Ashford Castle Experiences | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 118

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One of Ireland's most popular luxury escapes, Ashford Castle in Mayo, has added new experiences that take you off the estate and introduce you to the taste, history, and culture of Connemara.

Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

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My guest today is Shane Brett, Sales Executive at Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

Ashford Castle in Mayo

Ashford Castle is one of those magical experiences that people really dream of when they are planning an Ireland vacation. It's a true ‘castle experience' from arrival to departure.

Ashford Castle dates back to 1228. It was summer home to the Guinness family, who really saved the castle from ruin, and has hosted royalty, as well as Hollywood icons.

I've advised many guests that Ashford Castle is really a destination unto itself… someplace you ‘stay put' and don't tour away from, because there is so much to do on the grounds of the estate. 

If you're a Quiet Man fan you know that the movie was filmed on location in Cong and the surrounding area. The house that was used as Squire Danagher's is located on the Ashford Estate and is now available as a group event venue.

Ireland's first School of Falconry opened its doors at Ashford Castle over 20 years ago. The most popular estate activity, the Falconry School has also received an expansion and updates.

Ireland castle vacation. At Ashford Castle you must take a traditional boat ride on Lough Corrib with Frank.

Irish Experiences at Ashford Castle

The new Irish Experiences at Ashford Castle remove people from the estate and introduce them to Irish culture and traditions. Designed to immerse guests into the ‘real' West of Ireland and take them ‘off the beaten track' and into these experiences include foods, crafts, music, and stories.

These experiences are unique to Ashford Castle – you won't find them attached to any other tours.

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Book into Experiences at Ashford Castle

As a guest at Ashford Castle you have a personal concierge who can create an itinerary for your stay – with as much or as little activity as you wish.

Learn more about Ashford Castle, the Lodge at Ashford Castle, and activities on the estate

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