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My Irish Bucket List – Unique Stays and Luxury Hotels in Ireland

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From lighthouses to beach houses, lakeside lodges to penthouse suites, my Irish bucket list has unique stays, holiday homes, and lots of luxury hotels in Ireland. 

 

I absolutely LOVED researching this post, in fact I’d say it’s been my favourite yet! This was supposed to be a ‘top 10 list’ but there are so many amazing places to stay in Ireland that I couldn’t possibly limit it to that number. I already had plenty of luxury hotels in Ireland, as well as unique holiday homes on my Irish bucket list, but I was amazed to discover so many places that I didn’t know existed. My list has just got a lot longer…
 

 

 
Did you know that Ashford Castle has an exclusive Hideaway Cottage, or that you can stay in a private Lake Lodge in Lough Eske Castle? I stayed in the Cliff House Hotel last year, but I never knew they had a designer Beach House! I have fallen in love with the thatched cottages at Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel, as well as the secluded Inis Meáin Suites, and there are some amazing Airbnbs and private houses that also deserve a mention.

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I have selected penthouse suites with private butlers, lighthouses with jaw dropping sea views, luxurious seaside cottages, as well as a treehouse in Wexford and dinner on the Orient Express! As you can see I have not just chosen luxury hotels in Ireland, I have picked some unique places to stay too. These are my own personal choices, and this is my own bucket list, so you may find some of my choices a little strange!
 

 

 
It is important to point out that this is a BUCKET LIST, so I am not suggesting we can all afford to stay in all of these luxury hotels in Ireland – some of these are extremely expensive. However, with overseas travel still uncertain, perhaps now is the time to scratch some unique Irish stays off your bucket list? Hopefully there will be something on this list to impress you, and remember, there is always the Lotto…

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Note not all facilities may be operating as listed, it is important to check with the individual hotel or holiday home if there are any restrictions in place. Some of the links below contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 
Ireland’s Stay and Spend scheme runs from the 1st of October until the 30th of April, so if you thinking of booking one of these luxury hotels in Ireland during that time, keep your receipts and claim up to €125 per person as a tax refund.

Read: How to claim money back on the stay and spend scheme
 

 

 

1. Adare Manor, Co Limerick

one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland - adare manor

After a staggering two-year long refurbishment, Adare Manor opened to rave reviews and has already won numerous awards, including the best resort in Europe and the 5th best resort in the world, in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. Be prepared to be astonished by the 840 acres of pristine parkland, the lavish interiors and the award-winning spa.
 

 

 
This luxury five-star resort also boasts the Michelin star restaurant, The Oak Room. There is a wide selection of rooms to choose from, and even staying in one of the Classic Rooms warrants a place on this list. However, if you really want to indulge, the Dunraven Suites, that were once the private apartments of the Earls of Dunraven, are located in the historic Manor House, while the lavish Signature Suites offer a complimentary minibar, restocked daily, as well as your own private Manor Butler.

For families or friends looking to indulge, try the two and four bedroom Manor Lodges, or the three-bedroom storybook cottages – these are firmly on my Irish bucket list!

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2. Tigh Thor, 5-bedroom luxury home in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

unique, luxury stays in Ireland - Tigh Thor

The newly renovated Tigh Thor is arguably one of the most luxurious homes you will find on The Dingle Peninsula – I’m having serious interiors goals just looking at it. There abundance of light, contemporary furnishings and open plan living area with views of Dingle Bay make it extremely inviting. There is also a snug lounge if you want to sneak off somewhere quiet with a good book, and let’s not forget the outdoor hot tub…

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3. The Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo  

Ashford castle is one of the best hotels in Ireland

Is there anything more romantic than staying in a 13th century castle? I recall driving across the moat and seeing Ashford Castle for the first time – it was like being inside a fairytale. Awarded the accolade as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ashford castle is undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Ireland. As well as lavish interiors and a choice of dining options, you can enjoy a host of sporting activities or relax in the stunning spa.

Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle, is a unique and luxurious stay in Ireland

Staying in any of the 83 rooms is already a bucket list experience, but the Hideway Cottage is a truly unique stay. A former boathouse, this lakeside cottage is surrounded by private gardens, yet only minutes from Ashford Castle. You can choose private dining in your cottage, dine alfresco on the pier (weather permitting), or enjoy any of the dining options in the Castle throughout your stay. Enjoy a welcome basket and a fully stocked bar when you arrive, a 24 hour concierge service, and complimentary Jack Murphy Jackets and Wellingtons are yours to take home, as a reminder of this magical stay.

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4. The Cliff Beach House, Co. Waterford

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I stayed overnight in The Cliff House Hotel last year and loved it. It is regarded by many as one of the top luxury hotels in Ireland and I couldn’t agree more. This five-star boutique hotel in the small fishing village of Ardmore has only 39 rooms, and is the ultimate romantic hideaway.

I had a superb meal in its Michelin-star restaurant – in fact it one of the best meals I have ever eaten. I only wish I had time to enjoy the swimming pool and spa too. Its setting, perched on a cliff over looking the Irish Sea is absolutely breathtaking. Bring me back….
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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All rooms have sea-views and are beautifully appointed, but if you really want to push the boat out, the split-level Cliff Veranda Suites are spectacular. The living area is on the ground floor and the bedroom is upstairs with a dramatic cliffside location. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open on to a large private veranda, with ocean views and comfortable sun loungers.
 

 

 
For families or friends the Cliff House also has luxury self catering options. The Cliff Cottage is a three bedroom contemporary home, and the six-bedroomed Cliff Beach House must be one of Ireland’s most exclusive holiday rentals. 

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5.  Views for days at The Lighthouse, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Lighthouse Penthouse boasts stunning ocean views from its 360° living room, and is undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay in Ireland. The two-storey penthouse has four bedrooms, so it would suit a romantic couple as well as a family or friends stay. Its stylish interiors include a polished Italian porcelain floor, designer leather couches, as well as 50 inch TV. Located beside the beautiful Enniscrone Beach, the video above shows that is no where better to watch the sunset over Killala Bay.
 
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6. Fiddle + Bow Lodges & Cottages, Doolin, Co. Clare

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Fiddle + Bow is a unique hotel that recently opened in Doolin in the summer of 2019. With just 12 bedrooms, a loft, and 11 self-catering lodges and cottages, it is a delightful boutique hotel. While the hotel bedrooms are stylish, the lodges and cottages are what caught my eye. They are all beautifully furnished, with dreamy sea views – Hazel Lodge and Elphin Cottage look particularly impressive.  

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7. A Royal Stay at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Dromoland Castle one of the luxury hotels in Ireland

Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. I enjoyed a romantic weekend here many years ago and stayed in a deluxe tower room. These are, as they sound, in the towers of the hotel, and offer a fairy-tale like experience. You can also indulge even further and opt for one of the lavish suites. This luxurious five-star hotel is full of history, grandeur and romance – a royal stay is guaranteed. 

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8. Stargaze at Finn Lough Bubble Domes, Co. Fermanagh

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You may have seen images of similar domes under the Northern Lights in Lapland or Norway, but you only have to venture as far as Co. Fermanagh to enjoy stargazing from the comfort of your own four-poster bed. With a 180 glass dome you will feel immersed in nature, albeit from a heated dome that comes equipped with an ensuite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, bath robes and complimentary breakfast. There is also a spa and restaurant on site. Bear in mind you are praying the price for a unique experience, so perhaps you shouldn’t expect five-star treatment. 

Read: My top picks for glamping in Ireland

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9. Dine on the Orient Express at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway

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Glenlo Abbey is located on an 138-acre estate on Lough Corrib, and has been welcoming guests since 1740. The on site facilities are impressive, and include falconry, archery, fishing, golf, and the Abbey movie theatre.

