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Property Review: Gregans Castle Hotel, Ireland Review

Top-notch service, an on-site restaurant with a 9-course tasting menu (Yes. Please.), and views that have to be seen to be believed. If the 18th Century Gregans Castle Hotel in Ireland wasn’t on your radar before, it will be after reading Summersalt Co-Founder, President, and CEO Lori Coulter’s first-hand review of this unmatched Irish oasis.

How did you hear about this hotel?

From Tablet Hotels.

Describe it in one sentence:

Set along the Wild Atlantic Way, the 18th Century Gregans Castle Hotel has created an oasis of comfort with world class service, fine dining and adventure at your fingertips.

The Gregans Castle Hotel front entrance.

What makes this place so special?

It’s a stunning 18th century manor complete with lovingly attended gardens and spectacular views that stretch from the Burren to Galway Bay. The Irish warmth and hospitality, the relaxing accommodations, the 5-star service, and an amazing restaurant, left my heart (and stomach) full! It left me feeling inspired to see more of the breathtaking sights along the Wild Atlantic Way.

View from the guest room.

What insider tips would you share with someone visiting this property?

This hotel (which is a family-owned and operated country house) has one of the best restaurants in Ireland. Make sure to take full advantage of the breakfast (included for all guests!) and enjoy hot tea, pancakes with organic apple syrup, and poached eggs on house-baked bread. Dinner is magical with comforting and locally sourced organic ingredients. The nine course tasting menu, including the beautiful petit fours, is worth every penny.

This hotel (which is a family-owned and operated country house) has one of the best restaurants in Ireland.

Is it easy or difficult to get to? Share your route for getting there:

We drove along the Wild Atlantic Way from the Dingle Peninsula (by way of the Shannon Ferry) to Ballyvaughan. The drive is narrow, slow and absolutely spectacular ending with Corkscrew Hill. Keep in mind that for Americans, you will be driving on the other side of the road from the other side of the car. Make sure to rent an automatic—the full rental insurance is a must since most individual policies do not cover you in Ireland.

View from the drive to the castle.

What is your most memorable moment from this visit?

After a long (and rainy) drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, we arrived tired and hungry. The hotel staff happily prepared the perfect combination of cheese, bread, fruit and tea. I can still taste the hot tea and how my stress rolled away thanks to their warmth and hospitality.

Is this property good for kids?

While I’m sure children would be welcome, we only saw adults on the property.

The rose garden on the property.

What kind of wardrobe should one pack to really enjoy this property?

Ireland in general is very casual, and most guests were sightseeing, hiking, biking or touring, so during the day almost anything goes. Depending on the time of year, make sure to include a rain jacket or coat, and shoes that are comfortable.

Wild pony spotted along the Dingle Peninsula.

Are there any other must-see spots while visiting the area?

The sightseeing along the Wild Atlantic Way is phenomenal. From Gregans Castle you are within an easy drive to The Cliffs of Moher, the Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises where you can catch a ferry to the Aran Islands, Galway, and The Burren—a mystical natural wonder that has inspired writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and others for generations.

View of the Burren and Galway Bay from Corkscrew Hill.