Cloghan Castle view

A private avenue leads to a semi-circular paved area and a tennis court which are outside the boundaries of the external fortification. The castle is fully spotlighted, enabling its grandeur to be illuminated by night.

The castle is constructed of natural stone from the area which is predominately granite, with most of the walls standing 6 feet in depth. Indeed much of the stone used for the restoration would have been used during the original construction.


The internal construction of the castle is largely of exposed natural stone walls, wooded beamed ceiling and stone or wooden floors.

A winding 90 step stairway connects the various levels. Furthermore, in spite of the restriction of lighting imposed by the use of the traditional windows, the castle is well lit by means of internal lighting systems.

The outstanding external characteristics of Cloghan Castle include the typical Norman features: Arched Doorways, Circular Turrets and Battlements particularly well defined in the uppermost viewing platform area.

Old traditions remain intact today. Stepping out onto the battlements one can understand the strategic importance of this site for the Normans. Spread before you are awe-inspiring views of the surrounding five counties and the Slieve Aughty Mountains. The battlements today are used for less sinister activities with space for 300 people for large open air barbecues or private dining al fresco.

Standing on the thrones of the battlements you can lose yourself...or find yourself... in the timelessness that is part of Cloghan Castle's most treasured gift.