The stunning 12th century neo gothic style Kinnitty Castle is located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Kinnitty Castle has been destroyed, rebuilt and refurbished many times and has seen many residents come and go, including the Normans, the O'Carrolls, the English forces and the Bernard family, who were English settlers in the 1764.
In 1811 Lady Catherine Hutchinson, wife of Thomas Bernard, commissioned the Pain Brothers, architects of Dromoland Castle and Adare Manor, to extend the castle. Destroyed by fire in 1922, Kinnitty Castle was rebuilt in 1928 and is still inhabited by the Bernard family until 1946 when it was sold to Lord Decies who in turn sold it to the state in 1951. In 1994 the castle was bought and transformed into a luxury hotel.
It now draws many visitors to this small village for a fairy tale wedding or holiday, featuring mountain trekking, horse riding, clay-pigeon shooting and maybe even a little pampering in the luxurious Gate Lodge Spa.