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Ashford Castle (Cong)

The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. With its 68 guest rooms with spectacular views and 14 luxurious staterooms and suites, the Ashford Castle is regular host to royalty, dignitaries and celebrities. Voted No.2 in the Top 10 Resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014, the hotel also offers fine Irish cuisine and fish fresh from the lough.


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  • The Ashford Castle Spa is considered as one of the finest luxury spa in Ireland. Its expert therapists offer a range of treatments to soothe, refresh and rejuvenate body and mind. The hotel has dedicated spa treatment rooms: treatments include aroma stone massages, an invigorating body polish, long lasting hydrating treatments, detoxifying wraps and deep regenerating facials. Special treatments for gentlemen and mums-to-be as well as tanning, waxing, make up and nail treatments are also available.
  • The beautiful 9 hole, 2996 yards par 35 parkland course of Ashford Castle is perfect for golfers of all abilities to hone their skills. The hotel is also surrounded by some of the finest Links Golf courses in the world, including Connemara, Carne, and Enniscrone.
  • The Ashford Castle offer guests two newly resurfaced all-weather courts for complimentary play.  Whether you’re a regular player or have never held a racket in your life, you’re sure to enjoy the experience in the magnificent setting of the Ashford Estate.
  • The Ashford Caslte is a great spot for fishermen too. From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, its specialist Frank will be happy to help suiting your ability and preferences. Suitable for total beginners but also competent fishermen, the majority of fishing trips take place from traditional wooden boats on Lough Corrib, offering spectacular scenery and incredible views of Ashford Castle from the water. Opt for a full day experience and you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on one of the islands and even the chance to cook your catch!
  • Discover the ancient form of falconry at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland - flying hawks is an experience of a lifetime! No previous experience is necessary and the Castle's private guided Hawk Walks cater for all ages and families.
  • Horse riders will also be in their element at Ashford Castle. From the shores of Lough Corrib, Lough Mask and into the mountains of Connemara to the west, the area couldn’t be more magical for riding. The activities include trail riding, private lessons, pony rides and carriage rides.
  • Cycling: The Ashford Estate itself has some great cycling trails and the countryside, with its relatively quiet roads and spectacular scenery, is a cyclist’s idea of heaven. Cycle hire is available at the hotel and the staff will be happy to suggest a variety of popular routes.
  • Kayaking: enjoy kayaking on the River Cong accompanied by the hotel's very own experienced guide. It's a great way to spend an afternoon and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
  • Clay shooting and archery: Test your skill against the bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Beginners enjoy a pleasant introduction to the sport and a thorough grounding in the safety and etiquette of shooting in general. You can also try archery: all the family can participate simultaneously from ages seven upwards.You can use the hotel's 50m indoor centre when necessary so this activity is not weather dependent.
  • Others activities include boat trips on Lough Corrib, luxury cruises in yachts and guided lake cruises.


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