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Usually one of our first stops on any Cliffs Of Moher day tour is the pretty village of Kinvara to visit Dunguaire Castle which is arguably the most photographed defensive towerhouse/castle in Ireland. It is located on the shores of Galway Bay which is a large part of the Wild Atlantic Way and was built in 1520. It has 4 floors in total and the name stems from the “Dun of King Guaire”, the legendary king of Connacht who died in 662AD and it is built on a Ring Fort.
Restoration of Dunguaire Castle
It had a few owners Richard Martyn was one in the 17th Century, he was one of the Tribes of Galway. In 1924 was bought by Oliver St John Gogarty, he restored and held very import meetings in it on the retrival of the Irish Language.
Later Years at Dunguaire Castle
In 1954 was purchased by Lady Christobel Ampthill who live hear for 12 years, Open to visitors in 1966 by Shannon Heritage who now own it.
Visiting Dunguaire Castle
- Opens 10am in the morning 7 days week April to October
- Admission is €8, there is a small shop which sells Irish souvenirs
- Always use the carpark located on the main road which is a 5 minute walk from the Castle
- During the summer they the hold Medieval Banquets where the entertainment is amazing, Harp playing, poetry and singing is just some of the music during your meal.
- They also give you a glass of Mead, the drink of the 4 High Kings in Ireland in the middle ages, which was introduced by the monks
Other Things To Do on Cliffs of Moher Day Tour
Poulnabrone dolmen is one of the most photographed megalithic monument in Ireland. If you’re taking one of our day tours to the Cliffs of Moher then you should ask your driver about a visit to this mystical monument.
Located in the heart of the Burren In Co. Clare. It is easily accessible from both Galway and Shannon. Located in the Burren’s terraced mountainside, has one of the most beautiful views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the Burren.