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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My husband and I moved to Dublin last December, and for our first adventure in Ireland over the holiday week, we booked a last minute stay at Ballynahinch Castle. Prior to moving I had read an article about the castle in Condé Nast Traveler last year and everything about the castle and the setting sounded amazing. It ended up being the perfect first experience exploring Ireland and was so cool to stay in a castle! The drive from Galway is breathtaking, and the setting of the castle is stunning, nestled right along the river. We arrived late on a Friday afternoon and were able to make the most of our one night stay, including walks both Friday evening and Saturday morning on trails around the estate grounds. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Fisherman's Pub on Friday night, and breakfast on Saturday morning at The Owenmore Restaurant at a table overlooking the grounds and river. Overall we loved everything about our stay including the setting, our room, the food and the service. We left wishing we had more time to enjoy the various activities and hope we'll have a chance to stay there again in the future.

We went for a special birthday celebration to this lovely castle hotel, setting is fabulous, food delicious and the service irreprochable. The rooms are very spacious, however there are some signs of wear and tear, and a few stains on the carpets which shows maybe there should be some repairs made soon.

The drive to this castle was very scenic, even in the rain. We arrived and learned our room was being upgraded and it was amazing. We had a king sized suite that overlooked the river. Our bathroom was spacious with a wonderful shower as well as a tub and double sinks. There were in-room tea facilities and the staff was also available to bring you tea or coffee if you wanted. We relaxed and watched the rain fall over the river before heading to the in-castle pub for a drink before dinner. Dinner at the Owenmore restaurant was fabulous and the service was superb. Our room was nice and quiet that night and our bed very comfortable and cozy. Check out was at noon, so we woke up early to explore some of the trails that are on the castle ground, which afforded beautiful views of the sunny morning, the castle, and the surrounding Connemara scenery. After working up an appetite, we went to breakfast, which included cold buffet options and warm options that you could order from the kitchen. We very much enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would highly recommend to anyone travelling in this area. I loved that there were trails on the castle grounds and only wish we would have had time to explore them all because they were beautiful. This hotel also offers fishing and clay pigeon shooting for those who are interested. There is also the option for a guided walk around the estate. We did not avail of any of these options, but I wanted to mention that they are available.

Great stay. Rooms very clean, beds comfy, breakfast amazing. Request room with river view. Cool bar area. Several walking paths I would highly recommend. Besure and ask for walking trail map at check in. Every morning a hotel employee will take you on guided tour of grounds and give history of estate and area. There is a per person fee of 40 Euros. We did the walk on our own with trail map and were just fine.

If you are interested in the great outdoors or outstanding food this is the place. Lots of fishermen and would be fishermen stop here. It is a lovely old castle. The staff could not be more helpful. This is an old building with all its querks. We were assigned a truly lovely room, but it was very hard to find. The bellman said something to the receptionist and she called our room. She said she heard that the location of the room might be a problem for us and that she had another room that was not as nice but centrally located. We quickly changed rooms. Obviously the staff is well trained and want to help.

We were so excited to stay at a castle (though we learned on our tour it is actually a fortified manor house) and we're delighted upon arrival. We lucked out with a beautiful corner room with lovely views. We explored on our own the first night - the river is stunning at sunset - and took a guided 2.5 hour walk with Josh the next morning. The guided walk was worth it, in our opinion - Josh was very knowledgeable about the property history and surrounding nature. Tour ends with a beautiful view of the castle across the river. Beautiful and peaceful quiet alon the entire walk. We researched and discovered you can take the Citylink commuter bus from Galway to Canal Bridge - Ballynahinch will arrange a taxi (Noel) at the stop for you. It's an Irish country road with sheep crossing, and you have to remind the bus driver to stop and flag him down on the return - but it's completely doable to avoid renting a car from Galway!

on our multi-castle/hotel tour, this was the most traditionally restored and felt the most like staying in a castle. Our room was on the 3rd level directly at the front of the hotel, so we had a bit of noise from the folks leaving the on property pub in the evening. However the view over the front gardens was truly relaxing and beautiful, with hydrangeas of every color. We enjoyed a walk around the property and the breakfasts and dinners were exquisitely prepared and presented.

When you can walk right out of your and your on the bank of a river, who could ask for more. Quiet and classic, I'm so enjoyed my stay here. A wonderful birthday dinner with my family which was delicious. So much to do. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, shooting sports and more. I'd say this is the place for you. We will return someday.

We just returned from our family trip to Ireland and spent our last 3 days at Ballynahinch. The hotel and rooms are absolutely beautiful! We had a few cool, rainy days while staying at the castle but each of the common area rooms with a roaring fire made up for the cool weather outside. We made use of the walking trails and some of the group took part in the skeet shooting. All were enjoyable. We ate in the pub twice and the restaurant the final night for dinner. Breakfast is very good and is included with your stay. The pub menu could use a few more "pub-type" items but still the food was excellent. Dinner in the restaurant was fantastic and reasonably priced. I definitely would stay again and would recommend this as a travel destination for those looking for some relaxing, quiet days. Great spot for couples or families with young adults.

Stayed one night here while in Galway. Beautiful location, got upgraded to a suite which was very nice. Dinner at hotel was great, not super fast though. The breakfast was included and amazing. The main dining room has terrific views of the river. Hotel is a big fly fishing area. Easy drive to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.

Recess Ballynahinch Galway

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Connemara, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and within a 15-minute drive of Station House Museum. This 40-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Connemara National Park is 16.7 mi (26.8 km) from the hotel, which is on a river.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel serves as home to a fine-dining restaurant, which has garden views, along with a bar. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.


All 40 individually furnished rooms feature coffee makers. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Free toiletries are also included.

Property features

At Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, guests have access to an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and a computer station. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a library, free newspapers, and a terrace.

Room options

Classic Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Classic Double or Twin Room, River View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room, River View

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Luxury Double Room, River View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1386 reviews