Luxury comes as standard at the Glenlo Abbey 5 star hotel. Be spoilt for choice in an un-spoilt landscape. The Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate bestows 5 star luxury with the added gift of tranquility, with its serene location along the shores of Lough Corrib.
Just 5 minutes drive from Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland yet a world away in beautiful seclusion across a 138 acre estate. The wildness of Connemara is right on our doorstep and the vibrancy of Galway City is only minutes away.
Our award winning chefs and waiting staff will ensure you have an exceptional dining experience. Whether you are looking for bespoke private dining options, a luxurious fine dining experience, a memorable meal to mark an occasion or a more casual dining scene, we have a range of delectable options to suit your preference.
Each choice is a celebration of Irish provenance using the freshest local ingredients from quality suppliers. Choose from a host of onsite dining options from a unique 5 star experience aboard the Pullman Restaurant.
Enhance your stay and choose from a host of onsite estate activities; including golf, falconry, fishing, traditional boat tours and cycling. Wind down with an estate walk and picnic or stay cosy indoors and enjoy a movie in the relaxed surroundings of our Abbey Movie Theatre.
The Presidential Suite located in a prime corner position of the Main Manor House consists of a welcome lobby, large luxurious bedroom with an.
Large, spacious and luxurious suite with a separate adjoining lounge area which provides an impressive place for receiving guests and relaxing.
The Junior Suite at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is the perfect place to book a relaxing break or a romantic getaway.
Superior Family Room
Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate has recently added a new collection of guest rooms to their portfolio, the Superior Rooms. These rooms are contemporary.
Classic King Room
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate’s Classic King Rooms are relaxing, spacious and reflect the old world charm of the property. A number of rooms overlook.
Dining at Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate is a memorable and enjoyable experience. From celebratory meals to informal and relaxed dining, we aim to create culinary memories to savor during your stay with us, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate has many options available.
We feel here that dining should be a positive and satisfying experience, and that is something we constantly strive for. With our highly trained chefs and waiting staff, we invite you to enjoy our range of dining experiences at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate.
Led by Executive Head Chef Dominique Majecki a native from France, each dining option is a creation of the freshest local ingredients from quality local suppliers and our own onsite gardens and polytunnels.
One of the most unique dining experiences in Ireland is dinner aboard the Two AA Rosette, Pullman Restaurant, simply a must when dining in Galway. Luxurious and spacious lounges that overlook the Estate and Lough Corrib is the ideal place to enjoy the time honored tradition of Afternoon Tea.
Ireland’s most unique dining experience. Step back in time and dine aboard the Pullman Restaurant. Comprising of two original carriages from the Orient Express, beautifully restored and set on the grounds of the hotel.
Enjoy the luxury and splendour of dining in true style and sit by the window seat and take in the spectacular views overlooking Glenlo Abbey Estate and Lough Corrib.
Converted into a wonderful restaurant car retaining all of its original character, this historic Pullman train carriage had been residing at Elsenham Station in Hertfordshire, England, before joining the many and varied facilities already available at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway.
A 2 AA rosette award-winning restaurant, the Pullman Restaurant is certainly a dining experience like no other.
Please note that in line with Government Guidelines, and for the health and safety of both our guests and staff, Pullman Restaurant has extended its opening hours and affords diners space in a socially distant setting.
Step back in time
The Pullman Restaurant on the grounds of the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is one of Ireland`s truly unique dining experiences. Comprising of two dining carriages, one of which is called Leona, dates back to 1927 and was part of the original Orient Express.
The carriage has had a varied life, it famously covered the Orient Express route, taken in Istanbul, Monte Carlo-Nice, all the way to St. Petersburg in Russia. As well as that, the carriage was part of the Brighton Belle which route would have transported guests from London to Brighton.
Many celebrated and famous personas of the time, like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy to name a few would have travelled this route to Brighton to perform, as it was the hive of activity for Theatre and show in Great Britain at the time.
1965 saw Leona’s final journey when she was used as part of Winston Churchill ‘s funeral cortege to transport his remains to his final resting place at St. Martins Church, just outside Blenheim Palace.
