Did you know that there are over 3,000 castles dotted throughout Ireland ? Not all of them are accessible or open to the Public and some may be just ruins but here are just a few of the top ones that are open and well worth the visit. (full article here)
- Dunluce Castle : Perched on the ridge of a cliff up in Co.Antrim, this castle is full of history. Legend says the castle kitchen fell off into the ocean taking 7 cooks with it – stay away from the edge !!
- Birr Castle: famous for it’s stunning gardens this beauty was home to the Third Earl of Rosse. Currently occupied by descendants, you can visit and tour this wonderful castle.
- Dromoland Castle: In County Clare, this beautiful Castle is now a 5* luxury hotel with golf course and a Michelin 4* restaurant. We have had many clients stay here. Completed in 1835 and dating back to the 15th Century, Dromoland is steeped in History. Beautiful grounds and surrounding area too.
In addition to these and the others that are in the article above, there a many beautiful castles that are now luxury hotels with Golf and many other amenities. Some of these that you can stay in are:
Adare Manor, in Adare County Limerick, just completely renovated, this property is top notch and a sought after destination in Ireland, complete with 840 acres of pristine parklands, Golf, World class Spa, and award winning dining. Activities include: Clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, falconry and lots more for adults and families.
The beautiful Ashford Castle in County Mayo, dating back to 1228 and once occupied by the famous Guinness family. A 350 acre estate complete with 5* luxury amenities and activities including: Golf, tennis, fishing, Lake cruising and many others. Ashford Castle offers luxury guest accommodations and fine dining to boot.
Clontarf Castle Dublin’s leading castle is situated just 10 minutes outside Dublin City, and is the perfect blend of boutique and luxury style hotel. A great experience at the start or end of your Ireland trip as it’s located only 5 miles from Dublin Airport. Gourmet and casual dining experiences, beautiful guest rooms and “Castle” ambience are found here.
Ireland has so much to offer and you can tailor your experience to suit you – from Bed & Breakfast rural accommodations all the way up to these fabulous castles – a once in a lifetime experience.