Just 9Kms from Dunmanway, nestled away in the secret spot of Ballinacarriga is a majestic castle with a rich history of ancient Irish Clan's and religious history. It's a perfect picnic spot with lake views and benches to enjoy this unspoilt natural environment.
Ballinacarriga Castle is a 16th-century tower house located in the village of Ballinacarriga, about 9 kilometres from the town of Dunmanway in western County Cork, Ireland, between Ballineen and Dunmanway.
This is a four storey, six level tower house with an east-facing doorway. On this face of the castle, a sheela-na-gig is positioned high above and to the right of the door. Inside at the 2nd storey level, carving in the window embrasure is of a female figure accompanied by five roses, thought to be of Catherine O' Cullane, wife of Randall Hurley, and her five children. Also at this level are intricate and geometric designs. At the fourth storey level, carvings include The Instruments of the Passion of Christ, figures thought to be St John, St. Mary and St. Paul and the initials RM CC and the date 1585. These are thought to be the initials of Randal Muirhily (Hurley) and Catherine O'Cullane.