Stewart Castle

Stewart Castle

Newtownstewart Castle, locally also known as Stewart Castle, lies in the town of Newtownstewart, in County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. Stewart Castle is a Plantation castle built after the Irish earls fled Ireland following their defeat in battle by English forces in 1607. The English crown forfeited all the earls lands and in turn granted […]

Roughan Castle

Roughan Castle

Roughan Castle, a striking plantation castle, can be found south-west of Roughan Lough on the Dungannon to Stewartstown road near the village of Newmills, County Tyrone. Roughan Castle was built in c. 1618 by Andrew Stewart, eldest son of Andrew Stewart the third Lord Ochiltree, Lord Castlestewart who came from Scotland during the plantation and […]

Mountjoy Castle

Mountjoy Castle

Built between 1602 and 1605 Mountjoy Castle is testament to one of many turbulent periods of Irish History. Although located deep in the territory of Hugh O’Neill, the native Irish leader and rebellious opponent of Queen Elizabeth I, the castle was a British construction erected in the wake of a tactical retreat by O’Neillites. Indeed, […]

Harry Avery's Castle

Harry Avery’s Castle

Harry Averys Castle has wide views over the Mourne Valley and close to River Derg. Henry Aimbreidh O’Neill gave his name to the castle. The castle has two towers. The raised area behind the towers is partially man-made and was protected by a curtain wall.

Dungiven Castle

Dungiven Castle

Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O’Cahan clan who ruled the area between the 12th and 17th Century. Danny Boy, one of the most recorded melodies ever composed was originally called O’Cahan’s Lament. The original version begins with an O’Cahan bard Rory Dall O’Cahan lamenting the passing of his great Chief, Cooey na […]

Tully Castle

Tully Castle

These impressive remains of a fortified house and bawn are set in the beautiful Tully Point in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. It was first documented in 1619, shortly after being built for the Hume family, who lived there until 1641, when it was captured and burned by the Maguire’s and never re-occupied. Historically it […]

Portora Castle

Portora Castle

Portora Castle is a castle in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The castle was built for Sir William Cole who purchased the land in 1612. It is strategically positioned by the narrow exit of the River Erne into the Lower Lough Erne. It is a State Care Historic Monument sited in the townland of Portora, […]

Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, was built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. In the 17th century it became an English garrison fort and later served as part of a military barracks. This historic […]

Strangford Castle

Strangford Castle

Strangford Castle lies in the village of Strangford, in County Down, in Northern Ireland. The present Strangford Castle is a simple, small, 3-storey, rectangular tower house built in the late 16th century, however a blocked door of 15th century type at first floor level, seems to indicate the remodelling of an earlier tower. The castle […]