Paid my first visit in decades to Barryscourt Castle, an impressive relic of the 16th century court of the Barry family. Impressive enough as a stark ruin in the 80s but now it’s much improved and well worth a visit, particularly since there is no charge at all, and that includes the guided tour of the interior.
Time was short yesterday so we contented ourselves with a walk around the outside of the castle itself, through the herb garden and a large orchard. There are records of an orchard there since the 13th century and this one, with dozens of apple varieties, is laid out according to the 16th century manner. There are smaller plantings of pears and quinces.
There is an information office with very helpful and friendly staff, toilets and a cafe and it is just off the main national road (N25). It is a very pleasant visit indeed and I’ll be back for a longer stay, perhaps during Heritage Week which takes place in venues across the country from August 21st. Most events are free to enter, some have reduced charges.
This is one of many available. See the Heritage Ireland site www.heritageireland.com or pick up the comprehensive National Heritage Week brochure at your local library.
Tel: +353 21 488 3864
I have found some black and white photos of the castle from January 1982 and will get them up on this site in the near future.