Ireland is known for many things and castles are certainly high up on the list. We have compiled a list of wonderful castle stays and visits. All , in our opinion make for truly spectacular experiences. Traveling with Ireland Chauffeur Travel and and choosing one of our private guided tours of Ireland means exclusive insight into the best of hotels and experiences. Below are just a few of our recommendations .

Blarney Castle 

Never be stuck for something to say again, kiss the Blarney stone, and give yourself the “gift of the gab”. Blarney Castle is the perfect day out with lots to see and do on site. The beautiful castle and the kissing of the stone are a must see. Explore the five manicured castle gardens and tour the stately home on site. Blarney Castle also has a wonderful coffee shop and gift shop. An ideal family day out.  

Bunratty Castle Banquet and Tour 

Imagine experiencing your own medieval banquet in an Irish castle, a place where the honey mead flows, the banquet is served and the melodies encourage dancing feet to the floor as excited chatter fills the hall. Welcome to Bunratty Castle.

The MacNamara family built the castle in 1425, but by 1475 it had become the stronghold of the O’Brien’s, the largest clan in North Munster. Today, the castle remains the most intact in the country.

Today, it is host to Ireland’s only medieval banquet where you can delight in a four-course meal in this historic castle and be entertained by world famous singers.  

Work up an appetite for the banquet with a walk through the working castle’s very own folk park where you can step back in history and revisit times gone by. It is open all year round but also offers unique seasonal events  suitable for all the family.The park includes an enchanting fairy trail as well as its own petting farm. We recommend enjoying your evening banquet at the castle, before being safely whisked back to your local hotel by your Driver Guide. It’s sure to be a perfect evening of music, history, stories and laughter. 

Belle Isle Castle

We can arrange for you to live like a King or Queen in your very luxury private castle. Beautiful Belle Isle Estate stretches over 470-acres across Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is an exclusive castle rental, offering a unique experience of the historic 17th century Belle Isle Castle, boasting 14 completely unique luxurious upstairs bedrooms, 11 of which are ensuite. Each room boasts fabulous views of the estate extending to Lough Erne. The Stone hall, two spacious and stately drawing Rooms, the Blue Library, the Grand Dining Hall, along with two fully equipped kitchens are located on the ground floor. We can arrange catering and a full butler service for clients can be arranged in house.

Access to its estate grounds and trails is open solely to its visitors and if you are travelling with a larger group of family or friends, there are also cottages available on site to rent . Even your four-legged furry companions can come too – the property is pet friendly. We can also tailor a range of country pursuits for you to enjoy on the estate.

Castle Leslie Equestrian Holidays 

On your Ireland tour with us, we invite you to discover Castle Leslie Estate, in County Monaghan, set on 1,000 acres of beautiful Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes. It is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s the distinguished Leslie family have lived on the estate and have welcomed distinguished guests including politicians, poets, ambassadors, and world renowned celebrities. 

Castle Leslie is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. Open to riders of all levels and all ages over 7. Castle Leslie offers full expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides. 

Country Pursuits at Dromoland Castle 

From the imposing baronial façade to the stunning interiors, you’ll find a world of historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts at Dromoland Castle. With lavish decor, indulgent dining, fabulous views, and magnificent bedrooms, this is a place to feel at home while you step back in time to the era of the High Kings of Ireland. 

Country pursuits here include archery, falconry, shooting and fishing. And with an estate that covers 450 acres, it is the perfect place to enjoy them all!

Ashford Castle

This 800-year-old castle is truly remarkable, a grand, historic structure with national significance. The former home of the Guinness family, it has hosted countless notables over the years, including The Prince of Wales (who later became King George V) and President Ronald Reagan. Known well as the set of ” The Quiet Man” true Luxury awaits at this property. From beautifully appointed suites, endless spa treatments and activities, Ashford Castle is even home to its own very authentically Irish, Irish Wolfhounds.