There are plenty of room options to choose from, the junior suites are housed in the original Manor House and many of the grand suites have four-poster beds. However, the pièce de résistance is the Pullman Restaurant, which is two former carriages that once served on the Orient Express. Dining on the Orient Express has always been on my bucket list, I think this might be as far as I get…

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10. The Ultimate Spa Retreat at Monart, Co. Wexford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you are looking for a luxury spa break in Ireland, then look no further than Monart. When you arrive you can slip on your robe and never don clothes again until you leave – yes many people even dine in their bath robes! It is one of the most relaxing hotel stays I have experienced, but you do need to plan a quiet night with not too many night caps, in order to experience it properly. Many Irish hotels have spas but there is only one destination Spa hotel in Ireland – Monart.
 

 

 
Rooms are not as luxurious as some of the other hotels listed here, but then you are not going to book at stay in Monart because of the hotel rooms. However, if your budget allows, there are two luxurious suites with four poster beds, a free standing bath, and a separate spa-style shower with garden views. 

Read: My review of Monart
 

 

 

11. The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor, Co. Kerry

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For couples looking for the ultimate retreat, The Hideaway is the place to go. You will be staying in a custom made African safari tent, over looking the lake on the grounds of Dromquinna Manor. The world ‘tent’ doesn’t adequately describe your accommodation – complete with a luxurious en-suite bedroom and private veranda, it is camping, but not as you know it.
 

 

 
There is a separate entrance to the Hideaway via a private gated garden ensuring absolute privacy. A delicious breakfast basket will be delivered to your tent every morning and you can enjoy dinner in The Boathouse in the evening. This is my idea of heaven and I can’t wait to visit!

Read: My top picks for glamping in Ireland

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12. Top Airbnb with spectacular sea views, Lahinch, Co. Clare

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If you are looking for the holy grail of sea side holiday homes along the Wild Atlantic Way, look no further. This modern 2-bedroomed home has a 270 degree view of the sea, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking Liscannor bay and the Cliffs of Moher. The open plan living area has polished concrete floors and there is a rotating stove in the middle of the living area. This has to be one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland, and it is one that is firmly on my own Irish bucket list! 

Read: Luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

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13. Try Traditional Experiences at Mount Juliet Estate 

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I had the pleasure in staying in Mount Juliet this summer and loved it. Ireland has many fine Manor House hotels, but there was something special about Mount Juliet. Even the name sounds romantic – I guess one automatically thinks of Romeo and Juliet. The Manor House is magnificent and its setting is stunning. It is built on a ridge overlooking the River Nore with 500 acres of woodlands, parks and gardens. It also boasts a Michelin Star Restaurant, The Lady Helen, as well as a pool, spa and the most beautiful walled garden.
 

 

 
One of the things I love about Mount Juliet is the outdoor activities available. Why not scratch a few more experiences off your Irish bucket list and try falconry or horse riding, both are available on Mount Juliet Estate. I rode a horse for the first time this summer, and I couldn’t have chosen a more idyllic location. I also really enjoyed falconry. We booked a family activity with the charming John Duggan and his wife Caroline, but myself and my husband enjoyed it as much as the kids. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There are many different places to stay at Mount Juliet Estate. We stayed in one of the garden rooms in the Manor House which was superb, however Hunters Yard offers more modern and reasonably priced rooms, or if you are travelling with family or friends, you can opt for one of the luxurious self-catering lodges. 

Read: My review of Mount Juliet

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14. Dolphin Beach Lodge, Clifden, Co. Galway

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Dolphin Beach Lodge is the picture perfect Connemara hideaway. Located just metres from the beach, with panoramic views of the bay from almost all living areas, the design is superb. The three-bedroom lodge is located beside the hosts Country House which operates as a luxury B&B. There is a minimum stay of one week during high season – but when you look at the interiors, you won’t want to stay for less!

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15. Get Away from it all at Inis Meáin Suites, Aran Islands

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Inis Meáin is the least developed of the three Aran Islands and a stay in the luxurious Inis Meáin Suites is the ultimate retreat. Explore the beaches, enjoy cliff walks, and meet the Irish-speaking locals on this island that measures only 5km x 3km.

There are only five private suites, and each one was designed to reflect the landscape outside, using wood, lime, stone, and wool. A long 10 metre window provides uninterrupted views of the island and Galway bay and there is a private south-facing seating area outside if you want to enjoy the views in the open air.
 

 

 
The onsite restaurant has won numerous awards and offers a four-course dinner that changes nightly, based around the best local ingredients. A breakfast box and a HotPot Lunch are delivered daily to your suite, as well as an Exploration Kit with bicycles, binoculars, a fishing rod, walking sticks, beach towels, maps and books of interest – it seems the owners really have thought of everything.  

 
There are regular ferries available to the island with AranIslandferries, but for the ultimate indulgence, you can book a private helicopter, they can land on the site of the restaurant.

 
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16. Thatched cottages at Sheen Falls Lodge

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Sheen Falls Lodge enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Sheen Waterfalls, as well as being within walking distance to the picturesque town of Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way. A Relais & Chateaux Hotel, it boasts fine food and wine and a host of activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, archery, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and falconry. If you prefer to relax, spend some time in the spa or indoor heated pool.
 

 

 
You may be aware of the lodges at the Sheen Falls Country Club, but did you know that there are thatched cottages available at the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel? These Hansel and Gretel fairy-tale like cottages are accessed via a private gate, with a huge garden and the interiors are beautiful. Little Hay cottage has a spiral staircase to the bedrooms and you can enjoy views of Kenmare Bay from your bedroom balcony. There are three two-bedroom cottages to choose from, as well as a four-bedroom house, and all have access to the activities and facilities at the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel. 

Read: 20 hotels with lodges in Ireland

 

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17. Stay in a Wild Atlantic Suite at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare

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With the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Burren on your doorstep, as well as the traditional Johnny Burke’s Irish pub on site, its no surprise that the 4-star Armada Hotel is one of Clare’s most popular hotels.

I have a grá to stay in either the Seascape Suite or Wild Atlantic Suite. They both offer stunning views of Spanish Point Beach, and have a library, record player and telescope. The Seascape Suite boasts a feature bath tub overlooking the ocean, while the Wild Atlantic Way suite has a four poster bed and fire place. Decisions, decisions…

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18. Rent Luttrelstown Castle exclusively for a family reunion

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When covid restrictions are over, can you think of anything better than renting this luxurious 15th-century Irish castle exclusively for your family? You will have a private team dedicated to serve you in this 567 acre estate. Enjoy afternoon tea, fine dining meals, golf, fishing, you can even try falconry or air rifle shooting. 

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19. The lake lodge at Lough Eske Castle

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Lough Eske Castle is one of the best luxury hotels in Ireland, but it’s own private two-bedroom hideaway, Lake Lodge at Lough Eske, looks like a little piece of heaven. Situated at the Castle gates, overlooking Lough Eske, this secluded two storey lodge retains all its original character, but with Scandinavian style furniture and all modern creature comforts.

The fully equipped kitchen allows you the freedom to cook, but if this is not your idea of a holiday, you can enjoy meals in Lough Eske Castle. Guests also enjoy access to the Spa, swimming pool and all other facilities at the Castle.
 

 

 
If you prefer to stay in Lough Eske Castle, the Tower Suite situated in the original 18th Century wing of Lough Eske Castle is a good bucket list alternative! It is spread over three levels, with a winding staircase leading to an open plan bathroom on the top floor.

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20. The Seven Star Steal at The Merrion Hotel

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The Merrion Hotel is one of Dublin’s most most luxurious five star hotels, it is also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. As well as boasting Ireland’s first ever two-star Michelin restaurant, it is also home to an 18 metre pool, spa and gym.
 

 

 
This super seven star steal includes a four-course lunch with a a surprise tasting menu at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, followed by a stay at the Merrion Hotel with breakfast. Price from €225 per person.
 
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21.  A superior lake view room at The Europe Hotel

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When I asked on Instagram for your favourite luxury hotels in Ireland, The Europe Hotel was recommended many times. Surrounded by the Lakes of Killarney, with a decadent spa and award-winning dining options, I am told it is THE place to stay in Killarney. The outdoor terrace in the Brasserie Restaurant offers beautiful lake views, as does the fine dining Panorama Restaurant. 

