Ireland has so much to offer, so, check out some great incentive travel favourites below, brought to you by Wallace Travel Group, the leading DMC in Ireland.
Dromoland Castle is one of Ireland’s premier 5* resorts and a member of Preferred Hotels. Nestled in the heart of County Clare, 15 minutes from Shannon Airport and 2 hours from Dublin airport, the ancestral home of the O’Brien family boasts a stunning castle property, golf course, lake, health and fitness centre and much more.
Perfect for incentives, meetings and conferencing, the Castle offers the Brian Boru Hall, with it’s atmospheric period feel and minstrel’s gallery, as meetings or banqueting space. The estate itself offers a myriad of activities including falconry, horse riding, fishing, golf, walking, cycling and running trails.
The Earl of Thomond restaurant offers the finest of silver service dining, while the snug cocktail bar has local Irish singers entertaining guests by night. The Castle is also the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, being but a short transfer to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Limerick City, and all of the wild beauty of the Atlantic coastline.
For centuries Ashford Castle has overlooked the shores of Lough Corrib, as one of Ireland's most magnificent castles and one of the most luxurious resort hotels in the world.
Ashford Castle has stood the test of time well, inside the castle's imposing structure, Ashford's richly decorated interior speaks of centuries of care and excellent craftsmanship. Wonderful oak panelling, exquisite antiquities and fine antique furnishings adorn the many nooks and crannies, and the leisurely drawing room and refined Prince of Wales Cocktail Bar.
Ashford Castle's luxury accommodations are hugely spacious and all individually designed, with elegant period furnishings, sumptuous marble bathrooms and all the comforts of gracious living. Each bedroom commands fantastic views either across the graceful gardens, the flowing river or the wide waters of Lough Corrib. Dining at Ashford Castle is a world-renowned culinary experience. The George V Room offers elegant dining amid period decor with a world-class menu of modern Irish and International cuisine. For a more traditional and casual dining experience, Cullen's Cottage is located on the grounds, less than a 2 minute walk from the castle.
Evening entertainment is provided in the atmospheric Dungeon Bar with resident entertainers providing traditional Irish music, ballads, poetry and storytelling.
Ashford Castle offers a huge range of activities, from walks within the 350 acre estate, golfing on Ashford's 9-hole course, to fishing for trout and salmon on Lough Corrib and lake cruises.
When you arrive at Adare Manor, that moment of recognition is mutual. It’s your drink the way you like it and the best seat by the fire. It’s the feeling that everything is possible and the knowledge that nothing is left to chance.
A cherished heritage of hospitality has been distilled into the spirit of welcome you feel within these walls. Adare Manor was a labour of love from the very start, created to delight, astonish and impress. That legacy is vividly alive in the manor house itself: sumptuously restored, brimming with gothic splendor, and perfectly appointed in every detail. It is reflected by a world-class staff whose personalised, intimate service centres you in the heart of the home.
As you roam the 840 acres of pristine parkland, play your way through the magnificent golf course, and sound the depths of relaxation in the spa, you will start to understand the soul of Adare Manor. It’s prestige without pretense and magic without nonsense.
The K Club
The K Club, Ireland’s AA Hotel of the Year 2011 is located in the heart of the idyllic Irish countryside in the pretty village of Straffan, Co. Kildare. This long standing member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers the very best of pampering, leisure and golf facilities and is only 30 minutes from Dub
lin. Built in 1832, on the banks of the River Liffey, the original house was modelled on a French Château and still retains many of its
original architectural features, art work and antiques. It opened as a luxury hotel in 1991 and was Ireland’s first AA Five Red Star Property and to this day it continues to deliver the very highest levels of service and standards in terms of its food and beverage offerings, golf, leisure, outdoor activities and spa treatments and products.
The K Club is home to two Championship Golf Courses- The Palmer Ryder Cup Course, venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup, hailed among Europe’s greatest courses and The Smurfit Course, host to the European Open from 1995 to 2007, a challenging links inspired golf course.
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