Castle Hotels in Ireland – Connacht

We are finally here, the final instalment of Castle Hotels in Ireland – this time, the province of Connacht. Most famously the home of the Claddagh Ring, Connemara region and Croagh Patrick Mountain. Wonderful, let’s proceed. Connachts counties are:

  • Galway (2 castles)
  • Leitrim (1 castle)
  • Mayo (2 castles)
  • Roscommon (1 castle)
  • Sligo (1 castle) *permanently closed 😦

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 8.57.27 PM Abbeyglen Castle, County Galway Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 8.58.00 PM“The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located on the aptly named Sky Road overlooking the quaint alpine like village of Clifden, Connemara. The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden Bay. The warm and friendly staff are always at hand to make your stay special, guaranteeing you an unforgettable experience. The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located close to Connemara’s major attractions, including Kylemore Abbey, The Connemara National Park, the local museum and the first Trans-Atlantic wireless station and landing site.” – Official Website

Features & Facilities Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 8.58.11 PM“Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Connemara, the romantic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel has tennis courts, a spa bath and stunning views of Clifden and the Twelve Bens mountains. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel was built in 1832 and offers free afternoon tea, a new beauty and relaxation centre, and many indoor and outdoor facilities. Spacious rooms have a TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi internet. The AA Rosette restaurant serves international cuisine and there are relaxing lounge areas to enjoy. The peaceful Abbeyglen has the Twelve Bens mountains as its backdrop, and is an ideal base for touring Connemara.” – Booking.com Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 9.04.14 PM Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, County Galway                  Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 9.04.34 PM“Few castle hotels in Ireland offer hotel rooms with aspects to match Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. The hotel accommodation comprises of 40 guest rooms, of which nearly half are classic rooms situated in the older part of the Connemara castle, and two riverside wings of superior rooms and luxury rooms and suites. All the hotel rooms in the castle are finished to an exceptionally high standard and all superior and luxury rooms have stunning views across river and woodland as do the classic riverside rooms. Some of the classic rooms have views of the mountains.” – Official Website

Features & Facilities Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 9.05.39 PM“Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in County Galway is set within 450 acres of woodland, with the beautiful backdrop of the 12 Bens Mountain range.The excellent restaurant holds 2 AA Rosettes. Activities organised by the hotel include walking, pony trekking and woodcock shooting.This 4-star luxury castle hotel overlooks its impressive salmon fishery on the large private estate. River and lakeside walks may reveal the local wildlife on the estate. The hotel has a private tennis court. Some rooms have striking views over the river, mountains and woodland. 24-hour room service is available. Facilities include TV, CD and DVD players in some of the rooms.” – Booking.com

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Lough Rynn Castle, County Leitrim 

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.48.11 PMLough Rynn Castle (Irish: Caisleán Loch na Reanna) is a luxury castle hotel on the shores of Lough Rynn in County Leitrim, Ireland situated on the historic grounds of the medieval castle and estate of the Mac Raghnaill family of Muintir Eolais.” – Wikipedia

Features & Facilities

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 2.48.59 PM“With a stunning, secluded setting on the shore of Lough Rynn, surrounded by over 300 acres of breathtaking scenery and ancient forests, this magnificent castle is now an elegant 4-star hotel. Rich in ancient character and original charm, Lough Rynn Castle still retains all of its historic splendour, with antique furnishings, open fires, wood panelling and decorative stone and glasswork. Today, the hotel combines its traditional elegance with modern comforts and facilities. The castle bedrooms feature air conditioning and broadband internet access, while the estate’s former stables and pheasantry have also been converted into luxurious accommodation. All rooms are tastefully decorated with rich, luxurious fabrics and beautifully preserved original features. The Sandstone Restaurant offers an elegant fine-dining experience and has received an AA Rosette award. The restaurant offers a series of table d’hôte and à la carte menus, created using the finest, freshest seasonal produce from Leitrim and the surrounding counties.” – Booking.com

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Ashford Castle, County Mayo 

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.28.39 PM “The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 guest rooms, a wealth of activities and thoughtful touches, enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.” – Official Website

Features & Activities

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.29.51 PM“Fully restored to its historic splendour, 68 unique guest rooms with spectacular views, 14 luxurious staterooms and suites, Home to Ireland’s first School of Falconry, Regular host to royalty, dignitaries and celebrities, 350 acres of ancient woodland, Fine Irish cuisine and fish fresh from the lough, Complimentary WiFi throughout” – Official Website

