- adult/child €6/1.50
- 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat May-Sep
Lonely Planet review for Thoor Ballyle
This 16th-century Norman tower was the summer home of Yeats from 1922 to 1929 and was the inspiration for one of his best-known works, The Tower. In a truly inspired setting by a stream, the tower contains the poet's furnishings. Yeats once wrote 'The sand is running from the upper glass, And when the last grain's through, I shall be lost', a quote which you may well relate to after your last grain falls through while you try to find this place. From Gort take the Loughrea road (N66) for about 3km northeast and look for signs – but these are often misaligned – or just missing. Be prepared to ask.