30 Jun 2020
Whether its lunching with a lord, a private art gallery tour or shucking oysters on a beach with a fisherman, a host of ‘unGoogleable’ experiences await on a luxury Irish getaway.
The internet can tell you lots about a luxury holiday on the island of Ireland, but once you physically arrive you will soon discover there are so many unique experiences that simply just don’t show up in the search engines.
Offering top-of-the-line services, gourmet dining and utterly unique things to do, Irish castle hotels are the ultimate in sheer luxury and indulgence, be it in a room for two, a presidential suite, a state room or the exclusive hire of the entire property for family and friends.
Whether you’re looking for spa rest and relaxation, classic country pursuits, historic sights and cities, scenic Ireland or all of the above, you will be treated like royalty at the likes of Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ballynahinch Castle in County Galway or Dromoland Castle in County Clare, all among the most desired destinations in Europe.
For those who like go it alone luxury, the stunning Crom Castle in the lakelands of County Fermanagh offers its complete West Wing for rent, and if you need more space, the entire castle is also available for hire.
Your stay can be self-catering, or if you would like your food served, a cook can be provided. For a yet more exclusive experience, you can have afternoon tea with John Crichton, the 7th Earl of Erne and Baron of Fermanagh, or even spend your whole holiday with him as the host of your stay at his family's ancestral seat.
Dromoland Castle, County Clare
Ireland’s luxury destinations can also customise your stay with the utmost creativity and discretion. Alternatively, you can easily create your own itinerary, or have one designed and brought in.
Hooking up with upscale private travel designers such as Adams & Butler will open up an array of exclusive Irish experiences, immersive one-to-one encounters, special places and unusual adventures.
Forage for food with a local permaculture expert and then cook what’s been gathered with the head chef of the lavish Adare Manor in County Limerick.
Rub shoulders with authors, historians and television personalities that epitomise the essence of Ireland, or delve into the Wild Atlantic Way to experience the meaty Connemara Oysters of Ballinakill Bay.
From meeting a leading fashion designer, coastal picnics beside a shipwreck and private tours of hit film and TV show locations such as Game of Thrones® and Normal People, these luxury Irish experiences will be totally unique to you.
Crom Castle, County Fermanagh
Ashford Castle Junior Stateroom, County Mayo
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