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Belleek Castle, County Mayo

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.48.06 PM“Belleek Castle was built between 1825 and 1831, on the site of a medieval abbey, one of four along the River Moy. Belleek was commissioned by Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore. The manor house was designed by the prolific architect John Benjamin Keanes, and the neo-gothic architecture met the taste of the time, when medieval styles became fashionable. The Knox-Gores lived in Belleek until the early 1940’s. Marshall Doran, a merchant navy officer and an avid collector of fossils and medieval armour, acquired the run down property in 1961, restored it and opened it as a hotel in 1970. Some of the rooms are in 19th style, whilst most of the interior design has a medieval and nautical touch. Marshall, being quite a craftsman, did a lot of the work himself, assisted by John Mullen, and supervised the restoration expertly. Today, the Castle is owned by the Mayo Trust and managed by Marshall’s son Paul Doran and Ms. Maya Nikolaeva.” – Official Website

Features & Facilities

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.48.40 PM“This beautiful and historic castle is set within 1,000 acres of woodland. On the banks of the River Moy, it boasts a restaurant made from the remains of a 17th-century Spanish galleon. With stunning views of the forest and castle garden, each spacious room is elegant and richly furnished. Rooms include a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee facilities. Plasma-screen TVs are available on request. Granuailes Candlelight Grill Room serves fresh country house cuisine, with Connemara lamb and steak flambéed at the table. The Tween Decks provides fantastic, 17th-century nautical decor, and the Armada Bar is built from the salvaged, 400-year old wood of shipwrecked Spanish ships. Guests can enjoy the 13th-century Norman fireplace of the Great Hall, or relax in front of the many open fires throughout the castle, with its suits of armour and numerous antiques. There is a large, secure parking area, and Knock Airport can be reached in 35 minutes by car. Lough Conn is 20 minutes’ drive away, and the centre of Ballina is just a 5-minute drive away.” – Booking.com

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Kilronan Castle, County Roscommon

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.58.49 PM“Towards the end of the 18th century the property later known as Castle Tenison, together with its surrounding estate, belonged to the Dundas family. They sold it in 1715 to Richard Tenison, of the English Tenison family, who was the son of the Bishop of Meath and MP for Dunleer. He died in 1726 and left the property to his son, William, who in 1746 was Lieutenant Colonel of the 35th Regiment of Foot and also an MP for Dunleer. William died shortly afterwards in 1728 without an heir and the estate passed to his uncle Thomas and thence to Thomas’ son, Thomas jnr. Thomas jnr was High Sheriff of Leitrim for 1763 and MP for County Monaghan from 1776 to 1783. The property, now known as Kilronan Castle, passed to Thomas jnr’s only son, yet another Thomas, who was High Sheriff of Roscommon in 1791, Leitrim in 1792 and MP for Boyle in 1792.” – Wikipedia

Features & Facilities

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.59.09 PM“Located just 45 minutes’ drive from Sligo Airport, Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa features an indoor swimming pool. on-site spa and a fine dining restaurant. Free WiFi is provided in each room, along with an en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and antique furniture. Tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. The Douglas Hyde Restaurant offers fine dining with a range of dishes made using locally sourced produce. Local activities include hiking, golf, sailing and biking. Lough Key Forest & Activity Park is a 20-minute drive away and boasts a variety of wildlife and historic buildings.” – Booking.com

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Markree Castle, County Sligo*

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 10.14.24 PM“Markree Castle, in Collooney, County Sligo, Ireland is the ancestral seat of the Cooper family, partially moated by the River Unshin. Today it is a small family-run hotel.” – Wikipedia

“MARKREE CASTLE, NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP, IS CURENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT AND WILL RE-OPEN IN MARCH 2016.”- Manor House Hotels.com

Well… that ended quickly… I’ll check back next year I guess??

*UPDATE: Regrettably I can now confirm that Markree Castle has been permanently closed. 😦

And on that rather underwhelming note, this is the end of all the list of Castle Hotels and Accommodations in Ireland. 🙂

There are 29* in total (32 if you count the three honorary mentions in the very first instalment “Fairytale Castles in Ireland – Ulster“) and it’s been a blast getting to look at them all.) Now to book my holidays… 😉

Have any of you ever stayed in any of these gorgeous castles? Or are there any you desperately want to try? If so let me know, and if you’re not sure check our the previous versions of “Castle Hotels in Ireland“.

As always, thanks for reading and take care. xoxox

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