Historic Irish Castle Hotels: Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-On-Fergus, Co. Clare

A favourite way to start off a stay at Dromoland Castle is to take a pony and trap ride around the estate, whilst getting a detailed historical tour of Dromoland Castle’s history. The 375 acre estate lies at Dromoland Lake, and it includes its own 18 hole golf course, which is one of the country’s finest parkland courses, offering golfers an experience not to be missed.

The castle was the stronghold of the O’Brien family (descendants of the High King of Ireland, Brian Boru) from as early as we hear about the castle until 1962. Some accounts say that we first hear of the castle in 1551, however the hotel’s own website states that from 1014 the O’Briens controlled Dromoland.

Set in a natural amphitheatre, the castle is one of the most magical and impressive Irish castle hotels, which overwhelms with its abundant history and stature; arriving there is like walking into a fairy tale.

Dromoland Castle also gives you the chance to discover your own Irish roots. Once you have booked your room, the next step is to book this service and you will be sent a Genealogy information form. During your stay you will have a one hour session with a qualified genealogist, who will devise your own personalised plan to trace your ancestral lineage.

The rooms and suites are really impressive, as is the warm service and attention to detail. Families are made feel very welcome, with junior bathrobes, board games and children’s menus. Even though the setting and treatment is naturally romantic, if you want to take it one step further you can book one of the tower guest rooms.

The culinary experience is wonderful, drawing on locally sourced ingredients when possible and cooking them to perfection. The estate has lots of great activities including golf, tennis, falconry, archery, plus it has a wonderful spa that opened its doors in 2007.