Abbeyglen Castle

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the town of Clifden, Abbeyglen Castle is a majestic hotel built in the 1800s in the capital of Connemara.

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the town of Clifden, Abbeyglen Castle is a majestic hotel built in the 1800s in the capital of Connemara.

The fabulous castellated mansion of Abbeyglen was built in 1832 for Sir John D'Arcy, founder of the town of Clifden in 1812. Since 1969 it has been owned by two generations of the Hughes family, who through the years have improved the castle and gardens to their current fabulous state and have transformed Abbeyglen into a fine hotel known for its hospitality and charm.

Situated along the Sky Road ascending from Clifden, the Abbeyglen boasts sweeping views across its wonderfully kept 12 acres of parkland and gardens, and vistas of the town and the bay. Inside the turreted facade of the Abbeyglen, the hotel maintains its traditional style with roaring fires and antique Chesterfields in the lobby and cosy homely touches in sedate lounges overlooking the grounds.

Each of the Abbeyglen's sumptuous bedrooms are well appointed and tastefully decorated in keeping with the old world charm of the hotel. While each has a full range of facilities and most offer fabulous views across the bay.

The Abbeyglen offers complimentary afternoon teas to residents and its restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food and fine wines. Locally caught fresh salmon, a rich selection of fresh shellfish and traditional Connemara Lamb form some of the staples of the menu and the chef is also happy to prepare any fish caught by guests!

After a day of enjoying the local scenery of Connemara, fishing its lakes and bays, or golfing at the nearby Connemara Golf Club, Abbeyglen is the perfect place to unwind, either in the hotel's spa and sauna or with a drink in the piano bar alongside the sounds from the Steinway.

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