The majestic Kinnitty Castle, surrounded by a 1000 acre estate, lies at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains near the historic town of Birr. The original Castle was built by the Normans in the 13th century and later became the seat of the O'Carroll clan.
The majestic Kinnitty Castle, surrounded by a 1000 acre estate, lies at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains near the historic town of Birr in County Offaly. The original Castle was built by the Normans in the 13th century and later became the seat of the O'Carroll clan. The Bernard family had the castle renovated in the 18th century by the architect-brothers Pain, whose other work alos included Dromoland Castle and Adare Manor .
Kinnitty Castle today
Today the castle offers all the comforts of a modern hotel. Beautiful antiques adorn the elegant interior, which features a Louis XV-style drawing room and the Library Bar with its antiquarian books. The decor of the bedrooms is in keeping with the period style, each with views over the estate. The spacious Georgian restaurant seats 60 while 2 separate suites are suitable for small business groups. Horse-lovers are well-catered for here with trekking in the mountains, riding lessons, cross-country and hunting all being organised by the Equestrian Centre. Clay pigeon shooting and tennis are available on the estate while fishing and golf trips can be organised. Activities in the Spa and Leisure Centre complete the range available.
The present building emerged after its destruction in 1929.
Why visit Kinnitty Castle?
First, the sheer size and beauty of the estate (20000 acres) is enough to engender at least four of the seven deadly sins. Second, its convenient position- almost equidistant from Dublin, Limerick and Galway. Third, its wealth of wildlife and game make it a paradise for almost every country pursuit. Nowadays, there is a fourth reason for your interest: the dedication to good food and wine. The hotel has recently undergone a 3 million Pounds refurbishment to put it among Ireland's leading luxury hotels. An exceptional place for lovers of good food and the great outdoors.