Four-Star Luxury Castle Hotel in Co. Galway

"Never a dull moment..."

There are some who visit Ballynahinch Castle and never leave the grounds - such is the choice of activities available. Hiking, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, playing tennis, biking, or simply sitting in the tranquility of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its journey to the sea; there are so many ways to engage with Connemara.

One of the great attractions of Ballynahinch Castle is that all these activities are easily accessible without difficulty and delivered by professional and enthusiastic guides.

"At a Glance..."

• Four-star luxury castle hotel
• Stay in one of 48 beautiful bedrooms
• Stunning river views
• Exquisite dining
• Set in 450 acres of natural
Irish beauty

The Twelve Bens:

The Twelve Bens are a group of small mountains situated in Connemara, on the west coast of Ireland. This mountain group, called "Beanna Beola" in Irish, is not particularly high, but does provide excellent walking and hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiasts. With the highest peak only reaching 730 metres high, The Twelve Bens are very safe and you do not have to be an experienced climber to enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

Cycling:

Connemara, Galway offers wonderful coastline cycling and stunning countryside cycling tours, which allow you to experience the joy of the natural Galway landscape. Bicycle hire is readily available so that you can savour some of the best scenery in Ireland. Whether you simply want a leisurely, gentle cycle tour or are an experienced cyclist looking for an active cycling challenge, the castle staff can help you to arrange your cycling trip so that there are no surprises!

Pony Trekking & Horse Riding:

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is located in the heart of Connemara, Galway and is an ideal base for gentle pony trekking holidays or galloping horse riding vacations!

For the riding enthusiast there are a number of excellent options available and Ballynahinch Castle has a great relationship with all the local Horse Riding Centres and the Equestrian Centres in Connemara.

Sea & Islands Experience:

Take a guided boat trip on Roundstone Bay and visit the deserted, picturesque island of Inishlacken with one of the staff of Ballynahinch, John Sullivan; an experienced skipper and lobster fisherman from the nearby island of Inishnee. On your journey you will visit the grey seal colony located in the Ballynahinch estuary, whilst also spotting numerous sea birds such as Terns, Guillemots, Gannets plus other thriving fauna.

Fishing:

This really is the perfect location for a fly fishing vacation in Ireland. The river is well developed and easily accessible. The fishing beats are either a short stroll from the castle or a small drive downstream, where you will never be more than five minutes' walk from you car. Over 70 casting piers were constructed on difficult throws when His Highness, The Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, owned the fishery. Casting piers and fishing huts on the seven beats on the river enable anglers of all ages and experience to enjoy fishing at Ballynahinch.