Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families
Ashford Castle in Western Ireland

Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families

Ashford Castle, in western Ireland on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, is famous for its fishing and falconry but if you're a boy just staying in a bona-fide castle is the real attraction.

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At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds
Eileen and Margo at Gleneagles

At Gleneagles, falconry is more than for the birds

Margo is a Harris Hawk at the British School of Falconry here on the grounds of the historic Gleneagles Hotel, the first in the country and extremely popular with kids. In fact, we had an audience as I was learning to hold Margo and let her fly.

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Gleneagles: a world-famous golf resort, now family friendly
Kids golfing at Gleneagles

Gleneagles: a world-famous golf resort, now family friendly

Of course, Gleneagles is known for golf — it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses and it is where the 2014 Ryder Cup was played. But today, only 30 percent of guests play golf — and some of them may be kids taking lessons.

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Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families
Walking in the maze at Gleneagles

Gleneagles: Famous for golf but beloved by UK and US families

Gleneagles is known for golf—it is home to three of Scotland’s best championship courses but today, only 30 per cent of guests play golf and Gleneagles is a kid-friendly resort that draws families from the United Kingdom as well as the United States back year after year

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Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families
Ashford Castle

Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families

We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry—the oldest in the country—at Ashford Castle that dates back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, and the River Cong, which is reputed to have the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe.

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