552 214
Fax No: +353 91 557 244


Opening Hours


2nd March - 27th October
Daily  09.30 - 18.00

Last admission 17:15

26th October - 1st November
Daily 9.30 - 17.00

Last Admission 16:15

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00


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