Ballycarbery Castle, County Kerry

Ballycarbery Castle, an 'undeveloped' ruin, now used by cattle.

Ballycarbery Castle, an ‘undeveloped’ ruin, now used by cattle.

Ballycarbery Castle is an ‘enter-at-your-own-risk’ property, and we did. Some of the lower chambers are still whole, so you could scramble up to a higher level. There is turf and small trees growing there, and on the lower walls some ancient ivy plants still cling, giving the ruin the feeling of an Arthur Rackham print, sans fairies. Unfortunately the tower has been locked, so we could not venture higher.

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