Ashford Castle Lough Corrib Boat Rides

Every trip to Ireland takes another little piece of my heart and makes it that much harder to leave. Our visits to Ashford Castle, just named world’s best hotel, are always special treats. We visited Ashford last fall for lunch on our last Ireland trip, and this time around we decided to take a boat ride on the Isle of Inisfree. The day we chose ended up being the only cloudy, windy, rainy day we had in 10 days, but despite the weather we enjoyed a gorgeous cruise on Lough Corrib.

Isle of Inisfree

You can board the boat either at Ashford Castle after paying five Euros per person to have access to the grounds, or you can park at the pier in Cong and hop on just for the price of the cruise. Since we knew we would want to have drinks in the hotel after, we parked on property.

Ashford Castle

Soon enough we were being whisked into Lough Corrib, tossed about by the swells from the windy day, surrounded by the freshest air and green scenery.

Ashford Castle boat house

 

 

Lough Corrib

 

Ashford Castle from Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib is home to 365 islands, one for each day of the year. The boat ride from Ashford Castle typically stops at Inchagoill Island so that passengers can explore monastic ruins, some dating back to the 5th century. Unfortunately for us, due to the rough conditions of the lough, we couldn’t safely land the boat, and that portion of the trip was cancelled. It just gives us another reason to return!

Lough Corrib  Lough Corrib

In addition to the natural beauty of Galway and Mayo, one of the best parts of the trip was the musician on board. Martin Noone sings, plays accordion, tells stories, and has passengers on their feet, dancing and singing. He was so sweet and so part of what I love about Ireland, song, story, tradition, and good fun. boat from Ashford Castle

After the cruise, we were a little chilly and more than ready to warm up inside Ashford Castle.  I can never get over how grand it is.

Ashford Castle We were dressed for boating and decided to sit in The Prince of Wales Bar, which felt a little more casual.

Ashford Castle   What’s better than an Irish whiskey tasting in a castle? We were warmed right up as we explored different notes of the whiskeys and chattered as we listened to the rain hit the window. It was one of those perfect moments that you think about later and just want to be in again.

whiskey tasting Ashford Castle Ashford Castle

 

Happy 9th anniversary to my love, Eric! There’s no one else I would rather have as my adventuring partner-in-crime.

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  1. Sues’s avatar

    So cool you got to visit the world’s best hotel! Everything looks awesome!

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  2. Jenna at Boston Chic Party’s avatar

    Looks gorgeous!!! Happy anniversary to you two!

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  3. Birdsall Marine Products’s avatar

    It is amazing how many spectacular places there are in the world that can be visited via boat and the ending is excellent, there is simply no better way to spend time in a castle than sip on whiskey and admire the décor.

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