Ireland; the land of four leaf clovers, Game of Thrones settings and a whole load of Guinness. And, if you’re feeling like having a Harry and Meghan moment, there are some pretty awesome castles you can stay in too! From Gothic and ghostly castles to venues seeped in Irish history, it’s time for you to indulge in turrets, greenery and that well known Irish charm. Here are some of the idyllic Irish castle hotels you’ll find upon your travels:
Looking to stay in a five star Irish castle without burning a hole through your wallet? Look no further; this affordable lakeside estate is an ideal combination of posh style and country charm. Additionally, the castle is home to a renowned spa, allowing its guests to relax from exploring one of the wildest parts of the country.
Where: Castle, Lough Eske, Donegal, F94 HX59
Let’s face it, we all need an escape from reality now and again and The Waterford Castle is the dreamy getaway to do just that. Privately located on a small island and surrounded by beautiful nature, it is a favourite among all types of travellers that dons a very Irish exterior of green ivory. From having a romantic picnic on the grounds with your special someone to playing a game of tennis with your family, the range of activities the castle offers accommodates each and every one of its guests.
Where: The Island, Ballinakill, Co. Waterford, X91 Y722
This castle is home to 44 lavishly decorated and spacious rooms, a lovable resident Irish Wolfhound, and a ghost (y, you read that right)! However there’s no need to fret, the castle is believed to house the ghost of a friendly woman named Hilda. A combination of stunning and unique, the Ballyseede makes a great choice for both a romantic getaway and a special family experience, and an even better story to tell if you do end up encountering Hilda during your stay!
Where: Tralee, Ballyseede, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Calling all history buffs, this is a must-visit castle for you. The Clontarf has played a pivotal role in Ireland’s past; from Templar Knights to the Irish Rebellion and much, much more. You’ll become immersed in the rich history this ground holds. Additionally, the castle is just a short stroll away from the capital, where exploring and indulging in modern cuisine are definite perks to your visit.
Where: Castle Ave, Clontarf East, Dublin 3
A gothic revival castle with a turbulent past, the previously burned to flames Kinnitty is now one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. The bedrooms, though contemporary, still have touches of medieval history that you are able to take in whilst relaxing in front of one of the grandeur open fireplaces.
Where: Birr, Kinnitty, Co. Offaly
From the magnificence of the Lord’s Bedchamber, to the commodious elegance of the Courtyard Bedrooms, a luxurious stay awaits you at one of the grandest hotels in Ireland. Though the Irish castle as you see it today dates way back to 1808, it proves to be popular among travellers for its historic roots and prime location just over an hour outside Dublin.
Where: Carrickmacross Road, Cormey, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, A82 EC64
Notable for its warm hospitality, every guest will feel like royalty whilst staying in this magical castle. Whether you want to tea off on the world class golf course or indulge in fine dining over a roaring fire, every wish you have is the Dromoland’s command. Your stay is sure to be a remarkable retreat from reality where all of your expectations will be greatly exceeded.
Where: Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, V95 ATD3
You’re family at the Adare Manor, from the moment you walk through the door, the lavish welcome you will receive is enough to make it feel like home. The only difference is that you will be staying in a magnificent suite fit for a Queen (or King). Whether you wish to spend the day breaking a sweat golfing on one of the best championship courses in the world or rejuvenating at the self-indulgent spa, you will soon come to understand why this castle won Hotel of the Year.
Where: Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR
Prepare for the stay of a lifetime as you enter the splendid stone gates of this 800 year old castle. As the former home of the Guinness family, there is no doubt that the Ashford will be anything less than spectacular. The marvelous interior, delicious cuisine, and state-of-the-art spa will definitely have you experiencing the luck of the Irish.
Where: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48
Located on a lush, green landscape, the Kilronan is a magnificent Gothic castle that was formerly home to the royal Tenison family. Though the castle fell into ruins due to the family’s absence, it was restored and not only still has its medieval soul, but contains modern elements such as advanced technology and delicious food that the lands still produce. This fairytale setting will certainly be one you will never forget.
Where: Castletenison Demesne, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, F52 R867
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