Gregans is more manor house than castle, captivating with its setting on the edge of the lunar-like, limestone landscape of the Burren in Co Clare.

The 18th century house has been welcoming guests since the 1940s. Its  antique-strewn suites and rooms have just the right amount of modernity and the cosy Corkscrew Bar is the perfect setting for pre- and post-walk relaxation. Garden flowers adorn every room as the light from open fires or candelight dance. Dining here is a treat as the chef brings flair and finesse to local produce.

Gregans is run by the second generation of the Haden family and guests have included J.R.R Tolkien, who’s said to have been influenced by the Burren when writing The Lord of the Rings, as well as other revered artists and writers such as Seamus Heaney and Sean Scully.