If you are looking for a country house weekend or relaxed hotel accommodation, then a few nights stay at Ballinalacken Castle hotel in Doolin, Co Clare is just right for you. Luxury accommodation and style, full bed and breakfast and dining in the award winning restaurant are what a visit to Ballinalacken is all about. An intimate wedding blessing would also be well befitting of the ambiance & surrounds of Ballinalacken Castle. Situated just 5 miles from the spa town of Lisdoonvarna and within easy reach of the West coasts’ most popular sites such as The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands, The Ailwee Caves, Galway & the Connemara region, it would be difficult to find a more beautiful place in which to wake up. The 15th Century Castle is a ruin of the O’Brien Clan and this stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken House which was built by Lord O’Brien in 1840 as his family home. In 1939 Daniel O’Callaghan purchased the home from the O’Briens. Today it remains in the O’Callaghan family and is currently owned by Denis O’Callaghan (Daniel’s son).
The historic guest rooms at Ballinalacken Castle Hotel offer spectacular panoramic views of the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. Each room has been beautifully restored to the original grandeur of Lord O’Brien’s era. They offer an oasis of comfort and style and are individually designed to accentuate the magnificent ocean view. Some of the room features include antique furnishings,four poster beds, bathtubs and a working fireplace to cozy up to. After a long day you can relax and enjoy the famous Atlantic sunset while sipping a pint of Guinness or a glass of wine.
There are 12 guest rooms: 2 suites, 4 Superior Rooms and 6 Standard Rooms. All rooms have private facilities, telephones and hairdryers.
The restaurant at Ballinlacken Castle, with its wonderful views of the Aran Islands & Galway Bay; offer guests many culinary delights but specializes in local seafood. Doolin crab-meat, Irish beef and fresh Clare lamb feature on the menu created by head chef Michael Foley (formerly Dromoland Castle). His culinary skills have been written about in Fodors, Frommers, New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Charming Hotels of Ireland to name but a few. Pre-booking for dinner is recommend by the hotel.
On the Map: The small village of Doolin is located on County Clare’s west Atlantic coast. The village is accessed via the R479 – a small country road that intersects with the R478 connecting the towns of Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Lahinch (to the south).
People flock to Doolin from all over the world to sample wonderful, top quality traditional music in the local pubs. Until recently Doolin had only three pubs. There are now some new establishments on the scene but we recommend sticking to the old reliables: McGann’s, McDermots and O’Connor’s. Even at that you will be spoiled for choice. Each pub is full most nights with musicians and music lovers alike. Be sure to check out all three! The surrounding area has much of interest including the barren yet strikingly beautiful Burren region with, among other things, the 5,000 year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. Also worth a visit is Doonagore Castle and of course the spectacular 650-foot high Cliffs of Moher, which are only a few miles from Doolin.