Local Activities

Newcastle West County Limerick Local Activities

Newcastle West

Ballingowan House Bed and Breakfast is close to the town of Newcastlewest which is the main market town in Co Limerick. Newcastlewest is the home of  the successful Ballygowan Water. The town is known for its high fashion shops throughout Ireland. We have a wide range of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and nationalities.


Desmond Castle has been restored and there are guided tours of the banqueting hall during the season. Newcastlewest Golf Club is a short drive, Adare and the very famous Ballybunion Golf Club is less than 45 minutes.  The picturesque village of Adare is a short drive from Ballingowan Bed and Breakfast. The Flying Boat Museum in Foynes is also a big attraction. Our guests are welcome to enjoy horse riding nearby, which can be booked through the B&B.


Fishing and Golf

Locally fishing and golfing are available. Golf can be played at the Newcastle West Golf Club. The Arthur Spring designed course is set in 160 acres of unspoilt, rolling, quiet countryside. It has been built to the highest standards on sandy free-draining soil. It is an 18 hole course 6460 yds long with an SSS of 72. Other excellent courses near by are Adare Manor Golf Resort, Adare Manor Golf Club, Charleville Golf Club, Castleisland Golf Club and the world famous Ballybunion Links Course.

For further information please visiti: http://www.newcastlewestgolf.com/

Newcastle West, Limerick – An Caislean Nua, Luimneach

This castle in Newcastle West ranks as one of the finest surviving secular medieval buildings in Ireland is the almost perfectly preserved mid-15th century Desmond Castle Banqueting Hall, now a visitor attraction. Noted Gaelic poet and noble, Gearoid Iarla, the 4th Earl of Desmond who died in 1399 is honoured with an equestrian statue in the castle grounds. After a day exploring Newcastle West, what better way to relax than in the comfort of Ballingowan House Bed and Breakfast.

Adare, Limerick – Áth Dara, Luimneach

With the town’s quality restaurants and pubs, its three ruined abbeys, its plentiful fishing areas, Adare draws overseas and Irish tourists alike.

The ruins of three important church centres can be seen, the Augustinian Priory (1315) is the most intact building from that period and still functions as an Anglican/Episcopalian Parish Church, Ireland’s only Trinitarian Priory (1230) is now the Catholic Parish Church, and the Franciscan Friary and Desmond Castle (1202).

Adare has superb activity options include golf, angling on the River Maigue and a noted horse riding centre, Clonshire Equestrian and Polo Centre on the edge of the village has the second biggest indoor arena in the country as well as 120 acres of rolling parkland. Development of the village from the 12th century is traced in the Adare Heritage and Visitor Centre in the village which includes a Tourist Information Centre.