I had almost given up on my search for this castle ruins on a sunny day last May but once I found it I was deeply happy I had persisted. Ignoring the incessant dog barking I hopped the fence and headed towards this fine Elizabethan castle. The original tower and mansion house were built by William Bathe in 1590, the house was rebuilt in 1830 keeping the original tower and adding a formidable turret. The last occupant of Athcarne Castle was James Gernon who lived there until the 1950’s. Athcarne is a bit of a deathtrap so watch your footing if you visit, it is a truly amazing place with the original stone staircase at the northwest corner leading all the way to the top, 77 steps in all. Two floors still remain semi intact, but I would not recommend attempting to walk out into the rooms as bits of the house were creaking anytime a heavy wind passed through!
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