On the edge of one of Ireland’s biggest lakes, nestled away on seven acres of sprawling green lawns and woodland lies a beautifully sculpted white 13th-century castle.

The majestic 1252 square-foot Carraigin Castle serves as an idyllic setting overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib and picturesque hills of Connemara and Co Mayo.

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Carraigin Castle has seven bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can comfortably sleep up to 12 people at a time, Image: Vrbo

Carraigin Castle has seven bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can comfortably sleep up to 12 people at a time, Image: Vrbo

What’s even more impressive is this perfect hideaway can be enjoyed by you and your friends or family for as little as $19 per night!

That's as long as you share with 11 others, otherwise, the going rate is $225 which is still a pretty good deal!

Walk, cycle and sightsee through western counties Galway and Mayo along Ireland's world-famous Wild Atlantic Way.

Relax by the open hearth and contemplate the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dwelling. Image: Vrbo

Relax by the open hearth and contemplate the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dwelling. Image: Vrbo

Enjoy boating and fishing on the 68 mi² lake - the largest in the Republic of Ireland - renowned for its brown trout and its multitude of scenic islands.

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Or just relax by the open hearth and contemplate the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dwelling - a rare and wonderful example of a fortified, medieval “hall house.”

Carraigin Castle restored after two centuries in ruin

The authentic 13th-century manor house was restored by the present owner after languishing for more than two centuries as a crumbling, roofless ruin.

Boasting seven bedrooms and two bathrooms, travel site Vrbo describes the interior white walls as being “extensively decorated with art including tapestries, brass rubbing portraits of ancient kings and knights and a magnificent triptych featuring a Galway galleon (as on that city’s coat of arms).”

 Enjoy fabulous views of Lough Corrib and the hills of Connemara and Mayo, and even those of Clare, on the other side of Galway Bay. Image: Vrbo

Enjoy fabulous views of Lough Corrib and the hills of Connemara and Mayo, and even those of Clare, on the other side of Galway Bay. Image: Vrbo

"An imposing stone staircase leads to another grand entrance, into the lofty, oak-beamed Great Hall featuring a wide, stone-arched fireplace that provides a comforting aroma of turf and wood-smoke."

“The Great Hall is the central living and dining area of the castle featuring a mix of old oak and comfortable modern furniture surrounding the welcoming hearth.”

“On the same level as the Hall is an oak-beamed double bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom with another stone staircase winding upwards to a family loft room overlooking the Great Hall.

"Dining like Kings!" Check out the reviews for Carraigin Castle

The venue has a five-star rating by reviewers including this by "Claire G." from Philadelphia.


"From the majestic sweeping property along the sparkling Lough Corrib, to the castle itself that rises up in its architectural coolness!"


"When we drove into the property for the first time, we all said, "Wow!"


"Inside, we ran from room to room, up and down stairways, discovering the parapet, just checking it out with big smiles on our faces (and we're all adults!)."


"That wonder never faded and we enjoyed every moment, from sitting by the fire, dining like kings.... sampling all the window seats with a good book, or exploring Lough Corrib on the boat."


"We took a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and had a cookout upon our return, one of my favorite days."

One of the bedrooms at Carraigin Castle. Image: Vrbo

One of the bedrooms at Carraigin Castle. Image: Vrbo

"Wind...rain....snow....sunshine....and a brilliant time!!" - Roger S


"Irish Castle Honeymoon Paradise" - Stephanie C. West Portal, New Jersey


"Dear fairy godmother, if I only had one wish it would be a castle on a lake in Ireland - Oh, thanks!" – Christian, Munich

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Carraigin Castle overlooking Lough Corrib.Vrbo