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Athcarne Castle - Things to Know Before Visiting

Athcarne, Co. Meath, Ireland

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About Athcarne Castle

This is an Elizabethan castle now in ruins, located near Duleek in County Meath. It was constructed by William Bathe in 1590 and was then rebuilt in 1830. The castle was abandoned in the 1950s and is now in a sorry state of repair. It is claimed that King James II once owned the castle and that he stayed there in 1690 when en route to the Battle of the Boyne. Some say that his ghost returns to the castle on occasions and appears dumbfounded.


Attractions Near Athcarne Castle

Red Mountain Open Farm
Red Mountain Open Farm6.04km from Athcarne Castle

The farm is a family run mixed farm with Tillage, Sheep, Poultry, Donkeys, Goats, Pigs and Rabbits set in the open countryside of the Boyne Valley near the village of Donore. With fantastic facilities and opportunities nearby, it serves as heart-warming accommodation for a group of friends or family wanting to explore Counties Louth, Meath, Dublin and Wicklow.

Four Knocks Tomb
Four Knocks Tomb8.09km from Athcarne Castle

Four Knocks is a Passage Chamber Tomb built about 5000 years ago. It is located 10 miles southeast of Newgrange between Ardcath in County Meath and the Naul in County Dublin. It has a short passage leading into a wide pear shaped chamber with three smaller offset chambers. The original roof was probably a wooden structure supported by a central pole. The name Fourknocks may be from the Irish Fuair Cnocs meaning Cold Hills.

Newgrange
Newgrange8.39km from Athcarne Castle

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East. It is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art; the most striking is the entrance stone. It is an exceptionally grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

The Cú Chulainn Coaster
The Cú Chulainn Coaster8.51km from Athcarne Castle

A majestic wooden roller coaster located at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland. Manufactured by The Gravity Group, the wooden coaster features an overbanked turn and opened on 6 June 2015. With the figure of Ireland’s greatest mythological warrior emblazoned across the front of the rollercoaster, Cú Chulainn leads his passengers through an epic and thrilling experience like no other.

Brú na Bóinne
Brú na Bóinne8.77km from Athcarne Castle

Brú na Bóinne is one of the most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe drawing thousands of visitors daily. Each of the tombs has their own myths to explore against the beautiful backdrop of the gently meandering River Boyne. The archaeological landscape within Brú na Bóinne is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age.

Tayto Park
Tayto Park8.82km from Athcarne Castle

Where is Athcarne Castle

Discover More Attractions in Meath, Where Athcarne Castle Is Located

Meath
Meath
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Meath is the 14th-largest of Ireland's 32 counties by area, and the eighth-largest in terms of population. In terms of natural attractions, the county has a relatively tame landscape compared to other parts of Ireland, with no mountains, a short coastline and generally little forest cover. There are however a number of National Parks and Wildlife Service protected sites within county.

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