Stay in a Castle
Ever dream of staying in a castle in Ireland? A highlight of both our Vagabond and Driftwood tours is spending a night in an Irish Castle. We are delighted to offer our customers the chance to enjoy the history, romance and luxury of Irish castle accommodation. The castle stay is included as standard on the itineraries for the following tours:
- 11 day Discover Ireland Tour
- 7 day Treasure Ireland Tour
- 6 day Ancient Ireland Tour
- 6 Day Northern Island Tour
The 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.
For more information on Abbey Glen Castle please visit their website: www.abbeyglen.ie
Ballygally Castle Hotel Co. Antrim
Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, sits Ballygally Castle Hotel Co. Antrim. A stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay and has uninterrupted views towards Scotland.
Sitting proudly on the scenic Antrim coast, only 26 miles from Belfast, the 400 year old castle is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. This 4 star hotel has recently undergone major refurbishment and is the finest hotel on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. The tasteful contemporary décor, combined with the traditional character of the hotel, adds to the welcoming atmosphere. It is believed the hotel is haunted by a friendly ghost, Lady Isabella, and brave guests can visit the “ghost room” in the tower! for more information on this stunning castle hotel see www.hastingshotels.com/ballygally-castle/
Waterford Castle, Co. Waterford
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is set on the enchanted 310-acre private island, accessible via a short crossing on the resort’s private car ferry over the King’s Channel. A jewel in Ireland’s Ancient East the Island Resort offers the very best of Irish
hospitality on the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. A historic 16th Century luxury castle combines the gracious living of an elegant past with every modern comfort & conveyance. The perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world, we provide privacy and discretion that only an Island resort can. The Castle’s Munster Room is an award winning restaurant, as critically acclaimed in the 2015 Michelin Guide, it is guaranteed to satisfy every food lover’s palate and create a truly memorable experience and visit our Fitzgerald Bar which houses the finest Irish whiskey collection.
Markree Castle, Co. Sligo
A new castle stay on our 6 Day Northern Island Tour. Markree Castle is situated in Sligo, in north west Ireland. Recently renovated with extraordinary detail payed to restoring its original character and features, while at the same time modernized to cater for the modern guest. Considered one of the finest historic homes in Ireland. The castle is rich with history and a joy to just wander around.
for more information on this stunning castle hotel see www.markreecastle.ie
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