Ever dream of staying in an Irish castle overnight? A highlight of the tour is doing just that in the beautiful location of Connemara Co Galway.
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located on the aptly named Sky Road which is truly breath taking, not least because of the winds on the Wild Atlantic Way. It epitomises all things Connemara – rugged natural coastal beauty is abundant as you arrive to the colourful town of Clifden. Checking into the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is always a highlight, from being treated like royalty on the queen’s throne to being greeted by Gilbert the resident parrot. Another treat is the complimentary champagne and canopies during a pre dinner gathering by the peat fire in proper lady and lord of the manor style. Watch out for Roger’s heavy pour whilst enjoying a talk on the history of the castle and Clifden from Brian, who owns the hotel.
Abbeyglen Castle is renowned for its gourmet food, offering the very best local seafood and Connemara lamb. Enjoy the views over Clifden Bay during dinner, the entertainment will continue in the bar afterwards. The castle is a short stroll from town if you wish to enjoy some traditional Irish music in the pubs.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel has an old world charm set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara. It’s lovely to get out for a stroll around the estate after dinner to check out its famous salmon fishery and the West of Ireland sunset. You will feel secluded in the remote Connemara surroundings with only roaming sheep for miles among the many hills and lakes. There’s only one thing to do and that’s relax and take it all in whilst enjoying this relaxed style luxury accommodation.
Both castles are located overlooking the Twelve Bens Mountain range. Other highlights in the area that we take in on tour are Kylemore Abbey, a 150 year old Gothic style mansion. A visit to Connemara National Park is well worthwhile to learn about the blanket bogs, maybe stopping off help a local bog owner to foot the turf. Not one for the faint hearted! We enjoy many photo opportunities driving through the amazing Inagh Valley in all types of unique light. Vagabond groups love to hike Mámean, a pass in the rugged mountains with St Patrick’s altar on the route. He climbed Mámean and gave Connemara his blessing and he will no doubt do the same for you.