Ashford Castle

Cong, Co. Mayo

Ashford Castle; at the head of Lough Corrib lies this 19 th century fantasy castle with castellated towers. Accessed by an impressive gateway, through a manicured nine-hole golf course, and across an arched bridge over a wide river and into a broad forecourt Ashford is one of Ireland ’s most majestic hotels. Originally a 13 th century Norman tower castle it was revitalized by Sir Benjamin Guinness, of the Guinness brewing company in the 19 th century. This splendid 83-bedroom luxury establishment has offered respite from the world to the cast of the Quiet Man filmed on location in the grounds, and the President and Mrs. Reagan among others.

Our Take

Ashford Castle has a policy of residents only through the main entrance, but you might get in if there is nobody minding the gate. Otherwise it is okay to walk on the castle grounds and nearby woods, that can be accessed from Cong Village.