There are many room types to choose from, but for the ultimate bucket list experience opt for a superior lake view room. These bright spacious rooms are south facing and have a private balcony with outdoor furniture to enjoy the magnificent lake views.

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22. Get pampered at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Co. Wicklow

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I’ve stayed in Powerscourt Hotel on a few occasions, and I think it is one of Ireland’s best resort hotels. I’m not sure if its the location in Powerscourt Estate, or the superb facilities on offer, but I always feel like I am in a ‘resort’, miles away from home, despite the fact that it is less than an hour from my house. Bicycles are provided free of charge to explore the estate, nearby Powerscourt Waterfall and the Wicklow countryside.
 

 

 
I have enjoyed casual dining in the Sugar Loaf Lounge as well as dinner in the Sika restaurant, but it is the 20 metre Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool and the luxury ESPA that blows me away every time.

All rooms are elegantly furnished and offer innovative designs such as recessed TVs in the bathrooms. Superior rooms have a furnished outdoor balcony, which is the perfect place to take in the Wicklow mountain views.

Read: 20 spa breaks in Ireland that won’t break the bank

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23. Enjoy a foodie break in Virginia Park Lodge, Co. Cavan

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Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan serves up delicious country fare at the 18th Century hunting estate at Virginia Park Lodge. It is well known as an exclusive hire venue for weddings or special occasions, but it can be booked individually from Sunday to Thursdays.

There is a wide selection of accommodation options in suites, cottages and even Woodland Huts. With French double doors, solid oak flooring and a Shaker style galley kitchen, this is glamping at its finest!

Read: My top picks for glamping in Ireland

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24. The Hideout, Romantic Tree House in Co. Wexford

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Are you looking for somewhere unique to stay in Ireland? This beautiful tree house should do the trick! Featured on RTÉ’s The Big DIY Challenge, this fully insulated tree house comes with a wood stove and multiple oversized windows, to catch the perfect sunset views. You can also stargaze through the skylight in the loft-style bedroom, and enjoy a BBQ on the outside deck. The house has all modern electrics, and the bathroom pod has a normal toilet and a large two-person shower. 

Read: My top picks for glamping in Ireland

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25. Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois

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When it comes to luxury hotels in Ireland, Ballyfin Demense tops the list every time! It was also voted one of the best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. According to Richard E Grant “it was like stepping back in the past without the inconvenience of no electricity. The personal attention…the welcome of the people, the setting, the food, I should be their PR manager” – it sounds pretty special doesn’t it? This five-star luxury country house has only 20 rooms and suites and is open to residents only – it is a perfect choice for an intimate escape. 

Read: The best hotels in Ireland for luxury and romance

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26. Lighthouse Keepers, Youghal, Cork

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Featured as RTE’s Home of the Year and voted one of Ireland’s top 50 places to stay by the Irish Independent, when it comes to unique Airbnbs in Ireland, it doesn’t get much better than this. A 200 year old building, this house was the home of every lighthouse keeper that manned Youghal lighthouse since the 1800’s.

The owners spent two years renovating it and it is now a modern masterpiece, but still manages to hold on to its character and heritage. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, underfloor heating, and a conservatory complete with a hanging chair. Read the reviews from previous guests if you still need convincing.

Read: Luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

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27. Stay in a Signature Suite at the Shelbourne

The Shelbourne is not only one of our top luxury hotels in Ireland, but it is one of Dublin’s landmarks. Located right on St. Stephen’s Green, it has been the centre of the city’s social and cultural life for 200 years. It also has impressive dining options, as well as a health club, spa and 19 metre swimming pool. 
 

 

 
History buffs or culture vultures will love the Signature Suites at the Shelbourne. They have taken their names from notable visitors over the years, including JFK, Michael Collins, and Éamon de Valera. Their stories are told through thoughtful décor and curated memorabilia, making each suite unique. You can also expect lavish furnishings ( and a price to match), and stunning views of St. Stephens Green.

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28. Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim

Galgorm Resort - one of Irelands best hotels

I have booked Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort four times and had to cancel each time due to covid restrictions, so it is definitely on my own bucket list! It is one of Northern Ireland’s most luxurious spa hotels and has all the feels of a secluded hideaway, yet is only 30 minutes from Belfast.

The riverside hot tubs and outdoor heated pools are an Instagram favourite, but there is more to Galgorm than its unique thermal village. There are numerous dining options to choose from and the cottages look amazing – I can’t wait to stay there myself.

 

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29. Folan’s Stone Cottage, Roundstone, Galway

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Folan’s Cottage is located just meters from a quiet sandy beach in Connemara. Rebuilt in 2010 from two ruined stone cottages, it is your picture perfect Irish hideaway. With 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen, underfloor heating throughout, and a south facing terrace with sea views, it is surely one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland at the beach. In fact it is so popular, it is always sold out during July and August, and for the rest of the year is only rented by the week, Saturday to Saturday. 

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20. Skipper’s Seaside Retreat in Portrush, Co. Antrim

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I’m a big fan of the Causeway Coast but I never made it as far as Portrush, so I want to go back and stay in this fabulous Airbnb! Skipper’s Seaside Retreat offers panoramic sea views in the heart of Portrush. It’s contemporary styling includes a bright large lounge area on the top floor, overlooking the harbour and bay. There are three bedrooms as well as a sunny garden with BBQ and garden furniture – perfect for watching the sunset.
 

Read: Magical Days on the Causeway Coast

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I hope this post on luxury hotels in Ireland will help you scratch an experience off you bucket list soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification. I always recommend booking a hotel or Airbnb with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
 

 

 
These hotels and homes were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Note as I am an Airbnb Associate, I will receive a small commission if a booking is made via Airbnb, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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20 Dublin Hotel Deals – Saturday Night Stays from €35pp!

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Make a break for Dublin with these super Dublin hotel deals. They are all based on Saturday night stays in four or five-star hotels in January.

 

Are the latest restrictions getting you down? Missing your nights out in Dublin? Be a tourist in your own city and book one of these great Dublin hotel deals! Enjoy a meal in the hotel restaurant, and get a tasty breakfast served up to you the following morning. You will feel like you have been away, even it if is just for one night.

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I have priced all Dublin hotel deals for Saturday night stays in January – which would make a great Christmas present! However, if the dates I have chosen don’t suit you, simply edit the dates to suit your requirements. Some of these hotels have swimming pools and a choice of dining options, but it is important to check with each hotel individually if you have specific requirements, as not all facilities listed may be operating during this time.
 

 

 
All Dublin hotel deals below include free cancellation, which is useful incase there are any changes to restrictions or the listed facilities, or if you have to change your plans at the last minute. Remember, Ireland’s Stay and Spend scheme runs until the end of April 2021, so keep your receipts in any of the eligible properties to claim 20% back as a tax refund.

Read: How to claim money back on the stay and spend scheme
 

 

 

1. Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane with Swimming Pool: €65pp  

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This 4-star hotel is located right in the heart of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock overlooking the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Enjoy a meal in Stir Restaurant, and add on breakfast for just €13.50 per person.  With the added bonus of a 22 meter swimming pool and health club, you may wish to stay longer…

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2. Hyatt Centric, The Liberties: €55pp

Hyatt Centric is one of the most popular hotels to stay in Dublin

One of the highest rated 4-star hotels in Dublin, guests love it’s stylish decor, superb bar and restaurant and trendy location. The Distillery inspired Bar serves local food, cocktails and craft beers, and you can add on breakfast for just €10 per person.

 

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3. Jurys Inn Christchurch: €45pp

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Located opposite Christchurch Cathedral, and a stone’s throw from Dublin Castle, isn’t this the perfect location to be a tourist in your own city?  Despite its ridiculously low price, you will find spacious rooms with Dream beds and flat-screen TVs.  Add on breakfast delivered to your room for just €8 per person.

