Shannon Airport to Ashford Castle

I’m working on a proper driving directions service for planning all your trips to castle hotels in Ireland, but it’s still a few weeks away. Until then, I thought I’d share the most popular routes with you. Today it’s the directions for getting from Shannon Airport to Ashford Castle.

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

Shannon Airport to Ashford Castle directions

1.	Head southeast on Airport Rd/N19 toward N19
        Continue to follow N19                           0.2 km
2.	At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and
        stay on N19. Go through 3 roundabouts            5.1 km
3.	At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto
        the N18 ramp	                                 0.5 km
4.	Merge onto N18	                                68.7 km
5.	Turn left at R338/The Bog Rd	                 0.3 km
6.	Turn left at Dublin Rd/R338.
        Continue to follow R338                          4.5 km
7.	Turn left at Dublin Rd/R338.
        Continue to follow R338.
        Go through 3 roundabouts                         4.6 km
8.	At Bodkin Roundabout, take the 4th exit
        onto Headford Rd/N6	                         0.7 km
9.	At Kirwan Roundabout, take the 2nd exit
        onto Headford Rd/N84. Continue to follow N84    24.0 km
10.	N84 turns slightly right and becomes R334	11.4 km
11.	Turn left at R346	                         3.9 km
12.	Turn left at R345	                         1.3 km
13.	Turn left                                         56 m

Shannon Airport to Ashford Castle distance: 125km (about 2h)

This route planning information was generated using Google Maps service.

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Galway Airport to Ashford Castle

I’m working on a proper driving directions service for planning all your trips to castle hotels in Ireland, but it’s still a few weeks away. Until then, I thought I’d share the most popular routes with you. Today it’s the directions for getting from Galway Airport to Ashford Castle.

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

Galway Airport to Ashford Castle directions

1.	Head northwest toward R339      	      0.1 km
2.	Turn right at R339	                      0.6 km
3.	Turn left at N18	                      4.2 km
4.	Turn right at N17	                      5.9 km
5.	Turn left toward Gort Na Carraig
        (signs for Headford/Tuaim/áth Cinn/Tuam)      5.5 km
6.	Continue straight onto Gort Na Carraig	      2.4 km
7.	Turn right at Headford Rd/N84
        Continue to follow N84                       10.4 km
8.	N84 turns slightly right and becomes R334    11.4 km
9.	Turn left at R346	                      3.9 km
10.	Turn left at R345	                      1.3 km
11.	Turn left                                      56 m

Galway Airport to Ashford Castle distance: 45.9km (about 45min)

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Ashford Castle Hotel Photos

Today I’d like to share a few of the Ashford Castle photos with you. I made them myself last year during our winter break there, hopefully they do the justice to the magnificence of the castle hotel.

Here’s just a few, and you can view the Ashford Castle photo gallery (at the bottom of the page) for more:

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Ashford Castle Falconry

Ashford Castle Falconry
Ashford Castle Falconry

Ashford Castle Falconry

Irish summer is almost here, and this means for you there’s a pretty good chance of catching some sunshine and enjoying some of the great activities while staying at Ashford Castle.

Ashford is a magnificent estate with many activities to suit any visitor, and Ireland’s school of falconry provides one of the best experiences you can think of.

Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford Castle

Perhaps one of the most unique and exciting activities available to you at Ashford is falconry. Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford is the first school of falconry in Ireland, established in 1999 by Deboragh & James Knight. Although falconry is almost 4000 years old (it dates to about 2,000 B.C), it is still practiced today in almost the same way.

The Falconry School is situated on the grounds of Ashford Castle among gorgeous woods. It’s about 5-10 minute walk from the castle.

Falconry lessons and training programs are available throughout a year, but spring and summer seasons are traditionally the most popular ones with falconry fans. If you’re new to the sport, this won’t be a problem: no experience is necessary, and lessons provided are aimed to be a great introduction for all ages and levels of experience.

As you go through your falconry lessons, you’ll be given useful information about birds of prey and taught how to release your own hawk or training the hawk to catch prey. You’re more than welcome to bring your camera along, many visitors have left with great photos and fond memories of the falconry school.

Ashford Summer Falconry Package

Falconry proves to be very popular with children, and that’s why one of the best ways to visit Ashford Castle falconry is to get a summer falconry package. The falconry package costs eur1250 based on a family of 4 – 2 adultes and 2 children under 12 years of age. The Ashford summer falconry package includes 2 nights bed and breakfast and a dinner for all the family on one of the evenings. A family falconry lesson is also included.

For more details, please visit Ashford  Castle’s official website.

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Ashford Castle deals: 3rd night FREE with every booking

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle

To celebrate its 70th birthday, Ashford Castle has got an amazing deal on offer: for every 2 nights of accommodation in one of its Deluxe Rooms, you will received a 3rd night absolutely free!

Ashford Castle special offer

To receive your 3rd Night FREE you must book a minimum of two consecutive nights. This works out to be € 770.00 EUR Per Deluxe Room for 3 nights – an AMAZING price for a stay in this magnificent hotel!

This offer is for two adults only sharing in a Deluxe Room and is valid from the 01st April, 2009 – 22nd December 2009.

Book a Room at Ashford Castle NOW

Ashford Castle special offer details

Enjoy 2 nights accommodation with Full Irish Breakfast each morning and receive a 3rd night Bed & Breakfast FREE.

Fancy a welcome bottle of champagne?

Many guests will be able to avail of a welcome bottle of champagne:

  • any guest who will turn 70 this year (was born in 1939)
  • any two guests with a combined age of 70
  • couples celebrating a 70th wedding anniversary

Valid identification will be requested on checking to receive the champagne.

It’s not very often that you get such a good deal, so wait no more and book 3 nights at Ashford Castle now!

Subscribe to Castle Hotel Ireland email list!

If you want to be among the first to learn about all the new deals offered by castle hotels in Ireland, please take a moment and subscribe to Castle Hotel Ireland email list.

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Ashford Castle: Winter/Spring 2008 Brochure

Ashford Castle just posted their new brochure: Winter/Spring 2008.

As always, it’s a great 35-page introduction to the beautiful hotel and its special offers. Full description of Christmas and New Year packages are given, and there’s a few more ideas for you to realise while you’re staying at Ashford, romantic Valentine’s Day special is one of them.

Update (May 2009): unfortunately, the brochure isnt available for download anymore. There are 2 more brochures though, so please read the Ashford Castle brochure post for more information.

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