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10 Best Things To Do In Ennis, Clare

Ennis is the county town of County Clare. It means “island” in Irish. The Irish name is short for Inis Cluana Rámhfhada or  “island of the long rowing meadow”.  It is the largest town in Clare and it’s central location makes it easy to get anywhere. In fact, if you are going to Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, Limerick, Cork or Galway through public transport, you are more likely to pass through in Ennis.

So if you are in town and you don’t know what to do yet, here’s our list of best things to do in Ennis.

10 Things To Do In Ennis, Clare

1.Cois na hAbhna

Cois na hAbhna is a concert and events venue located in Ennis in County Clare. It is the regional base of Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Éireann, the primary Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of the performance arts, Irish culture and the language of Ireland. The venue is a popular setting for a wide range of acts including Irish Traditional music sessions, dances, drama performances, and concerts.

Contact Information

Address:  Galway Road, Dulick, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: +353 65 6824276

2.Clare Museum

As the county museum, Clare Museum showcases the history of Clare over a period of 6,000 years. They use authentic artifacts, colorful text panels and audio-visual presentations as an educational resource.

The exhibition showcases different themes which include faith, earth, power, water, and energy. The themes included objects from archaeological sites, religious sites, social and agricultural history. The museum has several loaned artifacts from the National Museum of Ireland, which is one of the best museums in Dublin and the entire country.

Opening Times

June – September
Monday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:30

October – May
Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:30

Closed for lunch daily between 13:00 and 14:00

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Clare Museum, Arthur’s Row Ennis Co. Clare V95 EC92

Email:  +353 65 682 3382

Phone:  claremuseum@clarecoco 

3.Bunratty Castle

Although Bunratty Castle is not part of Ennis, it is close enough that it can also be done in a 2-to-3-hour tour from Ennis. The castle is only 20 minutes away from the town center.

This large 15-century medieval castle in County Clare is one of the most popular sites to see if you’re landing in Shannon. It located close to the Shannon town and the airport. The Irish name “Bunratty”, when translated to English, means “river basin in River Ratty”. This is because the River Ratty flows alongside the castle and goes to the Shannon Estuary. Bunratty Castle is also one of the must-see castles in Ireland.

The castle was built in 1425 and was restored in 1954 to bring back its medieval charm. Hand in hand with the castle is the Bunratty Folk Park where you’ll get an authentic experience of the home and environment in Ireland during the time of this castle. The park is 26-acres big and is the home of over 30 buildings which replicates a “living village” setup. A walk to the park will give you a glance on the actual farmhouses, village shops, and streets back then.

4.Ennis Trad Festival

Ireland surely loves to promote its culture to the world. This is the reason why a lot of traditional music and dance festivals are sprouting like mushrooms all year round. One of these is the Fleadh Nua which takes place every May in Ennis, County Clare.

This 9-day event should also make it to your list of Irish festivals because there are lots of fun activities to expect morning until night. There are music concerts, dance workshops, various street entertainments, lunchtime concerts, and evening sessions. There are also Irish Dance Competitions and CD Launches to add more variety to the program.

5.Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary was a Franciscan friary built in the middle of the 13th century by the  O’Brien dynasty. During the suppression of monasteries all throughout Ireland, the friary continued to function. The friary was handed over to the church in the 17th century and was used as a place of worship until the 19th century.

The friary fell into ruin in the 19th century just after the new church was built in the area. Today, the friary’s ruin is one of the National Monuments of Ireland and it’s open to the public for a visit.

Opening Times

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address:  Abbey Street, Ennis, Clare Republic of Ireland

Email:  ennisfriary@opw.ie

6.The Burren

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles and it’s only 20 minutes away from Ennis that it can be done on a quick trip.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras. During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

7.Ennis Farmers Market

If you want to try local produce food, then you should head out to Ennis Farmers Market. The market is only once a week but it showcases all the local delicacies and produces.

You can find cheese, handmade soaps, local honey, biscuits and pastries, fresh flowers, organic vegetable and fruits and a wide selection of herbs and spices.

Opening Times

Every Friday from 8 am to 2 pm only

Contact Information

Address: Roslevan Shopping Centre, Tulla Road

Email:  ennisfarmersmarket@gmail.com

8.Ennis Bookshop

Looking for a relaxing thing to do in Ennis? Then head out to Ennis Bookshop and check out their wide selections of books for all ages.

The bookstore is the first independent bookstore in Ennis and was established by  Mary and the late Michael Evans in 1970. It is a family-run business and it has become one of the institutions in Ennis not only providing books but also toys, cards and exciting gifts for everyone.

Contact Information

Address: 13 Abbey Street

Email:  books@ennisbookshop.ie

Phone: 353 65 682900

9.Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle is a luxurious hotel castle in County Clare located 8 miles away from both Shannon and Ennis. This castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century with its lavish decors, magnificent scenery, and a very homey atmosphere. Guests can also explore the golf course, the spa, and the long walks in the garden. At the end of the day, fine dining awaits the guests for a hearty meal.

Contact Information

Address: Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, V95 ATD3, Ireland

Phone: +353 61 368144 

Email:sales@dromoland.ie 

10.Presidential Car

One of the unusual attractions in Ennis is the Presidential Car. It is the restored 1947 Dodge by Eamon de Valera – a former President in Ireland. The Dodge transported two Presidents of the Republic of Ireland and after it was restored, it has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Ennis. The car is currently on display in a room adjacent to the Manse Garden and the public library.

Dunluce Castle Tour (Tips and Guide For First-Time Visitors)

If you are looking Dunluce Castle tour tips and guide, this article covers everything you need to know about this famous Irish castle.

Dunluce Castle Tour (Tips and Guide For First-Time Visitors)

Dunluce Castle is now a ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of rocks on the coast of County Antrim.  Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle in Dunluce. From then on, this Irish castle witnessed a long and tumultuous history between Scotland, Ireland, and the UK.

Dunluce castle is also said to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel, the fictional castle in Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It is also the film location of Game of Thrones for the Seat of House Greyjoy of the great castle of Pyke.

Things to do near Dunluce Castle

If you are looking to visit Dunluce Castle along with other attractions, this list of things to do near Dunluce Castle.

Giants Causeway

Giant’s Causeway Belfast

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national nature reserve. It is located in Northern Ireland and it is about 10 minutes away from Dunluce Castle.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a popular rope bridge in Ballintoy and it connects the mainland to the island of Carrickarede. The bridge was mainly used by fishermen who frequent the area for salmon but as salmon slowly declines in the area. As a result, the bridge is now mainly used for tourism.

The location of the bridge overlooks one of the best coastal views in Northern Ireland. Currently, visitors can access the bridge for a fee and it’s only 20 minutes away from Dunluce Castle.

Dark Hedges

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The mysterious and creepy effect of the Beech trees lined up along Bregagh Road makes the Dark Hedges the most photographed location in Northern Ireland. It’s only 22 minutes away from Dunluce Castle as well.

Admission Fee

Adult – £5.50, Child (age 4 – 16) – £3.50

Senior citizen £3.50

Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) – £3.50

Child under 4 – Free

Family (up to 5 members, including up to 3 adults) – £15.00

Group rate(10 plus, must be pre-booked) – £4 per person

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Belfast

Take a Translink UK bus (#218) from Belfast Bridge Street to Coleraine. The trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and it costs between €12-18 for one-way trip or €24-36 for a round trip bus fare. Buses leave every 2 hours. From Coleraine, take a  Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle. The trip takes about 25 minutes for €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare and buses leave every 2 hours. Then walk about 400 meters or 4 minutes to get to Dunluce Castle. In total, you might have to spend between €32-48 on transport alone.

Or you can also take this Dunluce day tour from Belfast for just €35 per person. It also includes a trip to Game of Thrones filming locations, Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. To book it, click here.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Dublin

Take a train (#5) from Connolly station in Dublin to Belfast Lanyon Place. The trip takes about 2 hours for €15-21 for one-way trip or €30-42 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Belfast, change train to Coleraine. The trip takes about an hour and a half. The train leaves every hour and it costs between €10-14 for one-way trip or €20-28 for a round trip train fare.

From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €58-82 on transport alone.

Or you can also take this Dunluce day tour from Dublin for just €52 per person. It also includes a trip to Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. To book it, click here.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Londonderry/ Derry

Take a bus (#234) from Derry Londonderry Foyle to Coleraine. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes for €8-12 for one-way trip or €16-24 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €24-36 on transport alone.

How to get to Dunluce Castle from Donegal

From Donegal Abbey Hotel, take a bus (#64, #480) to Foyle Street Bus Station in Derry. The trip is only 1.5 hours but the trip frequency is only every 4 hours. It costs €14-17 per trip or €28-34 for a round-trip fare.

