Pack your crown and get ready to uncover the magic of staying at one of Ireland’s historic Castles or Manors. These ancient wonders will transport you back in time to a world or royal treatment, filled with amazing architecture and luxurious experiences fit for royalty.
Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens
Photo courtesy of Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens
LOUGH RYNN CASTLE
Ideally situated within hours of both Dublin and Galway, consider a stay in Lough Rynn Castle, located along one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes in Ireland. Tucked away in County Leitrim, the Castle is secluded, offering a magical getaway in breathtaking beauty and tranquility. The Castle is also well known for its stunning gardens, and many a couple has chosen one of the romantic settings as the perfect place to get engaged (and for some, then get married too!). You’ll also find a wonderful array of fruits and vegetables growing which are turned into some of the delicious meals featured in the castle’s restaurant.
For sightseeing, you can take a day trip to the Wild Atlantic Way to enjoy the iconic cliffs and bustling towns and cities, hidden beaches and stunning bays. For golfers, three of Ireland’s most renowned courses are within an hour drive. For nature lovers, you’re delightfully close to Lough Key Forrest Park, Cuilcagh Board Walk, Glencar Waterfalls and so much more. There are even plenty of options for family fun, from zip lining to lovely parks and more.
Glencar Waterfall, Leitrim, Ireland
MUSTARD SEED ECHO LODGE
For a Victorian experience, opt for a stay at the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge. This stylish country house on 12 acres offers luxury accommodation, beautiful grounds and a well-known, award-winning dining room. Surrounded by the tranquil pastureland of Limerick County, this lodge offers a peaceful oasis for an amazing getaway. Within two hours of Dublin and only 40 minutes from the Shannon airport, you’ll love the location.
For sightseeing, The Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, the ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren are all easy day trips away. For the golf lovers, four courses are within a 30 minute drive. There is an abundance of outdoor experiences nearby such as horseback riding, fishing, hiking and boating. And, the village of Adare, home to quaint shopping, art galleries, coffee shops and more, is just a 10 minute drive away.
View of a typical Irish pub with a blue facade in the town of Adare
CARBERRY TOWER MANSION
For a stay in one of the great Castle Mansion Houses of Scotland, Carberry Tower is the location for you. This award winning, luxury 4 star Castle hotel, is situated just outside Edinburgh in beautiful East Lothian countryside. You’ll love exploring the stunning 40 acres along with the history, dating back to its construction starting in 1480. The mansion offers beautiful accommodations, delicious dining, meeting and event space and more.
For sightseeing, explore Edinburgh and then escape back to the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. You can even have your own Outlander adventure, with several of the sites featured in the saga close by. And, like the other locations mentioned, you’ll find golfing, nature activities, museums and more close by.
Carberry Tower Mansion in Winter
Located in the heart of Connemara and renowned for its quality hospitality, you’ll enjoy a stay at Abbeyglen Castle. The genuine friendliness and delightful comfort surround you and you’ll love immersing yourself in the beautiful landscape of Connemara. Abbeyglen Castle also features award winning dining and a wellness and relaxation center so you can leave your adventure relaxed and rejuvenated. The castle is situated within an hour of Galway, two and a half hours of the Shannon airport and four hours from Dublin.
For things to do, you find a variety of experiences to delight everyone. Drive the 7 mile circular route of the Sky Road Loop for stunning views. Take a stroll through Clifden Village and enjoy the rich heritage. Take in other historical sites such as Kylemore Abbey, Dan O’Hara’s Farm, and more. Find stunning gifts and souvenirs at a variety of shops and check out the local pubs and bars. You can even take the Killary Cruise on Ireland’s only fjord.
Pier at the port of Clifden at high tide
ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL
For the epitome of Scottish Baronial splendor, arrange for a stay at Atholl Palace Hotel. Located just an hour from Edinburgh, this hotel is situated overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the surrounding hills. When staying here, you’ll find that every room is unique with quirky original features and spectacular views. And for a really luxurious experience, you can even stay in your own private lodge. The gardens are gorgeous and feature walkways for exploring and seating for relaxing and enjoying. You can also fully unwind at the Lavender Spa powered by the natural spring.
Located in central Scotland, Atholl Palace affords plenty to do, both on site and in the surrounding areas. Close by you’ll find The Mountains of the Cairngorms National Park, famous Lochs; Tummel and Rannoch, the historic sites of Dunkeld Cathedral and more. Pitlochry, the local village, has wonderful restaurants, tea houses and shops and plenty more to entertain you.
The Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry, Scotland