Ashford Castle

Hotel in Cong

There's old-world elegance, 83 exquisite rooms and personalised service at Ashford Castle, easily the grandest of the grand in Ireland and once home to the Guinness family. Even if you're staying elsewhere, you can have dinner (from €70) at the smart George V Dining Room (be sure to dress up). There are many activities on the namesake estate, including falconry.

The castle is also home to a state-of-the-art spa.