Ballyhannon Castle, near the village of Quin Co Clare, is centrally located within the island of Ireland, and this is one of its most notable attributes which guests commend while on vacation in Ireland as it is an ideal base from which to explore all parts of the country on day trips.

Situated just off the main Limerick to Galway M18 motorway (from which it can be seen though out of earshot), it allows easy access particularly to everywhere on the west coast, especially Shannon International Airport which is only a 10 minute drive away. We are just over 2 hours from Dublin (2.5 from Dublin airport), and not much more than that to any other place in Ireland.


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Directions:

For route instructions, log onto http://www.maps.ie/route-planner.htm and follow the instructions on that page (i.e. scroll down to the bottom of that page and enter your Irish departure point and click the button beside it “Find start Address”, and then type in “Ballyhannon, Clare” (exactly as it appears here, i.e. including the comma between the two words ‘Ballyhannon’ & ‘Clare’) as your destination and click the button “Find destination address”. Then, instead of the final line of the directions which this search will give you (“At the roundabout, take the 1st exit toward Cuinche/Quin 3.8 km”), replace it with "At the roundabout, take the 1st exit toward Cuinche/Quin, and drive 1.9 km to a 90 degree right-hand bend in the road, where you take a left turn into a small roadway, then drive 100 metres to 2 pillars in front of you, drive straight through them and 300 metres up the fenced avenue to the very end to finish at Ballyhannon Castle, Quin, Co. Clare"
 

Location of Ballyhannon Castle
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Ballyhannon Castle stands behind its own territorial wall, is surrounded by farmland and overlooks the Estuary leading to the Atlantic ocean. The local villages of Quin Co Clare and Newmarket-On-Fergus are each 3 kms away, for shops, traditional and lively pubs, restaurants and the famous Quin Abbey.

Nearby Towns and Cities include:
 

Limerick City - (20 minutes' drive) is well worth a visit - whether you're interested in shopping, eating out or nightlife, this historic city is dominated by the awesome 13th century King John's Castle, once the most formidable English fortification in Ireland. Also worth visiting is the famous Hunt Museum, home to one of Ireland's finest collections of Bronze Age, Celtic and Medieval treasures.

Galway City

Galway City
- (60 minutes' drive) the unofficial capital of the West and is a delightful, prosperous city brimming with history and filled with top class shopping precincts, theatres, pubs and restaurants. Its vibrant cultural life includes a year-round calendar of events such as the Arts Festival, the famous Galway Races at the end of July, the Jazz Festival in February, the Cuirt Festival of Literature at Easter and the Galway International Oyster Festival at the end of September.

Ennis Town - just down the road”, and voted the “Tidiest town in Ireland for 2005”, Ennis is a friendly town and the home of traditional Irish music. There are plenty of lively traditional pubs with live music sessions nightly, cobble-stoned streets lined with a great restaurants and shops, and has a market day on Saturday. Founded in Medieval times, the countryside surrounding Ennis is home to a host of abbeys, ruins of castles and ancient monuments, and the beautiful 13th century Ennis Friary. Ennis is famous for its traditional Irish music, where you’ll always find a live session going on, and lots of the “craic agus ceol” that Ireland is famous for.

Quin Co. Clare – this village proves most popular with our guests, who pop down there for a hearty Irish breakfast, lunch or evening meal at one of the four ‘quin’essentially quaint Irish pubs, and easily gain first-name status and become honorary citizens after spending their evenings discussing world politics with the locals!

See our Attractions page for more to see and do while staying with us.
 

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