Fodor's Expert Review Parke's Castle

Lough Gill Castle/Palace

This fortified house was built on the eastern shore of Lough Gill in the 17th century by an English Planter (a Protestant colonist settling on Irish lands confiscated from Catholic owners) who needed the strong fortifications to defend himself against a hostile populace. His relations with the people were made worse by the fact that he obtained his building materials mainly by dismantling a historic fortress on the site that had belonged to the clan leaders, the O'Rourkes of Breffni (once the name of the district). Don't miss the blacksmith's forge, which has been rebuilt and the nearby tiny circular sweathouse (an early druid sauna). In 2017 new steel battlements replaced wooden ones along the walkways of the Bawn area of the castle, improving visitor access. The entrance fee includes a short video show on the castle and local history; guided tours are available on the hour and last 45 minutes. In summer, boat tours of the lough leave from here. For a breathtaking view of the nearby... READ MORE

This fortified house was built on the eastern shore of Lough Gill in the 17th century by an English Planter (a Protestant colonist settling on Irish lands confiscated from Catholic owners) who needed the strong fortifications to defend himself against a hostile populace. His relations with the people were made worse by the fact that he obtained his building materials mainly by dismantling a historic fortress on the site that had belonged to the clan leaders, the O'Rourkes of Breffni (once the name of the district). Don't miss the blacksmith's forge, which has been rebuilt and the nearby tiny circular sweathouse (an early druid sauna). In 2017 new steel battlements replaced wooden ones along the walkways of the Bawn area of the castle, improving visitor access. The entrance fee includes a short video show on the castle and local history; guided tours are available on the hour and last 45 minutes. In summer, boat tours of the lough leave from here. For a breathtaking view of the nearby Lough Colgagh, drive west from Parke's Castle keeping the lake on your left. You will find a small car park from where you can drink in the spectacular views.

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Castle/Palace Historical

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Fivemilebourne, Co. Sligo  Ireland

071-916–4149

www.heritageireland.ie/en/north-west/parkescastle

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €5, Closed Oct.–Mar.

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