It’s incredibly romantic setting
Nestled in amongst the mountainous wilderness of Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle feels as though it is on another planet (nevermind another continent) from fast-paced city life in Dubai. Regularly voted one of the best luxury hotels in Ireland, oit is set in 700 acres of private estate woodland and rivers which guests are welcome to explore. Aside from the thousands of miles of beautiful Irish wilderness along the Wild Atlantic Way (as the local area is known), there are also plenty of other local attractions, including beautiful idyllic local areas such as Killary Harbour, Inish Bofin, Sky Road and Roundstone village.
Dine like an aristocrat
Before being converted into a luxury hotel, the castle was the former home of aristocrat Richard Martin, (also known as“Humanity Dick” who went on to form the first RSPCA in the UK). Since Ballynahinch Castle’s transformation, the hotel team developed The Owenmore (named after the local lake) as a fine dining food concept (which would arguably be fit for any aristocrat to dine in today). With beautiful views over the grounds, the restaurant serves up a delicious mix of contemporary and classic dishes, including Connemara crab, Killary mussel tortellino, and Thornhill duck breast. If you fancy a post-dinner drink, we advise you to head over to the castle’s exquisite bar, the Ranji Room, complete with original fixtures.
The incredible rooms and suites have views out over the castle’s lake and the surrounding area, along with fantastic amenities - the tub alone makes you feel as though you have your own private spa in your hotel room.
Like many castles in Ireland, Ballynahinch is incredibly rich with historical interiors and architecture. When staying at the castle, it is definitely worth taking a tour around the entire property to get a better sense of its place in local Connemara culture.
The quiet beauty and solitude of Ballynahinch Castle makes it the perfect place for finding some inner zen. That’s why the five-star retreat is holding its very own ‘Wellbeing Escape’ this winter. The three-day retreat will be packed full of relaxing and invigorating yoga classes. Hosted by yoga experts Hannah and Rachel, it promises to “shake away winter blues, and leave you feeling rejuvenated”.
For more information, visit ballynahinch-castle.com