After this event, Leona played a starring role in the 1974 film adaption of Agatha Christie’s, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, which starred Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery.
Leona also served as a restaurant at Elsenham Station in Essex, not far from London Stansted Airport and included the 1954 carriage Linda, which makes up the other half of our unique dining facility. We opened our doors in May 1998.
The Pullman Restaurant offers fabulous views of Lough Corrib and our beautiful Estate and ironically it is located only 300 meters away from the old track bed of the now sadly lost Galway-Clifden railway line which was disbanded in the mid 1930`s.
Aboard the Pullman, you will enjoy a unique dining experience like no other, the service is jovial and personal with a thoughtfully selected list of fine wines and the best locally sourced food prepared by our experienced and passionate kitchen team. All aboard!!
PALMERS BAR & KITCHEN
The newest addition to Glenlo Abbey’s dining offering, Palmers Bar & Kitchen is a contemporary gastropub.
Named after the Palmers, who bought Glenlo Abbey in 1897, this influential milling family made their home here for the next 90 years. Celebrating their legacy, Palmers Bar & Kitchen offers the very best in Irish hospitality.
Classic and cosy, you’ll find a warm welcome in this laidback new bar and restaurant. Our extensive menus feature the finest local and seasonal produce, from sandwiches and salads to seafood and steak.
Plan your day over a coffee. Refuel after a morning’s sight-seeing or a round of golf. Grab a burger. Enjoy a hot whiskey. Drop by for a family lunch. Settle in an afternoon of live sport or a night out with friends.
Alongside a premium bar experience, you’ll find quality live music on weekends, all of the sports’ key fixtures on our big screens, indoor and outdoor seating and the best informal dining around. Relaxing and stylish, Palmers Bar & Kitchen is a new local for a new era of casual eating.
OAK CELLAR BISTRO
Originally the kitchen in bygone days, it has been restored with warmth and character. It was part of the original house which is still the central core of the entire complex and dates back to 1740.
Visitors will note that one of the stones on the entrance and exit to the Oak Cellar Bistro, bears the inscription 1767. This stone was taken from another wall in the basement of the old house and was reinstalled to its present position today.
The ambience of the Oak Cellar Bistro is an ideal spot for unwinding and relaxing after a long day of activities, whether it’s small bites, sharing boards or an intimate meal for two, the Oak Cellar Bistro has a dining option to suit all palates.
The cosy and rustic interiors exude warmth from the features. The adjacent lounge adds charm with restored herringbone parquet floors, darkened mahogany panelling, softened with tartan upholstered chairs, and aged leather sofas. An ideal hideaway, situated close to the original parlour of the house.
Using traditional recipes and all-time favourite dishes, the Oak Cellar Bistro is very popular with locals and visitors alike for casual and rustic dining. Dine al-fresco in the summer months on the Abbey Terrace positioned beautifully beneath the Stone-Cut 18th Century Abbey.
Contemporary Irish Cuisine created using the freshest ingredients is served by attentive staff, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy breakfast served in the stunning River Room Restaurant which overlooks Lough Corrib, the golf course and the Pullman carriages. Alternatively, you can also enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own room, or as a convenient on the go option before your day of adventure around Galway.
Dainty assortments include freshly baked scones, seasonal sandwiches, and decadent pastries, macaroons and cakes served with loose leaf tea, herbal tea selection or freshly brewed coffee. Afternoon Tea is now available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home as part of our new click and collect service.
Please note that in line with Government Guidelines, and for the health and safety of both our guests and staff, we have extended the opening hours and have the experience set up in a manner that affords diners space in line with social distancing.
Mark a special occasion or anniversary and make it memorable at glenlo abbey hotel & estate & estate Looking for somewhere to mark an occasion and make it truly special?
Whether you are planning a big birthday, christening, anniversary, retirement or another significant celebration, the team at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate would be happy to assist you.
