Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Connemara, County Galway
Staying at Ballynahinch, it is possible to book a fantastic trek atop a Connemara pony, a breed indigenous to Ireland; the castle can arrange an outing to the region's top breeder. Six golf courses dot the surrounding land. Diners warmed by open log fires at the Fisherman's Pub put away local mushrooms, woodcock and duck. All rooms are attractive and individually decorated, with those in the 12-room luxury wing opening onto riverside gardens and woodlands.