Getting to the Castles on Ireland's Atlantic Coast

Map by Lucinda Rogers

The starting point of this trip is Ballinalacken Castle Hotel, and the closest international airport is in Shannon, about an hour's drive south. You could also fly into Dublin, which is only three hours away. (Ireland isn't that big.)

Ballinalacken Castle Hotel
Doolin, Co. Clare, 011-353/65-707-4025,, from $184 with breakfast, dinner entrées from $27

Cliffs of Moher
011-353/65-708-6141,, $11 per vehicle

The Burren Perfumery
Carron, Co. Clare, 011-353/65-708-9102,, lunch from $11

Dunguaire Castle
Kinvara, Co. Galway, 011-353/61-360-7888,, admission $8.50, medieval banquet $71 if you book online (otherwise $79)

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Recess, Co. Galway, 011-353/95-31006,, from $170 with breakfast, two-course meals $50 per person

Markree Castle
Collooney, Co. Sligo, 011-353/71-916-7800,, from $168 with breakfast, dinner entrées from $25, three-course prix fixe menu $50

Strandhill Surf School
Strandhill, Co. Sligo, 011-353/71-916-8483,, two-hour lesson $43

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