This fortified house was built on the eastern shore of Lough Gill in the17th century by an English Planter (a Protestant colonist settling on Irish lands confiscated from Catholic owners) who needed the strong fortifications to defend himself against a hostile populace. His relations with the people were made worse by the fact that he obtained his building materials mainly by dismantling a historic fortress on the site that had belonged to the clan leaders, the O'Rourkes of Breffni (once the name of the district). Don't miss the blacksmith's forge which has been rebuilt and the nearby tiny circular sweathouse (an early druid sauna). The entrance fee includes a short video show on the castle and local history; guided tours are available. In summer, boat tours of the lough leave from here. For a breathtaking view of the nearby Lough Colgagh, drive west from Parke's Castle keeping the lake on your left. You will find a small car park from where you can drink in the spectacular views.
R288, Fivemile Bourne, Co. Sligo, Ireland