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Castlebawn - an Island Castle
6 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
2 baths
6 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
2 baths
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Fancy staying in a romantic Castle on an Island?
Then read on....
Nestling on a small island on Lough Derg, River Shannon, close to the shoreline in Scariff Bay, is a 16th century Towerhouse, or Castle, known as Castlebawn. Built by the McNamaras, about 1540, blown-up in 1827 by canon, now restored and opened as a B&B.
Alas, Castlebawn's claim to fame was the way in which it was destroyed by the authorities in 1827 when the south wall was blown up - as the building was used to manufacture poteen! Castlebawn was in a sorry state of repair when first purchased in 1995. It consisted of three walls in poor condition, roofless, covered in ivy and resembling a medieval handball alley! The castle was rebuilt using the original stone lying close to the Towerhouse. Several pieces of stone windows were found along with a corbel with a head carved on it, which were all reused in the reconstruction. Irish Oak was used to replace the wooden floor beams and also for the new roof trusses.

If it's history, scenery, privacy, romancing, honeymoon, birdwatching or fishing you are looking for, then Castlebawn is ideal!
Even though Castlebawn was built in the C16, we have hot showers, electric blankets and views!
As Castlebawn is on an island, access is by boat only.
If you do not have access to a boat on Lough Derg, you can Hire a Lakeboat locally, from Fishermens-Paradise, Scarriff for €100 (overnight rate)

Other things to note

We have fishing rods available for your use

Indoor fireplace

Extra people $123 / night after the first guest
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 6PM

As Castlebawn is on an island, access is by boat only.
If you do not have access to a boat on Lough Derg, you can Hire a Lakeboat locally, from 'Fishermens-Paradise, Scarriff', for €100 (overnight rate)

House Rules: Relax............


1 night minimum stay

26 Reviews

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Chris User Profile
August 2017
Our experience at Castlebawn was truly, truly magical. It's hard to describe how unique a stay here is, but from the boat trip to the island, to the warm greeting and history from out host, to the warm fire and comfy accommodations, the experience was stellar. Six stars out of five.

Margie User Profile
August 2017
Pat and his family are extremely gracious, friendly and fun hosts. The home was lovely, clean and as described online. The breakfasts were delicious.

Lisa User Profile
July 2017
Our stay here was the highlight of our entire trip. Its rich history, lovely owners and amazing castle on a beautiful lake. Highly recommend this amazing place to all!

Jonathan User Profile
July 2017
Pat's castle is not just a place to sleep at night. It's an amazing experience in and of itself. The castle is located on an island in a lake, which means you need a boat to get there. This may seem like a hassle, but in reality it adds to the experience. My partner and I rented a boat from the Derg Isle Team Building Centre, which is about 10 minutes (by boat) away. This an incredibly simple and easy process. I e-mailed them, they said to bring cash, they gave me 5 minutes of training, and then we were on our way. There's nothing quite like skimming across the lake watching the castle grow larger in the distance. Pat greeted us with a smile when we arrived at the dock on his island, helped us haul our gear inside, and gave us a top-to-bottom tour of the castle. He described the 10 year (!) process of rebuilding the ruins of the castle, showed of pictures of the entire process, described the history of the castle and its owners, and recounted the interesting story of how it was destroyed in the first place (I won't ruin it for you - it involved bandits and cannons). The pictures simply don't do the place justice. The setting is incredible, with views of the lake and hills all around. The restoration of the castle is amazing, with thoughtful details and historical artifacts throughout. It has won several awards and commendations. There are places to eat inside and outside (including a nice shady spot my partner enjoyed some cheese and wine in) and swimming hole (the weather was a bit too cool for me to try it out!). The master bedroom is at the top of the castle overlooking the lake. It's large, comfortable, and charming. The kitchen is fully equipped. There's hot water, indoor plumbing, and electricity (all built in during the restoration!). In the morning Pat cooked us and incredible breakfast with fruit, eggs, bacon, toast, coffee (some of the best I had during my entire trip in Ireland), and yogurt. He then helped us load our boat and we headed out. In short, you're absolutely missing out if you don't stay here. My visit here was one of the highlights of my entire trip to Ireland.

Swati User Profile
June 2017
A unique and wonderful experience. We especially enjoyed playing medieval games. Make sure to allow for a couple of hours to visit Holy Island before you check in or after you check out.

Stephanie User Profile
May 2017
Beautiful Castle stay!! Pat was a super great host!! Loved our short time there!! Would highly recommend a stay at Cadtlebawn!

Brianna User ProfileBrianna is a superhost.
May 2017
Castle Bawn was the highlight of our trip! Admittedly we were concerned about having to rent the boat to get there. It was worth every penny! And really easy. Don't let it deter you. What an adventure. Pat made us feel right at home making sure we were taken care of every step of the way. Not only did we learn medieval board games and archery. We enjoyed staying up late and chatting while drinking wine ! Don't hesitate or you will miss this gem.

Joined in June 2013
Pat User Profile

Married to Mary, with three great boys

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