From our newly refurbished 18th Century stone-cut Abbey, to the fairy-tale setting of our Corrib Suite with its breath-taking views over Lough Corrib and the estate grounds, to the charming and intimate surrounds of the Kentfield Suite, your guests are guaranteed to be blown away by the beauty and grandeur of this magnificent property.
Private events at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate are tailored to suit each individual customer and their requirements. We look forward to helping you celebrate your special day.
From the moment you drive through our magnificent cast iron gates, you will be captivated by the beauty of this enchanting lake side estate overlooking Lough Corrib. Tastefully restored and truly elegant, this exquisite country estate is “a hidden gem” in the West of Ireland, a 2.5 mile drive from Galway City Centre.
From the Victorian inspired décor of the fairytale setting of the beautiful stone-cut restored Abbey, ideal for intimate civil ceremonies, the timeless elegance of the River Room to the grandeur of our Corrib Suite, with its panoramic views over Lough Corrib, one cannot feel but overwhelmed by the beauty and enchantment of this magnificent property.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate truly is a destination wedding venue, attracting couples from all over Ireland and abroad to celebrate their special day.
All of our private wedding banqueting suites have an individual atmosphere and personality and arrangements for your special day can be tailored to suit the style of wedding you are planning.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offers a luxury conference and event venue on a 138 acre estate, just 2.5 miles/ 4km from Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland.
Where contemporary elegance meets historic surroundings, the timeless décor and impeccable finishes blend seamlessly with the most up to date A/V and technology. Choice of conference rooms and bespoke venues. Ideal for conferencing, memorable incentives, corporate training days and product launches.
This unrivalled five star hotel offers a warm and personalised service. We can provide attendees with a host of dining options, luxury bedrooms or suites, estate activities, along with its serene and peaceful setting on the doorstep to Connemara.
Dedicated conference space for up to 220 delegates, flooded with natural daylight and with panoramic views of the estate and Lough Corrib. Selection of fully flexible meeting and events space in Galway, suitable for any meeting style.
Unique dining options including the 18th Century Abbey, elegant River Room and the Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express.
Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel & full service business centre, ample free car parking & onsite AV equipment. Five Star Service from our team ensuring your client is well cared for throughout the event or conference.
With enchanting views over Lough Corrib and Glenlo Abbey’s tranquil 138-acre estate, we invite you to retreat from the world and indulge in a blissful wellness experience. With four contemporary treatment rooms, including a beautiful couple’s room, a soothing relaxation suite and Tranquility Terrace.
GLO offers a full range of luxurious massages, skincare and body treatments. Using cutting-edge ELEMIS products, our experienced therapists will work their magic on your body, mind and spirit.
A sublime sanctuary to escape and unwind, GLO Spa & Wellness promises an exceptional spa experience with five-star panache. Surrender to the serenity, leave your cares behind and emerge relaxed, radiant and ready for anything.
Glenlo Abbeys’ 138 acres of private estate is the idyllic setting for outdoor adventuring of all kinds. Walk or cycle through the grounds, as there is always something mesmerizing within sight, from the 18th Century Abbey, to the Iconic Orient Express carriages, there are wonders at every turn.
Or take to the water to fish for brown trout and salmon on Lough Corrib with our expert ghillie, as his 40 years of experience enlightens and inspires, guests return to land astounded by their experience of a lifetime.
If on-land activity is more to your fancy, take in the stunning scenery from a different perspective, via horse and saddle enjoying a leisurely trek along the shores of the West of Irelands largest lake.
Or enjoy a birds-eye view with a falconry experience, learning about some of Irelands most impressive birds of prey up close and personal, under the watchful eye of our experienced Falconry expert.
Not to forget the Championship golf course, a playground for pros and beginners alike and if a round of golf seems too much, thee is the Glenlo Abbey 21 bay Driving Range for those who prefer a little more action. Through the abbey gates, by saddle, boat or bike, we have an activity that we think you will like.
GOLF & DRIVING RANGE
Both unique and challenging is the most accurate description of the Glenlo Abbey Golf Course experience. A 9 hole parkland golf course, originally designed by the late Christy O’Connor Jnr, with rolling hills and panoramic views of Lough Corrib. With seven of the nine holes boasting a water hazard.
