Ballynahinch Castle is an 18th-century castle with a riverfront setting in wild Connemara. The 450-acre estate is an hour by car from Galway City, and 30 minutes from Connemara National Park and the Twelve Bens mountain range’s "pewter-tinged quartzite peaks" (Lonely Planet). Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian walled garden are also a short drive, and it’s an hour by car along the coast to Rossaveal harbour, where the ferries depart for the rugged Arran Islands in Galway Bay.
There’s plenty to do on site. The estate has exclusive fishing rights on the Owenmore River and it’s a great place to fly fish for salmon (February-September) and sea trout (June-July). The casting piers and fishing huts are a short drive from the hotel and the fishery manager is available in the bar at 9:30am every morning to help you plan your day. Alternatively, guests can hike 10 kilometres of mapped trails on the estate or take a more leisurely guided tour of the grounds (extra charge applies). There are also bikes for hire and a secure lock-up for those travelling with their own bicycles.
The hotel’s Owenmore Restaurant is "the best for miles around", according to Fodor's, and has excellent river views. The menu makes use of local produce in sophisticated dishes, such as roast duck breast served with squash risotto and pan-fried wild turbot. There’s also a traditional pub on site, where an open fire burns in the winter and the food is hearty. Sandwiches, soups and salads are available at lunchtime and in the evening guests can choose between dishes like pork belly, seafood platters, and steak and chips.
Bedrooms have a traditional country-manor feel, with thick bedspreads, floral curtains and antique-style furniture. Most of the standard rooms are in the historic main building, while higher category rooms are situated in the two more modern wings and have river views. Wi-Fi and bottled water are complimentary. There’s no lift, but hotel porters are on hand to help with luggage.
From the press:
"Outdoor activities are a big draw here" -- Fodor's
"The setting is something out of a fairy-tale book" -- Condé Nast Traveler
"An angler's paradise" -- Frommer's
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Chauffeur service (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Iron and ironing board
Outdoor space for some rooms
DVD / CD player & library
iPod/iPhone docking station
Video games on request
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm.
Minimum age required to check-in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 12pm.
Children and additional guests
Cot/crib and extra beds available on request and in specific room types only: free of charge for children under 3, 40€ per night for children up to the age of 12 (including breakfast).
No pets allowed.
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There is a three-night minimum stay during Christmas and a two-night minimum stay with black tie gala dinner on New Year's Eve.
The hotel is in a fairly remote location and it is therefore advisable to arrive by car. Galway Airport is an hour and a half away and it is two and a half hours’ drive from Shannon Airport.
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