Rising bluntly out of the craggy landscape, Ballyportry Castle is the finest example in Ireland of a complete medieval Gaelic Tower House. Built in the 15th century, it has been beautifully restored and while careful attention has been paid to retaining all its original features and style, the tower house has all the comforts of the 21st century.
Ballyportry Castle is 35 minutes’ drive from Shannon Airport.
Map co-ordinates: 52.957984, -9.042522
Ballyportry Castle has six bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are showers as well as a guest bathroom on the ground floor and the tower house sleeps between four and eight guests comfortably.
At A Glimpse
All the furnishings reflect late medieval Ireland, a time of hospitality, song and poetry in Gaelic tower houses. The six-floored tower house is furnished in an authentic way using fabrics in keeping with the late 15th century. The sheets and pillowcases are made of linen and wool blankets from Co Tipperary cover the beds, while sheepskin rugs are dotted about the floor. The stone floors are Liscannor stone and the kitchen worktop is of Kilkenny marble. The tower house is surrounded by fields and horses, cattle and donkeys graze nearby.