For hundreds of years, the grounds of Ashford Castle have provided a vast playground for its owners and their friends. Successive generations of the de Burgo, Bingham, Browne and Guinness families have created one of the finest sporting estates in all of Ireland, if not the world – which is proudly continued to this day.
The expansive 350 acre Ashford Estate lends itself perfectly to a range of activities, from country classic pastimes such as horse-riding, fishing, falconry and shooting, to more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking. So whether you are the active type or prefer to relax and soak up the scenery, you are spoilt for choice at Ashford Castle.
Ashford Castle is ideally situated on the banks of the Lough Corrib and the River Cong. Lough Corrib is one of the most famous fisheries in all of Ireland and is known for its brown trout and salmon.
Ireland's first School of Falconry specialises in teaching falconry sessions using the beautiful Harris hawks, but in addition to hawks the school is home to a variety of eagles, owls and falcons.
The Ashford Sporting Clay Range features targets that simulate the game typical of this region. Beginners can obtain a pleasant introduction to the sport and thorough grounding.
Enjoy this ancient sport played by kings and lords for centuries. All the family can participate simultaneously as long as the participants are as high as the bow.
Cycling is a great way to discover Ashford's incredible surroundings – getting fit and having fun at the same time! Bicycle hire is available at the hotel reception and the team can suggest a variety of popular routes.
Cycling is a great way to discover Ashford's incredible surroundings – getting fit and having fun at the same time! Cycle hire is available at the hotel reception and the team can suggest a variety of popular routes.
The beautiful 9 hole 2996 yard par 35 parkland course, created with imaginative integration of natural features and hazards, provides the perfect environment for golfers of all ages to hone their skills.
Situated within easy walking distance of the castle, trail rides and lessons are available for all ages and abilities and are accompanied by an experienced guide. Hard hats and jodhpur boots are provided.
Ashford Estate offers guests two newly resurfaced all-weather courts for complimentary play. Whether you’re a regular player or have never held a racket in your life, you’re sure to enjoy the experience.
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