The 21 Bay Driving Range is the ideal place to warm up before a round of golf but also for group and individual golf tuition. Glenlo Abbey Golf Club is the closest golf course to Galway City and is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.
Jason Deasy from in Errew Co. Mayo. He has spent his whole life appreciating nature was passed down from his grandfather who from a young age showed him how to live off the land and respect it.
As a teenager Jason had more books on wildlife than schoolbooks which grew his fascination will all types of animals in particular large predators.
After a few years travelling around the world to places like Australia and New Zealand Jason fell in love with another 5,000-year-old pastime, surfing. This spurred on his love for nature as he witnessed the oceans teeming with wildlife.
In Sydney Zoo he fell in love with a Wedge-tailed Sea Eagle. This fascinating bird left a lasting impression as Jason swore on his return to Ireland he would become as Falconer.
On his return to Ireland, Jason found an advert for an apprentice Falconer. He called the number straight away and in a stroke of luck he was picked out of a huge number of entrants.
Jason spent two years learning as an apprentice, how to train, nurture and care for a number of different animals and birds. Over the past ten years Jason has worked tirelessly in the Irish Falconry community and is now considered a Master Falconer.
ABBEY MOVIE THEATRE
Lose yourself in a good movie while you relax in the luxurious and cozy surroundings of our Abbey Movie Theatre.
With fifteen new velvet super comfy Lounge Chairs set on three tiers in an intimate room surrounded by rich fabric, dark mahogany paneling, and soft lighting it offers new and returning guests an ideal option to escape from the rigors of life and enjoy some quality downtime with family, friends or loved ones.
Bring your loved ones along to relax with snacks and beverages in the Abbey Movie Theatre, as a light afternoon source of entertainment or a way to unwind in the evening. Watch an array of all-time classics, or enjoy a romantic with your viewing partner, perhaps before dinner and drinks in the Pullman Restaurant.
The film screenings change regularly to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. For a unique experience, why not hire a private screening and enjoy the facilities completely to yourself!
Located on the shores of Lough Corrib, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is the perfect base for a fishing trip when in the West of Ireland.
Our team are happy to assist you in planning such an activity. Guided fishing ghillie packages can be arranged directly at reception. Fishing rods and life jackets provided, just bring your own rain gear.
Lough Corrib offers a plentiful supply of Trout, Salmon, Pike, Perch, and Bream making it a haven for the keenest of fisher. Fly fishing on the Lough Corrib with the gregarious and charming Jim Riddell is an enthralling experience.
Longtime Ghillie in these parts, Jim, combines Mastercraft fly fishing, from his 40 years of experience with many stories that entertain for hours as you motor the gentle waterways. Jim has hosted quite a few celebrities and it is obvious why they keep coming back for more.
He makes the fishing trip custom and special just for you, taking you through secret areas where the massive clouds of duck flies create magical shapes above the trees, and through thick reeds where he has carved out a special pathway for the boat.
He is a proud Irishman and his love for the sport is infectious. Fishing is usually prolific in the Lough from Salmon to Trout, and the local catch is what guests savour in any of Glenlo’s eateries, the Oak Cellar Bistro, Palmers Bar and Kitchen or the iconic Pullman Restaurant.
Make use of our Estate Bicycles throughout your stay with us. Complimentary for our hotel guests to use throughout the estate. Picnics can be arranged for you to enjoy on the hotel grounds.
With our unique location, only 2.5 miles from Galway, yet we have the beautiful Connemara just on our doorstep. Choose from a number of nearby cycles.
We can arrange for you to be collected here at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate where you can choose from a number of nearby cycles, depending on what level or distance you wish to travel.
Relax with a serenity walk throughout the hotel gardens. Throughout the summer months, the rose garden and wedding garden are bursting with colour. Venture down towards Lough Corrib and enjoy panoramic views overlooking the local, rugged landscape of Connemara.
