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Stay in an Irish Castle: Ballyseede Castle Hotel

We’re delighted to introduce a new and exciting accommodation choice for 2019: Ballyseede Castle Hotel, an elegant Irish castle hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way.


Why you’ll love Ballyseede Castle Hotel

While designing our new 7 Day Driftwood Irish Castles and Kingdoms Tour, we were looking for an atmospheric Irish castle hotel, located close to the Ring of Kerry, that offered great food. There was only one candidate…

Ballyseede Castle Hotel is steeped in old world elegance. With a history that dates back centuries, you’ll feel like royalty as you step through the ornate entrance hall.

Live like lords and ladies!

Sink into a leather armchair in Pappy’s Bar, in front of a roaring fire as you soak up the hotel’s history. Back in the late 16th century, the rebellious Fitzgerald clan used a fortress on this site to fight against British rule.

There’s plenty of space to unwind; 30 acres of ancient woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens. You’ll want to say hello to the friendly resident Irish wolfhound, Mr Higgins, too.

Mr Higgins the Irish wolfhound reclines on the red carpet at Ballyseede Castle Hotel

Mr Higgins, the resident Irish wolfhound at Ballyseede Castle Hotel

Dining at Ballyseede Castle Hotel

Ballyseede has earned a reputation for fine dining. Tuck into fantastic locally sourced food in the O’Connell Restaurant or in the newly-built Orangery.

Menu highlights include slow braised shank of Kerry lamb, a local delicacy. Alternatively, savour the pan-fried fillet of local beef with truffle-dressed watercress, or the meat trio: Clonakilty black pudding, chicken liver paté & braised pork belly served with a chilli jam & apple chutney.

Seafood fan? Try the tiger prawn & Dingle Bay crab cocktail, or the traditional fish and chips.

Things to Do near Ballyseede Castle Hotel

The Ring of Kerry is on your doorstep at Ballyseede Castle Hotel. After a delectable breakfast, join this world famous scenic route. Prepare to have your socks knocked off by incredible scenery!!

Pass over one of Ireland’s most scenic roads at Moll’s Gap. Gaze down over the beautiful lakes of Killarney at Ladies View, made famous when Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting stopped here in 1861.

Jaunting by horse drawn carriage in Killarney National Park

Jaunting by horse drawn carriage in Killarney National Park

Pay a visit to stunning Killarney National Park. Take a horse drawn ‘jaunting car’ around this magnificent parkland. Admire the charming 19th century Muckross House Gardens and explore nearby Muckross Abbey.

Tralee – The largest town in Kerry only minutes from Ballyseede. Tralee is home of the Rose of Tralee festival and a beautiful rose garden.

Derrynane House was home to one of Ireland’s greatest figures, ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O’Connell. A ramble over nearby dunes reveals the golden sands of Derrynane beach.

Stunning Valentia Island has something for everyone. Taste ice cream only yards from the dairy at Valentia Ice Cream Parlour; then visit the Skellig Experience to learn all about Ireland’s unique island treasures, the Skelligs.s

Self-drive = Scary? Take our 7 Day Driftwood Irish Castles and Kingdoms Tour for a unique, hassle-free guided experience.

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