There are many castles in Ireland to stay in. This is one of those amazing things to do in Ireland. If you are thinking of traveling there, treat yourself to this unique experience.
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a place to celebrate an anniversary, a family vacation, or traveling with a large group, there is something on this list for everyone.
There are many hotels in castles in Ireland, but a lot of them can be really expensive. That's why I've put together this list of 11 castles in Ireland to stay in. It is a mix of castles you can rent, bed and breakfasts, and castle hotels you can afford. Even a couple that would be great for a wedding.
Staying in a castle in Ireland shouldn't just be a dream. Make it a reality. Here are the castles of Ireland to stay in that you can actually afford.
Traveling to Ireland
When you are trip planning for Ireland, the first thing is, you have to get there. The Republic of Ireland is an island, so you have a few options to get there.
Flights to Ireland
Flying to Ireland internationally, you will more than likely come into one of Ireland's three major airports: Dublin in the east, Cork in the south or Shannon in the west.
Keep in mind, flights with low-cost carriers may seem cheap, but once you add in checked luggage, it can get expensive. Check out my page on how to book cheap flights to learn a few tricks and things to look out for.
Check for the best flights to Ireland here.
Ferries to Ireland
If you have rented a car to travel around the UK and Ireland or even France, then you could consider taking a ferry to Ireland.
Even if you planning on getting around Ireland without a car, the ferry can be a good option.
Irish Ferries operates from Britain and France to Ireland. Great for getting a car across or just a cheap way to get there versus a flight.
One of the cheapest option to get there is their SailRail option. You could for example, get trains to Ireland from London in combination with the ferries.
Check out Irish Ferries SailRail option to save some money and have a great adventure.
Another site to check out is P&O Ferries. They will take you from Liverpool to Dublin.
Driving in Ireland
Getting around Ireland without a car to these castle locations might be tough. So you may want to look into what options are available.
Read my post on Things to Know Before Renting a Car to learn some important travel tips.
If you are looking for a place to rent from, I like using AutoEurope. They allow you to search multiple car rental companies at once, saving you time and money.
Staying in Castles in Ireland
Whenever you look for the best places to visit in Ireland, you'll always come across the great castles of Ireland. Taking a tour of one is always a great experience. They are full of history and interesting stories.
Some are still owned by the original descendants, some are haunted, others are beautifully restored.
So, why not stay in one?
Whenever I give travel tips for Europe, I always try to encourage doing things on a budget. Staying in a castle in Ireland can seem like an expensive endeavour.
True, you aren't getting a small vacation home apartment in the heart of Dublin. That being said, you don't have to break the bank to do it. As always, here at Ačiū, I am all about traveling on a budget. So I have compiled a list of 11 castles in Ireland to rent, that you my friend, can afford.
If you were planning to book a hotel room in any large European city on your trip, then you can budget for these. This list not only consists of a few hotels in castles in Ireland, but seven of them are vacation home castles.
Map of Castles in Ireland
Here is a map of castles in Ireland that I'll be talking about. As you can see, they are all over. As you are traveling around Ireland, you should be able to find one of these along your route.
There are many castles you can stay at, but this list is of ones that you could budget into your travel plans. They also all offer a different experience from one another.
Find what suits you for your stay in Ireland.
11 Castles in Ireland to Stay In
One the the best things to do in Ireland is visit old castles! Here is a list of some of my favourite castle in Ireland to rent. Seven of them are vacation homes you can rent. If you haven't rented a vacation home before, you are missing out.
Not only are they generally cheaper than a hotel, you can save money by being able to cook your own meals. Read my post on Renting a Vacation Home to learn more.
The vacation home castles have their own charm about them. You get the whole place to yourself, and they really become this unique experience you will never forget about.
Staying at a castle hotel in Ireland has a very luxurious feel to it. While you don't have a kitchen, you do gain service like nowhere else. You will feel like royalty, as the staff really help make the experience even better.
A few of these castles~ are also a great option if you are looking for a castle in Ireland for a wedding.
Now let's get on with it!
1. Drummond Tower
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
9km northwest of the city of Drogheda, in County Louth you will find this Victorian period tower. Built in 1858 by Victor Drummond Delap, it has recently been restored into a beautiful vacation home. This is one of the few castles to rent on AirBnB.
This four story castle has everything you need. You'll find the kitchen and washing facilities are on the ground floor. On the second floor, you can relax with a book from the extensive book collection in the cozy living room.
Take a walk up the stone cut staircase to the external castellated roof terrace and enjoy the 360º view of the countryside or gaze at the stars at night.
Planning a honeymoon or wedding anniversary in Ireland?
Then Drummond Tower is the perfect place to surprise your partner with a private romantic getaway.
If you have never used AirBnB before, here is $45 CAD towards your first stay!
2. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is situated amongst the Twelve Bens Mountains in County Galway on the west side of Ireland. It's also a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Ocean.
Built in 1832, Abbeyglen Castle is highly rated and known for its spacious rooms and great staff.
Guests rave about the staff, saying that they provide that extra special touch to make the stay feel special.
