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Connemara and County Mayo Hotels

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

  • Recess Map It
  • Connemara
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Ballynahinch Castle Exterior

  • Guided Walk of Ballynahinch Castle Estate

  • Luxury Room at Ballynahinch Castle

  • Explore the 450 Acres at Ballynahinch Castle

  • Plant A Tree at Ballynahinch Castle

  • Morning Room of Ballynahinch Castle

  • Ranji Room of Ballynahinch Castle

  • Fly Fishing on Ballynahinch Castle River

  • Ballynahinch Castle Bathroom in a Classic Room

  • Ballynahinch Castle Owenmore Restaurant

  • Ballynahinch Castle Luxury Room

  • Ballynahinch Castle Classic Riverview Room

  • Ballynahinch Castle Reception

  • Guided Sea Trip, Ballynahinch Castle


  • Genuine Irish country-house experience
  • Peaceful
  • Stunning surroundings
  • Friendly, enthusiastic staff


  • Doesn't come cheap

Updated 04/28/2014

Fodor's Review

More like a rambling country house than a castle, this magnificent crenellated mansion sits beside a river amid 450 wooded acres with a rugged mountain backdrop. Built in the 18th century, Ballynahinch Castle has had several colorful owners, from the legendary O'Flaherty chieftains and Grace O'Malley (the Pirate Queen of Connemara), to a maharajah and Richard Martin (the founder of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). It's steeped in local history and lore, but you won't feel like you're staying in a museum; for all its pirates and maharajahs, the unpretentious tone is set by the rich red Persian rugs in the lobby, the well-worn quarry-tile floor in the pub, and the scuffed leather chesterfields flanking the log fire's baronial stone fireplace: no Celtic Tiger glitz here. The bedrooms in the discreet, ground-floor wing are huge, with four-poster beds and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river. Rooms in the original house are equally comfortable and quiet

but not as big. Outdoor activities are a big draw here, and you can plan your day in consultation with walking guide Noel Joyce, who leads walks daily after breakfast, or take advice from the estate's fishing manager on the 5 km (3 miles) of private fly-fishing available. Choose between fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere in the Owenmore restaurant (the best for miles around) with enchanting river views, or bar food in the characterful Fisherman's Pub.

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Hotel Information


Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

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Hotel Details:

  • Closed Dec. 13–28 and Feb.
  • 3 suites, 37 rooms

Updated 04/28/2014

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