Then take a bus (#234) from Derry Londonderry Foyle to Coleraine. The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes for €8-12 for one-way trip or €16-24 for a round trip train fare. There’s a train every 4 hours so plan accordingly. From Coleraine,  take a Translink UK bus (#402, #402a) to Dunluce Castle for another 25 minutes. There are buses every 2 hours and it costs €4-6 per trip or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. From the bus stop, just walk a bit to reach the castle. In total, you might have to spend between €24-36 on transport alone.

Dunluce Castle Tours

Opening Hours

Daily: 10 am – 4 pm (last entry strictly at 3:30 pm)

Contact Information

Location: 87 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, BT57 8UY

Email: scmenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk

Phone: (028) 2073 1938

The Most Beautiful Towns In Cork To Visit

County Cork is the largest county in Ireland measuring at 7,457 km². Its location in the South West of the country blessed Cork with one of the most diverse landscapes in Ireland.

The county is also known for its colorful villages that promise a relaxing holiday, wild landscapes and interesting history that dubbed Cork as a rebel county.

So if you want to learn more and visit Cork – here are the most beautiful towns in Cork that you should include in your Ireland itinerary.

The Most Beautiful Towns In Cork To Visit

Kinsale, Cork

kinsale ireland

Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland. Kinsale has a beautiful set of long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. It is also a leading Irish tourist attraction and the southerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

Some of the popular attractions include Charles Fort, James Fort, the colorful town center, Old Head and the amazing seafood restaurants in town.

If you want to check other things to do in Kinsale, check these things to do in Kinsale article.

Cobh, Cork

cobh ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel. And it’s known as the last stop of Titanic before the famous ship headed out to New York in 1912. One hundred thirty passengers in Cobh boarded the ill-fated ship and Cobh relieves the event through Experience Titanic.

If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left. Check this list of top things to do in Cobh for more interesting stuff.

Cork City

Cork City Ireland

Cork city surely has a long history behind it. Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, Cork has gone through several developments which made it one of the top cities to visit in Ireland. Cork is close enough to other major cities in Ireland which makes it a good base when traveling the country. Attractions include the best museums in the country, world-class parks, historical buildings, and bustling city center.

Blarney, Cork

blarney castle

Blarney is a beautiful small town located 8-km north west of Cork which is a good side trip from the city and 260-km southwest of Dublin. Due to its historic past, Blarney is a popular Irish tourist destination and probably most known for Blarney castle and stone.

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. It is one of the most visited castles in Ireland due to Blarney stone that can be found in the castle.

In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world climb the stairs to kiss the famous Blarney stone. There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Macroom, Cork

Macroom County Cork

Macroom is a historical market town in County Cork. It is also popular for its nature with Farran Forest Park and Gearagh topping the best things to do in this town.

And if that’s not enough, it is also known for the world’s largest model battle scene of the Battle at Waterloo. Which comprises of over 15,000 hand cast and hand painted figures and the largest range of Lord Of The Rings miniatures in the only Toy Soldier Factory in Europe.

 


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10 Fun Things To Do In Clonakilty, Ireland

Clonakilty, a town in County Cork, is a sprawling rural countryside that reminds you of the endless, polychromatic fields of tulips in Amsterdam, with an Irish twist. The town is the melting pot of traditional and contemporary Irish musicians. Spending a week or more in Clonakilty will renew and reinforce your love for Irish culture and traditions. If you’re looking for a quiet downtown stroll amidst Irish greenery or a place to enjoy fresh ale, then Clonakilty is a must for your itinerary. Without further adieu, here are the top 10 things to do in Clonakilty, Ireland.

10 Things To Do In Clonakilty, Ireland

1.Inchydoney Beach

 

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One of the Blue Flag beaches in Ireland, Inchydoney beach is perfect for a family picnic, a van getaway, or just a soulful adventure for a lost self. The beach is one of the cleanest beaches and with the vista of the cool Atlantic. Your sunset strolls will never be the same.

2. Rainbow Therapies

 

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Voted as number one of the three spas and wellness in Clonakilty, and only 3.7 km away from Inchydoney Beach, lies a relaxation haven for all ages. Offering the best deep-tissue massages around the county is Rainbow Therapies. Their amenities include relaxing services such as an aromatherapy massage to rejuvenate your skin and senses, reiki massage, hot stone, Indian Head, Swedish, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, pregnancy massage, and reflexology treatments are their most recommended services. All of these will alleviate your most deep-seated stresses. They also offer organic skin care products to help you enjoy your stay.

Opening Hours

Tuesday-Friday- 10 am-6pm

Saturday- 10 am-4pm

Sunday- closed

Contact Information

Address: 19 Western Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Phone:  0851119271

Email: rainbowtherapies@icloud.com

3. Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens

Looking for a Swan-Lake-inspired place to stay? Look no more. The luxurious family-owned, Georgian style mansion is the best place for you, your family, and friends’ lodging. The Fernhill House Hotel is the dreamiest lodging where your family or friends can stay.

Amenities include free parking, a myriad of fine-dining experiences, topnotch room services, bar and lounges, free high-speed internet, unlimited access to banquet rooms, free breakfast, and babysitting services! Now, you don’t have to worry who will take off your munchkins on your next date.

Contact Information

Address: Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens Clonakilty West Cork Ireland P85x322

Phone: +353 23 8833258

Email: info@fernhillhousehotel.com

4. Clonakilty Brewing Company

 

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The Clonakilty Brewing Company boasts delicious crafts and brews in all of Ireland, with brewers carefully handcrafting the best beer that the emerald isle can experience. The company offers limited edition brews and personalized beers for weddings and other special occasions. Their topnotch refreshing pale ale, the TOJO American Pale Ale, is perfect for any meal. Other brands include the Smuggler Irish Porter, a dark and rich porter for any coffee or chocolate fanatic. Or try the Inchydoney Blond Belgian Wit, which provides a citrus aftertaste, perfect for light dishes such as salads and fish.

Contact Information

Address: Unit 1 Clogheen Business Park, Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone:  087 130 2307 / 087 924 6105

Email: info@clonakiltybrew.ie 

5. Michael Collins Centre

Mícheál Ó Coileáin, or commonly known as Michael Collins, was an Irish leading figure who led the independence of the Irish people. He was awarded the Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free Estate on January 1922, until he was assassinated on August 1922. The life, times, and memorabilia of the said Irish leader are comprehensively presented in the prestige of the Michael Collins Center.

Learning more about the Irish wars in the early 20th century and their struggle for freedom is delivered by expert guides thrice a day. It is a wonderful takeaway from Clonakilty. When you go outside the farmhouse, you will see the replica of a Rolls Royce armored car and other wartime vehicles Michael Collins used during his service. All of this knowledge, with an overlooking backdrop of the calming Argideen Valley, will make you appreciate the history of Ireland and its love for freedom.

Opening Hours

Open all year for groups, by appointment

(min 15 adults).

Mid-June – Mid Sept: Open for off-road visitors, (no need to book)

Monday to Friday: 10:30am – 5pm

Saturday: 11am – 2pm

Contact Information

Address: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview, Clonakilty, West Cork. Ireland

Phone:  +353 23 8846107

Email: michaelcollinscentre@gmail.com

6. West Cork Model Railway Village

West Cork Model Railway Village, Clonakilty

With its warm pastel colors, the West Cork Model Railway Village is considered as one of the most interesting places to visit in Clonakilty. The landmark contains the only handmade and fully-scaled model of the once West Cork Railway Line. Fascinated children can be seen frolicking near the model. If you’re an urban planner or an Irish architecture fanatic by heart, then this place is definitely for you!

Opening Hours

Daily- 10 am -5pm

Admission Fee

Adult –  € 8.50

Senior –  € 6.00

Student-  € 6.00

Child ( 6 years and over) –  € 5. 00

Infant ( 2-5 years ) –  € 3.50

Under 2 years old – Free

Family-  € 27

Contact Information

Address: West Cork Model Railway Village Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Phone: 0238833224  

Email: marketing@modelvillage.ie

7. Clonakilty Park Adventure Centre

 

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If you are a fan of zip lines, high ropes course, climbing towers, and power fan jumps, then this spot is sure to hit your thrill-seeking self. Be ready for countless of screams and jumps. But don’t worry. The highly and fully-trained staff is happy to assist you in your adrenaline craving. They will even demonstrate how to appropriately execute an obstacle course for your safety! No matter what age or skill level you have in terms of these crazy activities, the staff will ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Opening Hours

(Current Opening Times)

March Opening Times

Every Saturday & Sunday

Sessions at 12pm & 3pm

April Opening Times

April 6th & 7th Sessions at 12pm & 3pm

Easter Holidays April 13th- 28th

Sessions at 12pm , 3pm & 5pm

May & June Opening Times

Every Saturday & Sunday

Open May Bank Holiday Monday – May 6th

Open June Bank Holiday Monday – June 3rd

Sessions at 12pm , 3pm & 5pm

July and August Opening Times

Open daily with sessions at 12pm, 3pm & 5pm

Admission Fee

All activities €20 pp

Family of 4 €50

Family of 5 €60

Contact Information

Address: Clogheen Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)23 88 34141

Email: info@clonadventurecentre.ie

8. DeBarras Folk Club

 

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For live vocal performance enthusiasts, the DeBarras Folk Club is the best place to dine with the best traditional and modern Irish music.  Have a sip of the best Guinness in the county and enjoy the live performances of locals. From the harmonica-tuning players to the Irish classic rock lovers.  Fun activities in the pub include the opportunity to socialize and have fun with the locals while enjoying the ingrained Irish atmosphere that the Club famously holds.

