Kirkistown Castle is an impressive three-storey tower house, built in 1622 by Roland Savage, a Norman landlord, at the site of a ninth-century round tower. It was occupied until 1731, when it was deserted. It post-dates the Plantation, but is fully in the late medieval tower-house tradition. Parts of the bawn wall survive with three-quarter round flanker towers at the angles. The tower was remodelled in Gothic style in 1800 by a Col. Johnston, and in 1836 some further work was performed by a very young Master Montgomery of Grey Abbey. The building was left, however, with a partial roof and broken windows, and the elements soon returned it to disrepair.



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Founded: 1622
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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SYACY (18 months ago)
I honestly expected more than wht was on offer. Food was basic, bog standard meal
Eddie Cook (18 months ago)
Great golf course, with great food served after a round of golf.
Deborah Johnston (19 months ago)
Very comfortable surroundings. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Food always good, with generous portions. Fully recommended a great place to sit relax and watch the world go by
Deborah Coulter (21 months ago)
An other beautiful dinner. Thank yous Marion & the girls x always a warm welcome & anything that's not on the menu (strawberry sundae
Rory Sheehan (22 months ago)
It was great to play off the real turf rather than mats. Greens were like lightning but an enjoyable round. The food afterwards was good
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