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We are thrilled to be voted #1 hotel in Ireland by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. find out more

Midweek 2 Night Break

Midweek 2 Night Break

Two nights bed and breakfast with dinner on one evening.

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Weekend 2 Night Break

Weekend 2 Night Break

Two nights bed and breakfast with dinner on one night in the Owenmore Restaurant.

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Stretch Your Stay To 3 Nights

Stretch Your Stay To 3 Nights

Enjoy three nights bed and breakfast and dinner on two evenings.

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Connemara rural Galway
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Local Attractions & Things to Do in Connemara

Ballynahinch Castle is unique in that it is the spiritual heart of the magical region known as Connemara. Situated as we are at the foot of the majestic 12 Bens Mountain range, on the shores of the principal artery, the Owenmore River and 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean every attraction in this region is within easy reach.
If leaving the estate in search of activities or attractions then there is a multitude of choices all of which can be arranged by our team or they will happily plot a route for you. Connemara championship golf links course is just down the road overlooking the sea and within a 1 hour drive of the hotel there are a further 5 golf courses to choose from. The angler who wishes to try other water than Ballynahinch Castle has the mighty Corrib Lakes half an hour away and a further 5 game fisheries to choose from.
The fishing villages offer activities on the sea for cruising or angling and a trip to the Aran Islands and Inis Bofin is always recommended. For those in search of a little shopping the village of Roundstone, the Market Town of Clifden and the larger town of Westport all make great days out. The National Park, the world famous Kylemore Abbey and a number of stables sporting the renowned Connemara Pony are all just nearby.
Throughout the year there are loads of different quirky festivals to delight the visitor; Connemara Pony shows, Omey Island Races, Clifden Arts Festival, Killary Mussel Festival and many many more provide for a great day out. Our reservations team and concierge are very happy to help you plan your stay.

Driving Tour of Connemara

Explore Connemara in a day, leaving Ballynahinch head south for Roundstone fishing village, visit Malachy Kearns maker of the Irish traditional drum the Bodhran. Meander the coast road up to Clifden, the main market town and its famous Sky Road with spectacular views of the coast. After lunch visit Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and return to Ballynahinch via the mountainou ...

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Originally built in 1868, it has home to The Community of Benedictine Nuns since 1920. Facilities include a visitor’s centre, restaurant, Gothic, church, Victorian gardens, lake and mountain walks, pottery, craft and souvenir shop. Ballynahinch is only a 30 minute drive from Kylemore

Inishbofin

10km off the Connemara coast is the small & charming island of Inishbofin, only 8km x 5km in diameter. Accessible by a 30 minute ferry from Cleggan Pier, The island has wonderful walks, beautiful sandy beaches and a great location to seeing island life at a quieter pace. Take a picnic lunch from the hotel or enjoy one of the pubs or restaurants on the island.

Horse Riding

Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for gentle pony trekking holidays or galloping horse riding vacations! For the riding enthusiast there are a number of excellent options available and we have a great relationship with all the local equestrian centres which cater for all levels of experience and stature and keep horses as well as Ireland's only indigenous breed of pony, the "C ...

Golfing Connemara

Ballynahinch Castle is ideally located as a base for golfing holidays in Connemara. Whether you prefer the challenge of links courses or the beauty of parkland fairways, Ballynahinch is the perfect location for playing the West of Ireland's best courses including Connemara Golf Club in nearby Ballyconneely renowned as a challenging links course set against the spectacular backdrop o ...