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4. The Hard Rock Hotel: €75pp

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Considering the year we have had, one would be forgiven for not knowing that the Hard Rock Hotel opened in Dublin this summer. Located in the heart of the city, with its iconic restaurant on site, is there a better hotel to make you feel like you are on holiday? Add on breakfast for just €15 per person.

 

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5. Camden Court Hotel with Swimming Pool: €61pp

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Not only is the Camden Court Hotel located in one of Dublin’s most popular locations, but also boasts a swimming pool and gym. I think I would pay €57 for that alone! The Iveagh Restaurant is a popular haunt with locals, and is the perfect place to round off a daycation in Dublin.

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6. The Grand Hotel Malahide with Swimming Pool: €68pp

Hotel deals in Dublin with swimming pools

If you are looking for a seaside location to make you feel like you are overseas, choose the Grand Hotel in Malahide. Many rooms boast sea views and guests have complimentary access to the award-winning Arena Health and Fitness Club with 21-metre swimming pool and gymnasium.

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7. The Wilder Hotel: €70pp 

The Wilder Hotel is one of Dublin’s most stylish townhouses, located just minutes from St. Stephen’s Green. The popular Garden Room offers afternoon tea and lite bites in the evening. A member of Ireland’s Blue Book and voted one of the best places to stay in Ireland by Sunday Times Travel – isn’t it time you tried it for yourself? Add on breakfast for just €10 per person.

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8. Iveagh Garden Hotel €70pp

hotel deals in Dublin city centre

One of Dublin’s most popular hotels, the eco-friendly Iveagh Garden Hotel is located just minutes from St. Stephen’s Green, and adjacent to the Iveagh Gardens public park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in Elle’s Bar & Bistro, and you can add on breakfast for just €15 per person.

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9. Hilton Dublin Hotel, Kilmainham with Pool Access: €47pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We had the pleasure of dining at the Hilton’s Broyage Bar & Bistro recently after a visit to Kilmainham Gaol. This four-star hotel also boasts a hydrotherapy pool, gym, sauna, and steam room. It is located opposite Kilmainham Gaol and the Irish Modern Museum of Art (check restrictions re opening), and it also a short walk away from the Irish National War Memorial Gardens – one of Dublin’s hidden gems. Add on breakfast for €13.50 per person.

 

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10. Clayton Burlington Road : €40pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I recall spending many a night in the Burlington Hotel. The annual Irish Travel Trade Awards are hosted there every year – it brings back great memories! I can think of nothing better than checking in for the night and enjoying a nice meal in the Sussex restaurant, or light bites in the lobby lounge. Add on breakfast for just €15 per person.

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11 . Bonnington Hotel with Pool Access: €35pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bonnington Hotel boasts a swimming pool, fitness and leisure club, as well as the popular McGettigans bar and restaurant. It is located just 3km from Dublin city centre, and within walking distance of Drumcondra village. Add on breakfast for just €10 per person. To be able to stay in a four-star hotel with pool access for just €35 per person is remarkable – this must be one of the best Dublin hotel deals.

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12. The Devlin Hotel, Ranelagh: ‘All In’ package with Dinner B&B & Cinema €150pp 

Laylas rooftop restaurant at The Devlin Hotel

The Devlin Hotel is a local of mine, and I enjoy dining in its contemporary rooftop restaurant, Layla’s. This super ‘All In’ package ensures you can check in to the hotel and not budge for 24 hours! Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, a three-course meal in Layla’s restaurant, and the Stella home cinema pack, or tickets to a show if the cinema is open.  The cinema pack includes 2 bottled cocktails, a large bowl of warm popcorn, share-size hot fudge sundae/brownie desserts and a large tub of jellies. If you can manage it, a cooked to order breakfast is also included in Layla’s, as well as a late check out until 2pm. 
 

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13. The Gibson Hotel: Superior Room €55pp

Dining in Dublin at the Gibson Hotel

I’m sure many of you recall pre-concert drinks in the Gibson Hotel bar, before an event in the 3 Arena. The chic Hemi Bar and Coda Restaurant (of First Dates fame) have a great atmosphere and the food is always delicious. With panoramic views across Dublin port and an outdoor terrace if you happen to get fine weather, this is a great choice for a daycation in Dublin. Add on breakfast for €11 per person.
 
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14. Clontarf Castle: €55pp

Castle hotel stays in Dublin

Who doesn’t want to stay in a castle? At this price you have no excuse! Enjoy an overnight stay in this 11th-century castle in Clontarf, and dine in its award-winning restaurant, The Fahrenheit Grill.  Add on breakfast for €15 per person. 

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15. Clayton Charlemont, Deluxe Double: €48pp

Hotel deals in Dublin

Centrally located overlooking Dublin’s Grand Canal, with St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street a short stroll away, the location couldn’t be better. You will have a choice of dining options for dinner and can add on breakfast for €13.50 per person.

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16. Fitzwilliam Hotel B&B: €110pp

five star hotel deals in Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin overlooking St Stephen’s Green, with the hugely popular Glovers Alley Restaurant on site, what more could you want? The price includes breakfast too. 

 

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17. Dylan Hotel: Luxury Double Room €90pp

five star dublin hotel deals

Dublin’s most popular five-star boutique Hotel boasts modern decor and spacious rooms, with an in-room movie menu on it’s plasma-screen TVs. The Eddison Restaurant serves gourmet Bistro-style cuisine, just what you want for a luxurious daycation in Dublin.

 

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18. Marker Hotel, Dublin, Premier Room B&B €120pp

luxury hotel deals in Dublin

The Marker Hotel is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World. Its trendy cocktail bar and brasserie are the places to be seen in Dublin, so to be able to dine here, especially with Dublin restrictions in place, is a win-win.  It also boasts a spa, a 23 metre infinity pool and a state-of-the-art gym. If you get a clear day, the views of the Dublin skyline from the rooftop lounge are superb.

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19. Intercontinental Hotel, Dinner, B&B & Dinner: €145pp

family staycations at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

The Intercontinental is one of Dublin’s best 5-Star Resort hotels. The Wellness area with access to the 14m heated pool as well as the award winning ESPA is the perfect place to relax, before enjoying a delicious meal at the newly refurbished Seasons Restaurant. This super deal includes access to the wellness area, breakfast, evening meal and free parking, – it is surely one of the best five star Dublin hotel deals.

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20. Shelbourne Hotel: €185pp

 hotel deal for New Year's eve in the Shelbourne, Dublin

The Shelbourne is not only a luxury five-star hotel, but it is one of Dublin’s landmarks. Located right on St. Stephen’s Green, its location is second to none. It also happens to have pretty impressive dining options, as well as a health club, spa and 19 metre swimming pool. If you want to experience Dublin’s social scene in one of its best hotels, look no further.

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I hope this post on Dublin hotel deals will help you plan a stay in the capital soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or you need to cancel due to personal reasons.
 

 

 
These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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20 Dog Friendly Airbnbs in Ireland

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Want to bring your pet on holiday? Plan your next staycation with them in mind, I’ve got 20 dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets.

 

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I am an Airbnb Associate, and I love to spend time searching the Airbnb website. I found some fabulous dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland that I think you will love.

I have luxury Airbnbs along the Wild Atlantic Way, charming cottages in Ireland’s Ancient East, as well as some cosy cabins in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. All Airbnbs have Superhosts and are highly recommended by guests who left excellent reviews. Hopefully there will be one here to suit you, and you will be planning a staycation with your four-legged friend soon. However, if you prefer to stay in a hotel, I have a post on that too:

Read: 40 hotels in Ireland that allow dogs
 

 

 

1. Wood Smoke Cottage with outdoor hot tub & sauna, Co. Clare

airbnbs that allow pets in clare

Wood Smoke Cottage is a two-bedroom home that offers country living with a wood fired stove, as well as a private deck with a fire pit that opens directly on to Burren Stone. You will also find a wood-fired hot tub and sauna beside the cottage, and pets will love the meadow next door.
 

 

 
The hosts have a cockapoo dog called Luna and a cat called Kiwi, so you can rest assured your pet will be warmly welcomed here. Located just 3km from Ballyvaughan, and with Galway City, the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way a short drive away, the possibilities for day trips are endless.

