Bright Castle is situated in the parish
of Bright near the town of Downpatrick,
County Down, It is a three-storey Tower
house which was probably built in the late 15th century or early
16th century, it is difficult to discover who built Bright Castle
The McCartan and Maginnis clans were local land owners at the
Less than half of the original structure
survives. The east wall, about 6m long externally, and adjoining
fragments of the north and south walls stand to roof level but
the western portion of the castle has completely disappeared.
There are some indications that there may
have been a vault above the ground floor.
Although there is not a lot to see of Bright
Castle, you will be rewarded for your trip by the magnificent
views of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.