Contact Information

Address: 55 Pearse St. Clonakilty West Cork Ireland

Phone: (023) 883 3381

Email: eolas@debarra.ie

9. Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House

 

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In a time of Game of Thrones and Westeros, are you still stuck in the Land of Hobbiton, or the Shire? No need to go to New Zealand if you are around the European nations. A visit in the Glenview Gardens & Hobbit House will remind you of the lulling and serene tunes of the Shire. Bring your kids and hunt for fairies in the Fairies Woods. Or enjoy viewing the Italianate canal and Japanese gardens! You can even have yourself a cup of tea at a Mediterranean-inspired tea house in the garden. After which, wandering over meadows and small gardens where they grew vegetables of weird country names will surely tickle your green-thumb and tastebuds.

Opening Hours

10 am to 5 pm

Easter – April 19th to 29th

May & June – 5 days. Closed Tues, Wed

July & Aug – 6 days, Closed Tues

Sep & Oct – 5 days. Closed Tues, Wed

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Children €3 (age 4 to 16)

Contact Information

Address: Desert, Enniskeane, Co Cork 2.5km from Enniskeane

Phone: 023 8847230

Email: glenviewgardens@hotmail.com

10. Etain Hickey Collections

 

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If you are spending more time in Clonakilty, be sure to drop by Etain Hickey Collections. A quirky, little store where you can avail handcrafted memorabilia and giftware. Varieties of jewelry, porcelain, crafts, and trinkets that perfectly embodies your stay in Clonakilty are found in this mini-emporium.  Bringing their indigenous crafts as gifts for your friends back home will definitely help you remember the magical beauty that Clonakilty, Ireland possesses.

Contact Information

Address: 40 Ashe Street, Clonakilty, West Cork 

Phone:  023 8821479 

Email: etainhickey@eircom.net 

 

10 Best Things To Do In Donegal, Ireland

County Donegal, nicknamed as Ireland’s Forgotten County, is one of the nine counties found in Ulster. Geographically and economically separated in the northwestern part of Emerald Isle, Donegal earns its nickname for being a remote provincial part of Ireland.

If you are looking for an escape fit for a Northern royal family, or just planning to visit Luke Skywalker’s stony hideaway at Malin’s Head in Star Wars, then Donegal hits the spot. Its evergreen hills, mountains, and enchanting islands will make your vacation Instagram-worthy. So here’s our list of best things to do in Donegal, Ireland.

10 Best Things To Do In Donegal, Ireland

1.Tory Island

Tory Island Cliffs

Tory Island or also known as Oileán Thúr Rí in Irish, is a remote island with a population of 144 based on the 2011 census. This makes Tory Island one of the least inhabited islands in Ireland. But do not let the measly number of locals dispel you from taking a trip on this hidden paradise.

The island was ruled by a locally-elected king—King Patsy Dan Rodgers, who used to attract thousands of tourists with the island’s distinct mythologies and folklore and his music. Aside from the history of the island, dazzling cliffs also abound the area. As you make your way on top of Dún Bhaloir you will see pillars of cliffs that sets over Atlantic.

There are no cars on the island, but its compactness makes the villages easy to travel by foot while basking on the fresh sea breeze.

2. Grianán of Áileach

 

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This hilltop fortress will take you back to the time of ancient Celtic lore if you are looking for a short escapade a la Game of Thrones. The fortress was thought to have been erected by the Northern Uí Néill. Until it was discovered to be one of the royal sites of the Gaelic Island where the central powers of Kingdom of Ailech were held. Amidst its mysterious history, the fortress boasts of a captivating natural landscape, with soft green fields. Here you will find the long-coveted solitude you’ve been dreaming of.

3. Lough Eske Castle

 

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The modernized fairytale-like castle might be the long-awaited backdrop of your wedding. With its imposing 20th century architecture and its labyrinthine gardens, the site serves as a lodging place for well-to-do tourists. Or a wedding photographer’s haven. Lough Eske Castle is a 5-star and one of the best castle hotels Ireland. It is also one of the most recommended hotels in the country.

Aside from the castle hotel, you can also drop by in Lough Eske. A beautiful lake popular for claimed sightings of Lough Eske monster – a lake monster from folklore similar to Loch Ness monster.

Contact Information

Address: Castle, Lough Eske, Donegal, F94 HX59, Irela

Phone: +353 74 972 5100

Email:reservations@lougheskecastlehotel.com

4. Gola Island

 

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If you’re into rock climbing and bird watching leisure activities, then this secluded haven is for you. Found less than two kilometers from mainland Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore), the island remained untouched until the 1960s, where small cottage families decided to reside in this paradise. The rich flora and fauna will satisfy bird-watchers and nature lovers. Outdoor activities include rowing, rock climbing on steadfast granite formations, and taking a slow stroll on the beaches.

5. Narin & Portnoo Beach

Narin and Portnoo Beach

If you are planning to visit one of the top ten beaches in Ireland, then Narin & Portnoo Beach should be included in your list. With its calming waves and rosewood-colored sand, the entire cove itself speaks of serenity and peace. Sunrise and sunset photography, and strolling on the beach are popular among tourists. Aside from it, you can also check out the nearby restaurants and bars.

6. Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle

Donegal Castle or the O’Donnells castle is allegedly the fortress of Viking settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. It is also where the royal family of O’Donnells ruled the Kingdom of Tir Chonaill. The historical fortress is subdivided into five equally-enthralling sections—the Manor House, the Tower House, the Trips Stairwell, the Ground Level Store Rooms, and the Garderobe. Fun activities include taking pictures, exploring, and learning more about Celtic lore and modern Irish history. If you’re looking for a Brontë-sisters getaway, then a trip to this Irish castle is for you.

Opening Hours

Easter – Mid September

Daily. 10.00 – 18.00

Mid-September – Easter

Thursday – Monday

09.30 – 16.30

Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing

Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

Contact Information

Address: Castle Street, Donegal Co. Donegal, F94 P996

Phone: +353 (74) 972 2405

Email:  donegalcastle@opw.ie 

7. Sliabh Liag Cliff

Sliabh Liag Cliff

For an amateur or pro-mountaineer, or for people who simply like mountain-related activities, Sliabh Liag Cliff is a good spot to do some hiking. Just be sure to bring extra thick clothes as the temperature plummets as you ascend. This 2000-feet hike offers a magnificent view of the sea cliffs and one of the best views of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Contact Information

Address: Sliabh League, Cliffs Teelin, Carrick, Co. Donegal

Phone: +353 97 00000

Email:  info@sliabhliag.com

8. Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park

This second largest national park in Ireland holds one of the most prestigious castles, whose beauty and history is unparalleled in the Celtic world—the Glenveagh Castle. It is quietly situated in the center of the national park. Perfect for a romantic retreat. Herds of the once-extinct red deer, rare and captivating fauna and two of the highest mountains in Donegal can be found in this wonderland. If you are looking for a fairytale-themed adventure, then you have found the right place to visit.

Opening Hours

1st April – 31st October  2019

The visitor center is open from 9.15am to 5.30pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Glenveagh National Park Church Hill Letterkenny Co. Donegal

Phone: +353 76 100 2537

Email: glenveaghbookings@ahg.gov.ie

9. Dunree Bay

Dunree Fort

Being one of the most underrated beaches in Ireland, the Dunree bay deserves the commendations it receives from tourists and locals alike. The golden shores with its high silvery grasses are perfect for a family picnic. And the aquamarine vista will calm your most agitated senses. Take a stroll on top of An Dún Riabhach, or popularly known as Fort Dunree, a military museum that overlooks the great Northern Atlantic. You will learn the military history behind the towering fortifications during the Napoleonic wars. All of these learnings, while admiring the golden beach before you will make you feel definitely at home.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday from -10.30 am – 4.30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Admission Fee

Adult – €7

Kids – €5

Seniors – €5

Family – €15

Group (10) – €3 each

Contact Information

Address: Dunree Linsfort Buncrana Co. Donegal

Phone: (074) 936 1817

Email: dunree@eircom.net

10. Ballymastocker Bay

Ballymastocker Bay

Nested in the shores of Lough Swilly, the Ballymastocker Bay stretches from Portsalon to Knockalla Hills. It is the same beach that was voted by the British Observer as the second most beautiful beach in the world. It is playful and inviting cerulean waves, the golden shores, and its un-matched 13 Blue Flag eco-labels makes this beach one of the safest and most excellently-managed beaches all over the globe. The Ballymastocker Bay is on par with the coves of Seychelles. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your swimwear and camera and enjoy one of the best beaches that Donegal can offer.