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2. Seal Cottage with private sandy beach, Co.Donegal

pet friendly airbnbs in Ireland

This detached two-bedroomed Irish cottage is superbly located with access to its own private sandy beach, and only five minutes to the nearest village. The cottage is centrally heated throughout, and has a large turf-woodburner as well as Netflix, if you fancy a cosy night in.
 

 

 
Your pet, or pets (they will accept up to 3)  will have a great time exploring the surrounding area and the beach, and if you fancy visiting with extended family or friends, the host has six cottages along this shoreline on Airbnb.  
 
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3. Minaun Cliff Cottages at the sea, Achill, Co. Mayo.

dog friendly airbnbs on the wild atlantic way

These two-bedroom cottages have panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, an open turf fire, and a shared garden for you and your pet to enjoy. There are two cottages (rented separately) so they are a good option if you wish to travel with friends or extended family.
 

 

 
Located just minutes walk to the beach, with countless walking trails near by, Achill is a superb choice for a dog friendly holiday along the Wild Atlantic Way. We explored some of Mayo’s beaches this summer and were blown away by their beauty.  

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

 
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4. Childwall Cottage, Co. Kilkenny

Dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland

This three-bedroom cottage is a beautifully restored stone barn featuring all mod cons including, SKY TV, a log burning stove and a mature garden with garden furniture. The owners have many pets on site, including three dogs, a cat, as well as chickens and ducks – so you pet will feel right at home. Private stables are also available if you want to bring your own horse / pony.
 

 

 
Located on the edge of three counties, you will enjoy exploring Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, and the local pub ‘Paddy Ryan’s’ is just a ten minute walk from the house. 

Read: Things to do in Kilkenny with kids

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5. Nanny Murphy’s thatched cottage, Co.Longford.

pet friendly thatched cottage on airbnb

Nanny Murphy’s three-bedroom thatched Cottage has been featured regularly in the media, as it has been renovated using century-old techniques. The 24″ thick walls were made from mud and straw and you will be able to experience what it is like living under a thatched roof.
 

 

 
This sustainable cottage offers an abundance of Irish culture and heritage with many authentic features, including exposed beams, an open fireplace and even a Bodhrán. There is no TV so you are encouraged to have a digital detox and immerse yourself into this old Irish cottage, however, WiFi is available if required. 
 

 

 
The cottage is located within walking distance to the local shop and just five minutes drive from Arvagh town and the nearest pub. There are countless walking trails nearby that will be welcomed by your pet, and if you fancy swapping cottage life for a castle, nearby Lough Rynn Castle is only twenty minutes drive away. 

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6. Tig Admaid: Secluded seaside cabin with hot-tub, Co. Kerry

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This stunning three-bedroomed cabin is located right on the right on the shore of Kenmare Bay. There is a private beach, and an outdoor jacuzzi on your own private deck – is this one of the best dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland?
 

 

 
There are woodland walks close by, and the town of Kenmare is just two miles away if you fancy a change of scene. The minimum stay is seven days during July and August, but short stays are welcome at other times of the year. Two small dogs or one large dog is welcome. 
 
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7. Boat house on the beach, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

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I have been eyeing up this Airbnb for my own holiday, its location on Valentia Island is stunning. The Boat House is located right on the beach, just check out that view from the sitting room! This dog friendly Airbnb is a 250 year old natural stone building that boasts two bedrooms, but can accommodate up to six people.
 

 

 
The bath tub and sauna will be warmly welcomed after a day in the sea, and there are 40 acres of gardens, woodlands and fields in Glanleam Estate for you and your pet to explore. Kids will love all the animals on the estate including Conneamara ponies, donkeys, lambs, geese, and three dogs, as well as the fairy village and pirate trek.
 
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8. 5-star Cottage with private beach, Co. Donegal

cottage near the beach in Donegal, Ireland

If isolation is what you seek, this Donegal stone cottage will fit the bill perfectly. Located on its own private beach surrounded by seven acres of land, it is surely one of the most secluded dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland – the public can only access this beach via a boat.
 

 

 
The cottage is over 100 years old, and retains its original thatch, overlaid with a modern roof. It is now equipped with all mod cons, even Netflix – just incase the weather doesn’t behave. With two large bedrooms, it is ideal for a family or group of friends, and your pet will love exploring the beach and surrounding land.

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9. Hogan’s Cottage, near Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford

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This 300 year old stone barn has been beautifully restored containing many original features. The roof timbers were sawn from the owners old pine trees, and the kitchen units were handmade by a local craftsman from their storm felled cedar tree.
 

 

 
However, you will also find it well equipped with strong Wifi, a power shower and a satellite HD TV. There is also a cosy open fire for the long winter nights, but if you fancy exploring Wexford’s top attractions, they are just a short drive away.  

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10. Country Cabin with Private Hot Tub: Kinlough, Co. Leitrim

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This two-bedroom cosy cabin in located in the peaceful Leitrim countryside, yet only a ten-minute drive from the lively coastal town of Bundoran and the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy an evening dip in the private hot tub, but watch out for the local wildlife, the native red deer may pay you a visit.
 

 

 
The beautiful Lough Melvin is located nearby, where you and your pet can enjoy woodland walks, a picnic area and wildlife gardens.
 

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11. Normangrove stone cottage, Co. Galway   

dog friendly airbnbs in Galway

Normangrove cottage is located just three miles from the vibrant village of Kinvara on The Wild Atlantic Way. This stone cottage that has been beautifully furnished and is equipped with walnut floors, a jacuzzi bath, Netflix, Apple TV,  as well as underfloor heating and a real fire stove. This dog friendly Airbnb is an ideal choice in summer or winter. There is a large garden with a trampoline and playhouse, as well as a deck to enjoy views of The Burren and the west coast’s famous sunsets.
 

 

 
Its location is an outdoor lovers dream, with walking, cycling and watersports (wetsuits provided) all available nearby. Pets are welcome and the owners have two collies who would be happy to play with your pet, or can be kept away if required.

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12. 3-bedroom seaside home near Castletownshend, Co. Cork.

dog friendly airbnbs near the sea in Ireland

This stunning home that was featured in Homes and Gardens magazine in 1968, was beautifully restored in 2019, and boasts one of the best views in Ireland. I probably need not say any more! You will find sea views throughout the house, as well as an outdoor patio and roof-top gallery with panoramic views of the islands. There is also a patio where you can enjoy al fresco dining, acres of land for your pet to explore, and the beach is only 100 metres away.

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13. On the beach in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

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This three-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the beach, and the sun sets right in front of the living room. Located in heart of Enniscrone, with direct access to the beach, the location couldn’t be better. The house is very well equipped, with two bikes, a surf board, body boards, and a fishing rod is also supplied. If your dog likes the beach, then he will love it here.

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14. The Hideaway, Co. Roscommon

dog friendly airbnbs in Ireland

This delightful cabin is located on a small farm in Boyle. You can help yourself to vegetables from the garden, feed the hens and pigs, and even collect some fresh eggs for breakfast. The cabin sleeps up to four people so is ideal for couples or families with small children. The family have swings, a trampoline, bikes, as well as den which kids are welcome to use, and its close proximity to Lough Key Forest Park will ensure some great days out for you and your pets.

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15. 4-bedroom home in Dingle, Co. Kerry

pet friendly airbnbs in Kerry, Ireland

This four-bedroom holiday home is ideal for couples, families and groups, and is located within walking distance of Dingle Town. Once a farmhouse, this has been renovated and now features all mod cons, including an AGA range, a separate laundry room and super-fast broadband. There are plenty of beaches and hiking trails to explore with your pet, as well as some of Ireland’s best loved pubs and restaurants nearby. 

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16. The Boatstrand Beachhouse, Co. Waterford

modern airbnb house in Waterford near the beach

This is one of the more modern dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland, and it enjoys an idyllic location beside the sea. Pets will love the large garden and beach at the end of it. Beautifully decorated with panoramic sea views, this Copper Coast hideaway is ideal for families and friends alike. The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large garden with a BBQ – perfect for relaxing nights in.   

