The Irish countryside is home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery in the world and with such proximity to the UK, it’s the perfect destination for a peaceful and relaxing group or family holiday. We like to think that Ireland’s stunning landscapes are eclipsed only by the impressive nature of its many castles and monuments, and there are many stunning castles to rent in Ireland that will make your trip that much more magical. In this blog, we’ve rounded up five of our favourites to get you feeling inspired.
1. County Meath Castle, County Meath
Prices from: £78pppn | approx. $108pppn
The truly majestic County Meath Castle has origins going back to the early iron age and is located within an ancient village on the south banks of the River Inny. The castle grounds are entered through a 16th-century archway which takes you through to the inner courtyard, protected by a stone wall and majestic trees. The stately ambience of County Meath Castle is complemented by antique furnishings in all rooms, and of course the impressive views of Lough Sheelin.
2. Gothic Castle Estate, County Galway
Prices from: £335pppn | approx. $465pppn
Situated on the shores of a private lake, this Gothic castle screams pure opulence and luxury. It makes for a truly idyllic wedding venue that your guests will never forget! Enjoy the outstanding views from the terrace, dine in the delightfully decorated dining room or lounge in the lavish sitting room. Go for a morning cycle, enjoy pike fishing on the private 1000 acre lake or do some bird watching in the unspoiled woodlands and pasture.
3. Smiths Castle, County Clare
Prices from: £34pppn | approx. $47pppn
Originally built in the 15th century and offering the original features to prove it, Smiths Castle will take you back in time. Recently renovated, this castle has all the mod cons you need while still retaining its traditional charm. History buffs will be fascinated to discover the original murderhole in the spiral staircase, used to pour hot oil onto unwelcome visitors! The surrounding area is rich with natural beauty and within easy access to beaches on County Clare’s west coast or you can stay closer to home and visit the local pub for some traditional grub.
4. Gaelic Castle, County Clare
Prices: £119pppn | approx. $165pppn
The breathtaking Gaelic Castle is an authentic 15th-century tower house stretching no less than six storeys tall. From high up in the tower, you can bask in epic views of the Clare Hills. Over 500 years old, the castle is richly historical and preserves the grand medieval atmosphere of the Irish Middle ages, while also being perfectly homely and providing plenty of modern amenities. The outer wall is naturally decorated with petite ferns and flowers that grow in the crevices of the limestone.
5. Deburgo Castle, County Mayo
Prices from: £37pppn | approx. $46pppn
Find peace and tranquillity at the beautifully restored Deburgo Castle, situated within large meadow garden with a long driveway creating a private sanctuary. The castle is surrounded by 16 acres of rich pasture lands in the barony of Kilmane, with the charming town of Ballinrobe just eight kilometres away. The area is abundant in natural beauty, and the mountains and lakes of Connemara are less than an hour away. You’d be hard pressed to find a better home base for your explorations.