I found Carraigin Castle on VRBO several years ago and added to my 'bucket list' immediately. My wife and I visited Ireland in 2009 and we made a pact that we would return. So, we finally planned a trip with my brother-in-law and his wife to stay a week in Carraigin Castle. I read all the reviews here and there is no hyperbole; the castle and grounds are a dream come true. It's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The castle had already captured my imagination, but actually being there we all went around as if we were in a dream. We were met by Marian the overseer and she was warm and charming showed us how everything worked and dropped by a couple of days later to see if we needed anything. We had arranged with Tina the gourmet cook catering lady, who lives about a half mile away, in the prettiest cottage in Ireland. We just told Tina that we wanted dinner after traveling almost 20 hours to get there in planes, buses and cars. She told us she would have a nice Irish supper waiting for us and she did not disappoint. She prepared an Irish feast of chicken, lamb roast, potatoes (5 different ways), cheesy baked cauliflower, cabbage and turnips, sausage stuffing, Irish soda bread, scones, 2 other loaves of bread, after dinner cheeses, fruit and to top it off a wonderful apple tart with home made vanilla custard sauce. We ate leftovers all week and still couldn't eat it all. The grounds are beautifully kept and the views are 360 degrees of picture perfect. The location is perfect; only 4 miles from the village of Headford where you can get anything you need at Joyces Grocery (a big modern supermarket with a great Deli). We took roads trips during the week to Cong (where 'The Quiet Man' was filmed) a drive through the Connemara mountains (very scenic) to Leenaun, Kylemore Abbey and Clifden. We drove to the the Cliffs of Moher (spectacular) and of course to Galway. Anne the owner recommended a restaurant in Galway, 'O'Grady's on the Pier', I give it 5 stars and the setting is terrific. You will make a wonderful memory if you stay here, we sure did.