In the morning time, the estate is bursting with activity, with glorious birds singing, you are sure to stumble upon some native wildlife. We can also recommend hiking trails in Connemara and hill-walking guides if you would like something more strenuous.
Discover the breathtaking scenery of Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, via horse and saddle. Enjoy a leisurely guided trek along the shores of Irelands largest lake, Lough Corrib, the guided pathway ride, takes encompasses views of the wonderous green of the Glenlo Abbey Golf Course, riders will also witness the iconic Pullman Restaurant Carriages and the 18th century Abbey from all angles, along their trek around the 138-acre estate.
The looped trail allows for continuous aesthetic stimulation, as riders see the whole of the estate grounds in all its glory, an experience that marries fun, adventure and convenience for guest’s leisure and entertainment.
Surrounded by rich history, nature, and beauty, the Glenlo Abbey horse riding experience is nothing short of magical. An idyllic escapade for couples, friends and families alike, all within the convenience of the estate grounds.
BEYOND THE GATES
Whilst within the chrome cast gates lay an abundance of adventures and activities, beyond them lays Connemara, the Aran Islands and Galway City, home to some of Irelands’ most delightful wonders.
From National parks and castles to ruins and the sea, not to mention the rich culture and events and festivals, the City of Tribes has become renowned for.
The rugged Connemara landscape is the idyllic setting for outdoor adventuring of all kinds, from hiking the 12 Bens, cycling along Galways greenway to river cruises along Lough Corrib or island hopping at Aran, there is so much to see and do, Galway will have even the most adventurous soul mesmorised by the vast array of activities that await.
The coastline of Galway is the largest of that along the Wild Atlantic Way, and Galways’ Bay is famous for more than just its rich fishing history but some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland, most notably the infamous Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay.
If beaches or activities are not your thing, then the bustling festivals, thriving traditional music, arts and culture in the heart of the City alongside its many native sores and unique food and craft markets will surely ignite your love for this Western County full of spirit and joy.
WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Wild Atlantic Way is a total of 1600 miles (2600 km) in length and is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. It stretches from the top of Ireland, down its west coast and finishes in the southern most county Cork.
Travellers that take this route will be greeted by stunning views of beaches, mountains, forests, and barren wilderness. Witness majesty of Irelands wild nature and power of the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Witness stunning country villages and historic national monuments. This is truly a life changing experience.
This picturesque fishing village is located far to the west of Galway City. This area is very popular with native Irish people as the village is renowned for its beautiful landscape and beaches. The village itself if full of interesting buildings and activities.
There are many small shops that sell homemade jewellery and trinkets perfect for visitors looking for a unique item to bring home to a loved one. It also has a very busy local harbour where fishermen prepare and sell their catch of the day.
One of three beautiful beaches located near Roundstone this is the perfect place to walk or sit on gorgeous white sand. The raised sand dunes which encapsulate the boarder of the crystal-clear water offer the perfect backdrop for a day trip.
With the village so close there are cafes, restaurants and bars just around the corner. Many visitors have been lucky enough to swim with the family of dolphins that live near the bay.
Considered the “Capital” of Connemara, this small hidden village has many historical sites and natural views to enjoy. For the best view of Cliften itself travel to the John D’Arcy monument which is located on a hillside above the village.
Positioned neatly between the wild Derrigimlagh fields, the majestic roads of Twelve Bens and just a short drive from the Connemara national park this village is the perfect stopping place for day adventurers. Home to the famous scenic driving route, sky road.
Located approx.15km from Clifden. Omey is a tidal Island which means it’s only accessible on foot for 2 hours during low tide each day. This adds to the magic of this wonderful hidden gem.
There is a 5.6km walk which outlines the island full of unforgettable scenery, old ruins dating back to the 19th century and undisturbed peace as currently the Island has no full-time residents.
Also known as the gateway to The Burren. This traditional quaint village offers the perfect stopover point for travellers on their way to The Burren or Cliffs of Moher.
The Village has a 16th century tower house which hosts medieval style banquets annually, a thriving art and literature atmosphere as it is located close to Lady Gregory’s Coole park and a historic harbour full of traditional Irish fishing boats.
