Co. Clare, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland
based on 7 nights inc. flights
From £900 per person based on sharing a Deluxe Room on a B & B basis, with return flights and private airport transfers
At a Glance
Stay in a proud and distinguished castle full of tradition
Experience fine dining in George V Restaurant built over 100 years ago
Try your hand at archery, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and many more activities in the estate
Overlooking Ireland's second largest lake Lough Corrib
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
To start planning your holiday to Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle is a jewel in the crown of historic Irish hotels. With elements dating from the 13th century and an idyllic lakeside location, Ashford Castle is truly spectacular and its location in the west of Ireland means Connemara is on your doorstep.
Ashford Castle dates from the 13th century and elements of the original structure remain. Added to through the course of history the castle is now an amazing amalgam of architecture with the French style chateau parts added in the 18th century and then Victorian additions added later. What is left for the lucky guest is a hotch-potch of Architectural detail and a fabulous 5 star hotel that has been open as a luxury destination since 1939.
Since 1915 the hotel has achieved its iconic status with film stars, producers and statesmen alike staying under its eaves and it has been voted one of the top 50 resort properties in Europe on numerous occasions. Its location on the banks of Lough Corrib in the heart of the famed region of Connemara makes it the perfect base for exploring the relatively unspoilt West of Ireland.
The hotel manages to appeal to couples seeking rest and relaxation and a romantic setting as well as families keen to explore the area and partake in an array of amazing outdoor activities. Everything from water-skiing, fishing and boating on the lake, to golf, horse-riding, biking and hiking not to mention a wonderful list of treatments available in one of the three treatment rooms.
With 82 rooms it is by no means a vast hotel but does have something for everyone with historic staterooms perfect for couples and family rooms that can accommodate up to 4. All guests are spoiled for choice with dining options. The glorious George V Dining Room with its 11 Waterford Crystal chandeliers has a resident pianist and offers fine dining prepared by chef Stefan Matz. Cullen's at the Cottage on the other hand offers a more laid back and traditional setting in a thatched cottage with local delicacies and international dishes served here. Cullen's at the Dungeon has more traditional cuisine but is in a remarkable setting underneath the castle and surrounded by suits of armour, breast plates, crest of arms and stained glass windows.
Ashford Castle is the place to stay West of the Shannon where the natural beauty of Connemara surrounds and the luxury and 5 star service of this iconic hotel awaits you.
Ashford Castle has 82 traditionally decorated guest bedrooms, many of the rooms still have their original features, offering fantastic views across the ancient Lough or the river.
All of the rooms and suites are well equipped with modern amenities including internet, movies and music on demand and a fully interactive TV.
Enjoy beautiful views of the River Cong from each of the Corrib rooms. Custom designed carpets cushion plush beds, each dressed with 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton bed linen. Fresh flowers and luxurious Voya toiletries add the finishing touch.
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For uninterrupted views over the lake then opt for the Corrib lake view rooms. Each is unique in its design and a variety of colour schemes have been used to appeal to all tastes. 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linens have been used to enhance the comfort of your stay, and thoughtful extras can be found in all rooms such as fresh flowers, bluetooth speakers and plush bathrobes.
With a spacious relaxation area and enjoying wonderful views over the Ashford Estate, the Deluxe rooms are a comfortable option. Feature beds and chandeliers add to the opulent feel of the rooms, and finishing touches such as 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton, on-demand movies and bluetooth speakers provide all the modern extras you wouldn't necessarily expect from a stay in a traditional castle.
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Views over the magnificent Lough Corrib are the highlight of a stay in the Lake View Deluxe Rooms. Antiques found in each of the rooms give them a more traditional feel despite being newly refurbished, and include German Baroque stumpwork silk and impressive Louis XV painted mirrors. Modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi, an in-room bar and bluetooth speaker as well as air-conditioning and electric blinds provide all the comforts you need for your stay without distracting form the decor.
Four poster beds and rich colour schemes give the Junior Staterooms a regal air, whilst modern conveniences blend in discretely to ensure a comfortable stay. Interconnecting rooms are available making this a great option for families and some have a split-level seating area.
Located in the oldest part of the castle, the Staterooms boast high ceilings and generous amounts of space; all enjoy views over Lough Corrib. Most feature four-poster beds and original fireplaces alongside other antique furniture and chandeliers. Large bathrooms complete with pedestal claw baths can also be found in some of the bedrooms.
Suites are spacious and a great option for families, coming furnished with a king size bed and sofa beds, as well as boasting their own dining area for ultimate privacy. The suites all enjoy views either over Lough Corrib or the River Cong and contain all the modern amenities and traditional furnishings of the other room categories.
The Presidential Suite is impressive and spacious, providing split-level accommodation with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows enjoying views over Lough Corrib. A bespoke carpet and sumptuous fabrics create a feeling of luxury and original artwork graces the walls. The two adjacent rooms can also be occupied upon request to create a private, three-bedroom wing of the castle, ideal for families or groups travelling together.
Complimentary canapés are delivered to the suite each evening along with a daily gift; guests in the Presidential Suite can also make the most of a complimentary bar throughout their stay and champagne and chocolate upon arrival.
Family Rooms are thoughtfully designed to provide a seamless and comfortable experience for both parents and little ones. Children are well looked after, receiving children's robes and slippers as well as juice and cookies on arrival. Rooms come complete with two queen size beds, a comfortable relaxation area and a separate bathroom and shower room.
Ashford Castle look to spoil their younger guests, children under the age of 2 years receive an Ashford Castle teddy bear. Children aged 2-11 years receive their own bathrobes and slippers, blue for boys and pink for girls. Baby sitting services are available on request. Juice and cookies are also provided for younger guests upon arrival.
