Dromoland Castle Hotel, Golf & Country Estate
Ireland, Munster, Clare, Shannon

  • The Resort
  • Accommodation
  • Golf
  • Sightseeing
  • Address & Map
  • Gallery
The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

Minutes from Shannon International Airport yet in glorious seclusion, Dromoland Castle is set amidst 410 acres of sweeping woodlands and parklands on an historic estate, once the royal seat of the O'Brian clan. One of Ireland's finest resorts, Dromoland comprises of a magnificent Renaissance castle, hosting the accommodation, the Spa at Dromoland Castle, the Brian Boru International Conference Centre and the Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club.

Dromoland Castle offers a wide range of leisure pursuits. The Spa at Dromoland Castle invites to indulge in tranquil surroundings and experience the best of spa treatments. On the estate, guests can enjoy tennis, shooting, boating and fishing on Dromoland's privately stocked lake, while the extensive parklands and secluded woodlands offer a number of opportunities for walking, jogging, cycling and riding. Off site, deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching can be organised.

The centrepiece of the estate is Dromoland Castle's golf course, laid out in 1962 through the wooded grounds around a large feral lake. The course has undergone a major remodelling in 2004, spearheaded by Ron Kirby and late J.B. Carr, who have created an exhilarating layout of championship standards that ranks as one of Ireland's finest parkland courses. The beauty and serenity of the location will entice guests to stay and play at Dromoland Castle, though it is also an excellent base to play the legendary links of Ireland's West Coast, the likes of Lahinch, Doonbeg and the mythical Ballybunion Old Course.

For more details and photos on this destination, use the tags above ...

Dromoland Castle Resort
Dromoland Castle Resort

Dromoland Castle Resort

Accommodation is one hundred rooms and suites, blending period decoration with every contemporary amenities. All guestrooms have full en-suite bathrooms and enjoy magnificent views over the gardens, courtyard, golf course or feral lake. 

Dromoland dining venues include the award-winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant in the castle and the casual Fig Tree Restaurant at the clubhouse, both complemented by an extensive Wine Cellar, afternoon tea in the Drawing Room and Cocktail Bar in the former Library Room. 

Dromoland Castle offers a wide range of leisure pursuits. The Spa at Dromoland Castle invites to indulge in tranquil surroundings and experience the best of spa treatments. On the estate, guests can enjoy tennis, shooting, boating and fishing on Dromoland's privately stocked lake, while the extensive parklands and secluded woodlands offer a number of opportunities for walking, jogging, cycling and riding. Off site, deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching can be organised.

Since 1570, Dromoland Castle has played host to noblemen who have gathered to discuss matters of great importance. Today, the Brian Boru International Centre continues this fine tradition. Named after the last High King of Ireland, this purpose built conference centre is a tasteful blend of gothic architectural interiors and state of the art conference technology.

Accomodation

Dromoland Castle 410 acre estate

100 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with DDL phones, voicemail & internet connection, Satellite TV, Video, Hi-Fi system and VCR/CD library • Ironing facilities, trouser press and safe • En-suite bathrooms with bathrobes, slippers and hair dryer

24 Hours room service • Laundry /Valet service • Valet parking • Helipad • Concierge/Tour desk

Dining

Earl of Thomond (AA 2 Rosettes) • Fig Tree Restaurant (Clubhouse brasserie) • Drawing Room (Afternoon tea) • Cocktail Bar (Library Room) • Wine Cellar

Dromoland Spa

Spa treatments, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, gymnasium

Dromoland Estate

410 acres of walled gardens and woodlands • Tennis, walking, jogging and cycling trails • Fishing, shooting, boating and riding

Brian Boru International Centre

12,000 sq.ft. facility • Brian Boru Hall (300 pax), Celt Room (41 pax), Norse Room (28 pax), Kincora Gallery (300 pax reception) • Business Centre

Dromoland Estate Golf
Dromoland Estate Golf

Dromoland Estate Golf

• Championship Course

Brook Wigginton (1962) + Ron Kirby & J.B. Carr (2004) 18 holes - 6,824 yds - Par 72 - SSS 126

The centrepiece of the estate is Dromoland Castle's golf course, laid out in 1962 by US architect Brook Wigginton through the wooded grounds and around a large feral lake. Nevertheless, the original course was rather short and undescript, its main attraction being the stunning grounds of Dromoland Castle. To remedy this situation and provide a suitable match to the extraordinary castle accommodation, the course has undergone a major remodelling, spearheaded by Ron Kirby and J.B. Carr, of Kinsale's Old Head fame. This exhilarating new course of championship standards opened in 2004 and now rank as one of Ireland's finest parkland courses.

