Perhaps more spectacular than any other property in western Ireland, Ashford Castle is an enchanting 83-room castle and estate that sits on the shores of Lough Corrib.
This property, with views of the meandering Owenmore River surrounded by lush woodlands, has a fascinating history. Once a quaint fishing retreat, it’s now a luxurious escape for travelers and locals alike.
Adare Manor feels like a mix of a Gothic European cathedral – complete with gargoyles and heraldry – and a French chateau. It includes four towers, 52 chimneys and 365 leaded windows.
Belleek Castle is more rustic than most Irish castle hotels. The neo-Gothic structure on the River Moy opened as a hotel in 1970 by the late Marshall Doran, a swashbuckling, self-confessed smuggler-turned-collector and hotelier.
Though not technically a castle, this grand estate just outside of Galway’s city center is as luxurious and indulgent as a castle hotel. Not to be missed is dinner inside The Pullman Restaurant, which consists of two Pullman cars.
One of the oldest inhabited castles on the island, this property dates back to 1180. The resort features 140 rooms with 11 located in the main castle.
Lough Eske Castle Hotel sits in a county that boasts some of the most beautiful and untamed coastal vistas along the Wild Atlantic Way. The only five-star hotel in County Donegal, it is surrounded by natural beauty.
Set amidst 100 acres of parkland and manicured gardens, with the magnificent backdrop of Dún a Rí Forest Park, the property oozes old-world charm and features a scenic nine-hole golf course on castle grounds.
At Dromoland, acres of rolling hills are home to a golf course, riding trails, shooting ranges and trails for hiking and cycling. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the estate or book the falconry experience.