Lough Gill, castles and woodland

Recently we had the opportunity to visit Parkes Castle on the lake shore of Lough Gill in Co Leitrim.


Lough Gill from the Shores of Lough Gill

The castle is a restored plantation* castle from the early 17th century, though within the grounds there is evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House.


Evidence of Tower House in foreground on right hand side of photo

The Castle is now in ownership of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and we received an excellent guided tour from one of their staff, who explained a little about the history of the castle and how it has been restored.


Parkes Castle

One of the more fascinating facts was that the castle would have been home to over one hundred people including the family, guards, and servants.


Lough Gill

Afterwards we took a drive to the other side of the lake (now in Co Sligo) where there is a lovely forest walk at Slish wood, by then the sun had come out too.


Inspired by this week’s lens artist photo challenge – seascapes and or lakeshore



*As Cathy noted I should have really explained the term “plantation castle”. Put in simple terms during the 16-century the English Crown was seeking to extend their control over Ireland. One of the ways they tried to do this was to confiscate land from Irish landowners (both Gaelic clans and Hiberberno-norman ones) and replace them with English or Scottish settlers. Between the 1550’s and the 1650’s Four Plantations took place in Ireland. Each plantation was the result of a rebellion by the Irish who were trying to resist the extension of English control over Ireland.





20 thoughts on “Lough Gill, castles and woodland

  1. nanacathy2

    It looks stunning. I had to google plantation castles, never having heard of them. I had no idea about the Tudor period in Ireland, but I can well imagine that Henry 8th was worried about his Catholic neighbours. Fascinating post, thanks.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you. We do have quite a lot of castles but most are just ruins. It is lovely to visit this restored one and learn more about it’s history.

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  2. Amy

    A fascinating castle. Beautiful lake images, especially the last one. I love how you center the tree and the foreground of these rocks.Thank you so much for joining in!

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  3. pattimoed

    We recently visited Ireland and learned more about the history of British occupation of Irish farmland, but I didn’t know about the 4 Plantation Castles. Fascinating, MM and great images, as always!

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