 


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15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

Londonderry, also popularly known as “Derry”, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. Overall, it is the fourth largest city in the country. Derry is derived from an Old Irish name which means “oak grove” but aside from that, is also known as the walled city. In fact, it is the only remaining intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe. Londonderry is engulfed with a lot of history that is why you should not skip it when in Ireland. To give you an idea, here are 15 things to do in Londonderry.

15 Fun Things To Do In Londonderry, Ireland

1.  Walk through Irish history in the Walls of Derry

Derry City Walls - things to do in londonderry

The Walls of Derry is one of the most iconic spots in Londonderry. After all, these walls made the city known as the only walled city in Ireland that survived through time. These diamond-shaped defensive walls were built in the 1610s to protect the city from the English and Scottish colonists. It also stood strong amidst the 105-day siege during the Williamite War in 1689. The walls can be stretched 1.6 kilometers in total, is 26 feet high, and approximately 30 feet wide. It can be seen straddling a hill. Walking through the middle of the wall shows a clear division of the countryside and the Inner City. Before, the walls were closed to the public for decades mainly because it is one of the best spots for snipers. However, after the city has regained peace, this walled city has become one of the top tourist attractions in Londonderry and one of the best day trips from Belfast. 

Opening Hours

Monday- Saturday – 11:30 am- 1am

Sunday- 12pm -12 am

Admission Fee

Contact Information

Address: Bishop St, Londonderry BT48 6PR, UK

Phone: +44 28 7126 7284

Email: info@tourismni.com

2. Understand the story of Derry in the Tower Museum

Tower Museum Londonderry

The Tower Museum is located within the historic walls specifically in Union Hall Palace. It is a historic tower which presents the history of Derry through award-winning exhibits from the prehistoric time until the 1960s. It also has an exhibit of a local shipwreck in 1588 located in a separate gallery. In this gallery, you can see artifacts from a Spanish Armada ship known as La Trinidad Valencera. The Museum also has a cinema where you can continue learning the history of Derry during the second half of the 20th century. The presentation talks about the causes and outcomes of the Troubles.

Opening Hours

Monday- Sunday- 10 am-4;30 pm

Contact Information

Address: Tower Museum Union Hall Place Derry  BT48 6LU

Phone: 028 7137 2411

Email:tower.reception@derrystrabane.com

3. Get to know more of the Free Derry Museum

Free Derry Museum Londonderry

As stated earlier, Derry is engulfed with a lot of history and more of it can be seen from the Free Derry Museum. With over 25,000 artifacts in its exhibits, the Free Derry Museum aims to send a message supporting civil rights and equality. It tells the story about the Battle of the Bogside, Operation Motorman, and Bloody Sunday. These stories are being supported with letters, posters, photographs and actual footage. The museum opened in 2006 and it has become one of the major resources for schools and colleges all over Ireland and beyond. The museum also draws visitors from Unionist and Nationalist communities but more importantly, it welcomes everyone who is interested in the history of the city of Derry and its civil rights movement.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Saturday 1.00pm – 4.00pm (All year, excluding Christmas and New Year)

Sunday 1.00pm – 4 pm (July – Sept)

Last admission 30 minutes before stated closing time.

Admission Fee

Adult £6.00 / Concessionary/Senior £5.00 / Groups (10+) £4.00

Contact Information

Address: Museum of Free Derry,  55 Glenfada Park, Bogside, Derry, BT48

Phone: 028 71 360880

Email: info@museumoffreederry.org

4. Learn the history of the Siege of Londonderry in the Siege Museum

 

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The Siege of Londonderry is another historical event in Ireland that is worth to know. In fact, an extension to the Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall was completed in 2016 to exhibit this 1688 Siege. Today, it is now called the Siege Museum and Exhibition where you can find exhibitions about the Apprentice Boys of Derry, Orange Order, Women’s Orange, and The Royal Black Institution. Each of these orders is located in separate rooms where you can find artifacts, videos, and interactive media.

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday

10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Sunday

Closed (Group tours available by request)

Admission Fee

£4 per person

Under 12 – Free

Contact Information

Address: 13 Society Street Londonderry BT48 6PJ

Phone: 028 71261219

Email:info@thesiegemuseum.org

5. Cross through the Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge Derry

The Peace Bridge is another symbolic spot in Derry which connects the Unionists and Nationalists as it literally crosses between the waterside and cityside communities in Derry. As for those who have not known, the Waterside community generally belongs to the Unionists while the Cityside to the Nationalists. The 235-meter bridge was completed in 2011 as a collaboration between AECOM and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Today, it is a popular scene to celebrate New Year in Londonderry.

6. See the beautiful Guildhall building

Guildhall Derry

This beautiful neo-gothic style building is located just outside the city walls and near the Peace Bridge and is totally worth the visit. Originally built in 1887 by the Honourable Irish Society, the Guildhall is embellished with a beautiful stained glass window, a grand staircase, the main hall organ, and a corridor which altogether adds up to the building’s alluring charm. Aside from its intriguing history, the Guildhall also faced a major restoration in June 2013 which now results in a multifaceted tourism experience for anyone who wishes to visit the building. Visiting the Guildhall will introduce you to an exhibit which presents the history of the city during the colonization in the 17th century– also known as the Plantation of Ulster. Because of this, this promising tourist hub has been awarded and recognized by several professional bodies, heritage groups, and construction organizations.

7. Hear a story of romance and tragedy in the Prehen House

 

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Home of Ireland’s greatest love story, the Prehen House is an 18th century Irish Georgian house located in Prehen, County Londonderry. The house was built in 1740 for Andrew Knox after he married Honoria Tomkins, heiress of Prehen. Much more of this, the Prehen House is also tied to the story of Mary Ann Knox. Her story was both romance and tragedy where she was accidentally killed during an attempted elopement by John MacNaghten, the landowner. As a punishment for this accident, MacNaghten was executed and hanged for his crime. Although the house is still privately owned, tourists and visitors are also welcome to visit to hear this tale and appreciate the views of Derry and the Foyle River.

Contact Information

Address: Prehen Park, Derry, Londonderry, BT47 2PB

Phone: (028) 7134 2829

Email: info@prehenhouse.com

8. Pay respect to St Eugene’s Cathedral

St. Eugene's Cathedral Derry

The Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Derry is no other than St. Eugene’s Cathedral. This Roman Catholic church was built in the second half of the 19th century with a Gothic Revival style. The enchanting outcome of this project was made possible by the brilliance of its architect, James Joseph McCarthy. The tower of the cathedral is visible in the northwest of the city kissing the edge of Brooke Park. In the upper section of the bell tower, you can also see a statue of St. Eugene from 1873. McCarthy used a Sardinian granite on the sanctuary floor while the altar is bedazzled with Carrara marbles.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:  

8.00 am, 10.00 am and 7.30 pm

Saturday:  

10.00 am

Contact Information

Address: St. Eugene’s Cathedral Derry City BT48 9AP

Phone: 028 7126 2894/ 028 7136 5712

Email: steugenes@btconnect.com

9. Visit the internationally recognized St Columb’s Cathedral

St_Columb's Cathedral, DerryThis cathedral in the heart of the walled city is the Mother Church of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. The cathedral, built in the early 1630s, has a Northern Irish style known as Planter Gothic. It is dedicated to St. Columba, an Irish monk who established a Christian settlement in Derry before he was exiled from the country. Parts of this cathedral is recognized as one of the oldest standing monuments in Derry. The chancel and spire, on the other hand, does not belong to it because it only came in the 19th and 20th century.

10. Take a walk in St Columb’s Park

 

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If you’re looking for a place to just chill or maybe have a picnic with your family, the St. Columb’s Park right at the bank of the River Foyle is the perfect hangout spot for you. You can also go straight to this park if you’re coming from the Peace Bridge. Aside from the greenery and landscape of the park, you can also find a manor house which was built in the 18th century. This manor house is currently being used for accommodation and conference center. There is also a small cafe on the ground floor for visitors who wants to take some refreshments.

