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Why Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is perfect for family reunions

When it comes to planning a family reunion, finding the perfect location is crucial. It needs to be a place that offers something for everyone, blending comfort, luxury, and a range of activities that cater to all ages. Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate in Galway, fits this bill perfectly. Here’s why this enchanting estate should be at the top of your list for your next family gathering.

1. Luxurious Accommodations

Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers an array of luxurious accommodations that ensure comfort and elegance for all family members. From spacious rooms with stunning views of the estate’s grounds to charming suites with a touch of Irish heritage, our rooms offer the perfect luxurious escape from the hustle of day to day life.

Alternatively, The Lodges at Glenlo Abbey provide the perfect “home away from home” for those looking for a little more space. The Lodges’ elegant interiors are classic contemporary in style, a modern reflection of Glenlo’s refinement and impeccable taste. The décor incorporates clean lines and a natural, earthy colour palette inspired by the surrounding lakeside landscape. Interior design features include custom design furniture covered in sumptuous fabrics, luxury wallcoverings, and feature lighting. You can choose from one, two and three bedroom Lodges, each of which have their own private entrance and patio area for you to relax and unwind, perfect for those long summer evenings with a delicious bbq and a glass of rosé.

2. Rich History and Scenic Beauty

The estate's historical charm is one of its standout features. The 18th-century abbey exudes a sense of timeless elegance, offering a beautiful backdrop for family photos and memories. The lush, manicured gardens, serene lake, and rolling countryside provide a picturesque setting for leisurely walks, picnics, and outdoor activities.

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Discover Summer in Galway: A Guide to the Best Activities from Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate

As the sun shines brightly over the emerald landscapes of Ireland, Summer unveils the true beauty of Galway and its surrounding county. Nestled amidst this enchanting scenery is Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, the perfect starting point for a Summer adventure in the West of Ireland. Whether you’re seeking cultural experiences, outdoor activities, or culinary delights, Galway has something for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most of your summer stay at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate.

1. Explore the Bustling Streets of Galway City

Galway City, known for its vibrant culture and friendly atmosphere, is just a short drive from Glenlo Abbey. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss:

Stroll through the Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is the heart of Galway’s cultural scene. Wander through its charming cobbled streets lined with colorful shops, traditional pubs, and street performers. Don’t forget to visit the historic Spanish Arch and the bustling Galway Market.

If you’re visiting in July, the Galway International Arts Festival is a must-see. This world-renowned event features a mix of theatre, music, visual arts, and street performances, bringing together artists from around the globe.

Enjoy Traditional Irish Music

Galway’s pubs are famous for their live traditional Irish music sessions. Venues like Tigh Neachtain and The Crane Bar offer an authentic experience where you can enjoy a pint while listening to talented musicians.

2. Embrace Nature in Connemara

Just a short drive from Glenlo Abbey, Connemara is a region of stunning natural beauty. Here’s how to explore it:

Spend a day hiking through Connemara National Park, where you’ll encounter rugged landscapes, serene lakes, and diverse wildlife. The Diamond Hill trail offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and coastline.

Visit the picturesque Kylemore Abbey, a historic estate nestled in the heart of Connemara. Explore its Victorian Walled Garden and Gothic church, and learn about its fascinating history.

Scenic Drives

Take a scenic drive along the Sky Road or the Wild Atlantic Way for some of the most spectacular views Ireland has to offer. These routes showcase the dramatic coastline and rolling hills of Connemara.

3. Discover the Aran Islands

A trip to the Aran Islands is like stepping back in time. Accessible by ferry from Rossaveal, these islands offer a glimpse into traditional Irish life.

Inis Mór

The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, is home to ancient forts like Dún Aonghasa, perched on a cliff edge with stunning ocean views. Rent a bike and explore the island’s rugged landscapes and charming villages.

Local Crafts

The Aran Islands are famous for their knitwear. Visit local shops to purchase a traditional Aran sweater, a perfect memento of your trip.