Kilkea Castle is the oldest, continually inhabited castle property in Ireland. From it’s founding by Sir Walter de Riddlesford in the 12th century through today, Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf Resort enchants and delights all those who have the pleasure of visiting. Kilkea is set amidst 100 acres of woodland, manicured gardens and an 18 hole golf course, with views over the Killeshin hills and Kildare countryside. The golf course consists of 200 acres of landscaped parkland, two man-made lakes and the River Griese, which flows majestically through the course and acts as a natural hazard. The castle boasts 35 guest rooms, including suites. Each room is unique, a step back in time but with all the luxuries of the modern world included. Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare, is said to have practised magic in Kilkea Castle, and earned the nickname ‘The Wizard Earl’. The Earl died in 1585 and supposedly returns to haunt the castle every seventh year, mounted on a silver-shod white charger.
In our modern world privacy is a priceless commodity. At Kilkea Castle privacy, discretion and style are guaranteed.
Guests have access to on-site leisure facilities including swimming pool, saunas, jacuzzi, steam room and fully equipped gymnasium.
On The Map: Castledermot is an inland village in the south-east of Ireland in County Kildare, about 75 km from Dublin, and 10 km from the town of Carlow. The old N9 road from Dublin to Waterford passes through the village.
Castledermot may be small, but its the ancient ruins and remains found there indicate just how important this town once was. There are various sites to explore in the town, including a round tower (pictured), two well-preserved granite high crosses and the ruins of a Franciscan friary. 5 km away lies Kilkea Castle, once the residence of the Duke of Leinster, but now a hotel and golf resort. The castle was built by the famous English Norman Hugh de Lacy in 1180, and later passed to the Fitzgeralds. Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare, is said to have practised magic in Kilkea Castle. His interest in alchemy caused much interest among his neighbours, and earned him the nickname ‘The Wizard Earl’. The Earl died in 1585 and supposedly returns to haunt the castle every seventh year, mounted on a silver-shod white charger.