There are many seasonal café’s and bars in the village for visitors looking for refreshments.
This small seaside village has a long beach with sand dunes. During the summer months it is a popular swimming spot for locals however, as the beach is so long there is plenty of room for families to enjoy. Located near Kinvara the roads to the beach are small and winding but make for a memorable journey.
Located near Carraroe, a short drive from Spiddal. Coral Beach is actually made up of calcified seaweed. This gives the feel of fine gravel underfoot.
It gives the beach a distinct look which is great for photographers. One of the best locations in the West of Ireland for snorkelling as there are many crabs and small fish to admire.
Not only one of the most beautiful Estates occupied by the Benedictine nuns, it also has one of the largest botanic gardens in Ireland.
The two arches were part of the extension of the city wall from Martin’s Tower to the bank of the River Corrib as a measure to protect the city’s quays, which were in the area once known as the Fish Market.
It was constructed in 1584. Today it still stands in the heart of the City, as a very popular tourist attraction for peaceful picnic’s and picture opportunities.
The Cathedral of Galway was completed on 15th of August 1965 by President Éamon de Valera and as such is the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. It stands towering over the city (145ft ) on the site of Galway’s old city prison.
The inside is creatively decorated with sculptures, paintings and mosaic’s. Visitors can also attend one of the many religious services which are preformed daily.
Cnoc Suain, a family owned hillside settlement and contemporary hedge school, nestles within and enchanting cultural landscape in the Gaeltacht region of Connemara, between Moycullen and Spiddal. overlooking river’s, lake and Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast.
St Nicholas Church
Founded in 1320 Saint Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, the largest medieval parish church in Ireland. Visitors can avail of guided tours which will provide a wealth of information of this locations interesting history or choose to visit privately on their own.
After visiting on the weekend, you can enjoy the Galway Markets full of a robust variety of fresh foods and hand made crafts on the door step of the church.
Quite Man Bridge
A very popular local attraction is The Quiet Man Bridge located a short drive from Oughterard. The bridgewas made famous in the 1950s classic “The Quiet Man” movie. Fans of the film can continue their expedition across the lake in the small village of Cong where the remainder of the film was filmed.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Galway is a vibrant City with a deep curiosity for the arts
Known as the City of Festivals. Events take place right throughout the year from St. Patrick’s Day in March to the Christmas markets in December.
Galway International Arts Festival
This annual cultural extravaganza consists of 14 days of music, film and art events in locations all around Galway City and County. It usually takes place during the summer in late July but dates vary from year to year, so make sure to double check the schedule.
Every interest within the arts is catered for, such as: street performances, live music, art installations, live talks, dance acts, plays, poem readings and acrobats just to name a few.
The Galway Races
One of Ireland’s most recognised racing events, save the date. The Galway Races takes place just after the Galway International Arts festival. This is another huge annual event where over the course of a week the population of the city soars.
The busiest days of the festival are Wednesday, which the famous “Galway Plate” race is held and also Thursday “Ladies Day” where the world of high fashion meets horse racing.
Galway International Oyster Festival
The Foodie scene in Galway has exploded over the last 10 years and with the City designated as the European Region of Gastronomy last year, we are simply spoilt for choice. The Oyster Festival is held annually all along the west coast of Ireland during the last week of September.
The festivals is a celebration of food and drink, with competitions, talks, parties and events held in stunning locations. The festival is synonymous with Guinness so guests will likely see some great specials for both food and drink on our menu’s during this time.
The annual Halloween parade by Macnas, a pioneering, inventive and radical creative performance group. This event has attracted crowds of up to 50,000 attendees in the past as it travels along a 1.5 mile route.
The Parade is best witnessed through the eyes of a child as the pieces are designed with wonderment in mind.
Galway Film Fleadh
The Galway Film Fleadh is Ireland’s leading film event: a six day International Film Festival on the edge of Europe, featuring Ireland’s only film & TV marketplace, the Galway Film Fair. The Galway Film Fleadh is a great activity for any itinerary. This is great showcase of the wonderful talent, arts and drama in the City.