Walk into nearby Clifton, or enjoy a free afternoon tea in the beautiful common area. You'll love this castle in Ireland.
Tours around Connemara:
3. Ballintotis Castle
Favourite For Couples ✔︎
Ballintotis, County Cork, Ireland
30 minutes east of Cork is one of the old castles of Ireland, dating back to the 16th century. Ballintotis is another castle to rent on AirBnB.
The gorgeous little stone tower is one of those castle accommodations in Ireland that is a perfect romantic getaway for two.
It is right by some walking and cycling paths, great for exploring the Irish countryside. Ballintotis Castle of those places to go in Ireland to get away from it all.
4. Ross Castle B&B
Mountnugent, County Meath, Ireland
Ross Castle B&B was built in 1537 on the shores of Lough Sheelin, about an hour west of Drogheda, Ireland.
This castle is said to be haunted by Sabina Nugent, daughter of the Black Baron, Richard Nugent. Sabina haunts the castle’s walls. Visitors and guests have encounters with her spirit, still searching for her lover Orwin that she lost on the lake in an accident.
Being a B & B, there are multiple rooms to rent and it includes wonderful breakfast of course. A great way to start the day.
There is a set of steep, narrow set of stairs that lead to three rooms in the main tower. If mobility is an issue, then there are rooms on the main floor which would be better.
5. Rincolisky Castle
Balldehob, County Cork, Ireland
Rincolisky Castle was built by the O’Driscoll clan around 1495. It sits on the edge of Roaring Water Bay and across the bay from the Kilcoe Castle, a castle restored by actor Jeremy Irons.
This three bedroom vacation home on VRBO, sleeps 7 people, so you can get the whole family here for a treat.
When it comes to castle accommodations in Ireland, this is a beautiful property near one of the beautiful cities in Ireland, Cork.
There is so much to see and do around here in the area and in Cork Check out the tours that leave from Cork below.
Tours around Cork:
6. Killane Castle Country House and Farm
Killiane, County Wexford, Ireland
Killiane Castle is a beautiful property just south of Wexford on the Irish east coast. The 15th century castle is adjoined to the 17th century farmhouse that houses a bed and breakfast.
For longer stays you can opt for the courtyard apartments. They have tennis courts on site, and even a 230 acre working dairy farm, where you can watch the cows being milked.
Definitely one of the unique castles to stay in Ireland.
7. Lough Rynn Castle
Favourite For Weddings ✔︎
Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland
If you are looking for a castle in Ireland for having a wedding, then this is the place. Lough Rynn Castle is stunning backdrop to any photo. This is why so many couples choose it for their wedding in Ireland.
Being a hotel, it's big enough to accommodate larger families or groups. This dream Irish castle is a 4-star hotel and sits on a 300 acre property, nestled between Rinn Lough and Lough Errew, surrounded by ancient forests.
8. Cabra Castle Hotel
Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland
There are many hotels in castles in Ireland, but Cabra Castle is one that mixes old world charm with modern luxuries, for the same cost of a some of the hotels in Dublin.
Dublin is only an hour away, so why not stay in this picturesque Irish castle instead?
The Cabra Castle Hotel is another popular castle in Ireland for a wedding. This 4-star hotel was built in 1760 and sits on 100 acres of parkland and gardens.
If you are traveling with a group or family, there is room for everyone in this spacious castle.
Tours in and around Dublin:
9. Carraigin Castle
Favourite For Families or Groups ✔︎
Headford, County Galway, Ireland
This is another great VRBO property. The title says it all "13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland." This is the oldest castle on this list dating back to 1238.
It is only 30 mins North of Galway and the Atlantic Ocean perched on the shore of Lough Carribb, one of the biggest lakes of Ireland.
Relax by the fireplace while you admire the oak framed interior or enjoy the view of the lake from the Great Hall. It has a small kitchen for all your cooking needs.
The best part? While the cost per night seems high at a glance, it sleeps 12 people and has 7 bedrooms.
This means if you are traveling with a large family, multiple families, group of friends, this old castle of Ireland is cheaper than a hostel per person.
Tours around Galway:
10. Annes Grove Miniature Castle
Favourite Romantic Getaway ✔︎
Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Ireland
This gem is an hour north of Cork, and an hour south of Limerick, Ireland.
This is the gatehouse to Annesgrove house and gardens. It was designed in 1853 to look like a little castle.
It has everything you need for a romantic stay for two. Snuggle up in the cozy living room in front of the wood burning fireplace. Or cook a nice meal in the kitchen and enjoy it on the patio.
The bedroom is up a narrow set of stairs, so if mobility is an issue, keep this in mind before renting it.
11. Huntington Castle
Iconic Irish Castle ✔︎
Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland
Huntington Castle is a unique property on this list. It is two hours southwest of Dublin, and an hour north of Wexford.
It's a popular destination for people just to visit and tour the gardens, the house or enjoy a tea in the tearoom.
The castle/house is owned and lived in by descendants of original builders going back all the way to 1625.
The have a private room that they rent out as a bed and breakfast. There are three beds, able to accommodate up to six people.
To be guests in this castle is a truly unique experience!
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