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The Old Bank
The Old Bank

Main Street, Bruff

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bruff, this bed & breakfast is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Grange Stone Circle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lough Gur an …

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Charming Traditional Cottage 3 Bedroom by RedAwning
Charming Traditional Cottage 3 Bedroom by RedAwning

R515, Grange, Knocklong

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Knocklong, this cottage is within 12 mi (20 km) of Friars Gate Theatre, Grange Stone Circle, and Black Castle. …

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Clarion Hotel Limerick
Clarion Hotel Limerick

Steamboat Quay, Limerick V94 H6HN

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, and The …

£64
per night
Pery's Hotel
Pery's Hotel

Glentworth Street, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tait's Clock and St. Mary's Cathedral. King John's …

£38
per night
Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Main Street, Adare

4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Trinitarian Abbey and Adare Augustinian Friary. Adare Gol …

£86
per night
Carrigane House
Carrigane House

Rienroe, Adare

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Adare, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Adare Golf Club, Old Trinitarian Abbey, and Adare Augustinia …

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Moyrhee B&B
Moyrhee B&B

Phares Road Off N18, Meelick, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of LIT Millennium Theatre, The Treaty Stone, and King …

£59
per night
Highbury House
Highbury House

Ballymorris,Cratloe,, CLARE

5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Cratloe, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Ballymorris Pottery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cratloe Woods …

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Rathkeale House Hotel
Rathkeale House Hotel

Lower Main Street, Rathkeale

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Rathkeale, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Askeaton Friary, Adare Heritage Centre, and Adare Castle. Religious …

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Dundrum House Hotel
Dundrum House Hotel

Dundrum Cashel Co Tipperary, Dundrum

3.0 out of 5.0

Set in Dundrum, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Athassel Abbey, Bru Boru Cultural Centre, and Rock of …

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Pocket Guide: Bruff Black Castle Hotels

Black Castle, also known as Killalough Castle, in Lough Gur is now in a ruined state and not much remains of the original site. It originally protected one of the access points to Knockadoon - the other being Bourchier’s Castle, named after Sir George Bourchier, son of the second Earl of Bath. This is in good condition and a popular visitor attraction in the area. Black Castle and Bourchier’s Castle are a short drive from Bruff and Herbertstown so there’s a choice of accommodation for day trips from Limerick or longer holidays in the county.

A History of Black Castle

Black Castle is thought to be one of the chief seats of the earls of Desmonds. It is older than Bourchier’s Castle, dating back to the 13th Century, and what you can see today consists of a rectangular courtyard. At the two southern corners are the remains of square towers (connected by a high curtain wall) and one tower is more ruinous than the other. It is also on private property so there is no access for the general public, but the site is a worthwhile visit for its archaeological value and you can see church ruins as well as the impressive Bourchier’s Castle nearby.

Heritage of Lough Gur

Lough Gur is a horseshoe-shaped lake that lies between Bruff and Herbertstown in County Limerick just a half-hour drive from the city. It is one of Ireland’s major archaeological sites and various remains, including Ireland’s biggest stone circle and various tombs, can be found near the lake. The remains of houses dating back to the Stone Age (known locally as The Spectacles) and loch dwellings (crannogs) have also been found nearby.

There is also a visitors’ centre at Lough Gur explaining more about the history of the area and nearby attractions include the Grange Stone Circle, Killmallock Museum, the Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Adare Manor’s Hawk Walk, which is very popular with children.

Boutique Hotels Around Lough Gur and Black Castle

Bruff is the nearest urban area to Lough Gur - a small village with independent boutique B&Bs and self-catering accommodation to stay in. Bruff is a charming area with local gardens, a church and several pubs including Ireland’s tiniest one, so they say. The area is also well known for hunting and there are three equestrian centres nearby for amateur and professional horse riding.

Black Castle and Lough Gur are beautiful to see any time of the year, but a summer visit means you can make the most of the stunning countryside and watersports facilities. It is a short car journey from Limerick city for a day trip but a two-night stay or longer means you can really relax and enjoy what the region has to offer. The visitors’ centre is very helpful and will help you to plan your stay.

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