Gothic Gate Lodge

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    If you are a Lord of the Rings fan or just appreciate a lovely walk in a magical setting you simply must visit the Ballysaggartmore Towers in Co. Waterford. This is Waterford's and is one of Ireland's best kept secrets.

    The magical woodland trail known as 'The Towers' is located 3 miles outside of Lismore Town. Here the visitor can stroll through woodlands and view this exotic gate lodge and the bridge that were constructed by landlord Arthur Kiely Ussher in 1850 to impress a very demanding wife who wished to live in a large house.

    The cost of building the elaborate Gothic entrance proved so great that the house was never built.

    Nancy Hawkins, Threthny, Chris Jolley, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Harlan Hatfield [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

      Love it!
      What an interesting shot and info!

    2. Cian M 48 months ago | reply

      One of my Waterford contacts uploaded a picture of this a while back, been meaning to get out that way ever since, Thanks for the information on it too !

    3. Threthny 48 months ago | reply

      back in form !

    4. Jacky Q. [deleted] 48 months ago | reply


    5. philippe.ducloux 48 months ago | reply

      Very nice castle !

    6. evy2010 48 months ago | reply

      What a gorgeous castle..they could use this in movies, would love to walk around here.

    7. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Everyone :-) I've been wanting to visit this place for some time! So well worth a visit.... Glad you all like this shot!

    8. Lord Muttley McFester 48 months ago | reply

      What a great looking place. Fairytale.......
      Another winner Michael. Every one of your shot makes me want to visit Ireland. Looks like a beautiful part of the world.

    9. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Nigel... Yes, it's beautiful alright - when the sun shines - and that's very rare indeed ;-)

    10. Nuno S.Sousa 48 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Viagens e Locais Inesquecíveis - Unforgettable Travel or Place, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. Dana Kane 48 months ago | reply

      Great image! One more thing I would have loved to have seen when in Waterford last year.

    12. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Nuno & newfD

    13. bbusschots 48 months ago | reply

      A superb shot! With that great sky and those vivid coluurs the towers really come to life in this shot - I can see why you describve it as magical - it really is a fairytale entrance. You do have to wonder though, had he ever gotten around to building a house, just how wonderful it would have been!


    14. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      I agree, Bart :-) Cheers!

    15. An diabhal glas 48 months ago | reply

      I like this one the best Michael, it really is fabulous, the details the design and the quality of the capture.

    16. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks again, Lee - much appreciated!

    17. phillipcullinane 48 months ago | reply

      magical shot & location, its a shame these places are left to there own demise, so many castle's and gate lodges that could be brought back to life, at the the rate your capturing these rare sites you could publish a very nice book.

    18. MPOBrien 48 months ago | reply

      Cheers, Philip! :-) Have a GREAT weekend!

    19. marinela 2008 48 months ago | reply

      Cograts on Explore !

    20. .avina. 48 months ago | reply

      I'm not sure whether it's the whimsical blending of architectural styles or the reasons (usually vanity) that amuse me the most but revival architecture always makes me grin.

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