Located 1km above the village of Doolin, in County Clare Ireland, lies Doonagore castle, overlooking the Atlantic ocean. The castle is a 16th century tower house, built Dún na Gabhair meaning “The fort of the rounded hills” built with sandstone by Tadgh (Teigue) MacTurlough MacCon O’Connor in the 1500s. It has since been repaired by the Gore family in the early 19th century.
When I heard that this castle was near cliffs of Moher, I had to know more about it. I’ve been intrigued by the beauty of that area for some time. One of the most well traveled tourist attractions, the cliffs of Moher have gained upwards of one million visitors.
This castle is not open to the public and happens to be a private vacation home. You can find more information at Castles in Ireland, and Doolin 2 Aran Ferries, which also gives you ferry information and the ability to book your trip directly online.
If you plan on staying in Doolin, head over to Cullinan’s restaurant and guesthouse, at the junction between the R479 and R459. Also take a trip to Stone Cutter’s Kitchen, owned and operated by husband and wife team Karen and Miles Duffy. The restaurant has received ardent praise by various sources, and awards.