Opening Hours

March to October – Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

November to February (incl) Monday to Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Open for Services: Sunday 8am-9am, 11am – 12.30pm, 4pm-5pm

Contact Information

Address: 17 London Street Londonderry BT48 6RQ

Phone: 028 7126 7313

Email: stcolumbs@ic24.net

11. Take a quick trip to Ness Country Park

 

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Ness Country Park, a 55 hectares of greenery, is located on the Banks of River Burntollet just outside the walled city. It consists of seven kilometers of forest and riverside and vast meadow. If you dig deep to the heart of the forest, you will be taken to the enchanting Ness waterfall and its set of rapids. Locals advise that the best time to walk in the park is during spring season where bluebells and wood anemones paint the forest floor with lovely hues. Ness Country Park is the perfect countryside getaway if you want to take a break from the walled city.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday -9 am – 4pm

Contact Information

Address: 50 Oughtagh Rd, Killaloo, Londonderry BT47 3TR

Email:  info@tourismni.com

12. Snap a pic with the Bogside Murals

Bogside Murals Derry

The Bogside Murals do not only serve as a tourist attraction in Derry but it is also a reminder of its difficult past. This set of 12 large paintings are located in the neighborhood where the Bloody Saturday took place. This historical event resulted in these paintings which aim to champion civil rights. You can take a guided tour to know the deeper context of these paintings which depicts the Battle of Bogside in 1969, Operation Motorman in 1972, the victims of the Bloody Sunday, and a dove of peace.

13. Add the Free Derry Corner in your ‘Gram

Free Derry Corner

Still located in the Bogside Neighborhood, the Free Derry Corner is a single standing wall which was once the entrance to a self-declared autonomous Nationalist area in Derry. The message which says “You are now entering Free Derry” was painted by a local activist in 1969 during the early phases of the Troubles. The wall used to have rows of terrace houses at the background. However, these houses were demolished later on which leaves the wall independently standing as a dual carriageway in the present time. Beside the wall is a memorial for the victims of the Irish Hunger Strike.

14. Rediscover the charm of the Craft Village

 

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If you have an eye for arts, crafts, and little trinkets, the Craft Village deserves a quick trip. Most of the finds here are of Irish references like Irish dancing costumes, glassware, knitwear, crystal home decorations, candles, and a lot more. Aside from these, the Craft Village also hosts live performances. To watch these performances, just spot the Canopy and the large iron and glass structure which shelters the stage.

15. Travel through the Derry-Coleraine Railway

The Derry-Coleraine Railway is a 50-kilometer train ride offering one of the most beautiful views in the world. The ride passes through a green landscape of dry-stone walls and basalt hills. It continues heading towards the coast of Benone Strand before reaching Castlerock. From there, you’ll experience the longest railway tunnels in Ireland which were dug in the 1850s. The ride ends at Causeway Coast where you’ll most likely recognize several scenes from Game of Thrones.

 


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Top 11 Dingle Hotels For All Budget

Situated at the end of the Dingle Peninsula, Dingle has been referred to by the National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on earth”. This West Kerry county paradise is Ireland at its best – with stunning stretches of beaches that provide a view of the sparkling blue waters meeting the sky full of stars. A place like this is meant to be savored longer than a day or two. So here’s a list of Dingle hotels and accommodations that will ensure a memorable stay in town as you explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Dingle Hotels For All Budget

Budget Hotels in Dingle

Dingle Peninsula Hotel

Located in Gallarus Cross, Dingle Peninsula Hotel is one of the more affordable hotels in Dingle. It is very close to the beach and offers a fantastic view of the bay. The place has its own traditional Irish country pub that delights guests with live music.

The hotel also provides free private parking and complimentary shuttle service to and from local destinations to all guests.

Why it’s good?

Guests of the Dingle Peninsula Hotel are treated to scenic views without even leaving the hotel premises. The chill, laidback vibe from being so close to the sea matches the hotel’s bright yet relaxing interiors, as guests are provided with clean, spacious rooms. Each room at the Dingle Peninsula Hotel comes with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and a private bathroom. The place also has an al fresco restaurant that serves home-style fresh food made from locally sourced produce and continental tapas available seven days a week.

Guests at the Dingle Peninsula Hotel can enjoy various activities in the area like golf, cycling, fishing, horse riding on the beach and swimming with the local dolphin. They also offer guided history walks and a kids club.

Rates

Rates are at $68 to $115 per night

Average Review Rating

8.8 Fabulous

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Dingle Harbour Lodge

 

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Dingle Harbour Lodge offers scenic views of Dingle Bay, as it is located only 100 m from the Yacht Marina. It is considered as one of the best accommodations in Dingle, because of its proximity to both the seafront and town center. Dingle Harbour Lodge has free parking and a large patio that has a fantastic view of the Atlantic.

Why it’s good?

Dingle Harbour Lodge provides one of the most scenic accommodations in this seaside town, as it is situated between the picturesque Irish countryside and the coast. Each room is well equipped and provided with comfy beds, and the Irish breakfast buffet is a hit among guests. The Harbor Lodge also has easy access to sailing, cycling, golf, horse riding, wildlife tours, and diving.

Rates

Rates are at $77 per night

Average Review Rating

8.4 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Bambury’s Guesthouse

Bambury’s is a large family run guesthouse located in Mail Road and is a few steps away to the Dingle town center. It is close to the Dingle Marina as well as to a range of fascinating local shops, pubs with traditional Irish music, award-winning restaurants, and the Oceanworld Aquarium. Bambury’s is one of the affordable accommodations in Dingle that offers leisure activities including sailing, fishing, golf, and horse riding.

Why it’s good?

Bambury’s is just a two-minute walk from the town center, has ample free parking area for guests and one of the accommodations in Dingle that offers an extensive breakfast menu. The entire place is nice and quaint, with big rooms that have a sitting area, tea and coffee facilities, and an en suite bathroom. Bambury’s Guesthouse provides guests with a full Irish breakfast, as well as pancakes and scones, that are brought to the guests’ rooms.

Rates

Rates are at $81 per night

Average Review Rating

9.5 Exceptional

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Mid Range Hotels in Dingle

Alpine Guesthouse

Situated in the town center, Alpine Guest House is another family-run accommodation in Dingle that is just a seven-minute walk to the bustling Dingle Marina. This relaxing guesthouse offers scenic views of the Dingle Peninsula and rooms with free wireless Internet access. Alpine Guesthouse also provides access to golfing, mountain biking and trekking, and water sports like kayaking and sailing.

Why it’s good?

Alpine Guesthouse is one of the best places to stay in Dingle because of its proximity to not just the marina, but also to a variety of restaurants, traditional Irish pubs and music venues.  

Each room at the Guesthouse has a well-appointed en suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities and a large window with scenic views. Bambury’s serve traditional Irish meals during the mornings at the airy breakfast room.

Rates

Rates are at $87 to $122 per night

Average Review Rating

9.0 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Hillgrove Guesthouse

Hillgrove Hotel is situated near Dingle Harbour, a few minutes walk from Dingle town center and at the foot of the beautiful Conor Pass. It is right across the Dingle Brewing Company which also offers tours. Hillgrove is one of the affordable hotels in Dingle and it offers more than just a place to stay. Guests at the Hillgrove are given free access to the hotel’s nightclub, free parking on-site and shuttle services around Dingle in the evening.

Why it’s good?

Hillgrove Hotel has a selection of simple and colorful rooms that provide guests with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, en suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests at the Hillgrove also enjoy complimentary breakfast, concierge services, access to the beer garden and the beautiful contemporary bar and lounge with open fire.

Rates

Rates are at $83 to $131 per night

Average Review Rating

8.2 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

The Quayside

The Quayside is one of the more in-demand accommodations in Dingle, because of its proximity both to the town center and the seafront. It occupies a converted former stone stable which was built a hundred years ago. Aside from the comfortable accommodation, Quayside also offers easy access to the Dingle Sailing Club, Dingle Oceanworld, St James Church, Dingle Crystal, Dingle Whisky Distillery and Dingle Farmer’s Market which are all in close proximity to the guest house.

Why it’s good?

Guests at the Quayside are provided with spacious en-suite rooms that have sloping ceilings, and a scenic view of the Dingle Bay. Travelers staying at this converted stone building are also treated to freshly prepared breakfasts in the dining room each morning. The Quayside is one of the accommodation in Dingle that is close to the town center, where guests can enjoy lunch or evening meals in any of the towns multi-awarded restaurants and cafés.

Rates

Rates are at $97 to $153 per night

Average Review Rating

9.0 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Dingle Esk View

Dingle Esk View is one of the accommodation in Dingle, Ireland that overlooks the bay. It is easily accessible to and from airports as well as local points of interest. Despite the rural setting,  Dingle Esk View is still within walking distance from Dingle’s town center and local beaches.

