Glenshandan Lodge Guest House Swords

Guest House Glenshandan Lodge Swords

Glenshandan Lodge is a charming and elegant award winning 4 Star Guesthouse situated in the bustling and historic village of Swords.

“Glenshandan”, a combination from the names of our children; Glen, Shane, Shannon and Danny, is a traditional family run bed and breakfast just a mile from Dublin Airport and 8 miles from Dublin city centre and is served by a very frequent public and private bus service from outside our gate.

This suburban location beside the M1 and M50 Motorways is an ideal touring base for the entire country and is perfect for outdoor activities such as horse riding, golfing, fishing, walking and water sports with two Blue flag sandy beaches less than 15 minutes away.

We are also within 5 minutes walking distance from restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, cinemas, shops and the Pavilions Shopping Mall.

And at the end of your busy day we will ensure that you can chill out , relax and unwind in your crispy clean and very spacious hotel standard bedroom, only to wake up in the morning to our renowned Irish breakfast with warm welcoming smiles from our friendly staff.

Irish hospitality at its best!

Tourist Attractions

Swords is the Administrative Capital of Fingal which is the name given to the Northern Part of Dublin City and County.  Fingal is a historic region with old world and rural charm, located only minutes from the heart of Dublin City and home of Dublin International Airport. The region takes its name from the Irish “Fine Gall” meaning “fair-haired foreigner”.

Fingal boasts beautiful beaches, modern marinas, a multitude of water sport activities, equestrian centres, and walking and cycling routes. The region is the most golf populated area in Ireland, with some 28 top quality golf courses. Great Houses, Gardens and historic sites are dotted around the county and Fingal has day visitor attractions to rival any destination.

The towns and villages of Fingal offer fine restaurants, friendly pubs, lively entertainment and, most importantly, a warm welcome. Come and enjoy this unique county that offers the best of both worlds – the charm of the country and the convenience of a great city nearby.

Swords Castle is a complex collection of mediaeval buildings built between the 12th and 14th centuries as a fortified palace for the Archbishops of Dublin.

Swords Round Tower, located in the grounds of the Church of Ireland in Swords, is all that remains of an early Christian foundation.

The 6th century Lusk Round Tower and its attached tower house is of 16th Century origin and contains the Lusk Heritage Centre and an exhibition of Fingal’s medieval churches.

Howth Castle, built in 1464, is not open to the public, but its rhododendron gardens are a ‘must see’. The magnificent views present aspects over Dublin Bay to the South and the Mourne Mountains to the North.

Fingal has twelve Martello Towers which were built as coastal defences during Napoleonic times.

Baldongan Castle and Church, Skerries The castle is a 13th Century Anglo Norman fortress ruin and the church dates from the 15th Century.

Dunsoghly Castle, north of Finglas, boasts the last original 15th century roof to survive in the country.

St. Doulagh’s Church, Kinsealy, occupies the site of a 7th century monastic settlement founded by St. Doulagh.

Boasting some of the finest houses and gardens in Ireland, Fingal combines history and beauty to delight the eye and stimulate the imagination.

Ardgillan Castle & Demesne, near Balbriggan, was built in 1737. Now beautiful restored and furnished in Victorian style, the principal rooms, kitchens and the Down Survey Exhibition (a series of survey maps from 1654) are open to the public. The park commands views of the coast and contains a rose garden, a walled herb garden and Victorian conservatory.

Malahide Castle & Demesne was built in the 12th Century by the Talbot family, who remained in residence until 1975. There are many period rooms on view and the castle contains the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. The Fry Model Railway Museum, in the castle gardens, houses a unique collection of hand-made models of Irish trains.

The courtyard accommodates craft workshops and Tara’s Palace, a spectacular display of dolls, antique toys and doll’s houses. The 109ha park encompasses pleasant walks, play and picnic areas, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and a pitch and putt course. Also within Malahide Demesne lie the Talbot Botanic Gardens, home to over 5,000 different species of plants.

Newbridge house & Demesne, Donabate. was built in 1736 for Archbishop Cobbe. Original furniture, paintings and objets d’art are a feature of this gracious Georgian house. The extensive 150h demesne includes a walled garden, a wildlife and Deer Park, playing and walking areas and a 19th Century working farm, where animals, machinery and old farming techniques are on view.

Restaurants and Pubs

The motto of Fingal is “Flúirse Talaimh is Mara” – ‘Rich in land and Sea’ and so it is. Having within Fingal two of Ireland’s most important fishing ports, their daily landings of seafood inspire our chefs to produce modern creative dishes. Fingal also has the “Garden of Dublin” with the richness of the soil producing superb vegetables to compliment the meals in the many Fingal restaurants.
A wide choice of restaurants and pubs await you. Restaurants range from haute cuisine and the celebrated five chefs of Fingal to sandwich bars and cafés, all offering quality food.

Fingal is a Mecca for night life, entertainment and craic. At night the towns and villages come alive with friendly pubs, lively music and most importantly a warm welcome. There is something for everyone whether you prefer to sit back in comfortable and friendly surroundings and listen to live traditional music and dancing, or to take part in a karaoke session before heading off to one of many nightclubs or disco bars.


Our Room Rates are from as low as €15 per person depending on the number of guests in each room. Up to 2 Children under 6 are free and others are charged at half price. Continental Breakfast is €3 and Full Irish Breakfast is €5.

Designation Configuration No. of Guests
Family 1 2 double beds and 1 Single Bed 5
Family 2 2 Double Beds 4
Family 3 1 Double Bed and  2 Single Beds 4
Family 4 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed 3
Penthouse 1 Double Bed and  5 Single Beds 7

All of these rooms have Ensuite Bathrooms and are equipped with a Large Flat Screen TV, Radio, Tea/Coffee/Snack facilities, Hair Dryer, Trousers Press and Free Wi Fi.
The Penthouse has a very large Bathroom with a Jacuzzi Bath and a separate Walk-In Shower.

Guests also have access to a Lounge that has a Library and a Hospitality Area equipped with a Microwave Oven and Fridge for their convenience.


Glenshandan Lodge is located in the village of Swords, approximately 15 km from Dublin city centre.

1.5 km from Dublin airport. 15 minutes by car to beaches on scenic Dublin coastline and 10 minutes to Croke Park and O2 stadiums.

Bus Services. Swords Express, 33, 41, 41X bus services to Dublin city centre from outside the B&B (journey time, 20 minutes). 102 bus service to Malahide and Sutton,  33, 41 and 102 to Dublin International Airport.

Train Services
Nearest train station is 3 km in Malahide Village and is serviced by the 102 bus service. Trains to Belfast and Dublin Centre and DART Services to Dublin City Area Network

From airport: Take N132 to Swords at Airport Roundabout. Straight through next roundabout and left at next roundabout (signposted Pinnock Hill Roundabout). We are 500 meters on left side.

From Dublin: Take Exit 3 off M1 Motorway signposted Swords. Straight through next 3 roundabouts (3rd one is signposted Pinnock Hill). We are 500 meters on left.

From Belfast: Take exit 4 off M1 unto N132 towards Swords. Straight through 4 roundabouts and on 5th roundabout (signposted Pinnock Hill Roundabout) take 3rd exit into Swords. We are 500 meters on left.

We are located near Pavillions Shopping Mall and Swords Main Street on Airport side of Swords beside Topaz Petrol Station.

Phone(01) 840 8838

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