Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is an intimate 4 star hotel set in 450 acres of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara . It stands with pride and majesty overlooking the famous Ballynahinch Salmon River, whilst being surrounded by the splendour of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range. Ballynahinch Castle is located in the centre of the vast Ballynahinch Estate, which comprises 350 acres of unspoilt Connemara landscape. Choose from a fine selection of outdoor activities or simply stroll through the beautiful grounds. There are miles of scenic walks to enjoy throughout the estate.
Few Castle Hotels in Ireland offer rooms with aspects to match Ballynahinch Castle. The accommodation comprises 40 rooms, of which nearly half are classic rooms situated in the older part of the castle, and two riverside wings of superior rooms and luxury rooms and suites. All the rooms are finished to an exceptionally high standard and all superior and luxury rooms have stunning views across river and woodland. The Classic rooms have views over either the river or mountains with two over looking the courtyard.
Ballynahinch Castle’s close association with the history of the area is reflected in each of its individually appointed bedrooms. Rest comes easily when surrounded by the casual country elegance that is Ballynahinch Castle . Soft colours through out the hotel harmonize the stately rooms, which are complimented by panoramic views of the river and the beauty of the estate. Each of the forty bedrooms have private bathrooms and are decorated to the highest standards with your comfort in mind. Choose from an elegant standard, superior or luxury bedroom or a Riverside suite.
The kitchens of Ballynahinch Castle, under the careful stewardship of Head Chef Xin Sun, have been delighting both visitors and local diners for years. Credited with two rosettes by the Automobile Association and using only the finest and freshest ingredients, Xin and his team take advantage of the wealth of fresh fish, and game available on the West Coast, to produce wonderfully balanced yet creative dishes.
Enjoying the produce of our kitchens while taking in the glorious view from the Owenmore Restaurant is one of the highlights of any trip to Ballynahinch Castle.
Changing the menus regularly to reflect the seasons ensures that regular visitors to Ballynahinch can enjoy a varied and interesting selection of dishes.
The Connemara Region
On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).
Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara’s capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed. From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland’s big sky country.