Ballinafad Castle – Explore Sligo

What Is the Ballinafad Castle

The Ballinafad castle is an Elizabethan blockhouse built during the Nine Years’ War by Captain John St. Barbe on land granted to him by King James VI and I.

The castle was garrisoned by ten men and commanded by John St. Barbe. It was partially destroyed by Red Hugh O’Donnel in 1595. The castle was again sacked in 1642 and fell out of use by 1680.

Description of the castle

The castle is easy accessed just off the main N4 with parking available. Unfortunately due to decay and maintenance access to the inside is restricted however you can still get up close to it and see inside and have a good look.

Ballinafad Csstle

For a ruins the shell was mainly in tact and at large had its main walls and towers still very prominent and you could certainly see the main structure of the castle.

Where is Ballinafad Castle

Located just off the N4 Dublin to Sligo road in County Sligo right on the County Roscommon border only 5 minute drive from the town of Boyle.

How to get there

Plan your route with Google maps for exact directions to the castle.


Its free to visit and take a look

Opening Hours

The Ballinafad castle is always open

Grab A coffee

In the town of Boyle lies the cafe of Lovage a great place to pick up your daily brew, also a great place for non dairy drinkers with alternate options.

Finer Details


Gortalough, Ballinafad, Co. Sligo


No Website for the castle

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