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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17.  Oystercatcher Seaside Cottage, Connemara, Co. Galway

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This traditional two-bedroom cottage enjoys panoramic sea views from its outside decking area, and is close to many of Connemara’s beautiful beaches. It has been fully renovated, but still maintains it’s rustic charm. The cosy sitting room has a TV, Xbox, DVDs games and plenty of books for you to enjoy, and there is also free WiFi.
 

 

 
Its idyllic location is paradise during the summer time, but I’m sure lighting the wood burning stove and watching the Atlantic Ocean outside, would be pretty special during the winter months too. This must be one of the most popular dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland, so best to book it early to avoid disappointment.
 

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18. Granary Cottage, Co.Wicklow

 
dog friendly airbnbs in wicklow

This beautiful stone walled cottage is ideal for a couple looking for a secluded hideaway with great views and excellent walks. There is a large garden with seating area and plenty of room for your pet to explore. It is remotely located with no passing traffic, yet within driving distance of Glendalough, The Wicklow Way and some of Wicklow’s beautiful beaches.

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19. Skipper’s Seaside Retreat in Portrush, Co. Antrim

dog friendly airbnbs in Northern Ireland

Skipper’s Seaside Retreat offers panoramic sea views in the heart of Portrush. It’s contemporary styling includes a bright large lounge area on the top floor, overlooking the harbour and bay. There are three bedrooms as well as a sunny garden with BBQ and garden furniture – perfect for watching the sunset.
 

 

 
This pet-friendly Airbnb accepts animals of all shapes and sizes and there are plenty of walking trails and beaches nearby to ensure you and your pet have a super holiday.

Read: Magical Days on the Causeway Coast

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20. Modern apartment in Kinsale, Co. Cork

pet friendly airbnb in Cork, Ireland

This newly built bright apartment is located between the Old head of Kinsale and Garretstown. There are numerous walks and water sports available nearby, and the beach is just a fifteen minute walk away. The apartment has satellite TV, a BBQ and a large garden for your pet to enjoy. This is a great value Airbnb that is ideally located to explore West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. 

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I hope this post on dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland, will help you plan a staycation soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification.
 

 

 
These homes were researched on the Airbnb website and when you make a booking, you do so via Airbnb. Note as I am an Airbnb Associate, I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

 

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10 Activity Breaks in Ireland with Original Irish Hotels

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From spa breaks to surf lessons, painting to flower arranging, golf breaks to whiskey tasting, I’ve got 10 great activity breaks in Ireland to suit all tastes and budgets.

 

Fancy island hopping off the coast of Connemara or picnicking in the parks of Dublin? Why not embrace the Irish Sea and try surfing or SUPing, or perhaps a spa break in a country castle is more your style. I’ve even got an overnight stay in one of Ireland’s most romantic castles. I am delighted to team up with Original Irish Hotels, to bring you ten great activity breaks in Ireland.

Activity breaks in Ireland

Original Irish Hotels is a collection of 60 unique hotels located in a wide variety locations across Ireland. You won’t find big hotel chains, instead you will find historic castles, manor houses, boutique hotels and country homes. They are all independently owned and run, and boast local character and the best in Irish food and hospitality.

The Original Irish Hotels website is very easy to use. You can search by hotel type, destination, experience or by availability. So if you are looking for a spa retreat, a romantic getaway, or a family stay – you can find them easily on the website. Similarly if you want a castle hotelboutique hotel or a manor house, you can search them all individually, and you can see all of their special offers here. You can also call the friendly team on +353 1 295 8900 in Original Irish Hotels if you have any queries relating to these offers. 
 

 
Original Irish Hotels also have seven hotels that you can rent privately, including the spectacular Luttrellstown Castle Estate. When it is safe to do so, can you think of anything better than spending the night with your extended family in a luxury castle? In the meantime, feast your eyes on some of these great activity breaks in Ireland with Original Irish Hotels. There are many different hotel experiences to choose from, but I have chosen ten, hopefully there will be one here to suit you.

 

1. Spa break at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon

spa break at Kilronan Castle

When you drive through the medieval gates of the 18th century Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa, you are bound to be impressed by its beauty. The 50 acres of gardens, woodlands and lake, also add to its fairytale like appearance. 

Originally a royal family home, it has been transformed into a luxurious Irish castle hotel. Expect four poster beds and antique furniture, as well as fine dining and a luxury spa. You will be treated to an award-winning thermal suite, saunas, steam rooms and Rasul as well as a swimming pool and treatment rooms. Speaking of which, this spa break is exceptional value:

 

  • Overnight stay with breakfast & choice of spa treatments: €139pps

This super deal includes an overnight stay with breakfast and a choice of a 50-minute Elemis Deep Tissue Massage or Elemis Facial, and use of the Thermal Suite & Relaxation Room.

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2. Cycling or SUPing at Clew Bay Hotel, Co. Mayo

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The family owned and managed Clew Bay Hotel is located in the heart of Westport, and just recently won the Best Hotel 2019 and Best Breakfast Experience from Original Irish Hotels.

With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick, Achill Island, and some of Ireland’s best beaches on your doorstep – this hotel is ideally located for activity breaks in Ireland.

Mayo is one of the best counties for activity breaks in Ireland

  • 2-night stay with breakfast & choice of activity: €160pps

I love that this special offer lets you choose your own preferred activity. Cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill Island with a days bike hire, or enjoy 90 minutes Stand-up paddle boarding at Old Head Beach. This break includes a two night stay with breakfast and a choice of one of these activities, which must be booked in advance. 

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3. Romantic Stay at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway

romantic break at Ballynahinch Castle
 
Ballynahinch Castle has been on my wish list for some time. Its idyllic location in the heart of Connemara, along with the fact that it is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels, has made me long to stay there. It is set in a 700 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and gardens and has been welcoming visitors for over 250 years. Some of its long list of awards include: Top 5 Hotels in Ireland by Condé Nast Readers in 2019 and Top 10 Resort Hotels in the UK & Ireland by Travel & Leisure 2019 & 2018.
 
If you like activity breaks in Ireland, then you will be spoilt for choice here. You can go hiking, fly-fishing or clay shooting all on the grounds of the estate, and with Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara Coast on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless. However, on a slightly more relaxed scale, this ‘Vinyl Package’ caught my eye:
 
fishing at Ballynahinch Castle
 
  • Overnight stay with breakfast, room service dinner, cocktail, & turntable with a choice of LP: €215pps

Have you and your partner a favourite song? Perhaps there is one that brings back memories of when you first met? Why not treat your loved one to a romantic dinner in one of Ballynahinch Castle’s luxurious bedrooms, while you listen to your choice of music on a turntable. The mixologist will prepare a cocktail of your choice to match your mood – can you think of anything more romantic?

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4. Flower Arranging & Art Classes at Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Co. Kerry.

Ballyseede Castle

With my family being from Tralee, I know Ballyseede Castle well. Kerry’s only authentic castle hotel is surrounded by 30 acres of private gardens and woodland, and is steeped in history. You will find an elegant oak staircase, impressive drawing rooms, and luxurious bedrooms that blend beautifully with the traditions of the castle. Ballyseede Castle is also known for its traditional Irish cuisine and fine dining, as well as its much loved resident, an Irish Wolfhound.

Ballyseede Castle offers many activity breaks including flower arranging classes, art classes and golf breaks. Here are two that might be of interest:

  • Flowers with Maura – 2-night break with breakfast & 1 evening meal: €260pps

This special offer is based on a 2-night stay with breakfast and dinner on one evening of your choice. You will be treated to a two-hour flower arranging class during your stay with Maura, an award-winning flower farmer and artisan florist. All materials will be supplied on the day and everyone will leave with their own unique creation.

