Lough Rynn Castle A Brief History
Lough Rynn lies on the original historic grounds of the medieval estate and castle of Mac Raghnaill family.
The Mac Raghnaill castle was situated at the opposite side to where the castle now lies. And below is all that remains of that original castle.
In 1883 Robert Bermingham, viscount Clement family built a mock Tudor house looking straight out over the lough. This is now where the current castle is.
1889 Lough Rynn was massively refurbished and and new wing was built.
The estate was bought in the early 21st century by the Hanly family. They renovated and modernised and transformed from an incredible ancestral home to the beautiful castle and in 2006 the castle was opened as a hotel.
Lough Rynn Castle is situated in the west of Ireland in County Leitrim, about 15 minutes from Carrick on Shannon, and 5 minutes from Mohill.
Trip Around The Grounds
Lough Rynn castle is a luxurious castle hotel and estate gardens. A perfect place to visit for a walk around the gardens which are stunning and there is even the added plus of the walled gardens. In all the estate stands at around 300 acres.
The photo below shows the castle from the back lawn, this is the original part of the castle which was restored. Avery elegant looking castles and covered by lush green surroundings. Pathways lead to this point and all is easily accessed.
The front of the castle, showing again the original part of the castle building. A very strong and striking looking front, certainly well built to last the distance.
Just outside the back of the castle is a perfect view out onto the lough. This is the perfect vantage point looking out from the castle and into the Lough. Small tables are scattered around to enjoy the views and have drinks or afternoon tea on a sunny day.
Take a walk down to the Lough and you get this stunning view, and certainly is a very peaceful spot to take it all in.
Just off to the right of the lough was the old boathouse. Still in great condition, it has been brilliantly maintained. This would of been in regular use back in the hay day, for row boats coming in and out and would of been the castles main access.
All the tracks around the gardens all flow continuously and link up. As you can see all looking so green and perfectly maintained, this is one thing about these grounds are how well maintained and kept they are.
The Walled Gardens
Lough Rynn has one of Irelands largest private walled gardens. Walled and secured to maintain its pristine condition and certainly an asset of the castle to have.
The gardens are always so immaculately keep even leading up the entrance looks so enchanting, like something out of a fairytale..
Inside the gardens a variety of plants, bushes, water features and even an old tower can be found. A fantastic spot for photos with this being the place for wedding photos of people marrying at the castle. This castle venue is known for being a great wedding venue and the gardens are a perfect addition for phot.
From the other side of the wall you can see where the Lough is. This big stretch of the Lough is used for rowing racing and plenty of water sport activities.
Note: access to the gardens is available by way of entering a code which can be retrieved at reception.
Food and drink @ Lough Rynn
Lough Rynn is a great place to unwind with a coffee and some treats something we have done many of times. I can personally recommend the house baked scones with all the trimmings jam and cream. Another great selection would be the afternoon tea a tower of delight with sandwiches, cakes and plenty of treats.
We looked at the food options for lunch and dinner and decided that the menu for lunch and dinner looked so good, with bar food throughout the hotel drawing rooms and lounges. The evening a fine dining approach in there flagship and award winning rosette award restaurant Sandstone.
Thanks for stopping by and reading Lough Rynn castle post, it certainly is a great castle Leitrim has to offer.
Another great spot around Leitrim would be the Glencar Waterfall and walking track suitable for all ages. Leitrim is also in close proximity to Roscommon and there are an abundance of things to do in Roscommon.
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Yes Lough Rynn is open all day every day 365 days of the year
There are indeed the walled gardens are for guests to enjoy and a code to enter is required
There are areas to enjoy light refreshments and meals with a selection of rooms available throughout the castle. There is also a restaurant called Sandstone. We advise booking ahead to avoid disappointment