Castle, near the
of Quin Co Clare, is centrally located within the
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
airport), and not much more than that to any other place in
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For route instructions, log onto
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"
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:
- (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 -
(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.
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.