Castle In Galway - Cloghan Castle Galway

Cloghan Castle Galway main

Cloghan Castle is an exclusive, self catering venue which is ideal for that fairytale wedding reception, birthday party, family reunion or special event in the rolling hills near Galway in the West of Ireland.

Cloghan Castle is rented on an exclusive, self-catering basis only and features 7 luxurious double bedrooms; Banquet Hall seating 120 guests; Drawing Room upstairs with large open fireplace; Barbeque facility on battlement and a fully-equipped Kitchen

Many of our guests are not from the locality, or even from this country, and with this in mind we put together an information pack containing as much information as possible about the local services you will require in the organisation of your event.


Cloghan Castle Galway history

In 1973 Cloghan Castle was a derelict ruin, all that remained of the fortified Norman keep built in 1239, were the walls of the tower house. Michael Burke always had an interest in history and seeing the ruined castle on a neighbour’s land he thought it would be a nice idea to restore it.

The aim was to recreate what it was like to live in a medieval castle, but without having to suffer the deprivation of thirteenth century living, initially with the idea of using it as a family home. We used local craftsmen and tried to source local materials as much as possible. While it was a huge undertaking we never felt we had taken on too much, we really enjoyed the work and feel that when we die we will have left something for future generations. It’s a landmark that would otherwise be just a heap of stones today.

Before long we started to receive queries from people interesting in renting it and with an interest in experiencing a stay in a Castle and very quickly it has gone from one or two queries to, now, when the Castle is hosting over one hundred wedding receptions and birthday parties each year.

I would like to thank you for considering Cloghan Castle for your special event and, like so many guests over the years, we hope that you too will have a truly memorable experience.


Cloghan Castle Galway wed

We hope to make it as easy as possible for you, our guests, to organise your wedding, party or event at Cloghan Castle. Some couples may be put off with the prospect of having to arrange a wedding in a self-catering venue and maybe from abroad, however it is very do-able, and we are sure our information pack will be of great help to you in the co-ordination of your event. All of the services shown on our website and in our brochure have experience working at, or in association with Cloghan Castle and they will be of tremendous assistance to you. It is just a matter of making some phone calls.


Cloghan Castle Galway bed

Seven luxurious double bedrooms, each individually decorated.
Three are ensuite and three have open fireplaces.
Banquet hall seating 120 guests, with large open fireplace for a truly medieval atmosphere. (29ft X 44.5ft)
Drawing room upstairs (1,000 sq ft) with large open fireplace, ideal for drinks receptions.
Barbeque facility on battlement for 250 guests
Fully equipped kitchen

Before guest arrival, all beds are made up with freshly laundered linen, fresh towels will be provided in the bathrooms. There are 3 sets of linen for each bed to facilitate guests changing during duration of stay. We also supply hairdryers, iron and ironing board.

Heating and electricity is included in the rental fee and we do not charge Value Added Tax (VAT).

Children under 10 years are not allowed on the premises at any time.

Check in and checkout times are strictly 12 noon. If guests are hiring for a 24 hour period they can have access to the Castle for one hour only during the previous evening, between 6pm and 7pm, for the sole purpose of dropping off items. It is not possible to set up during the previous evening.


Cloghan Castle Galway rest
We do not have a licence to sell alcohol on the premises – it is necessary to hire the services of a local bar owner who can transfer their license to the Castle for your occasion.

Please contact Maurice McCarthy for details – Tel: +353 91 632 366 or mobile +353 86 811 4925. Alternatively you can purchase your own alcohol from local suppliers (see links page) and have it served to your guests.

Central heating throughout the Castle with storage heater heating in 4 bedrooms and the remainder of the Castle has both hot and cold Air conditioning.

Fully-equipped Kitchen
2 dishwashers
1 microwave
1 semi-commercial cooker with barbeque facilities. Top of cooker is Gas / Oven is electric.
Large fridge freezer with water and ice facilities
2 commercial size stainless steel tables for food preparation
Utility Room
Washing machine and Dryer and Glass Washer

Tennis Court
Tennis court located adjoining the Castle

Car Parking
50 spaces


Cloghan Castle is situated half way between Gort and Loughrea, just outside the village of Kilchreest, Co Galway, Ireland.

Getting here

Click on maps below to view enlarged version. :

Shannon 70 kilometers
Int Tel: +353 (0) 61 471444

Galway 36 kilometers
Int Tel: +353 (0) 91 752874

Dublin 181 kilometers
Int Tel: +353 (0) 1 8141111


Cloghan Castle,
Kilchrest, Loughrea,
Co. Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353-(0)91-870102
Fax: +353-(0)91-847547

Comments RSS

Send and Email to this Castle