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Maldron Hotel Limerick
Maldron Hotel Limerick
9.7 mi from Black Castle
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (729 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roxboro Shopping Centre, People's Park, and Limerick City Galler …

£68
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel
10 mi from Black Castle
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (249 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Technological Park, Castletro …

£64
Castletroy Park Hotel
Castletroy Park Hotel
10 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (373 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University Concert Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Mary' …

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No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa
11 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (176 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Limerick City Gallery of Art, St. Mary's Cathedral, …

£94
Limerick City Hotel
Limerick City Hotel
11 mi from Black Castle
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (667 reviews)

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

£65
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Clayton Hotel Limerick
11 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (383 reviews)

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

£86
The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel
11 mi from Black Castle
5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (430 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral …

£100
Absolute Hotel Limerick
Absolute Hotel Limerick
11 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (852 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of King John's Castle and Hunt Museu …

£113
Limerick Strand Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel
11 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (808 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park and The Treaty …

£108
Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel
12 mi from Black Castle
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (281 reviews)

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adare Heritage Centre and Adare Golf Club. Irish Palatine …

£155

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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