Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo
Luxury Five-Star Castle Hotel. Country Location, Private Estate
Within easy walking distance of the picturesque village of Cong, Ashford Castle is one of Ireland finest luxury castle hotels. Staying at Ashford is a real step back in time and each of the 83 guestrooms and suites has been recently refurbished following a change of ownership and substantial financial investment. Cong itself is a beautiful village but the general location between Galway, Clifden and Westport makes it an ideal touring base. Staying here is not inexpensive but a real experience and guests can also avail of a range of activities, including tennis, fishing, falconry, equestrian, clay shooting and archery. All in all this is a wonderful experience.
Ireland - West & Northwest
The main attraction of Ireland as a golf destination may indeed be its great golf courses but the overall experience is influenced by many other factors including great accommodation options, restaurants, pubs, people, and not least it’s stunning scenery and superb visitor attractions. Each region offers something very different and with all locations being quite close together, it’s very easy to mix the stunning countryside and coastline with more urban attractions.
We work closely with our clients to recommend what suits their trip best. You may have a full day to spend sightseeing or you may prefer to squeeze in a quick scenic stop on the way to or from the golf course but we will make sure that you maximise your experience at all times. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in West and Northwest Ireland Ireland.
Often the path less travelled in Ireland, the region has much to offer. Galway is a vibrant city with excellent restaurants, shops and pubs and it’s a great base from which to explore the the area. Moving west towards Connemara and the beautiful town of Clifden, you will encounter some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in Ireland and should include a visit to Connemara National Park and take a hike up Diamond Hill. Other recommendations include Kylemore Abbey (pictured below), the scenic Renvyle Peninsula, Aran Islands and the Quiet Man Museum in Cong.
Travelling north from Connemara, Westport is another lively, picturesque town from where you should make sure to visit Westport House and Gardens, while the more energetic amongst us will enjoy a hike up Croagh Patrick, known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain (pictured below). Another interesting stop is the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle, while the towering Slieve League Cliffs and Glenveagh National Park should not be missed when in Donegal.