Connemara, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland
At a Glance
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
Unwind by the log fires at the Fisherman's Pub after a day spent exploring
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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 vacation to Ballynahinch Castle
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.
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.
The 48 rooms and suites at Ballynahinch are all decorated in a classic countryside style, with elegant furnishings and pops of color thanks to traditional fabrics complementing the mainly neutral palette. All offer en-suite bathrooms with a shower or bathtub, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi and benefit from 24-hour room service. Some rooms and suites have four poster beds, while their bathrooms provide a separate walk-in shower and free-standing bathtub.
Superior Rooms each offer lovely river views, and some have four poster beds while bathrooms have twin basins. Superior Rooms measure 43 sqm.
Measuring 43 sqm, Luxury Rooms are spacious and elegant, with walk-through dressing rooms and large, welcoming seating areas. Bathrooms mostly have separate showers and bathtubs, while ground floor rooms have French windows opening out to the gardens.
Measuring 60 - 82 sqm, the Riverside Suites are one and two-bedroom suites with separate living rooms as well as dressing rooms. There are large four poster beds, and ample space is on offer in the comfortable seating areas.
Children of all ages are welcome at Ballynahinch Castle, however there are no specific childcare facilities.
Ballynahinch Castle has a fantastic restaurant, Owenmore, where fresh and locally-sourced ingredients are used to create contemporary Irish classics. Meanwhile, with a more casual offering, is the Fisherman's Pub, home to roaring log fires, comfortable armchairs and delicious hearty meals.
Ballynahinch Castle is ideally-located for exploring the Connemara area. The estate itself is perfect for walking, fishing and clay pigeon shooting, while further afield there are quaint villages, historic houses and areas of spectacular natural beauty just waiting to be explored.
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Outdoors lovers should look no further than the brilliant wilderness lodge style hotel of Ballynahinch. Located in the thick of rivers, woodlands and lakes, you are in the heart of Irelands beautiful Connemara National Park. Fill your days with walks throughout the grounds, search for the Ballynahinch Castle or take one of their scheduled historic tours to learn the story behind this beautiful estate. Keep busy with fishing with a ghillie, the hotel has some of the best in the area to help you catch the coveted Scottish salmon and trout. Or see how your aim is with clay shooting on offer or just cycle around the grounds to really get a lay of the land. If the sun is making an appearance, take a stroll in the walled gardens of Ballynahinch, just finished last year and keep an eye out for an incredible art piece hidden within. The fun continues into the evening here, with live music on Saturdays highlighting local musicians. When it is time to retire to your room, almost all rooms boast incredible views of the river or the woodlands, so keep the blinds open and enjoy the nature that surrounds you.
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-kilometer 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.
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Connemara, Galway, Connemara and the West, Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle is located in a secluded woodland in Connemara, perfectly situated for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland's west coast.
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