Dunsandle Castle and Woods
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Dunsandle Castle & Woods, Kiltullagh, Athenry, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Mr Malcolm Goodbody
Experience life in a 15th-century castle set in a sylvan woodland setting in Dunsandle. This former De Burgo stronghold is one of 18 castles in this corner of east Galway.
Dunsandle Castle was first held by the De Burgo (Burke) family, acceded to the Daly’s and has recently been expertly restored.
The castle is replete with unique architectural features which lead the visitor on a fascinating journey through history. Key features of the castle include a banqueting hall, an anti-clockwise spiral staircase, an oubliette (or secret chamber) and minstrel's gallery.
Also unique to Dunsandle is its groin vault construction, a Roman design feature that fell into relative obscurity in Europe until the resurgence of quality stone building brought about by Carolingian and Romanesque architecture.
Dunsandle also contains an 18th-century Ice House in the castle grounds and Bawn (courtyard). Surrounded by 20 acres of native woodlands, pathways, picnic and playground areas allow visitors to explore and enjoy this natural heritage.
Opportunities abound to spot wildlife including squirrels, foxes and kingfishers as a riverside walk meanders peacefully along the banks of the River Cleran.
More daring visitors, placed in the medieval stocks, can add their souvenir photographs to the Rogues Gallery collection on the Dunsandle Castle website.
Check the castle's website also for a number of theme events which take place throughout the summer and for younger Castle guests, Santa Claus also visits in December.