Kiltroge Castle is a four-storey tower house that dates back to the 16th century. Kiltroge Castle is located in the townland of Kiltroge, which means “Tróg’s Church” in Irish, in the parish of Lackagh. The castle was held by John Blake, a member of the powerful Anglo-Norman family that dominated Galway for centuries.
Kiltroge Castle is one of the many castles that dot the landscape of Galway, a county that has witnessed many invasions, wars and rebellions throughout its turbulent history. The castles in Galway reflect the diverse architectural styles and influences of their builders and owners, from medieval marvels to romantic retreats.
Kiltroge Castle, however, is not as well-known as some of the other castles in Galway, and it is now in ruins. However, it still retains some of its original features, such as the remains of a spiral staircase, the castle entrance, a guard room and some loops and ogival heads. The castle is situated on a small hill on the banks of the River Clare, overlooking the surrounding countryside, and it offers a glimpse into the past of Galway. The castle is located on private land, so the landowner’s permission needs to be sought in order to get up close of the castle.
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