Ireland is quick to charm. Touch down in Shannon, and it will be hard to believe that you are at an international airport, such is the ease and size of everything around you. Within a moment of leaving, you will be out on lush green landscapes, and rolling through the hills of County Clare. Castles and farmhouses stud the landscape and horses are often seen along country roads. Mountains are not usually clear but typically shrouded in a thin layer of mist that will draw you in. You will travel north through Galway to Cong, where a stunning castle-hotel awaits. Its grandeur is apparent from the driveway with a great avenue of trees that leads towards cultivated gardens and turrets.
Step out and inhale the serenity of the castle as you check into your suite and look out over the lake. In the dining room, you will find Waterford crystal chandeliers while along the corridors, it is all polished oak. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this is Ireland’s finest castle accommodation. Tonight is the first of four nights, and the tranquility of the castle makes a lovely contrast to the ruggedness of its surrounding landscapes. Over the next three days, you will be exploring the remote wild west of Ireland, returning each day to the comfort and luxury of this castle in Cong. Your stay tonight begins with a beautiful dinner in the restaurant as you settle in.