The splendour of this 17th century castle can be seen from a distance as you approach it, by driving around the lake. Restored in the last decade to its youthful glory, the castle encloses a fortified manor house, which forms one part of its defensive walls (two of which feature round turrets).
Rising three stories high right against the lake shore, the stone building also boasts wide mullioned windows and gabled roofs. The interior of the castle was restored using traditional methods of fine workmanship in Irish oak.
Built on the site of a 12th Century castle, the manor house was added in 1600 by Captain Robert Parke, from whom the castle now derives its name. The courtyard and large round tower are part of the original construction, which was constructed by the O’Rourke clan, rulers of the local Bréifne region.
Parkes Castle. Image by Gert van der Ende