Newtown Castle Ballyvaughan

Defensively designed dwellings, Tower Houses or castles were built to meet the security needs of a period when cattle raiding by man and wolf was endemic, and an increasing military threat was being posed by the native Irish. There are twenty tower houses in Burren Barony, and fifty others in the adjoining baronies of Corocmroe and Inchiquin, though only ten survive to any height. Newtown castle is one of the best preserved and structurally interesting examples of Tower houses in the Burren. Part of the Burren College of Art complex, the castle is located close (southwest) to the village of Ballyvaughan, and affords quite spectacular views of Ballyvaughan valley and Ailwee mountain. Some parking is available at the site, though permission should be sought before visiting from the College staff.

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