Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is nestled in a secluded Connemara forest with the stunning backdrop of the famous Twelve Bens mountain range. Ballynahinch is set within a 450-acre private estate with endless activities to partake in just steps from your door.
An elegant country house hotel with a 450-acre estate to explore
Located in the heart of Connemara, surrounded by lakes, mountains and the stunning Atlantic coastline
Enjoy fresh and seasonal dishes at the renowned Owenmore restaurant
Spacious rooms all offer beautiful views of the river and surrounding woodland
The 16th century Ballynahinch Castle Hotel feels more like a manor house than a true castle and is surrounded by gorgeous parkland, offering beautiful river views from every room. Set along the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland's west coast, it is a relaxing and incredibly friendly base for exploring the many nearby areas of natural beauty.
The 48 rooms and suites at Ballynahinch all combine old-world countryside elegance with an authentic atmosphere. Plush furnishings and comfortable fabrics ensure each room feels warm and welcoming, while every modern convenience is accounted for. When not enjoying the river views from your room, enjoy a leisurely walk on the estate, or opt for something more adventurous nearby such as top notch fly-fishing, sailing or horseback riding.
In the elegant setting of Ballynahinch Castle's Owenmore restaurant, enjoy sensational dishes that correspond to the seasons with the freshest produce, fish and game. If you are looking for something more casual, relax by the log fires at the hotel's Fisherman's Pub, where guests and locals can chat over freshly-caught seafood.
Ballynahinch Castle makes for the ideal base from which to explore Connemara's fishing villages, castles and abbeys. Driving along the Connemara coastline is an experience not to be missed, offering incredible views and breathtaking scenery, such as the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
When to visit
One of the best locations in Ireland for salmon fishing, suitable for both beginners and experienced fishermen.
Ballynahinch Castle is located in a secluded woodland in Connemara, perfectly situated for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland's west coast.
Ballynahinch Castle is easily accessed from several airports in Ireland, just a one-and-a-half hour road transfer from Galway Airport, or a 2-hour 20-minute drive from Shannon Airport. Further afield, Dublin Airport is a 3-hour 30-minute drive away.
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.
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.
The megaliths of Carrowmore near Sligo town are one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. In this region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of megalithic culture in Western Europe.
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.
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.