Popular among guests exploring the Kerry Camino Way, Conor Pass is just a short distance from Dingle Eask View. Dingle Bay is home to Fungie, a dolphin who can be spotted from the property at times.

Why it’s good?

Overlooking Dingle Bay, the Dingle Eask View offers private rooms with en-suite facilities,  with scenic views of Connor Pass or the sea. The place has a shared den and lounge area, free onsite parking, a sheltered porch and free Wi-Fi access throughout.

Continental breakfast for guests is available each morning in the cozy kitchen and dining area. Dingle Esk view is also one of the accommodations in Dingle that is close to several local eateries and traditional Irish pubs.

Rates

Rates are at $93 to $180 per night

Average Review Rating

9.2 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Short Strand Dingle

Set in Ballinvounig and with scenic views of the mountain, Short Strand is one of the best and more affordable places to stay in Dingle. Short Strand is within walking distance to local beaches and the town center, where guests can enjoy world-class restaurants, pubs, and activities. It is also a few minutes drive to the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium and St. John’s Well.

Why it’s good?

Short Strand offers luxurious comfort at an affordable price which makes it one of the preferred accommodations in Dingle. The place offers bright, spacious en suite bedrooms, quality breakfast choices, and a continental breakfast served with magnificent views of the Dingle Bay. Guests can also enjoy the lounge at this property and go cycling nearby to explore this seaside town.  

Rates

Rates are at $93 to $203 per night

Average Review Rating

9.6 Exceptional

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Ceann Sibéal Hotel

Ceann Sibéal is a three-star hotel located in the village of Ballyferriter, on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. It is one of the affordable accommodations in Dingle that is just a short distance from the town center. It is situated along the Slea Head Drive, which makes it an ideal base for anyone looking to explore the region. The Ceann Sibéal is surrounded by idyllic scenery and has been around since 2004. It is within easy distance to local beaches, the town museum, and some heritage sites.

Why it’s good?

The Ceann Sibéal Hotel offers beautifully decorated well-appointed spacious accommodations. Each guestroom comes with an en suite bathroom with a shower/tub combination, coffee//tea facilities, and internet access. The hotel also provides complimentary breakfast which is served from 8 a. m. to 10  a. m. The hotel is located in an area where guests can enjoy heritage sites, golf, boat trips, outdoor activities and live music in the evenings. If a guest prefers to stay indoors, guest rooms at the Ceann Sibéal have fantastic views of Smerwick harbor, the Three Sisters, Sybil Head, and Mount Brandon.

Rates

Rates are at $135 to $208 per night

Average Review Rating

8.5 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Accommodations in Dingle

Dingle Benners Hotel

 

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Situated in the town center, the classic Dingle Benners is regarded as one of the best luxury accommodations in Dingle. As the town’s oldest hotel, Benners reflects its history and uniqueness and provides an ideal base to explore the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and nearby areas.  The stunning scenery of Slea Head, the Conor Pass, and Inch Beach is easily accessible from the hotel, as well as the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium which is half a kilometer away.

Why it’s good?

In central Dingle, the old world charm and elegance of Dingle Brenners Hotel captivates guests from the moment they arrive. Each of the elegant rooms features antique-style furniture and en suite bathrooms, satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities. Free WiFi is also available, and the Mrs. Benners bar has the best in traditional Irish cuisine. As one of Dingle’s best hotels, Dingle Benners offer the best of both worlds – traditional Irish warmth and comfort coupled with the best of modern facilities.

Rates

Rates are at $174 to $324 per night

Average Review Rating

9.0 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Dingle Skellig Hotel

 

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Located just 200 meters away from Dingle Bay, the Dingle Skellig Hotel is regarded as one of the best hotels in Dingle, as well as in the rest of Kerry county. Built in 1969, the Dingle Skellig Hotel has won numerous recognitions for its comfort, hospitality, and service. Guests at the hotel get to enjoy its 3 pools, café and restaurant, and fitness center. The town proper is just a few minutes from the Dingle Skellig Hotel and the bay is suitable for swimming, diving, sailing, and fishing.

Why it’s good?

The Dingle Skellig Hotel provides guests with spacious accommodations that come with an en suite bathroom. Each room has a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a desk, and tea/coffee facilities.

Guests at the Dingle Skellig Hotel can enjoy the Coastguard Restaurant which specializes in local seafood, while the Gallarus Lounge and Cocktail Bar provide a range of beers, wines, and coffees. Meanwhile, the hotel’s Peninsula Spa offers beauty treatments and massages, as well as facilities like the sauna, steam room, and sun shower.

Rates

Rates are at $280 to $426 per night

Average Review Rating

8.7 Fabulous

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

8 Best Things To Do In Naas, Ireland

Naas is a charming town 35 kilometers away from Dublin. A county town in Kildare county, it is a popular weekend getaway and a day trip for city dwellers. With all the golf courses, racehorse tracks and gardens, there are surely many things to do in Naas to keep people entertained.

8 Best Things To Do In Naas, Ireland

1. Check out cool plants in Coolcarrigan House and Gardens

 

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Coolcarrigan House and Gardens is a popular wedding venue in Naas famous for its beautiful 6-hectare of the garden. The garden houses some of the rarest and unusual plants and trees in Ireland.

You don’t need to get married in order to enter Coolcarrigan and enjoy its expansive garden. You just need to go within their opening hours and they will allow you to enjoy the place. Because of the rarity of some of their shrubs and trees, the place is also quite famous from international gardening groups and dendrologists.

Operation Hours

9 am to 1 pm from February to August. You will need an appointment outside of these months.

Admission Fee

For the admission fee, contact the proper directly.  You can reach them here or via the contact information below.

Contact Information

Address: Coill Dubh, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Email: rww@coolcarrigan.ie

Phone: +353 45 863 527

2. Buy local produce in Naas Farmers’ Market

 

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Naas Farmers’ Market is a once a week farmer’s market known for its fresh local produce. The market was established decade ago and is still true to their mission of providing only the fresh and best food selections in Naas.

If you want to sample the local delicacies and locally produce foods – then a trip to Naas Market is one of the best things to do in Nass on weekends.

Operation Hours

Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Contact Information

Address: Friary Rd, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

3. Go back in time in Jigginstown Castle

Jigginstown House Naas

Jigginstown Castle is a 17th-century castle built in the late 1630s under King Charles I reign. It was considered the largest building in Ireland during that time. Thomas Wentworth, the Earl of Stafford built the castle so the King could reside in it during a royal visit to Ireland.

Now, there’s nothing left but ruins on this castle but it’s still worth a visit.  Currently, the castle is a National Monument in Ireland.

Operation Hours

Open 24 hours

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Newbridge Road, Naas West, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

4. Explore the Blessington Lakes

Although not part of Naas, Blessington Lakes is closed enough for a quick visit. It is only 20 minutes away from the town center. Located in Blessingtown town in County Wicklow, the lake is an active reservoir and an area for wild birds conservation.

The lakes were formed 50 years ago upon the building of Poulaphouca Dam and hydro-electric power station. Currently, it provides the Dublin region with electricity and water supply.

The reservoir is also the largest man-made lake in Ireland and it’s a great base for outdoor activities in the area. You can take your bike and enjoy the amazing landscapes within the area.

5. Appreciate the arts in Russborough House

Russborough house Naas

Russborough House is another thing to do near Naas. Located in Blessington as well, this house is the longest house in Ireland with a frontage measuring at over 700 feet or 210 meters.

This Palladian style house is owned by  Joseph Leeson, 1st Earl of Milltown and was built between 1741 to 1755. The house is famous for the owners’ extensive collections of artworks from world-renowned artists such as Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, and Johannes Vermeer.

The house is also only located 20 km from Dublin and it can a good day trip from the city.

Operation Hours

Parkland

The Parkland at Russborough is open 7 days a week from 2nd January to 23rd December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Guided House Tours

January-February: closed

March: Mon-Sun 12 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. (on the hour) | Bank Holiday Weekend: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (on the hour)

April: Mon-Fri 12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m (on the hour) | Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (on the hour)

May – September: 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. (on the hour)

October: Mon-Fri 12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m (on the hour) | Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (on the hour)

November – December: Mon-Sun 12 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. (on the hour)

Admission Fee

Adult: €12.00

Senior – aged 60+: €9.00

Student with valid ID: €9.00

Children aged 6-16: €6.00

Children aged 5 and under: FREE

Family Special: (2 adults and up to 4 children, aged 6-16. Children 5 and under free)

Contact Information

Address: Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland W91 W284

Email: info@russborough.ie

Phone: +353 (0)45 865239

6. Attend a show in Moat Theatre

 

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The Moat Theatre is a popular place for entertainment in Naas. They showcase local talents in theatre plays, musical concert, dance, and even stand up comedy.

