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Ballyportry Castle

Listed under Unusual Places to Stay in Leitrim, Ireland.

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This tower has stood dramatically solitary on this cliff top for more than 500 years, testament to a time when an Irishman's home really was his castle. The tower rises square for 90 feet, out of a stone platform up to ridged battlements. Inside are the stone flags, gaping fireplaces and huge and ancient beams that belong in this kind of castle, but a few modern comforts have been added: central heating, attractive lighting and reliable water.

The solitude amongst the Mullaghmore scenery is relatively unchanged though, as is the turf fires and the craggy battlements, but the sleeping accommodation has been altered to sleep eight, though the rather spectacular curving stone staircase may not be suitable for all.

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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