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Fit for Royalty: Best Irish Castle Stays

Fit for Royalty: Best Irish Castle Stays

Fit for Royalty: Best Irish Castle Stays

Looking to live like the elite even if it’s just for one day? Well, you can at these Irish castles! Take time to dip in the indoor pool, relax at the spa, hike acres of land, fish, golf, kayak, play tennis, horseback ride, and so much more right on property!  

Dromoland Castle

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This castle is over 1,000 years old and one of Ireland’s most expensive castles. The property is 500 acres with a slew of activities to attend onsite. While staying, one may attend clay pigeon shooting, fishing, golfing, paddle boarding, go karts, tennis, pickleball, cycling, hiking trails, archery, and falconry. If you’re just looking to relax, you may also indulge in the spa or swimming in the indoor pool. Many celebrities have stayed at this location including John Travolta, Nelson Mandela, Johnny Cash, and Bill Clinton. This castle is in Dromoland, Ireland.

Ashford Castle

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If you’re a beer drinker, this castle may be what you’re looking for, Ashford Castle was previously owned by The Guinness Family! If you’re looking for a special place to stay on the property book The Boathouse. The Boathouse was conceived and built when The Guinness Family still owned the estate. It lies solo on the edge of Lough Corrib and is surrounded by the lake and gardens. If you always wanted a private butler, then Ashford Castle has you covered since all guests of The Boathouse receive one! Amenities at Ashford Castle include fresh flowers, Egyptian Cotton bed linen, lakeside views, lakeside dining, plus bathrobes and slippers, bottled mineral water, an expresso machine, fireplace, complimentary movies, and a welcome basket. Activities available at the castle include tennis, golf, hiking, walking tours, the cinema, clay shooting, cycling, archery, falconry, horseback riding, boating, kayaking, lake cruising, and fishing. Ashford Castle resides in Mayo, Ireland.

Lough Eske Castle

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When you’re visiting Northern Ireland, you’ll want to stay at Lough Eske Castle. At this property guests can even opt to stay in their own private lodge. The lodge comes with 800 square feet and your own wood burning fire, separate living and dining areas, free internet and more. The castle offers a variety of activities including complimentary history tour, complimentary bikes, spa, horse drawn carriage rides, and fishing on Lough Eske. Stay at this castle in Donegal, Ireland.

Cabra Castle

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Looking to pop the question? A castle is such a romantic place to do it! Cabra Castle offers a package experience to make this engagement moment extra special. The “Will You Marry Me Package” comes with all the frills to wow your special someone. You will share a 5-course dinner, chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of champagne. You may add extra desserts, flowers, or wine to your package as you see fit. Get engaged at Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, Ireland.

Castle Leslie

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Another castle we love due to all the activities is Castle Leslie. If you love equestrianism, this is the castle for you! Castle Leslie features a world class Equestrian Centre on over 1,000 acres of land. Other activities include horse drawn carriages, falconry, hiking, clay shooting, archery, boating and fishing. You may stay at the castle itself, The Lodge, or the Old Castle Mews to feel even closer to the equestrian experience. Once you are done with your daily activities, feel free to relax at the castle spa or pool. Visit this castle in Glaslough, Ireland.

Whether you’re planning to get married, love outdoor activities, need to relax at the spa or spend time with horses, these above castle stays have you covered! If you wish to add a castle stay to your trip to Ireland, Celtic Tours can add any of these options to your tour.