Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden are located in the heart of Connemara and offer spectaculars views of the wild landscape as well as the opulent building and grounds. Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800’s by Mitchell Henry MP, an Irish advocate and landlord. He wanted to create an idyllic estate in the middle of Connemara with all the comforts of modern design. The building is now occupied and run by the Benedictine community.

There’s loads to see and do for all the family:

  • Abbey tour – see the restored rooms
  • Victorian Walled Garden walk – explore the six acre estate
  • Woodland walks
  • Children’s nature trails
  • Gothic Church
  • Mausoleum
  • History talks
  • Guided hikes

If you’re feeling a little peckish after your scenic walk, there’s plenty to choose from to sate your appetite. Kylemore Abbey has a strong tradition of delicious home cooking.

The Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is open all year round and is the perfect destination for a family outing. Just over an hour and a half drive from the Maldron Hotel Oranmore, it’s a great idea for a day out during your stay with us! To book your family break, just click here.

Connemara National Park

Located in west county Galway, Connemara National Park is 2,957 hectares of unspoiled natural scenery. The landscape varies between mountains, bogland, heaths and woodland making it an interesting and captivating setting for a scenic drive. The famous Twelve Bens mountain range provides a backdrop to the landscape and provide a wonderful place for hikes or mountain walks.

The wildlife of Connemara is very diverse with heather covering the bogland and purple moor grass which adds vibrant colour to the region. There is an abundance of birdlife in the area too with songbirds and birds of prey seen in the area frequently. The Connemara pony is the most famous animal in the park with a herd of purebred ponies offering the perfect photo opportunity during your visit.

The visitor centre is open daily from 9.00am to 5.30pm and guided nature walks are offered throughout the year.

Aran Islands

Named one of National Geographic’s Top 100 island destinations, the Aran islands are an amazing place to visit while on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Located at the mouth of Galway Bay, the three islands, Inis Meáin, Inis Oirr and Inis Mór, are home to nearly 1200 people and are one of the last regions where the native Irish language is used every day. Stepping on to the islands is like stepping back in time. The rugged karst landscape, punctuated only with the idiosyncratic stone walls of the west of Ireland, offer breath taking views of untouched scenery. Arguably the best way to see islands are by cycling, you can see information on hiring bikes on the islands here.

The islands are host to some of Ireland’s most unspoiled beaches with white sands and stunning cliff faces. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series took place in Inis Mór in 2014 and 2017 at Poll na Péist, a testament to the spectacular natural scenery there. Rock climbing is another great way to experience the island’s amazing views.
Several ancient Bronze and Iron Age forts are some of the most popular attractions on the islands such as Dún Aengus and the Black Fort. Some of the first Christian buildings are still preserved on the islands giving amazing insight into the historical importance of the islands.

They are also becoming a popular destination for stags and hen parties as well as corporate getaways and group excursions. The nightlife is second to none with an array of traditional Irish pubs offering the best of Irish music and craic.
The islands can be reached via ferry every day, for listings, click here.

Burren Nature Sanctuary

The Burren Nature Sanctuary is a great place to visit for an interesting and engaging family day out. Located less than a half hours’ drive away from the hotel in Cloonasee, Kinvara, the sanctuary is a popular destination for families looking for a day out with a difference. They run a number of different events to teach young children about the unique landscape of the Burren.

  • Botany walks
  • Fairy woodland walks
  • Guided nature walks
  • Walk with Emilia the micro pig
  • Walk with Frisky the goat

The Sanctuary Café is a major attraction there also, a member of the award winning Burren Food Trail. The menu features all locally produced foods in delicious combinations. They cater for all dietary requirements and younger palates also with a healthy children’s menu available.

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  • What time is check-in?

    Check-in is from 3pm. If you are going to arrive before we will do our very best to accommodate an earlier check-in if we have rooms available.

  • What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12pm.

  • What time is dinner?

    The Q Bar has a wide range of bar food available from 2.30pm to 9pm Monday to Friday and until 9.30pm on weekends. The Grain & Grill restaurant is open for dinner from 6pm to 9.30pm on weekends and during holidays.

  • What time is breakfast?

    Breakfast is served 7.30am to 10am Monday to Friday. Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays & School Holidays breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am.

  • What are the hours for the swimming pool for children?

    Kids are welcome in the pool from 6am on weekdays and 8am on weekends and bank holidays right up to 7pm. There’s also a kiddie’s pool available for smaller children.

  • When does your kids club run?

    Our Crafty Kids Club is available during all school holidays and runs nightly between 6pm to 10pm. It’s suitable for ages between 4-12 years of age. Different activities are planned nightly to ensure there is variety.

  • Do you provide babysitting services?

    Yes, we have a number of reliable gardai vetted babysitters on hand. Simply speak with any of our reception team to get one organised.

  • What type of family rooms have you available?

    We have a variety of family rooms available which accommodate from 2 adults and 1 child. These rooms have a double and a single bed in each of them. For families of 2 adults and 2 children, there are two bedding options a double bed with two single beds or a double bed, single bed and pull out couch. We also have large family rooms available which comfortably sleep up to two adults and three children these are only available by booking direct at the property.

  • Do you have triple rooms for groups at the hotel?

    Yes, we have three single beds in our triple rooms. In total, we have 14 rooms what makes it the perfect location for group getaways.

  • Are corporate rates available?

    Yes, corporate rates are available. Should you wish to inquire about setting up a preferred agreement, feel free to contact a member of our sales team on +353 (0)91 792 244.

  • Does the hotel provide laundry/dry cleaning?

    Yes, dry cleaning can be sent out by the hotel in the morning and can usually take a full working day and is brought back to the room once cleaned.

  • Does the hotel provide cots?

    Yes, we have cots available. Please note it in the comments or give us a call on +353 (0)91 792 244 at the time of your booking to reserve one.

  • How do I amend my booking?

    If you have booked your reservation directly with us over the phone or through our website, amendments can be made over the phone. If you have made your booking online with a third-party company, please contact them directly.

  • How can I cancel my booking?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, you have up until 2pm the day before your arrival to cancel it with the hotel. If you have made your booking online with a third-party company, please contact them directly as we cannot amend those bookings at the hotel.

  • Do you have to pay for parking?

    No, parking is free for guests and visitors.

  • How far is the hotel from Galway City?

    We are 10.4km from the heart of Galway City.

    If you are driving, we have complimentary parking at the hotel. You can reach us via a number of methods by public transport. We have a taxi company whom we work with to ensure you get picked up asap and also are very reliable. Please just ask at reception and they would be delighted to organise a taxi for you. The train also has a great link with Galway City so you can go from Oranmore to Eyre Square and be there between 8-10minutes which is very convenient. Also, it is a very quirky way in which to travel so something unique for little VIPs! Buses are also available. The number 404 bus will bring you right from Oranmore town (Oran Town Centre – approximately 750m / 5 minute walk away from the Hotel) straight into Eyre Square.

  • Are there bus stops or a train station nearby?

    Yes, there is a bus stop just a 5-minute walk away at the Oran Town Shopping Centre. This serves Galway city (404) and many other destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher (350) as well as the CityLink to Dublin.

    Oranmore Train Station is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi journey away.

  • Driving directions to the hotel

    From Dublin: Take R109, Chapelizod Bypass/R148 and N4 to M4in South Dublin. Follow M4 and M6 to Galway. Take exit 19 from M6. Follow R381 to your destination. 

    From Shannon Airport: Get on M18 from N19. Follow M18 to R458 in Galway. Take exit 17 from M18. Follow R458 and N67 to your destination.

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