Castle Saunderson is located near Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland. It was formerly owned by Saunderson family.

The original castle was inhabited by the O’Reillys of Breffni and formerly known as Breffni Castle. The Saunderson family acquired the original castle during the Ulster plantation.

In 1977, it was sold by Captain Alexander Saunderson to a businessman, who planned to use it as a residence. The estate was sold again in 1990 to be developed as a hotel, but a fire gutted and destroyed most of its interior.

In 1997, the castle was acquired by Scouting Ireland (CSI).


Family Tree

Alexander Sanderson, of Scotland, was made a Denizen of Ireland, 1613, and was appointed High Sheriff of County Tyrone in 1622, and twice subsequently.

He was granted Tullylagan, County Tyrone, and other lands to the extent of 1,000 acres, the whole being erected into the manor of Sanderson in 1630.

Mr Sanderson died in 1633, leaving three sons, the second of which settled at Portagh, and there built Castle Saunderson, County Cavan.

Architecture of Castle Saunderson 

Castle Saunderson is similar in its general design to Crom Castle in County Fermanagh. The entrance is symmetrical, with a battlemented parapet, square and turrets. There is a tall central gatehouse tower with its entrance door to the side. The house features several Gothic themes, including the conservatory.

The core of Castle Saunderson was built by Francis Saunderson around 1779. In the mid-1830s the building was remodeled to incorporate the Elizabethan gothic style.

The national tourist board, Fáilte Ireland, provided the castle with €60,175 in funding to “enhance the visitor experience and present the story of Castle Saunderson through the ages”. The plan was set to develop a new “easy to explore” heritage trail named The Castle Trail. The trail will employ various means, such as interpretative displays, visual art and written interpretation, to relate the Castle’s dramatic history.


Present Day Camping Site

Castle Saunderson opened its new 34-acre state of the art building in August 2012. The site now includes a camping area that can take up to 1,000. The camping grounds include all the required facilities for campers to have and comfortable exciting experience.

There are numerous places for campers to relax and socialize outdoors with a panoramic view of the campsites. All of this is available for a camp fee of just €5 per person per night.

Indoor accommodation is also available at Castle Saunderson, with sleeping arrangements, shower facilities, kitchen, dining hall, and a common room.

The site is also surrounded by forests containing numerous walking trails. In addition, guests have access to both a river and a lake which are suitable for water activities.


We have also visited a few other Castles that might catch your eye such as Enniskillen Castle and Castle Gardens Lisburn

Castle Saunderson, County Cavan, Ireland - Ireland Trip -Travel to Ireland -Castles in Ireland-Irish
Castle Saunderson, County Cavan, Ireland - Ireland Trip -Travel to Ireland -Castles in Ireland-Irish

Castle Saunderson, County Cavan, Ireland - Ireland Trip -Travel to Ireland -Castles in Ireland-IrishWhen it comes to the different castles in Ireland that one could visit and check, we have to say that there are plenty of those which would take your breath away from the way they look from the outside and might even make you more amazed if you are allowed to come in and see what they have from inside there.We have been to different castles in Ireland and Northern Ireland before and we usually get amazed by the kind of history carried behind every single one of them - the amount of time it has been standing or some of the myths that might be held about it.Castle Saunderson is one of those different castles in Ireland which we managed to visit recently and which dates back to the 1840s; a good amount of time! The Saunderson Castle was acquired by the Saunderson family during the Ulster plantation and there was a notable member of the family who was born there known as Edward Saunderson who was the founder of the Ulster Unionist Party. The original castle was inhabited by the O'Reilly's of Breffni and thus was formerly known as Breffni Castle in the 14th century. Later in 1977, Alexander Saunderson sold the castle to a businessman who was willing to transform it into a residence but which never happened and served instead as a hotel until it was damaged by a fire; it has undergone three different fires in the past.


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