If you are looking for a unique and historic place to visit in Galway, you might want to check out Caher Castle, also known as Caherkinmonwee Castle. This late medieval tower is believed to have been built in the 15th century by the Burke family, who were powerful lords in the region. The castle was involved in several conflicts and sieges over the centuries, until it was abandoned and left in ruin in the 18th century.
However, in 1996, the castle was bought by Peter Hayes, who embarked on a remarkable restoration project that brought the castle back to life. Hayes spent over 20 years working on the castle, using traditional methods and materials to preserve its authenticity and charm. Peter has also opened the castle as an AirBnB, allowing visitors to experience living like a king in a medieval castle.
Caher Castle is located near Craughwell, about 25 km from Galway city. It is situated on a hill overlooking the countryside, offering stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The castle has five storeys, each with its own character and features. The castle still retains many of its original features, such as bartizans (small turrets) on all four corners, a spiral staircase, and latrines on the second, third, and fourth storey levels. The castle is also decorated with antique furniture, paintings, tapestries, and armour, creating a cosy and historic ambience. The castle is now equipped with modern amenities, such as electricity, heating, wifi, and hot water, but it also maintains its rustic charm and authenticity.
Caher Castle is a perfect place for anyone who loves history, architecture, or adventure. It offers a rare opportunity to stay in a genuine medieval castle that has been lovingly restored and preserved. If you are interested in booking a stay at Caher Castle, you can visit their Airbnb page for more information and availability. You can also follow them on Facebook. Caher Castle is a hidden gem in Galway that will make you feel like royalty, so be sure to visit!
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