My Castles of Ireland 2016 Tour is part of a larger UK & Ireland run Challenge as can be found on Adventure Bike Rider.
I will add the add the castles to this blog along with a little bit of their history to wet your appetite as to just another thing that Ireland and Northern Ireland has to capture your imagination and set your sights on. You can take in all of the castles on this island in on one trip of 676 miles, that according to Google will take you 14 hours 50 minutes. Of course that means no stops, food, leg stretches, or photo ops.
So if you go at it in one go – fair play! In fact that sounds like a challenge…
After Enniskillen my next step was across the Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland border to County Sligo…
Ballinafad Castle :
Ballinafad Castle is located in Sligo County in the Republic of Ireland. It can be found on the east side of highway N4 overlooking Lough Arrow at the town of Ballinafad.
The castle is in ruins and is accessible year round. There are no tours, guides, or fees. Visitors can park in a small lot at the foot of the hill where they will find an interpretive sign.
To enter the castle grounds, walk up the path and through the small iron gate. The castle is an Elizabethan blockhouse built during the Nine Years’ War by Captain John St. Barbe on land granted to him by James I. The castle was garrisoned by ten men and commanded by John St. Barbe. It was partially destroyed by Red Hugh O’Donnel in 1595. The castle was again sacked in 1642 and fell out of use by 1680.
Visitors cannot enter the castle, but the interior is visible through breaches in the walls that are closed off by iron fences.
Unfortunately when I stopped by it was undergoing maintenance