If you want something different to do in Naas, attending one of the shows in Moat Theatre is a must.

Operation Hours

Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Admission Fee

You can check for rates and available shows here.

Contact Information

Address: Abbey St, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

7. Play golf in Naas

If you want to practice your swing, Naas has several golf courses that you can try. Among the popular golf courses and clubs are Craddockstown Golf Club, Millicent Golf Club, The K Club, Tulfarris Golf Club, and Naas Golf Club.

 

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8. Make new friends in Stonebrook Pet Farm

 

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Stonebrook Pet Farm is a local pet farm in a picturesque setting. It is an ideal spot for a family day out. So if you are visiting Naas with kids, taking a trip to meet the farm’s animals will surely make your kids’ day.

Aside from meeting the farm animals, the kids can also help collect eggs and feed the animals.

Operation Hours

Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm

Admission Fee

For the admission fee, please contact the property.

Contact Information

Address: Coghlanstown West, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Phone: +353 86 266 1720

7 Best Hotels In Athenry, Ireland

Known as one of the surviving medieval walled towns in Ireland, Athenry invites not just a passing day trip but encourages travelers to savor more of it as well. It is a town full of rich local heritage and the ideal base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and West of Ireland.

Whether you’ll be in Athenry for a day or a week, here’s a list the best hotels in Athenry to suit any traveler’s budget and preference.

Budget Accommodations in Athenry

Doonard Manor

Located in Craughwell, Doonard Manor is one of the more affordable accommodations in Athenry and the rest of Galway county. This bed and breakfast is an ideal base for touring the West of Ireland, starting with attractions in historic Athenry and its medieval castle. The area where Doon Nard is situated is also popular for golf, fishing, horse riding, cycling and walking.

Why it’s good?

Doonard Manor offers accommodations that cater to budget travelers. The rooms in Doonard are bright, spacious and comes with a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. A sumptuous breakfast selection is provided in the morning. Guests also enjoy free WiFi throughout the property, as well as free private parking on site.

Rates

Rates are at $57 to $94

Average Review Rating

9.4 Superb

Location: Doonard, Craughwell, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 91 846 710

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

McDonagh’s Guest House

McDonagh’s Guest House is located in Ballygurraun South, easily reached from the town center, and one of the more affordable accommodations in Athenry. This old-fashioned bed and breakfast also offer guests a shared lounge, free parking and access to the nearby golf and country club.

Why it is good?

Stepping inside the McDonagh’s Guest House in Athenry, guests already feel at home because of the simple, cozy furnishings and the friendly host. Each room at the guesthouse is warm and spacious, has a comfortable bed and a well-appointed en suite bathroom. The accommodation also includes free wireless internet, central heating, and multi-channel television. A hearty breakfast is provided in the morning. Guests at the McDonaugh’s love the homey atmosphere, and its accessibility to the airport, the Inis Meain, and other points of interest.

Rates

Rooms start at $85

Average Review Rating

7.0 Good

Location:  Ballygurraun South, Raheen, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone +353 87 988 6597

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Mid-range Hotels in Athenry

Athenry Village Apartments

Located in North Gate Street and within a short walking distance to the castle, Athenry Village Apartments offers one of the best accommodations in Athenry. The place is a favorite among families and those traveling in groups, particularly those looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.

Why it is good

The balcony in Athenry Village Apartments is a favorite among guests, as it offers a view of the nearby castle, Heritage Centre and a centuries-old church. Modern and equipped with amenities like a well-stocked kitchen, the place offers both comfort and convenience for a price that’s suited for budget travelers. Athenry Village Apartments is centrally located but still quiet, and guests can enjoy a relaxing stay in their spacious, cozy rooms.

Rates

Rooms start at $92

Average Review Rating

9.4 Superb

Location: Druid View, 1 North Gate Street, Greenacre, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone : +353 86 046 4256

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Caheroyn House

 

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Located in Caheroyn, Atherny and just a short walk from the center, Caheroyn House is a gorgeous traditional farmhouse turned hotel that offers guests a familiar old-world vibe with modern amenities and great Irish food. It is regarded as one of the best places to stay in Athenry and has won awards for its service. Recently refurbished to reflect its history and importance, Caheroyn House is situated in the fields of Athenry on 70 acres of organic farmlands and woodlands. This offers visitors an opportunity to relax in an idyllic countryside setting.

Why it’s good

Stepping inside Caheroyn House is like walking into a nineteenth-century home full of art, historical items, and other curiosities. The rooms are huge with beautiful decor and a really comfortable bed. The food they serve is fresh, hearty and delicious. Caheroyn House despite being located near the center, is in a secluded area, making it perfect for rest and relaxation.

Rates:

Rooms are at $117 to $130 per night

Average Review

9.4 Superb

Location: Caheroyan Dr, Caherroyn, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone:  +353 91 844 858

How to book

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Lodge @ The Old Barracks

Situated in Cross Street, the recently renovated Lodge @ The Old Barracks is one of the most recommended accommodations in Athenry. The Lodge is located right in the heart of town, and guests are less than 5 minutes from Athenry Castle and Athenry Heritage Centre, as well as local shops and restaurants that abound the streets of this most historically significant Heritage Town. More than just a place to stay when in Athenry, Lodge @ The Old Barracks also hosts various outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and horse riding.

Why it’s good?

Not one room in The Lodge looks alike, but all are bright, airy, clean and comfortable. Apart from the usual fixtures, guests enjoy the quality linen, locally inspired furnishings, and wooden floors throughout. Each room has private bathrooms, tea/coffee services, blackout drapes/curtains, and housekeeping is provided daily. Breakfast is served in the award-winning Old Barracks Restaurant on site. The Lodge is one of the hotels in Athenry that has a terrace where guests can take in the views of the historic town and make use of amenities such as the complimentary wireless Internet access.

Rates:

Rooms are at $116 to $140 per night

Average Review Rating:

9.6 Exceptional

Location: Cross St,  Gorteenacra, Athenry, Co. Galway, H65 4170,

Phone:  +353 91 877 406 / 091 877406

Email: Info@oldbarracks.ie

Opening hours

Mon to Thurs -8.30am – 6.00pm

Fri & Sat 8.30am – 9.00pm

Sun & Bank Hols -10:00am to 6pm

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

The Garden Gates

Situated in Rinnaseet Islandeady, the rustic Garden Gates is one of the highest rated accommodations in Castlebar. This charming house is tucked in a Victorian garden, where guests can relax and enjoy the view of the countryside and nearby lake. Guests at the Garden Gates are provided not just with cozy accommodations, but also recommendations on how to better enjoy their stay at Castlebar.

Why it’s good?

Guestrooms at the Garden gates are elegant and cozy, with simple decor and comfortable beds. Each room has an en suite bathroom and furnished with smart wooden floors, a TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. For breakfast, homemade bread and jams are served, along with delicious pancakes, cold meats, and fresh fruits. Full meal options are also featured on the menu. Freshly ground coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available. The Garden Gates is one of the accommodations in Castlebar that is close to attractions like the Croagh Patrick and the Kylemore Abbey on the banks of Pollacappul Lough.

Rates

Rooms are at $105 to $120

Average Review Rating

9.6 Exceptional

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Luxury Hotels in Athenry

Raheen Woods Hotel

 

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Raheen Woods Hotel is located in Prospect, Athenry and is within walking distance to the town center. It is accessible to most major points of interest and attractions like the Athenry Castle. Raheen Woods Hotel is popular for its family-friendly facilities and good food.

Why it’s good?

Raheen Woods Hotel has amenities that provide a ‘home away from home’ feel, with its spacious, clean and comfy rooms. Guests have access to the pool and other leisure facilities like the KardioKids which is a hit among families with small children.

The hotel also serves good food that’s listed as among the reasons guests keep coming back.

Rates:

Rooms are at $138 to $264 per night

Average Review Rating:

8.9 Excellent

Location: Raheen, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 91 875 888

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

10 Best Hotels In Castlebar, Ireland

Located in Mayo county, the historic Castlebar is a bustling Market Town and is one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland. Castlebar provides visitors with pretty attractions like the Ballintuber Abbey, The Ceide Fields, Moore Hall, Pontoon and the Turlough Round Tower, as well as fun activities like festivals and walking tours.

With all that Castlebar has to offer, one needs a cozy, comfortable place to stay that’s suited for every budget preference. With that, we compiled a noteworthy list of the best hotels in Castlebar, Ireland that you can choose from.

