May 10th 2009
Ireland has its share of posh crenellated hotels- but for drama and seclusion, none matches this 500 year old tower standing alone amid the rocky wilds of the Burren. Built by the O'Brien's, it was saved from dereliction in the 1960s and stylishly refurbished in the 2000s...
January 25th 2009
Not precisely a castle, rather a Gaelic "tower house" from the 15th century, rising like an extravagant silver boulder above the surreal moonscape of the Burren, It's been restored to full medieval majesty, with vast peat fires flickering against walls of naked stone. All it lacks is a bard to sing as you swing in the rooftop hammocks.
June 18th 2006
A child's imagination can be kindled in the strangest of places...for something grandiose, why not hire the kids their own castle? Check out the amazing Ballyportry Castle in Co Clare, a Gaelic tower complete with its own battlements — "great for pretending you live in the olden days" according to my younger son, Stan...
100 Best Places in the world 2005 Ballyportray comes in under "Far-flung hideaways".