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WIN: A luxury overnight escape to a breathtaking Irish castle

A stay at a Romantic Castle of Ireland Castle is no ordinary getaway.

ARE YOU IN the mood for an unforgettable Irish castle getaway? Who isn’t! We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win an overnight stay with dinner in the award-winning O’Connell restaurant at the spectacular Ballyseede Castle in County Kerry, a member of the Romantic Castles of Ireland collection.

A stay at a Romantic Castle of Ireland Castle is no ordinary getaway. A luxurious and
special experience that will live in your memory for years to come, each castle in the collection boasts breathtaking grounds, luxurious bedrooms, exquisite menus, and picturesque locations. The castles are all family-run businesses and have been fully restored and refurbished, while retaining their long and illustrious histories.

Check out some of the castles in the collection below:

Ballyseede Castle in Tralee, Co Kerry

This four-star castle hotel is steeped in history and surrounded by 30 acres of private gardens and woodland. The magnificent Ballyseede Castle offers an authentic castle experience full of Irish charm and personality. Its relaxed atmosphere, luxury accommodation and award-winning food makes Ballyseede Castle the ultimate destination for families, couples and individuals alike.

2. Ballyseede Castle - Exterior

Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, Co Cavan 

Set on 100 acres of parkland and gardens, the 18th Century Cabra Castle enjoys Dún na Rí Forest Park as its backdrop, allowing for plenty to explore both indoors and out. Boasting 105 stunning bedrooms and offering a wide range of luxury accommodation, you’ll enjoy old-world elegance paired with modern-day comforts. 

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Markree Castle in Collooney, Co Sligo

This 17th century castle located on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, stands on an impressive estate of 500 acres. With its relaxed atmosphere, picture-perfect 500-acre grounds and luxury accommodation, Markree Castle provides the ideal location for that truly unforgettable getaway you have always dreamed of.

3. Markree Castle - Exterior (Night) (1) Source: Mike Wetzel

Bellingham Castle in County Louth 

Set at the gateway to the Cooley mountains and on the banks of the glistening River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is nestled in the medieval village of Bellingham, County Louth. Just 50 minutes from both Dublin and Belfast, Bellingham Castle prides itself on elegance, sophistication, cosiness and luxury! 

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To be in with a chance of winning a stay at Ballyseede Castle, simply email your name and location to with ‘Romantic Castles of Ireland’ in the subject line to be in with a chance


Prize is a voucher for an overnight stay with dinner for two adults in Ballyseede Castle. 
Prize is non-transferable, no cash alternative, subject to availability.

Full Journal Media T&Cs here. 

The Romantic Castle of Ireland collection offers guests a myriad of ways to enjoy warm
hospitality authentic Irish castles filled with great history. Holiday like royalty and book a castle experience you will never forget here.

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