No handicap required

Buggies and caddies available

 


Co. Clare & Kerry Golf

Co. Clare & Kerry Golf

• Lahinch Golf Club

Club founded 1892

- Old Course: Old Tom Morris (1892) + Alsitair McKenzie (1927) Links

- Castle Course: Commander J.D. Harris + Donald Steel (1964-1975) Links 

Lahinch Old Course is frequently referred to as the 'Saint Andrews of Ireland' as it looks out on the ever changing Atlantic Ocean, and is subject to all her mood swings. the Castle Course, although a less formidable challenge, still presents its own brand of toughness and cleverly positioned bunkers and water hazards 

• Doonbeg Golf Links

Greg Norman (2001) Links

Tucked between Western Ireland's must-play courses Ballybunion and Lahinch lies the new Greg Norman course at Doonbeg Golf Links, a stunning course in dramatic surroundings. Back in 1892, the site was considered for Lahinch but then ultimately rejected because of its lack of railroad service. Thanks to modern conveniences the site is now much more accessible, though still out of the way. Opened in 2001, Doonbeg is located on White Strand, one of the last great sand dune in Ireland.

• Ballybunion Golf Club

Old Course: Mother Nature, Jo McKenna, Tom Simpson & Tom Watson  (1893)

New Course: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1980)

One of Ireland's "Big Four", Ballybunion is rated as one of the top golf courses in the British Isles and the World. The very name of Ballybunion, like St. Andrews, strikes a cord with any serious golfer around the world. Ballybunion Old Course is a legend on its own, its challenge and reputation having attracted many great men and golfers. But there is more to Ballybunion than the Old Course and the master Robert Trent Jones Senior laid out a new course  in 1980, the Cashen Course. Although much in the shadow of its elder brother, the Cashen course should not be overlooked as it is a superb test of golf and a must play when at Ballybunion. This course would be worth the trip on its own anywhere else ! Both courses share the same majestic and dramatic links setting, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Cashen River on the other.

Co. Clare

Co. Clare

County Clare

Extending between the River Shannon estuary to the south and Gallway Bay to the north, County Clare is an area of outstanding natural beauty on Ireland's scenic West Coast. Clare's natural landmarks are the majestic Cliffs of Moher, five miles of dramatic, sheer faced cliff tops plunging some 700 feet below in the raging waters of the Atlantic, and The Burren, a natural wonder of rocky hills with a unique array of flora and fauna. Straddling the River Fergus, the thriving market town and county capital of Ennis is the site of the Ennis Friary, a mediaeval monastery founded in 1242 by the O'Brian clan of Dromoland. Further attractions in Clare include the Craggaunowen Megalithic Site, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Inchiquin Castle, on the shores of Lough Inchiquin.

Limerick

Whether you're interested in shopping, eating out or nightlife the historic riverside city of Limerick is well worth a visit. Originally a Viking City, the invaders were driven out by High King Brian Boru in 1197 when the City was granted its charter. Dominated by the impressive 13th Century King John's Castle, once the most formidable English fortification in Ireland, the City stands as the third largest in Ireland and the veritable gateway to the magnificent Shannon Region and beyond.

Bunratty

Bunratty is a picturesque village situated on the River Shannon; jut a few miles south of Dromoland. Renowned for its spectacular 15th Century Castle which houses famed mediaeval banquets amidst sumptuous surrounds, Bunratty is one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish Tower House.

Cliffs of Moher

Stretching across 8km of jaw-dropping Atlantic coastline, The Cliffs of Moher command one of the most incredible views in Ireland. On a clear day one can see as far as the Aran Islands in Galway Bay and right across to the valleys and hills of furthest Connemara. The Cliffs of Moher rise from Hag's Head to the south and reach their highest point (214 metres) just north of O'Briens Tower, which was constructed in 1835.

Address & Contact

Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus

Co. Clare

Ireland

 

Location

Dromoland Castle estate, north of Shannon Estuary

Halfway between Shannon and Ennis (19 mi. N of Limerick City)

Airport

Shannon International Airport, 8 mi. 

Dublin International Airport, 145 mi. 

Season

All year (Hotel & Golf)

Climate

Mild northern Atlantic influenced by the Gulf Stream, with mild winters and cool summers