10 Best Hotels In Castlebar, Ireland

Budget

Carragh House

Situated in Davitts Terrace and close to various points of interest, Carragh House is one of the most recommended accommodations in Castlebar. The National Museum of Ireland – Country and the TF Royal & Theatre are both close to Carragh. There are shops at the property, and a selection of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing and cycling tours.

Why it’s good?

Carragh House offers functional accommodations for travelers looking for a comfortable place to stay in Castlebar. Each spacious, cozy room comes with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and a well-appointed private bathroom. Guests at Carragh also enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, which they can choose to have at the terrace for fantastic views of the historic Castlebar. There is a shared lounge at this property and guests can go cycling nearby.

Rates

Rates are at $105 per night

Average Review Rating

9.6 Exceptional

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

The Connaught Inn

The Connaught Inn is a three-star accommodation located in Spencer Street and within walking distance from the Castlebar train station. It is close to the town center and the stunning Lough Lannagh, a lake that runs through most of Castlebar. The Connaught Inn is one of the best hotels in Castlebar that has its own restaurant which offers an extensive range of lunch and dinner dishes.

Why it’s good?

The Connaught Inn is just a few minutes’ walks to various points of interest around the town centre. It is one of the more budget-friendly hotels in Castlebar and highly rated for its cozy en suite rooms and accessibility to most attractions like Lough Lannagh and Westport. The Connaught Inn offers full Irish or continental breakfast, and the only place in Castlebar that has an external courtyard dining area.

Rates

Rates start at $73  per night

Average Review Rating

8.2 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Mid Range

The Harlequin Hotel

 

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Situated in the heart of Castlebar, the 4-star Harlequin Hotel is adjacent to the Royal Theatre and just a short walk to the bus station that brings guests to various destinations in and around town. The hotel has an on-site restaurant that serves Irish and international cuisine. It is one of the Castlebar hotels that offer horseback riding, access to the golf club and the Lough Conn shores.

Why it’s good?

Harlequin Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Castlebar and is highly recommended by travelers.  The hotel offers rooms furnished with super comfortable Hypnos beds and hearty complimentary breakfast which are both much raved about by guests. The Harlequin also has excellent conference and meeting facilities for business guests, with modern equipment and technology.

Rates

Rates are at $93 to $122 per night

Average Review Rating

8.8 Fabulous

How to book

For the latest rate, click here.

Rocksberry

Located in Westport Road, Rocksberry House is regarded as one of the best Castlebar accommodations. Tucked in peaceful, scenic surroundings,  the property is a few minutes drive from Castlebar’s center. Guests at the Rocksberry who want to go fishing in the nearby lake can enjoy free use of the house’s angling boats. Points of interest like the Loughs Lannagh and Bilberry are within walking distance. Guests are also provided with leisure facilities such as a full-size pool table and darts board in the house.

Why it’s good?

Guests at the Rocksberry are provided with simple, cozy rooms with free WiFi and en suite bathroom, as well as a TV and tea/coffee facilities.

Each guest enjoys a hearty, full Irish breakfast served in the bright and airy dining room. For those with specific dietary preferences, lighter options and continental selections are also available.

Rates

Rates are at $93 to $139 per night

Average Review Rating

9.4 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Breaffy Woods Hotel

 

Breaffy Woods Hotel is located in Claremorris Road, and in the same vast woodland property as the Breaffy House. It is one of the affordable hotels in Castlebar that is highly recommended by guests because of its location, comfortable rooms and the variety of leisure facilities available. Guests at the hotel enjoy a scenic countryside location, ideal for those who prefer long walks and for those who have pets.

Why it’s good?

Guest rooms in the Breaffy Woods Hotel are bright, spacious and cozy. Each comes with an en suite bathroom, satellite TV and tea/coffee facilities. This smoke-free hotel offers a variety of recreational facilities like an indoor pool, a sauna, fitness center, and full-service spa. Breaffy Woods Hotel is one of the best accommodations in Castlebar that has its own restaurant called Legends, which offers informal dining in a relaxed atmosphere, overlooking Breaffy’s grounds and the nearby river.

Rates

Rates are at $80 to $140 per night

Average Review Rating

8.3 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

TF Royal Hotel and Theatre

Situated in the Old Westport Road and close to the town center, the 4-star TF Royal Hotel is one of the best hotels in Castlebar. It is a boutique hotel that includes the Royal Theatre which hosts events, shows, and concerts all year round. The TF Royal Hotel is also an ideal base for visiting some of the top tourist spots in West Ireland,  including the Institute of Technology, Castlebar Shopping District, the rugged mountains, and local beaches.

Why it’s good?

Recently renovated and refurbished, the TF Royal offers new guestrooms that are tastefully decorated, well-equipped, spacious and comfortable. All rooms include an en suite bathroom tea/coffee facilities and free internet access. The complimentary breakfast is a hit with the guests, as there’s a variety of options. The TF Royal is also one of the accommodations in Castlebar that enables guests to easily visit the local attractions because of its central location.

Rates

Rates are at $105 to $145 per night

Average Review Rating

8.4 Very Good

How to book

 For the latest rate, click here.

Lough Lannagh Lodge

Centrally located in Castlebar town and part of Greenway Walking & Cycling Route, the family-run Lough Lannagh Lodge is one of the affordable and best places to stay in Castlebar. Situated in a secluded lakeside setting the Lodge is an ideal touring base for exploring Castlebar and the rest of Mayo county. It has a breakfast cafe, bike rentals and offers a selection of water activities. The Lodge is part of the Lough Lannagh Holiday Village and guests have access to an outdoor tennis court, the lakeside walk and the outdoor gym on Lough Lannagh lake.

Why it’s good?

Lough Lannagh Lodge is one of the most recommended hotels in Castlebar. It is best for those looking for the warm welcome and personal touch of a bed and breakfast with the benefits of a hotel stay.  

Along with beautiful views, right on the shores of Lough Lannagh, the Lodge offers well-equipped, clean and cozy accommodations that have en suite bathrooms.  Each guest enjoys a full Irish home-cooked breakfast, free use of a self-catering kitchen, outdoor tennis & multipurpose activity area.

Rates

Rates are at $110 to $145 per night

Average Review Rating

8.9 Fabulous

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Breaffy House Hotel

Breaffy House Hotel Castlebar

Located in Claremorris Road, the historic Breaffy House Hotel and Spa lies in 90 acres of woodland estate, and less than five minutes’ drive from the town center. It is one of the accommodations in Castlebar that has a swimming pool and gym, a sauna, a hot tub, and special water therapy features in the fitness center and spa. 

Why it’s good?

Breaffy House Hotel and Spa is considered one of the best places to stay in Castlebar, as it offers more than just accommodations. The bright and airy rooms are spacious and comfortable, and various leisure amenities are provided for guests to enjoy. Breaffy House sits inside a vast estate, so guests get to enjoy scenic firest walks around the property. The place also has its own restaurant, a bar and a café that serves tasty meals and a good selection of drinks.

Rates

Rates are at $90 to $175 per night

Average Review Rating

8.7 Fabulous

How to book

For the latest, rate click here. 

Ivy Tower Hotel

 

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The family-run Ivy Tower Hotel is situated right in the heart of Castlebar. The Tutor style building has thirty-two bedrooms and is currently undergoing extensive renovation. It is within walking distance from the lake, has easy access to attractions like the Turlough Village and is an ideal base for touring the county and for accessing the Wild Atlantic Way.

Why it’s good?

The lvy Tower Hotel is one of the accommodations in Castlebar that is situated near the Lough Lannagh, where guests get to enjoy a scenic view especially from the bridge across the lake. Guests at the hotel are given en suite bedrooms that are spacious and well-furnished. The restaurant at the Ivy Tower Hotel serves a variety of dishes, while the bar is open on Saturday nights and offers cocktails and dancing. 

Rates

Rates are at $75 to $122 per night

Average Review Rating

8.3 Very Good

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

Kenny’s Guest House

Set in the center of Castlebar, the comfortable family-run Kenny’s Guesthouse is just a few steps from the Linenhall Arts Centre. It is one of the affordable accommodations in Castlebar that is close to leisure and entertainment spots such as

The Royal Theatre, the Castlebar Golf Club and The Museum of Country Life. Kennys Guest House is also just 15 minutes’ walk from Castlebar Train Station and 35 minutes’ drive from Knock Airport. 

Why it’s good?

Regarded as one of the best places to stay in Castlebar, Kenny’s Guest House offers functional accommodation. Each room has a plasma TV and telephone, along with a hairdryer and free toiletries in the en suite bathroom. Laundry and ironing facilities are available upon request. 

Kenny’s also has tea and coffee making facilities for guests and there are various bars, restaurants and shops within a few minutes’ walks from the property. 

Rates

Rates are at $90 to $151 per night

Average Review Rating

9.1 Superb

How to book

For the latest rate, click here. 

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