Tariff 2017

1-3 nights

  • Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec - From €1,800.
  • July and August - From €2,100.

There is a minimum charge of 3 nights. A 2 night stay costs the same as a 3 night stay.

4-7 nights

  • Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec - From €2,400.
  • July and August - From €2,800.
  • Christmas and New Year - Please enquire »

Rates for events are quoted separately »

The castle is not suitable for very small children or for those with walking difficulties, due to the stone spiral staircases. A maximum of 4 extra table guests are permitted at any time.

Electricity and heating are charged for as used. expect to pay €50 – €400 per week depending on the weather and the time of the year. Guests from warm climates do require more heat than those from Northern latitudes. In addition to central heating, which can provide a comfortable 20 degrees of heat, turf burning stoves provide extra heating for the large rooms.

Catering can be arranged and will be quoted for based on your particular requirements. In addition, a deposit for energy usage and breakages is required; the rate for this varies from €600 - €800, according to the time of year and length of stay. This deposit is payable 2 months prior to your stay, with the balance refundable once housekeeping has been completed following your visit.

Seven Extra Treats

The following treats can be arranged in advance of your visit.

  1. A 3 course dinner prepared and served on the night of your arrival and any other night by Ballyportry's castle guide, who is an expert cook.
  2. A day with author and naturalist Gordon d'Arcy who is a skilled and enthusiastic teacher of all things to do with the Burren and who will show you places you would never find on your own.
  3. Traditional musicians can play some tunes for you in the Great Hall at the top of the castle, as they would have in the days of Carolan, the famous Irish harpist, and his forebears. By arrangement with the castle guide.
  4. Jump on horseback over stone walls with the Clare Hunt, an idea only suitable for very skilled riders. Alternatively, the Banner Equestrian Centre, a family run equestrian centre outside of Ennis offers lessons, trekking and rides on quiet country roads in the area. Hunting can be arranged through them.
  5. Visit the Doolin Garden of Matt O’Connell. A garden built with care and delicacy in an exposed and windswept site, close to the Cliffs of Moher.
  6. Take to the wild Atlantic for sea angling with O’Callaghan angling, a family run business offering deep sea fishing out of Liscannnor.
  7. Take a picnic with you so that you can spend some time as you explore the stone ring forts, megalithic tombs and the strong walls of the peaceful medieval churches that now stand roofless in some of the most beautiful spots in the Burren.

Sprawled across the north-west corner of County Clare is a bleak landscape of stone, water and sky. Open moorland stretches to long horizons. Wild flowers bloom between sheets of scarred karst limestone. Black turlough lakes pool at the feet of brooding hills. Swept by Atlantic gales, The Burren is made for castles. Prehistoric ring forts and Medieval towers appear like natural outcrops, the guardians of this harshly beautiful country. Ballyportry is one of the most impressive; a tower house built in the 15th century for the O'Brien family, descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland...