Aughnanure Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Contact Details


Co. Galway,
H91 PX20

Tel. No: +353 (91) 552 214
Fax No: +353 (91) 557 244





Opening Hours


1st March - 24th October
Daily  09.30 - 18.00
Last admission 17:15

25th October - 31st October
Daily 09.30 - 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) 836 6111

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