With rich culture and history, friendly and welcoming people, and legendary nightlife, the picture-perfect Emerald Isle is a stunning place for a vacation. However, when it comes to where to stay in Ireland, look outside of hotels and hostels in cities like Dublin and Cork – you can find something way more interesting! There are more than 30,000 castles and ruins across the country, and some of them have been opened up as hotels or vacation rentals.
In this post, we’ll look at 15 of the best castles in Ireland on Airbnb. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration for your break in The Land of Saints and Scholars!
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Best Castle Airbnb in Ireland
Location: Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Tubbrid Castle is a traditional 15th century tower house. From its top floor, you can enjoy spectacular view of Bán an Champa, a field which has seen many battles. Restored after being uninhabited for a century, the castle has a grand oak banqueting table, roaring log fire, and a super-king, four-poster bed.
Tubbrid Castle is 20 minutes from the city of Kilkenny, and bookings ensure your group has the whole castle to itself. Nightly rates for the castle start at €575. Split this cost between eight people, and it’s not even that expensive!
Location: Tara, County Meath
The sprawling Skyrne Castle has been standing for almost 900 years, and it’s the perfect base for holding a celebration or party in County Meath. Guests get full private use of the castle and there are activities such as horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and fishing on offer during your stay.
Skyrne Castle can sleep up to 15 guests, and it costs €1,150 to rent per night. Again, splitting it between all members of your party will see each person’s bill come in at under €100. A small price for your very own castle!
Location: Adare, Limerick
This Gothic-style castle in County Limerick is a similar age to Skyrne Castle, having been built in the 12th century. It has since been restored to a warm and welcoming home with an enclosed patio, kitchen, and drawing-room. Its five bedrooms offer a mixture of king, queen, and single beds.
Stays here are really cheap – starting at €298 per night for 10 guests. However, a minimum stay is one week. That’s plenty of time to explore the beautiful nearby village of Adare though!
Location: Headford, County Galway
Carraigin Castle makes the most of a stunning location overlooking the narrowest point of Lough Corrib. The 13th century manor house is situated in seven acres of parks and woodland. You’ll have full access to this, and you can go for strolls and bike rides without any fear of your privacy being disturbed.
Though the listing says six, the medieval hall house actually sleeps between 10 and 12 people, at a cost of €220 per night and a minimum stay of three nights.
Location: Bree, County Wexford,
With space for 14 guests across seven bedrooms, Wilton Castle is a gorgeous base for a group or family celebration in the southeast of Ireland, less than an hour from Waterford.
It’s a lot more modern than some of the castles on this list – the building dates back to the 19th century. It is set on the banks of the Boro River amid emerald green hills and verdant forests. Wilton Castle’s minimum stay is two nights, and the rate is €1,150 per night.
Location: Corofin, County Clare
Ballyportry’s tower house and castle is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, as it has the Burren National Park right on its doorstep. You can also easily access the Wild Atlantic Way and Cliffs of Moher from here.
Boasting six bedrooms and space for up to eight guests, it is one of the largest and most comfortable tower houses in Ireland. The castle’s rooftop walk has views of up to seven lakes too! Staying at this Gaelic Tower House will set you back €422 per night over a minimum stay of three nights.
Location: Killarney, County Kerry
Now, this home isn’t a castle per se. It’s actually a Georgian mansion built around the remains of a 16th century castle which has been renovated to a luxury standard.
You’ll find a library, dining room, sitting room and four luxury bedrooms among other amenities. Set in 40 acres of woodland, it’s a short drive from nearby Beaufort Village and the town of Killarney. Beaufort House costs €850 per night and has a minimum three night stay.
Location: County Kerry
Château Ardlaghas is in County Kerry, near to Killarney National Park. This castle’s French architecture makes it unlike any other property on this list.
When staying here, you’ll have a kitchen, living room, dining rooms and five bedrooms all to yourselves. There’s parking for four cars as well as decking and a garden. It’s a minimum stay of three nights, each of which will cost you €333.
Location: Durhamstown, County Meath
The Norman castle at Durhamstown dates back to 1420, and you can see some of the original plaster in its rooms! This is a wonderful place to stay if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin, as it’s just 30 minutes from the Irish capital.
You can make use of a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and music room during your stay. Durhamstown Castle stays start at €1,125 per night over a minimum stay of two nights.
Location: Kilmaine, Mayo
This tower house is located in Kilmaine, County Mayo, and is a good place from where to explore the Wild Atlantic Way or tour the west coast of Ireland.
There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and between 10 and 12 guests can stay here. For those staying in summer, the views of the Partry Mountains from the roof terrace are a particular highlight. Stays begin at €900 per night, for two nights.
Location: Togher, Louth
Located between Belfast and Dublin, this Irish castle is a wonderful place to stay if you want to explore either capital city. Although it dates back to 1410, the stunning gardens at Barmeath Castle have all been restored in the last 40 years.
During your stay, you have access to a walled garden, as well as lakes and woodland. Barmeath Castle has a three night minimum stay and costs €700 per night.
Location: Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny
Another traditional tower house, this one sleeps up to 10 guests just five minutes from the medieval city of Kilkenny.
The walls are thick, not allowing TV or internet signal in. Instead, this is a chance to switch off and spend time with friends and family – playing cards around the dining room table or curling up with a book in a four-poster bed. Stays are a minimum of two nights and cost €1,230 per night.
Location: Dromcolliher, County Limerick
Springfield Castle came long before the city of the same name in The Simpsons! Set on a 200-acre estate in County Limerick, you can enjoy forest walks, bike rides, and several sports courts during your stay here. You’ll also enjoy the usual stuff like living rooms and fully-equipped kitchens.
The castle costs €1,350 per night and has a minimum stay of two nights. However, longer stays get discounted prices.
Location: Near Thurles, Tipperary
This 16th century tower house is located in Thurles in Tipperary. It was built in 1550 by the O’Fogartie Clan and used as their headquarters.
There are four bedrooms which offer king and queen beds, while a further three have singles and air mattresses. The terrace provides sublime views over the surrounding fields and can be reached by original stone stairs. Two nights is the minimum stay in the castle, and it costs €975 per night.
Location: Co. Cork
What happens if you want to stay in a castle, but don’t want to splash out hundreds of euros, or simply don’t need the space? Annes Grove Miniature Castle near Cork might pique your interest.
With room for just two guests, it’s ideal for a couple or solo traveller. A truly romantic space, you can enjoy a meal in the private garden with your other half. Minimum stay here is two nights and prices start at €180 per night.
Location: Sutton, Dublin
A truly unique Airbnb castle stay in Ireland, the Martello Tower is in the village of Sutton near the capital city of Dublin. It could suit small groups of up to four or couples. Dating back to the early 19th century, it has spectacular views out over Dublin Bay from its veranda. The minimum stay here is two nights, and prices start at €400 per night.