CAHERAKILLEEN CASTLE

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If you are looking for a mysterious and intriguing destination in Galway, you might want to visit Caherakilleen Castle near Rathgorgan. This castle is one of the many medieval towers that dot the landscape of this county, but it has a special charm due to its unknown history and secluded location.

Caherakilleen Castle is a four-storey tower that stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the countryside. It was probably built in the 15th or 16th century, but there is no record of who built it or who owned it. The name Caherakilleen means “the stone fort of the little church”, which suggests that there was a religious site nearby. However, no traces of such a site have been found.

The castle would have had typical features of Irish tower houses, such as a spiral staircase, a vaulted ceiling, and latrines on each floor, bartizans, or small turrets, on each corner, which give it a distinctive appearance. The castle would have also most likely been surrounded by a bawn wall, which would have provided some protection from attackers.

The castle is not open to the public, but it can be seen from the road or from a nearby farm. Caherakilleen Castle is a hidden gem in Galway that offers a glimpse into the past and a sense of mystery. If you are interested in exploring the rich heritage and history of this county, you should not miss this castle and the other castles in Galway that you can find on this website.

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Caherakilleen Castle

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