Galway

Ballynahinch Castle

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Why We Love It

  • This 18th-century castle is set in a 700-acre estate near the Connemara National Park
  • Frommer's calls the property an "angler's paradise"
  • You can hire a bike and explore 10 kilometres of trails on the estate
  • The riverfront restaurant is recommended by Fodor's

"A grand, romantic luxury hotel" -- Rough Guides

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Map & Directions

Parking is free. Ireland West Airport Knock is less than two hours' drive away, while Shannon Airport is two and a half hours away.

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Overview

Ballynahinch Castle is an 18th-century castle with a riverfront setting in wild Connemara. The 700-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 Wild Atlantic Way to Rossaveel harbour, where the ferries depart for the rugged Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

There's plenty to do on site. From early spring until the end of September, the estate has exclusive fishing rights on the Owenmore River. 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 (supplements apply). 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 with 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.

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 free.

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

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Bike rental
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

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Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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