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Four hundred years ago Gawn Rowan Hamilton’s ancestor James Hamilton arrived in Co Down and settled in Killyleagh Castle.
When Lt Col Denys Rowan Hamilton handed over the keys of Killyleagh Castle to his son five years ago, he reassured him that he mustn’t let the property become a millstone around his neck and that, if it ever became too great a burden, he could sell it. Then, on his way out the door, he reminded him gently that the castle had been in the family for 400 years.
“It was a bittersweet moment,” Gawn Rowan Hamilton ponders, sitting in a cosy but strikingly high-ceilinged room in the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland.
Killyleagh Castle

The Baron of Killyleagh,is Prince Andrew, who regularly visits the village.

Origonally a Norman fortified house of the usual square no nonsense defensive blockhouse, it has been extensivly added to by successive generations .. hence its totally out of balance presentation, giving it a Loire Vallely/Scottish Baronial /fairy tale,Blackforest look.

Killyleagh Castle
Killyleagh has many famous sons including Sir Hans Sloane.. the inventor of Drinking Chocolate and lots more!

Nikon s-200.. titled Pixie



  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    A beauty, on a clear, bright day. It is an interesting combination of styles, but it has great symmetry. Well caught!

  • Actually it was a lovely day ..unfortunatly I was working a few miles away, but schived off for twenty minutes and went for a wander. I’ve photographed the castle many times, as I pass it often, but today it looked well in the spring sunshine. Style!! Dunno about style … its a mish mash, but has that fairytale look(grim)! I’ll post a couple from outside the exterior walls.

    – oulgundog

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Home somewhere…..”
    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.
    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Wow !! Thanks so much.. appreciated!

    – oulgundog

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombalmost 4 years ago

    WOW – think I could be quite comfortable here…lol Spectacular castle

  • LOL.. maybe.. at £270 a night! I know a place not to far away at a tenth the cost and very comfortable!!

    – oulgundog

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thank you René ! :-)

    – oulgundog

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    Congrats on your top 10 placement

    Tina & Fino

  • Thank you Tina and everyone who voted!!

    – oulgundog

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