In a beautiful setting with excellent views of the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough, Greencastle is mainly 13th-century in date. It was built at royal expense and guarded the southern approach to the Anglo-Norman Earldom of Ulster.

After capturing the town of Carrickfergus in 1315/16, a Scottish army under Edward Bruce headed to the important town of Dundalk, one of the seats of Anglo-Norman power in Ireland. It was also a source of much-needed supplies. The Scottish force marched south, wreaking havoc on the Anglo-Norman Earldom of Ulster. It is likely that the settlements at Dundonald, Downpatrick and Dundrum were razed at this time, with Greencastle captured by the Scottish army of Edward Bruce and a garrison was placed in it under the command of Robert de Coulrath.

It was afterwards retaken by the Anglo-Normans.

Even after the ignominious end to the campaign in 1318, Edward’s brother Robert Bruce continued to maintain an interest in Ireland, even visiting the island on at least two occasions near the end of his life. It is known that in 1327 he visited Glendun on the east coast of County Antrim, and landed at Larne the following year. In 1328 he proposed holding a meeting at Greencastle in County Down to agree a peace treaty between the English and the Scots.

The castle continued to be used until the 1600s. It is now in state care. The most substantial part of the castle to survive is the rectangular keep. Only portions of the surrounding curtain wall remain. The ditch around the curtain wall was cut from rock.

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sean o kane (9 days ago)
Not much in it other than ferry harbour...
Glenda English (6 months ago)
Good for a quiet walk along the beach and a visit to the Castle with a lovely mountain backdrop.
James O'Connor (7 months ago)
Went on 18 Dec 2020 to pickup a boat. It is a wild place, good to clear out the lungs. People salt of the earth, pity the ferry was not running due to Covid, would have been a great experience to cross the Lough.
Elizabeth Henderson (2 years ago)
Ferry from Carlingford to Greencastle convenient and efficient. Scenery from Carlingford to Greencastle lovely on a sunny day
Sinead Cassin (2 years ago)
Nice spot- got the ferry from Greenore to here .Travelled on to Newcastle where we had a lovely walk along the promenade and a look in at the royal co Down golf club where the ladies amateur open was on.
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