Ireland has over 3,000 castles dotted across its historical landscape. All of Irelands castles are national treasures. Some are mere ruins of their former glory, now standing tall as testament to a majestic ancient history. But more of Irelands castles have been modernised and restored to next level luxury, while still maintaining the impressive historical architecture and atmosphere. More often than not, these castles dominate splendid landscapes, overlooking lakes, sea and panoramic parklands. Commanding wonderful views for centuries. When you choose to book an Irish golf trip, there is not just the opportunity to visit some authentic Irish castles, but also to sleep in royal luxury, dine on award winning cuisine, enjoy luxurious spas, and most importantly, to play incredible golf on exclusive golf courses.
At Henry Golf tours we know that your golfing vacation is about making memories, enjoying new experiences and of course, golf. Visiting an Irish castle or two should definitely be on the itinerary! Dromoland Castle in County Clare is a 16th Century Baronial Castle with magnificent five-star accommodation and an amazing 18-hole, par 72 parkland golf course on its 450-acre estate. The castle itself is on the high end of royal accommodation and rightly so, as it was once the home of Brian Boru, one of Irelands high kings. It is not certain if King Brian enjoyed a round of golf at the end of the day, but Dromoland certainly offers world class golfing on its exclusive course. Designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr, Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club is on the wish list of many of the worlds most iconic golfers. Waterford Castle golf course is an island golf course just (only just!) off the coast of Ireland. This private island of 200 acres of par 72 Championship golf course is surrounded by the River Suir. A natural moat around a most incredible golf course and it is reached by a private car ferry. That is taking exclusive to a new level. Named Golf Hotel of the Year 2020, Waterford Castle is one of Irelands most iconic castles, offering gracious style and olde world charm with the comforts you would expect from any world class hotel.
Pictured: Ashford Castle, Mayo Picture credit: ashfordcastle.com
Whether you are taking a stroll around the grounds, enjoying high tea, or spending a night in a four-poster bed, Irelands castles are well worth a visit. One of the most impressive is Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo. Set near the quaint village of Cong, immortalised in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne, Ashford is a new level of luxury. 800 years of history and splendour awaits. The legendary Irish golfer, Christy O'Connor Senior started his illustrious golfing career in 1947, as their professional on the 9 hole, 2996, par 35 course, before going on to participate in 10 Ryder Cups! Beautiful scenery with ancient forests on the banks of Lough Corrib, Ashford is an experience. Folks back home will not believe the photo opportunities! If you are feeling brave after a day on the golf course, enjoy a drink in the dungeon.
Every county in Ireland boasts a castle or two, or three for you to explore and enjoy as part of your Irish golf trip. From Ballyfin Castle in Louth, which Kim and Kanye West rented for their honeymoon, to Markree Castle in Sligo where Johnny Cash stayed and recorded an album. Irish Castles are exclusive, impressive, and steeped in history, but never too exclusive that you will not feel the warmth of an Irish welcome and the whispering spirits of the past. And if there is amazing golf thrown in there too, you will have a right royal trip. Talk to Rosa about blending golf and a regal Irish castle experience.