Castles

North Clare and the Burren.
Dough Castle
Built by Donnchadh O'Connor in 1422, later the property of the O'Briens. Lies to the north of Lahinch.

Doonagore Castle
A short distance away from Doolin. The castle is an unusual structure consisting of a circular tower in a small bawn (walled enclosure). It has recently been restored

Liscannor
The ruined castle was originally built in the 12th century by the O'Connors, later becoming a O'Brien stronghold occupied by Sir Turlough O'Brien during the threatened invasion at the time of the Spanish Armada (1588).
Ballynalackan Castle, 5 km to the north of Doolin, is a reasonably well preserved 15th century O'Brien tower house with walled enclosure or bawn. Its location, on a low rock-cliff overlooking the road affords magnificent views of land and sea alike.

Gregan Castle
An occupied squat tower house part dated from the 13th century, which was originally owed by the chief of the Loughlens, Prince of the Burren. Up until the end of the 16th century Burren was known as the Barony of Gregans. There are 10 acres of tranquil woodlands in the grounds.

Newtown Castle
2 km along the road from Ballyvaughan to Lisdoonvarna, Newtown Castle is a curious circular tower house rising 5 storeys from a square "pyramidal" base. Built in the 16th century the castle passed from the O'Briens to the O'Loghlens.

Cahercloggaun
Not far from Ballyvaughan is a much dilapidated O'Loghlen castle built in the 15th century.

Gleninagh Castle
4.5 Km away from Fanore is a 16th century tower house occupied until about 1840 by the O'Loghlen family, chieftains of the Burren. To the East of the castle is a fulacht fiadh, or ancient cooking place.

Leamaneh Castle
(Léim an Eich or Fheidh - Leap of the horse or deer)
Between Killinaboy and Kilfenora. One of the principal O'Brien strongholds, it figures highly in the history of Clare and the O'Brien fortunes. The towerhouse or castle at the east end was built in 1480 by the father of Sir Donal O'Brien.
The adjoining house, a striking 17th century four-storey was built by Conor O'Brien, (husband of the famous Maura Rua MacMahon), about 1640.
An ornamental gateway dated 1643, together with a stone fireplace, were removed to Domoland, the main O'Brien residence, during the 19th century.

The two castles on Lake Inchiquin, near Corofin were O'Brien strongholds.
(Both are unfortunately now in ruin.)

West Clare
Carrigaholt Castle
The remains of a MacMahon castle, captured in 1599 by the Earl of Thomond and given to his brother, Donal O'Brien, predocessor of the Viscounts Clare of Clare's Dragoons fame. (The Dragoons were part of the late 17th and 18th century Irish Brigade of exiles in the French Army). The castle later passed into the hands of the Burton family after the Williamite wars.

Close to Doonbeg are the remains of a 15th-16th century castle of the MarMahons clan, descendants of Brian Boru.