Irelands National Parks give visitors a real connection to nature. Steeped in wonderment, majesty and splendour. The West of Ireland’s views are something to behold, varied and teeming with flora and fauna.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate is situated in an ideal position for guests to wander the wildlands and our very knowledgeable team will be more than happy to advise the best routes to view as much scenery as possible during your visit.
Connemara National Park
This park has a large and diverse range of beautiful landscapes. Visitors can enjoy one of the many hiking trials including Diamond Hill.
This is a 400 meter high mountain surrounded by some of the best views the west of Ireland has to offer. Just a short drive from the hotel this is a must see for guests that like to hike or take photographs.
Coole Park is situated in a low-lying limestone wetland. It has five underground rivers, numerous springs, swallows and covers an area of approx. 1,000 acres.
Once home to Lady Gregory, dramatist and folklorist Coole Park hosted many famous writers such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Casey and John Millington. This exceptional area was used as inspiration for many poems and novels.
A full list of historic visitors can be seen on the Autograph Tree which is the centre piece of the walled garden. The park includes many nature walks, deer park, visitor centre, toilets and restaurant.
Cliffs of Moher
The iconic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Stretching for 8km (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of Clare, the cliffs reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin. Midway along the cliffs you’ll find the environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside.
Here, you can also discover O’Brien’s Tower, a 19th century viewing tower, and access 800m (2624 feet) of protected cliff side pathways with viewing areas. The visitor centre is open daily 8am – 7pm, with toilet’s, giftshop and restaurant.
The Burren or Boíreann, means “place of stone”. This will become apparent to guests that adventure here. Comprised of nearly 4,000 acres of weather beaten land, the Burren provides a living space to a huge variety of plant and wildlife, including an estimated 1,000 feral goats so take care when driving.
One of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the Island of Ireland this beautiful landscape cannot be missed.
SCENIC WATER TRIPS
Galway as a County is home to the largest portion of the Wild Atlantic Way, surrounded by ocean, and rich in lush rivers, streams and locks, the ideal location for water lovers. Whether it’s sitting beside the Atlantic Ocean or fishing on Lough Corrib, there are plenty of things to do if you love the water.
Aran Island Ferries
This family-owned business offers daily sailings to the Aran Islands, all year-round, with a new dock located in Galway city. The Aran Islands offer visitors a glimpse into traditional Irish life and culture.
The islands offer breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins and world-renowned stone forts. These three rocky limestone outcrops are a bastion of traditional language, culture, music and history on the edge of Europe.
Galway Bay Boat Tours
Galway Boat Tours offers a unique perspective of Galway Bay. Supplied by the Oliver family, adventurers can avail of all things nautical from sailing adventures, boat building lessons, learn the heritage of Galway’s traditional wooden fishing boats, evening excursions, lobster pot fishing and boat picnics where the rich bountiful Galway Bay is on offer.
The kayak is the perfect craft to explore shallow bays and inlets which are normally out of the reach of lake boats. Both full and half day sessions available all year round and tours are tailored to each individuals own experience. Learn the basics of paddling all the way up to experienced racing sea kayaks.
Fishing with a Ghillie
The most picturesque surroundings, make fishing on lough Corrib with a Ghillie the perfect afternoon or evening activity. Nothing can capture the beauty of Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate better, than viewing it from the perspective of the Lough Corrib.
Once upon the boat, our experienced ghillie, Jim Riddell will enhance your experience with his vast knowledge and expertise.
A tour of the largest lake in Republic of Ireland, Lough Corrib. The tour departs just as short 10 min drive from the hotel in Woodquay. Once aboard guests will be taken on a guided tour of the River Corrib past many national heritage sites and some beautiful views not normally seen.
This leads uninterrupted to scenic views of Lough Corrib where the 365 Islands dotted around the lake offer a rich variety of untouched plant and wildlife. The boat does offer a range of light refreshments and the tour takes approx. 90 mins to complete.