After taking in a spectacular Clifden Sky Road sunset, it was time to close out day 6 of our Ireland adventure. We decided to switch up our B&B stays for one night and made arrangement to stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.
Beautifully situated on the Owenmore river in the heart of Connemara, this former fishing and shooting lodge which once belonged to an Indian prince is completely authentic and unspoiled. Beloved of generations who know a good thing when they find it. True to its origins, visitors come from all over the world to fly fish on one of the 8 beats along the river or shoot game in the mixed woodland, set against the stunning backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountains. Indeed game figures often on the menu, with delicious pheasant, wrapped in pastry, melt in the mouth venison, fresh salmon of course, scallops and lobster from the coast at Roundstone, just a few miles away. – read more | Ireland’s Hidden Gems
This originally modest sized country house grew considerably in size over the years to what it is today. This 450 acres of pristine land is surrounded by woods and lakes with the Owenmore River running through the property. I can only imagine what a thrill it would be to fly fish here.
Walking into the main building you could feel the over 600 years of history oozing from the rich and dark wood of its interior.
We were very tired from our day of travel and seeing many greats sites such as Aughnanure Castle, Friary of Ross Errilly, Cong, Roundstone and Clifden. I am certain we were actively doing something 14-16 hours per day every day. There is so much to experience in Ireland. Today, day 6; halfway through our trip I think we were feeling it. We were glad to get back to Ballynahinch and to our comfortable room. We woke up early to explore the grounds and paths before breakfast. It was a lovely morning with a very nice sunrise. The weather was mild and the scenery inviting.
The food at Ballynahinch was insanely good. We only had breakfast, but wow! It was an amazing breakfast! Move over Traditional Irish Breakfast. It was all of that and more. There was a tremendous buffet. The video below gives you a glimpse of breakfast at Ballynahinch. Needless to say I walked away from the table completely satisfied (stuffed) and ready for another full day of travel on our way to the Cliffs of Moher.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel – A Manor House Hotel
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