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January 18, 2018 / 2:18 pm EST

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Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle, IrelandJan 12, 2010
Eco Resort Spotlight

If you've ever felt like dropping everything and booking a remarkable but eco-friendly getaway in a luxurious, historical and beautiful area – you should know about Ballynahinch Castle. Located in Connemara, Ireland, this massive castle sits on 350 acres of wooded grounds. In addition to that, there are 13,000 acres surrounding it. This includes a salmon river and lakes, a championship golf course and forest land.


Along with providing guests the most comfortable stay imaginable, the staff at Ballynahinch Castle strives to care for the environment in every way possible. The hotel and estate have fought for years to protect the wild fisheries and to ensure habitat renewal and enhancement. The hotel has a charming 'Plant a Tree' program, allowing guests to take part in the beauty of the estate by planting a tree.

Guests who join receive a certificate detailing information about their tree, including what type and where it was planted. With the recent recycling program implemented, landfill waste has been reduced by 65%. The hotel has also managed to achieve a carbon neutral hot water and heating supply through the installation of solar panels and wood pellet boilers.


Depending upon your specific need, you can book Classic or Superior double and twin rooms, Luxury double or twin rooms or Riverside Suites. The Riverside Suite includes a cozy sitting room, and both the sitting room and bedroom have TVs, DVD and CD players. Other features include:

Complimentary bathrobes and slippers.

Turndown service.

24-hour room service.

Evening turn down service.

Individual heating and cooling.

The grounds include terraced gardens near the river, a walled garden with labyrinth, a tennis court and miles of river and lakeside walk areas.

Activities and Attractions

Individuals may be lucky to catch a glimpse of mallard, teal, foxes and even kestrel or merlin during their stay. The options for activities are endless, from fishing and hiking to horseback riding, cycling and golfing. 15 minutes away from the castle, down the scenic Sky Road Drive, is the town of Clifden, where guests can enjoy artsy coffee shops, craft stores, a bank and friendly locals.

A short drive will also take you to Roundstone, a quaint fishing village where you can visit Malachy Bodhrán, a famous Bodhrán (small, hand held drum) and instrument making shop. Close by are Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay, where individuals might get lucky enough to see swimming dolphins. Your stay at Ballynahinch Castle is sure to be a cherished memory, and a well-deserved break from hectic, everyday life.

By Samantha Cummings


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