Dunlough Castle (Three Castle Head)

Dunlough Castle (Three Castle Head)
Dunlough, Cork, Ireland.


Many thanks to L. Johnson for suggesting that I include Dunlough Castle (Three Castle Head) in this directory. I validate all suggestions and do my own research before publishing to see if there’s any more information I can share, so sometimes it can take a while for me to process them. Site users are (as always) welcome to suggest an amendment or to add their own experiences.

Dunlough Castle dates to the early thirteenth century when it was constructed by Donagh O’Mahony. The name “Three Castle Head” derives from the three ruined towers that form part of the remaining structure.

According to legend, when the O’Donoghue family resided here, two sons went rogue and terrorised the area, robbing and pillaging, until a group of vigilantes apprehended and killed them. Their grieving father soon found the treasures that they had amassed, and disposed of their stash in the lake before taking his own life. Ever since that day, a drop of blood is said to fall each day from the lowest tower into the lake beneath.

This dramatic spot is also reputedly haunted by a mysterious lady in white – but you should not go looking for her. According to legend, she is a harbinger of misfortune or even imminent death to those who see her. One high profile story which refers to this particular legend is the case of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Sophie was a French television producer who had a holiday home nearby. She visited Three Castle Head on the 22nd of December 1996. It is said that Sophie may have seen the lady in white as she was walking near the ruins that day – her aunt later recalled that Sophie had indeed seen “something terrible” during her visit and that it really had scared her. Tragically, Sophie was found dead the next morning. She had been murdered.

Visitor Notes

The walk way is closed to the public between January & March (inclusive). A car park is available from April to the end of December. This is also a working sheep farm Dogs are not permitted and visitors are asked not to use drones at the site. Visitors should also wear appropriate footwear and ensure they close gates behind them.

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Further Information

Venue Name
Castle  | Outdoor / Street Hauntings
Dunlough, Cork, Ireland
Admission Policies
Seasonal Opening Arrangements Apply
Private Property - Open But Please Respect
Facilities & Services
Car Park


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