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Ballyseede Castle

  • Art with Amanda- 2-night break with breakfast & 1 evening meal: €235pps 

This special offer is based on a 2-night stay with breakfast and dinner on one evening of your choice. You will be treated to a 2.5 hour relaxed art class with Amanda, a painter, illustrator and creative workshop facilitator. Using nature as your inspiration, you will take a walk around the grounds of the Castle, sketching different elements you come as you walk. This activity break is aimed at all levels, including those who would consider themselves not creative. All materials are supplied. 

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6. Discover the Wild Atlantic Way at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Co. Galway

Abbeyglen Hotel, Galway, activity breaks

My advice is if you are going to the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, get there early – they serve complimentary afternoon tea! Their hospitality doesn’t stop here, you can also enjoy a complimentary champagne and canapés in the piano bar before dinner each evening. After savouring their award-winning cuisine, what better than some time spent in the wellness and relaxation centre. But it is not just the hotel facilities that caught my eye: 

activity breaks in Galway at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel  

  • 2-night stay with breakfast & 2 evening meals, trip to Inishbofin Island:  €267pps

This two night break includes gourmet five course meals on both nights, as well as an overseas trip to Inishbofin Island to explore the cliff forts, monastic sites and superb sandy beaches. You will also receive pre-dinner bubbles and an informal talk on the history of Abbeyglen and the local area. This must be one of best value activity breaks in Ireland.

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7. Cycling in the City at Brooks Hotel, Dublin

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Located just minutes from Dublin’s social and shopping scene, Brooks Hotel is the ideal choice for an activity break in the capital. As well as it’s popular Jasmine Bar and Francesca’s Restaurant, you can enjoy a movie in Brooks Hotel’s private cinema. This four-star boutique hotel is within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green and most of Dublin’s top attractions, but if you like cycling, then this exclusive offer is for you:

activity breaks in Dublin at Brooks Hotel

  • 2-night stay with breakfast, 1 dinner, picnic & bike hire: €195pps

Take a home-made artisan picnic with you as you explore the wonderful city of Dublin. This great deal includes a two-night stay with breakfast, a welcome drink on arrival, two course dinner, bike hire and picnic. Bike hire includes helmet, lock and optional pannier bag. A late check-out until 2pm is also included on the day of departure and you can upgrade to Deluxe Room for discounted rate of €20.

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8. Foodie break at Dunadry Hotel & Gardens, Co. Antrim

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I had the pleasure of staying in the Dunadry Hotel last year and loved it. Built on the site of an ancient fort, this historic hotel oozes character. The gardens, leisure centre and swimming pool make it a great choice for an activity break, as well as its close proximity to the Causeway Coast and the newly opened Gobbins Cliff Path Walk.  

  • Overnight stay with breakfast, dinner and more: £109pp

This super deal includes a breakfast, a three-course evening meal and a bottle of the Dunadry Hotel’s very own own Pecking Peacock beer.

 

 

 

9.  Gin & Whiskey Tasting near the Bush Hotel, Co. Leitrim

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The family owned Bush Hotel in Carrick-On-Shannon is steeped in history and bursting with character. Originally an Inn and resting point for travellers on the Stage Coach route between Dublin and the Northwest, it has been beautifully restored as a boutique heritage hotel. You can expect mature gardens, open fires, chic bedrooms with a wonderful blend of modern living and old world charm. 

It is ideally located for an activity break as it is on the most scenic stretch of the Shannon, with river cruising, forest parks, golf and fishing close by. But there is more to its location than outdoor pursuits. The newly opened Shed Distillery in Drumshanbo is approximately 15 minutes drive from the hotel. Sure it would be rude not to…

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • 2-night stay with breakfast, 1 dinner & Shed Distillery tour: €125pps

This offer includes a two-night stay with breakfast, dinner one evening, and a tour of Ireland’s newest authentic distillery experience at The Shed Distillery. Taste the famous Dumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Dunshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, or the Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka, Your ticket includes two expert tastings.

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10. Golf break at Headfort Arms Hotel , Co. Meath

Headfort Arms Hotel

Located in the heart of the Boyne Valley, the Headfort Arms Hotel is an ideal choice for a short break in Ireland’s Ancient East. A family-run hotel, with an award-winning restaurant, as well as its own Wood Fired pizza oven, you have the choice of casual or fine dining. You will also find treatment rooms if you need some pampering, and this golf break offers superb value:

golf breaks in Ireland

  • 2-night stay with breakfast, 1 evening meal & 2 rounds of golf: €199pps

This golf break includes two rounds of golf in the Headfort Golfing Complex, located near the hotel. This 36 hole complex is rated as potentially the best member’s facility in Ireland, as well as one of the country’s top 10 parkland courses. Golf is subject to availability and a minimum four ball is required for this package. Price of €199 is based on midweek, supplement of €20 applies for weekend stays.

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I hope this post on activity breaks in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon. With restrictions changing regularly, it is important to check that the facilities / activities listed are operating to full capacity.

This post was sponsored by Original Hotels of Ireland. You can contact their friendly team on +353 1 295 8900 if you have any queries relating to these offers. 
 

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 

 
Holidays in Ireland

Top 10 Things To Do In Mayo

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Did you know that Mayo is has some of Ireland’s best beaches, the biggest stone age site in the world, and Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park? I should also mention Croagh Patrick and the vibrant town of Westport too… There are so many things to do in Mayo – here are my top ten.

 

Mayo is the county in Ireland that surprised me the most. There are so many things to do in Mayo, I feel like I only scratched the surface. I am already planning my return visit, but in the meantime here are ten things to whet your appetite!

 

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1. Explore Achill Island

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ireland’s largest island is a must see if visiting Mayo, and you don’t even need a boat to get there! You can drive across the Michael Davitt Bridge or choose to cycle there on the Greenway. I recommend spending a full day there, (or longer if you can), and arrive early. Drive straight to the far end of the island to Keem Beach and I guarantee you will be blown away by its beauty. Make sure you hike the mountain behind the beach to catch the best views.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Keel Beach is another stunning beach and it is a great location for water sports. There surf schools here and it is a popular beach with families and students. There are also some great restaurants and shops to explore nearby. Read more about the beaches in Mayo here.
 

 

 
If you like hiking, don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Croaghaun Sea Cliffs – they are the highest in Ireland and the third highest in Europe. Many believe that the Slieve League Cliffs in Donegal are Ireland’s highest at 1,972 ft, but they are only the highest on Ireland’s mainland, the Croaghaun Sea Cliffs are actually higher at 2,257 ft and are three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher!
 

 

 
If hiking is not your thing, you can drive to a great view point called Mweelin. It is located near Dooega on Minaun Mountain. You can see the whole of Achill Island and Clare Island on a clear day.

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2. Visit Downpatrick Head

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Downpatrick Head is one of Ireland’s most dramatic locations. You will find the ruins of a church that was founded by St. Patrick, as well as a WW2 look out point, and one of the Eire signs that was marked into the ground during the war, to show pilots that they were flying over neutral ground. 
 

 

 
However, it is the majestic sea stack Dún Briste (broken fort) that impressed me most. It was remarkably quiet considering we visited in July, and I loved how close we could get to the cliff edge. There are no visitors centres or designated walk ways like you would find at the Cliffs of Moher, but perhaps that is part of its charm. I advise you to visit before the crowds arrive! 

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3. Cycle the Great Western Greenway

Cycling the Great Western Greenway is one of the top things to do in Mayo

The Great Western Greenway is a wonderful walking and cycling trail that stretches from Westport all the way to Achill Island. You can choose to cycle the full 42km, or pick up the trail in the coastal towns of Newport or Mulranny and cycle part of it. This was something I wish we had time to experience, but it is a good excuse to make sure I come back! 

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4. Enjoy a night out in Westport

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I visited the vibrant town Westport many times, and it is no surprise that it is one of Ireland’s most popular holiday towns. The colourful centre is home to some great restaurants and pubs, and its location on the coast makes it the perfect base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way.
 

 

 
Don’t miss the chance to visit the 18th century Westport House. You will find something here for all the family including a Pirate Adventure Park for children. It is one of the top things to do in Mayo with kids.

