Catch a winter break on the island of Ireland where top-notch accommodation, gorgeous landscapes and pure relaxation await.

Off-peak, some of the finest accommodation on the island of Ireland offers great value stays and the chance to enjoy a relaxing break in the most scenic of surroundings.

If a stay in an Irish castle is on your bucket list, this winter might be the time to tick it off.

Five-star Ashford Castle, County Mayo, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way offers the ultimate indulgence. Surrounded by a 350-acre estate, ancient Irish woodland and beautifully manicured lawns, the 800-year-old castle’s accommodation and levels of service are second to none. Taking the Kids visited Ashford Castle.

Lonely Planet named the Wild Atlantic Way as one of the top five places in the world to star gaze. With little light pollution, on a clear winter’s night thousands of stars are visible to the naked eye. Go north to Donegal for a chance to see the northern lights or drop into Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve or Mayo International Dark Sky Park and enjoy a guided tour of the night sky.

A stay in a country house combines elegance and comfort with the chance to try your hand at a few new outdoor pursuits. At Rockhill House, County Donegal, winter experiences include deer stalking, rut walks and wild game shooting. And at stunning Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in County Galway, the fishing season gets underway in February with excellent river and lake fishing opportunities in the grounds of the 700-acre estate.