Most people dream of one day living in the regal and whimsical castles they read about from childhood in storybooks. Now that many castles are opening their doors to the general public, you can live out your fantasy in the grandest fashion. Here are three of the best castles you can stay at in Ireland:
Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal
The Lough Eske Castle has, over the years, witnessed conquest, defeat, destruction, and restoration. Its long and vibrant history has established it as a symbol of warm Donegal hospitality, attracting international guests for over 150 years. The castle has earned a long list of awards and accreditations during this time, and rightfully so!
This impressive architectural wonder, with its tall steeples and majestic forests, has something to offer everyone! Its interior is intricately designed, with scintillating marble flooring, romantic fireplaces, spiral staircases, and brimming, unashamed extravagance.
If you manage to pull yourself away from the opulent interior, you will get to experience what many call the “walker’s paradise” as the International Appalachian Trail passes by the castle. There are also many amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool, fine dining with local cuisines, and a luxurious five-star spa. There are many activities to participate in like horse riding, archery, kayaking, and even surfing – if you’re willing to make the trip to Rossnowlagh or Bundoran.
Ballygally Castle, County Antrim
If you’re a believer in the saying “Location is everything!” then the Ballygally Castle has it all. This strategically located castle looks over the Ballygally Bay and has stood guard over the famous Causeway Coastal Route, connected to other key tourist drives, for over three centuries. It is also close to Belfast and allows you to get the best of both the city and countryside.
Ballygally Castle is rumored to be haunted by ghosts, and one of the corner turrets remains unused in support of this. If you’re brave enough, you might be able to make a new friend (yes, we see you, Casper) of the supernatural kind. However, if you plan to relax and rejuvenate, take in the breathtaking views and enjoy the hotel’s popular afternoon teas.
Read a book in the castle gardens, or take an evening stroll along the picturesque coastline. Whichever you choose, your trip to Ballygally Castle will be one you won’t soon forget!
Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway
The Ballynahinch Castle is set dead in the middle of 450 acres of magical woodlands, meandering rivers, and winding walks in Connemara, County Galway. It is located along the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland, making it the perfect place to set up a base to tour this spectacular 2500 km driving route.
Ballynahinch Castle proudly boasts its very own salmon fishery. Here, you can partake in fly fishing tutorials, be guided by experts, or take on the challenge yourself with over 70 beats to angle from. Fly fishing vacations are common here, and we would highly recommend visiting if you have a passion for the sport.
Aside from this, there are expert guides to assist in activities ranging from walks, treks, hikes to historical tours and even library exploration! The dining experience is unique, as food is locally sourced and prepared with the utmost care and consideration.
These are some of the best options for your castle stay in Ireland. Plan a holiday now to reconnect with your family, fulfill your dream of living in a castle, or just pamper yourself the Irish way! Schedule a callback or contact us to book your visit to these fantastic locations.