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Blackwater Castle
Castletownroche, Co. Cork
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Blackwater Castle is a 12th century castle in the village of Castletownroche in County Cork. It is the spectacular home of the former Viscount of Fermoy and Lords of the Barony of Fermoy, a truly unique heritage site of international significance. Blackwater Castle has a history dating back 10,000 years to the Mesolithic period.

The history of Blackwater Castle in Castletownroche in County Cork, extends back to the 8th and 9th centuries where the ancient fuses beautifully with the modern, in this exquisitely renovated castle. Blackwater Castle is located on a protected nature reserve of over 50 acres of woodland in a spectacular location, overlooking the forested valley of the River Awbeg in the heart of the Blackwater Valley. It is home to red squirrels, otters, bats, eagles and peregrine falcons.

Fish in the private river, stroll through the walled kitchen garden or avail of the extensive sporting opportunities in the nearby Ballyhoura region which include, mountain biking, golfing and hiking.

Tours are available on a daily basis by appointment only.

Why we like it
  • Visit a medieval castle that was once the home of the former Viscount of Fermoy and Lords of the Barony of Fermoy.
  • Stroll along the banks of the river, relax in the walled kitchen garden or fish in the private river.
  • Lose yourself in the Castle Maze or play a game of hide and seek along a nature trail.
  • The castle is available to hire as a private castle experience for exclusive events and family gatherings.
Tips from locals

Visit nearby Doneraile Estate to explore another magnificent historic house, parkland and wildlife estate.

Contact details
Connaberry, Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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