Rincolisky Castle

Whitehall, Co. Cork

Rincolisky Castle is a 500-year-old tower house set amongst the dramatic southern-Irish landscape with stunning panoramic sea views, just 1.5 hours west of Cork.

Renovated from a ruin by Stefanie Jaax, the castle's current owner, Rincolisky Castle spans four floors and now sleeps up to seven overnight guests across three bedrooms, on a self-catered basis

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This traditional Irish tower house spans four storeys and offers a very rustic experience by all accounts.

Kitchen & Living Room – Equipped with a traditional AGA range, dishwasher, Belfast sink, integrated cupboards and fridge, two large worktops and an antique oak dining table with benches. This open-plan space, with its old-style French fireplace, provides a cosy environment for families to gather in.

First Bedroom - Located on the first mezzanine, this bedrooms contains one double bed, suitable for up to two guests.

Second Bedroom - Located on the first mezzanine, this bedroom contains two single beds and a futon, suitable for up to three guests.

Glass Apartment - The most contemporary addition to the castle is the glass apartment on the top floor, suitable for up to two guests, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


Rincolisky Castle stands proudly on the southern shore of Roaringwater Bay, and has done so since 1495, when it was first built by the local O'Driscoll clan, to serve as a watch-tower, controlling the incoming freight through the bay.

In 1690, the castle was then transferred to the Townsend family, who removed the three upper floors of the castle to provide building material for their new mansion house - Whitehall House. What remained of Rincolisky Castle, just two storeys, was left to ruin for over three centuries.

In 2000, the castle's current owner, Stefanie Jaax, restored the ivy-clad ruins of Rincolisky and now markets the property as a rustic self-catering getaway.


County Cork is the largest and southern-most county in Ireland, and there is no shortage of reasons to visit this beautiful part of the world.

Fishing - Whether it's deep-sea fishing or just a gentle afternoon by any of the area's numerous lakes, this 15th-century tower-house is in the perfect location to offer both.

Golf - Retire to your very own castle after a long day on the course - Rincolisky Castle is in a great location from which to explore south-west Ireland's finest golf courses.

Boating - The various islands dotted throughout Roaringwater Bay serve as the perfect beauty spots for those adventurers looking for a day out on the water.

Walking - With miles of footpaths available in the nearby area, the options range from a leisurely stroll beside the shores of Roaringwater Bay to a trek across the hills.


The rates detailed below are per week, for exclusive hire of Rincolisky Castle on a self-catered basis for 2019 stays, inclusive of VAT.

Exclusive Use7 nights
Low Season€1,060
High Season€1,660
Low Season:High Season:
1 Oct - 31 May*01 Jun - 30 Sep
*Excludes Easter, Christmas & New Year, for which the High Season rate applies.


Rincolisky Castle offers a rustic castle getaway in a truly remote setting. The 1.5 hour drive from Cork to the castle's front door is an experience in and of itself, passing through beautiful villages, typical of West Cork, such as Clonakility and Rosscarbery.

The castle gives you a chance to explore the lesser-known areas of Ireland's southern coast, whilst still being accessible to a lot of the key attractions that bring travellers to this region...

Kinsale Town, 48 miles
Blarney Castle, 59 miles
Ring of Kerry, 60 miles
Killarney National Park, 62 miles
Dingle Peninsula, 103 miles