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Set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway

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Ballynahinch Castle, One Of The Best Hotels In Clifden


The town of Clifden is located a 15-minute drive from Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. This charming town is often considered as the Capital of Connemara. Set in a picturesque location, Clifden is nestled between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean coastline, with the Owenglen River flowing past the town’s edge into Clifden Bay.

Stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel near Clifden, just a 15 minutes drive and in the heart of Connemara. Make sure to check our Special offers.

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This bustling town at the edge of Europe, is the epitome of Irish life, with great pubs, restaurants and shopping. Visitors can spend their day browsing through the many shops or soak up the atmosphere on a stroll around the town. It is a must visit town when touring Connemara. 

Clifden is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way and there are several viewpoints only a short drive away. Explore the surrounding boglands while visiting the landing site of the first transatlantic flight at Derrigimlagh, get panoramic views of Clifden Bay on the Sky Road drive or discover the tidal island of Omey, which is accessible on foot during low tide to name just a few.

Here is a list of just a small number of the many great festivals & events taking place in Clifden area:

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade – 17th March 2024 
  • Clifden Traditional Music Festival – 4th–7th April 2024
  • Connemara International Marathon (Connemarathon) – 21st April 2024
  • Tour de Conamara cycling sportive – 24th May 2024
  • Clifden Summer Music Festival – 14th–16th June 2024
  • Connemara Pony Festival – 20th–23rd August 2024
  • Clifden Arts Festival – 19th–29th September 2024

For a full list of events, please see our local events section by clicking here... 


Frequently Asked Questions

Located in a 700 acre estate the heart of Connemara in County Galway, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel offers tranquillity, relaxed comfort and natural beauty. The original building at Ballynahinch Castle was built in the 18th-century and it has been extensively renovated over the years bringing luxury to the hotel. The beautiful setting combined with the castle’s character and authenticity, makes Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of the most luxurious clifden hotels.
Located in the heart of Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle is one of the finest luxury hotels near Clifden. The original 18th-century building has been renovated over the years to bring a depth and luxury to the hotel, while keeping the character and authenticity that Ballynahinch Castle is known for. The 700 acre estate of woodland, river and walks offers an ideal destination for those wishing to get away from it all.
The Owenmore Restaurant is the hotel restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel and it offers guests a fine dining experience in an elegant & luxurious setting. Those wishing for a more casual dining experience can choose the cosy Fisherman’s Pub, where the menu reflects locality in the relaxed country lodge setting. In both dining options, our team of chefs use the finest ingredients to extract the best flavour without over complicating their dishes.
There are many attractions around Ballynahinch Castle, including our own expansive gardens. We are also near some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in Connemara as well as Diamond Hill and the Twelve Bens. As we are a hotel near Clifden there is also a lot you can do, from driving or cycling the Sky Road, for enjoying the little shops and hidden gems in the town. We offer beautiful meals in our renowned hotel restaurant to complete a full day of exploring the wonders Connemara has to offer.
Ballynahinch Castle is in an ideal location if beautiful beaches are what you are searching for. Most famously, Omey Island & Beach are close by the hotel in Clifden, and for a few short hours a day the island joins the mainland when the tide goes out. Dogs Bay & Gurteen Beach are also beautiful long white sand beaches with beautiful swimming conditions and a gorgeous walk across the peninsula between the two.
Clifden offers unique opportunities to explore nature, whether you wish to explore marshy peninsulas, white sand beaches, or look down on it all from the top of a mountain. There is so much of Connemara's natural beauty to explore and Ballynahinch Castle is one of the best hotels near Clifden to use as a home base.
There are a multitude of activities you can do while you stay in Clifden, from Clay Shooting which is offered by Ballynahinch Castle, or horse riding across to Omey Island, to climbing Diamond Hill or any of the many Forest and Mountain trails in the area.
Ballynahinch Castle offers a unique insight into the Connemara landscape as you can see it all if you stay with us. We are near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country as well as some of the best hikes and trails available, but also by a River and hidden among the woods. Connemara is such a versatile and interesting place and Ballynahinch Castle offers a unique location to take it all in.