We have just returned from Ireland and have a new favorite place to stay while there. We have been fortunate to travel several times in Ireland but had never visited the Connemara area. Clifden and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to spend several days. The sky road has one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. In addition to great restaurants, pubs and shops there are tons of outdoor activities here. The Ballynahinch Castle is idyllic. The setting on the river is spectacular with walking paths everywhere revealing one beautiful view after another. Although we did not fish, it was obvious this was a typical event there. The hotel is a bit worn and rustic but honestly it only adds to the charm. Our room (reported to be the maharaja's, a former owner) was huge, with a very comfortable bed and beautiful view. The tub was a bit awkward for showering but not a deal breaker. Breakfast in the dining room was delicious, served overlooking the river. We did not eat dinner in the restaurant or pub, but the food looked great and I would definitely eat there next time. I highly recommend this experience when traveling in Ireland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury 4 star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman's pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award winning Owenmore Restaurant. On site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel Ireland/County Galway - Recess