Fishing

Fishing

Offering the very best of fly fishing in Ireland, the Ballynahinch Catchment...

Shooting School & Ground

Shooting School & Ground

Perfect for the complete novice or for an experienced shot who would like to...

Walking / Hiking

Walking / Hiking

With 10 miles of walking trails and easy access to the surrounding Connemara...

Ballynahinch Picnic

Ballynahinch Picnic

Enjoy all the tastes of Ballynahinch Castle in the great outdoors, a picnic can...

Cycling Connemara

Cycling Connemara

Connemara offers wonderful coastline cycling and stunning countryside cycling...

Island & Lobster...

Island & Lobster Experience

Take a guided boat trip on Roundstone Bay and visit the deserted, picturesque...

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

The fabulous ride to Omey Island across beautiful Omey Beach is an experience...

Things to Do in Connemara at Ballynahinch.

There are some who visit Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and Estate and never leave the grounds, such is the choice of unique activities available in the heart of beautiful Connemara. Hiking our popular trails, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, biking, or simply sitting in the tranquility of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea; there are so many things to do and ways to engage with Connemara.

One of the great attractions of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is that all these activities are easily accessible without difficulty and delivered by professional and enthusiastic guides. Every morning one of our experienced fishing guides, and our walking guide Noel are available in Fisherman's Pub at 9.30am for a coffee and a chat. Whether you have already booked an activity, want to do so or are simply seeking advice; they will ensure that your day gets off to a great start.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Ballynahinch Castle, we offer you the opportunity to walk, hike, or cycle through the natural Connemara landscape. You can also try your hand at fishing, or shooting, so you can truly grasp how it was to live in rural Ireland.

Ballynahinch Castle offers locations on our grounds, or very near to try fly fishing, with options for all experience levels. The nearby lakes and rivers have been fished for years and are very well equipped to give you a hitch free fishing experience. 

Ballynahinch Castle offers so many incredible ways to spend your days, though our favourites are hiking through nature, fly fishing, clay shooting, and simply relaxing on our extensive grounds listening to the sound of the river’s journey.

The west of Ireland has so many different trails to showcase its beauty. Whether it’s a forest trail, a lakeside walk, or a mountain hike, talk to our on-site walking guide to discover the trail that’s right for you.

Ballynahinch Castle is located in the heart of Connemara, and all of our activites during your break is but a stones throw from our grounds.
There are so many things to do in Connemara. In Ballynahinch Castle Hotel guests can spend their time getting back to nature with activities such as fly-fishing on the Owenmore River, exploring the walking trails, hiking the nearby mountains, cycling the greenway, clay pigeon shooting or even a boat trip on our Islands and Lobster experience. In the surrounding areas, guests can famous attractions such as the Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey or spend the day browsing shops in the local villages. Other activities can you enjoy include kayaking or even surfing, visiting an oyster farm, visiting a sheep farm and a cruise on the stunning Killary fjord. The possibilities are endless.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is located a 40 minute drive from Connemara National Park. The national park encompasses a car park, visitor centre, tea rooms, a children's playground and great walks including a path to the top of Diamond Hill and boardwalks of the blanket bogs. From the summit of Diamond Hill visitors can look down on the famous Kylemore Abbey and their Victorian Walled Gardens visible in the valley on the other side of the mountain.
Located in the heart of Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is the perfect destination for those seeking to explore the Connemara region of the Wild Atlantic Way. The county Galway coastline offers some dramatic scenery, from the Sky Road in Clifden, the mountain lined Killary Fjord to the stunning Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay sand spit near Roundstone. Learn about Marconi Wireless Station and see the landing site of Alcock & Brown’s first transatlantic flight at Derrigimlagh Discovery Point.
The Connemara region is known for its picturesque landscape and it is no wonder that it is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. One of the most popular discovery points is at the top of the sky road. This viewpoint is located just outside Clifden town and is just a 25-minute drive from Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. From the top of the sky road visitors can enjoy incredible views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the small islands just off the Connemara coastline.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel offers a great range of activities on the 700-acre estate. Guests can enjoy walking, hiking, cycling and even clay pigeon shooting on the grounds and surround area. While there horse riding is not offered on the estate, there are a number of excellent horse riding centres in the Connemara Region. For example, the Cleggan Riding Centre which is a 40 minute drive from Ballynahinch Castle. Located in the picturique village of Cleggan, they offer lessons in their centre or treks along the beach at Omey Island in the neighbouring village of Claddaghduff. The team at Ballynahinch can make the reservations on your behalf.
Ballynahinch Castle is located directly by Ballynahinch Lake and offers opportunities for fly fishing and River Fishing, and there is a sailing club in Clifden so you can try your hand at controlling the Wild Atlantic Wind. If something more tame is what your looking for you can try horse riding on Omey Beach and if you're lucky you may be able to ride all the way to Omey Island.
There are many many mountains in Connemara near Ballynahinch Castle, and some of the best hiking experiences are Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park and has a trail leading all the way to the top. Another beautiful mountain hike is Mamean which is rooted in Irish history with a chapel at the top that is still in use to this day.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Connemara is the perfect destination for those seeking to explore the west of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Just a short scenic drive from the hotel, guests can visit many of the WAW Discovery Points and points of interest. The breath taking the Sky Road viewpoint overlooking Clifden Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Several small islands can be seen and even the flashing light of the lighthouse at Slyne Head is visible in the far distance on a clear evening after dusk. Another interesting viewpoint is the Killary Harbour which a fjord with surround dramatic scenery, with the highest mountain in Connacht Mweelrea on one side and the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. There are so many more Wild Atlantic Way Viewpoints and Discovery Points in this wonderful region.
The Connemara Shooting School located on the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is the perfect place to go clay pigeon shooting Galway. Chief instructor Shane Bisgood will take you through every aspect of safety, gun handling and the methods for breaking all your targets, making it perfect for both the complete novice to the experienced shots. We also offer a simulated pheasant shoot with multiple targets flying over a line of three guns. Shane is also authorised to provide 2 hour 'Safety Courses' for anyone wishing to license a gun in Ireland.