Sketrick Castle

Newtownards, United Kingdom

Sketrick Castle castle dates from the late 12th century. In the 14th century it was acquired by Sir Robert Savage. The Annals of the Four Masters record the capture of the castle in 1470 by an army led by the O'Neill to assist the MacQuillans. They took the castle and it was given to MacQuillan for safe keeping. It was intact until 1896 when a storm demolished much of it.

Sketrick Castle was four storeys high, with a boat bay and a stone subterranean passage discovered in 1957. It had four chambers at ground level, the largest with a vault constructed on wicker centring, as well as two brick-lined recesses, probably ovens. It has lintels running under the bawn wall to a chamber with a corbel over a fresh water spring. Parts of the bawn wall still survive to the north and east of the castle.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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sppohjason (11 months ago)
very picturesque. Nice views if you take the path up to the top of the island (not that far and not that high)
Lynsey Richards (3 years ago)
Great little spot for a nosey around an interesting ruin, parking at the front available but limited and right beside a coffee spot. Picnic area about a 10 minutes walk away with amenities too.
Alicia Mc Evoy (3 years ago)
Beautiful spot on Sketrick Island.cant drive around the island as the roads are private . Not much to the castle itself but it's situated in the beautiful white rock bay which is worth a visit. Beautiful area
RUTH BROWNE (3 years ago)
We went on an Spring afternoon the scenery was beautiful. It was like a summers day. Stopped at Daft Eddy's had a coffee and my daughter had a a brioche nap with sausage and hash brown very impressed. Lovely walk round to Strangford Sailing Club.
Gary Henderson (3 years ago)
It's a fenced off, old, ruined castle, how good or bad can it be! Nice walks the area, nice views of the Lough, but these have nothing to do with the castle..
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