Ballinalacken Castle is located on a limestone outcrop overlooking the road from Lisdoonvarna to Fanore in County Clare. Large stone fortifications on the site can be traced back to the 10th century, when the O'Connors ruled this part of Clare. As was common in late medieval Ireland, the castle changed hands several times and eventually became the possession of the Ballinalacken O'Briens. The oldest part of the current building is believed to date to the 15th century. Fortunately, the building survived the dismantling of fortifications following the Cromwellian wars. Now, with its stunning location, where it uses one of the Burren’s limestone outcrops as part of its defences, it gives us a fascinating glimpse into medieval Ireland. This castle also is reputed to have its own ghost. It is situated in the grounds of Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel.