Escape with family or friends to a 15th century Gaelic Tower House beside The Burren and only 40 minutes from Shannon Airport and the Atlantic Ocean. Sleeps up to 8 people on an exclusive use basis.

Ballyportry Castle is a genuine late Medieval 15th century Gaelic tower house, that has been sympathetically restored. It is rented as an exclusive let, which means that your group will be the only guests at the castle. A maximum of 8 people are permitted to stay at the castle at any time.

Ballyportry works well for multi-generational family holidays, and for those who wish to experience an authentic and spacious tower house.

Dinner can be prepared for your arrival; and the fridge filled with local foods by the 'Guide' who will make suggestions for your exploration of the rich archaeology and amazing landscape of the surrounding Burren, and the nearby Atlantic coast.

At a glance

  • Sleeping up to 8 people in 6 bedrooms
  • Restored 15th century Gaelic tower house
  • West of Ireland, 40 minutes from Shannon Airport
  • Close to the Atlantic Ocean and The Burren

Enclosed by a bawn wall, Ballyportry is placed on a rocky outcrop, which gives it extra height and grandeur and long distance views from the roof walk 7 levels above ground. Moonrise behind the gentle hills of Clare and sunsets can be appreciated in quiet contemplation from on high, as cattle slowly graze the rugged pastures around small lakes and a stream murmurs quietly as it curves around reed beds.

The castle has lots of books to read or dip into: poetry, biographies, thrillers, cookery etc. Wifi is available in the National Park and Wildlife Centre in the village of Corofin, less than 5 minutes away.

Guests appreciate returning to ‘their’ castle, seeing it from a distance as they return to sleep and dream within walls built just about the time Christopher Columbus first crossed the Atlantic to find the New World.

It is unusual in that it survived relatively intact after the 17th century decline of the Gaelic aristocracy, while the quality of the architecture marks it as special among its contemporaries.

Ballyportry is a protected monument of national importance.

This is a genuine late Medieval 15th century Gaelic tower. It sits on a rocky outcrop, which gives it extra height and grandeur. I love the roof terrace; just be careful when you are up on the ladders...well worth the climb for the distance views from the roof walk, seven levels above ground in the midst of The Burren. This is a true rustic castle experience.

Roger Masterson, The Castle Man

The owner's sketch of the castle:

Walk into this Gaelic tower house and step back in time. Ballyportry was built in the late 15th century, occupied for 200 years, left to decline and saved at last in the 1960s, by an American. The present owners, architect and archaeologist, let the original dynamic of Ballyportry guide them in their brilliant conservation project...

A child's imagination can be kindled in the strangest of places...for something grandiose, why not hire the kids their own castle? Check out the amazing Ballyportry Castle in Co Clare, a Gaelic tower complete with its own battlements — "great for pretending you live in the olden days" according to my younger son, Stan...