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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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The Gathering 2013 Galway

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is about asking anyone Irish, who has a link to Ireland, or even just has a love for the Emerald Isle, to come and join in on some amazing events throughout 2013.

The 4 Star Ballynahinch Castel in Connemara is the perfect venue to hold a family Gathering in Galway. There are numberous 2013 Gatherings events taking place in Galway such as the Connemara Rough Diamond in Letterfrack, The Great Fjord Swim, Turf Guy Challenge and Connemara Adventure Challenge all located in Leenane there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Ballynahinch Castle is recommended as one of the most ideal West of Ireland Hotels to stay for these 2013 Gathering events as it is situated in the heart of Connemara and central to all tourist attractions.

Check out our great special offers and packages for The Gathering 2013.

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


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 ...