The hotel has two restaurants, a relaxed drawing room and a cocktail bar. George V castle restaurant offers a fantastic menu created by Chef Stefan Matz. Dine like a Lord or a Lady underneath Waterford Crystal chandeliers. Cullen's at the Cottage restaurant is a more relaxed country restaurant in a thatched roof cottage that serves up an international menu. While Cullen's at the Dungeon offers a more traditional menu.
You may want to treat yourself to a variety of massages including Swedish massage and aroma-stone massage using Yon-Ka aromatic oils in one of the hotel's three treatment rooms
Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in The Drawing Room, which offers the best views across the beautiful Lough Corrib. To relax in style why not sample some cocktails, liqueurs or brandies in the finely decorated cocktail bar.
There is a wealth of activities to fill your days at Ashford Castle itself as well as the surrounding area. A fabulous equestrian centre offers hacks through the estate and along the lakes. There is a clay and archery range. The fishing on the banks of Lough Corrib is excellent. Boat trips on Lough Corrib with an historian are possible and a nine hole golf course in the parkland offers a decent round. Off the estate, the region offers incredible walking and hiking potential, more challenging golf and numerous historical sights.
Haile Brant (Staff)
As you weave through the winding road nestled by perfectly green grass in each side, your excitement grows for what is to come. Around the last bend a grand castle looms up ahead of you. Entering into the property you feel as though you have just stepped into a perfect replica of a medieval castle. The rooms are all unique, from layout to dcor, whether it be rainbow stitched flowers as the wall fabric and a bright blue velvet couch or exceedingly high ceilings and everything clad in a navy blue theme. During your stay you can read in the library, play a round of billiards in the pool hall room, or head to the spa for a swim in the pool. Should you fancy venturing into the great outdoors, Ashford has you covered with activities galore. Participate in water activities such as boating, kayaking or fishing or stay dry on land with horse riding, off road driving or any choice of 30 plus activities. When you are hungry, head to the George V dining room for an upscale dinner sure to impress or for a casual bite, find The Dungeon, once the Guinness familys pantry. The town just outside the towering walls, is famous for its role in the movie The Quiet Man and even features a statue of John Wayne holding Maureen OHara in his arms, make sure you journey out to see it!
Milly Walker (Staff)
An amazing hotel set in a proper castle. The recent renovation is in keeping with the Victorian gothic style and you almost go back in time with it all. The grounds are beautiful and have a certain feel like you are in the land of Harry Potter! There are plenty of areas to sit and explore including a cinema, library and billiards room. The activities on offer are endless from archery to zip lining.
Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)
Ashford castle has been recently renovated to an extremely high standard and they have managed to meet old with very new in an incredible way. The staff was absolutely charming and made us feel very welcome. Food was fabulous, estate is a huge playground with endless activities if you can bear to leave the castle!
Sarah Byrne (Staff)
Ashford Castle is a fairytale castle and its location opens up one of the most stunning parts of Ireland for exploring. Lakes and mountains make up the scenery and the castle's own parkland is a joy to explore.
Archery at Ashford Castle
Learn the basics of target archery in all its practice and forms. Your instructor will teach, inform and develop your skill in this ancient sport.
Clay Shooting & Archery
Experience this Irish tradition, followed by kings and lords for centuries. Test your skill against a bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Or aim for the bull's eye on an archery target.
Cliffs of Moher
Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometre stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.
Cong is a village on the borders of Counties Mayo and Galway. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams, Cong is famous for its medieval abbey and as the location for the Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.
Fishing Lough Corrib
From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, enjoy an exciting fishing experience at Lough Corrib aboard 19ft hand-crafted wooden boats.
Irish Farm and Sheep Dog Herding
Head out for a day on the farm to experience first hand the intriguing art of sheepdog farming and watch in awe as the farmer and pup work together seamlessly as the perfect team to corral the wandering sheep.
Private cruise on Lough Corrib
Get out on the water to experience Lough Corrib’s exceptional beauty from its crystalline waters before stepping ashore at Inchagoill to hike through deserted woodlands, along secluded beaches and past ancient ruins.
Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure as you enjoy the beautiful Irish coastline , navigating sheltered waters to hidden coves. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as puffins or seals whilst listening to the calming lap of the ocean.
The Aran Islands
Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.
The Ring of Connemara
The Ring of Connemara is a circuit taking you through the wild beauty of Galway and Mayo. Famed for its lakes, mountains and rivers, the breathtaking scenery and isolated crofts and abbeys provide a stunning glimpse of rural Ireland.
The Rock of Cashel
Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.
Working Sheep Dog demonstration
Experience a key part of Ireland’s farming culture as you travel to the atmospheric Caherconnell Stone Fort on the Burren to watch a sheep dog demonstration.
Grand Tour of Ireland
Belfast, Antrim Coast, Donegal, Ashford Castle, Clare, Kerry, Cork & Dublin
from £7400 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- A comprehensive luxury private journey round the whole of Ireland
- Discover the extraordinary beauty of Giant's Causeway, Connemara and Kerry
- Offers the chance to enjoy Ireland authentically and off the beaten track in Donegal and Sligo
Ireland for Families
Dublin, Killarney, County Clare
from £6100 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- This action-packed itinerary is designed entirely around family-friendly experiences and hotels
- Try out some new skills such as learning Gaelic sports to zip-lining and kayaking
- Enjoy the services of a top private touring chauffeur throughout
Location & directions
Co. Clare, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland
The impressive Ashford Castle is situated north of Galway, set in spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland overlooking Ireland's second largest lake Lough Corrib.
How to get there
Ashford Castle is located approx 1-hour 45-minutes drive from Shannon Airport or 3-hours drive from Dublin Airport.
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