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5. Drive through Doo Lough Valley to Connemara

Doo lough Valley drive from Mayo to Connemara

The drive from Louisburgh through Doolough Valley to Connemara is one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland. The mountainous landscape is breathtaking, as are the the two lakes that you pass by in the valley. The drive leads you into the pretty town of Lenane, where the movie The Field was filmed. Many of the pubs that were used in the film are still there today. 
 

 

 
There is also a famine memorial located in Doo Lough Valley, dedicated to the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy”. During the Great Famine many people died while walking through Doolough Valley due to starvation. Mahatma Gandhi asked “How can men feel honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings? – this quote is now engraved in the cross.
 

 

 

6. Climb Croagh Patrick 

Climbing Croagh Patrick is one of the top things to do in Mayo

Ever since St Patrick fasted at the top of Croagh Patrick for 40 days in 441 AD,  “The Holy Mountain” became one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in Ireland. Some people climb it barefoot as an act of penance, but from what I am told, it is a difficult climb even with the appropriate footwear!
 

 

 
Croagh Patrick is located just five miles from Westport and if you do manage to make it to the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the 365 islands in Clew Bay – assuming you climb on a clear day.

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7. Discover the Erris Peninsula  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Erris or Belmullet Peninsula is one of Mayo’s best kept secrets. The coastline is lined with dramatic sea cliffs, white sandy beaches and acres of mountains and bog. The Erris Loophead walk is a 5k walk that is ideal for all fitness levels, and the Ballycroy National Park has an abundance of hiking trails to choose from. It is also home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park.
 

 

 
Don’t miss a trip to Claggan Island. It is a tidal island that can be reached by walking along low tide. The beaches are arguably the best along the Wild Atlantic Way, if not in Ireland.

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8. Visit the Ceide Fields

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Céide Fields are one of the world’s biggest stone age sites and are home to the oldest known field systems in the world. They are older than Egypt’s pyramids and have been preserved due to the surrounding bog environment. The exhibit includes stone walls, megalithic tombs and extraordinary rock formations.
 

 

 
This site is in UNESCO’s tentative list to gain World Heritage status, so perhaps now is the time to visit before this happens! It is located a mere twenty minutes drive from Downpatrick Head, so they are an ideal combination for a day out in Mayo.

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9. Take a boat trip to Clare Island 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Clare Island was once home to the famous pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, and you can view her burial place that remains there. You can expect dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches as well as archaeological remains. The clear waters are popular with swimmers as well as scuba divers, and the Clare Island ferry runs regularly from Roonagh so it is easily accesible. See timetable here.
 

 

 
10. Beaches, Beaches and more beaches

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I was blown away by Mayo’s stunning coastline. I received over 20 recommendations of beaches to visit in Mayo, but unfortunately due to time constraints we had to narrow it down to three! Keem and Keel beach on Achill Island are practically iconic, but the lesser known Silver Strand beach near Louisburg is also a must visit. The water is crystal clear, it is surrounded by high sand dunes and green headlands, yet thankfully because of it’s remote location it manages to avoid the masses.

Read: 3 Beaches in Mayo you have to visit
 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Airbnbs in Dublin City Centre for Christmas Shopping Breaks

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Luxury penthouses, modern city apartments, cottages and Georgian houses – I’ve got some of the best Airbnbs in Dublin city centre in this post.

 

Still debating about a Christmas market break this year? Why not make a break for Dublin instead? I’ve got some of the best Airbnbs in Dublin city centre that are ideal for Christmas shopping breaks, or any trip to the capital for that matter. 

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I am an Airbnb Associate, so I spent hours searching the Airbnb website and found some fabulous Airbnbs in Dublin. I live in Dublin and even I am tempted to stay in some of them! All Airbnbs have Superhosts and are highly recommended with excellent reviews. Hopefully there will be one here to suit you, and you will be planning your next trip to Dublin soon.
 

 

 

1. Luxury Penthouse in Dublin city centre, Sleeps up to 4

best luxury airbnbs in Dublin

This luxurious two bedroom penthouse must be one of the best Airbnbs in Dublin. It has a large and bright open plan living/dining area with a balcony, and free parking space underground. It also has access to a fitness centre, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and a rooftop garden patio, all located within in the apartment complex. Located just 500 meters from St Stephens Green and abut a 10 minute walk to Trinity College, its location is superb too.

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2. Modern City Cottage in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, Sleeps up to 4

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This refurbished two-bedroom cottage is located in Dublin’s redeveloped waterfront area. With the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the 5-Star Marker Hotel and a host of trendy bars and restaurants nearby, it is the perfect place to enjoy Dublin’s social scene. Dublin’s shopping districts and top attractions are easily accesible on foot, or via the Luas (Tram). For those who like to exercise there is a yoga mat, pilates ball and kettle bell available.

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3. Cosy Home Close to Dublin city centre, Sleeps up to 10 

best airbnbs in dublin for groups or large families

For large families or groups, this three bedroom Georgian home is the ideal choice. Located on a quiet street, but only fifteen minutes walk to Dublin city centre, this offers the best of both worlds. Trinity College and Dublin’s best shopping districts, Grafton Street and Henry Street are a 20 minute walk away, or can be reached by tram, which is only a two minute walk from the property.   
 
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4. Penthouse in the heart of Dublin city, sleeps up to 4

Penthouse Airbnb in Dublin city centre

This newly renovated 2-bedroom apartment has a superb location in the heart of Dublin city. It is large, airy and brightly furnished. It also has access to an outdoor patio and free car parking space. Dublin’s top attractions, Dublin Castle, Trinity College and St Stephens Green are on your doorstep, as well as Dublin’s premier shopping streets.

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5. Spacious Airbnb close to Dublin city that allows 1 night stays, Sleeps up to 8

airbnbs in dublin that allow one night stay

Located in the historic village of Phibsboro, this bright, spacious apartment is one of the few Airbnbs in Dublin that allow one-night stays. It is served by numerous bus routes and Dublin’s Luas (Tram) system, but if you prefer to go on foot, Dublin city centre is about a 30 minute walk away. This apartment is set above the Bald Eagle Gastro Pub, which offers craft beer, gin creations and great food – the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the city. 

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6. Dublin City Loft on Airbnb, Sleeps up to 5

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This stunning loft apartment is undoubtedly one of the best Airbnbs in Dublin. It is a large duplex penthouse in one of Dublin’s only authentic loft buildings. The top floor has a one bedroom suite and a drawing room with a terrace overlooking the city, while downstairs has an open plan living / dining area with a 60 inch multi-channel TV with Netflix. There is another bedroom downstairs and a sofa which can accommodate a fifth person. Developed from a textile factory in the late 90’s, the apartment now includes many new designer pieces and modern art.

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7. Georgian city centre apartment, Sleeps up to 4

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Live like a local in this newly renovated period house in the heart of Dublin city. This two-bedroom apartment is beautifully furnished and has its own front door in the basement of a Georgian Town House. It is a few minutes walk from fashionable Portobello and Camden Street, and less than ten minutes walk to St. Stephens Green and Dublin’s premier shopping district, Grafton Street.

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8. Duplex Penthouse With Dublin Skyline Views, Sleeps up to 6

airbnbs in dublin with city views

With a spacious terrace that overlooks Dublin’s skyline, this is one of the best Airbnbs in Dublin for city views. This cosy penthouse apartment is modernly furnished and is ideally located to enjoy all that Dublin has to offer. With Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the Guinness Store House all within walking distance, as well as Dublin’s shopping districts, the location is superb. This is an Airbnb ‘Plus’ home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.

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9. Temple Bar Apartment on Airbnb, Sleeps up to 4

best airbnbs in near Temple Bar

Temple Bar is one of Dublin’s most popular tourist areas, as numerous bars, restaurants and Dublin’s top attractions are on your doorstep. This spacious, bright apartment is located on a pedestrianised street in the quieter end of Temple Bar, and is just a few minutes walk from Trinity College, Dublin Castle and Dublin’s shopping streets. The building’s courtyard is also home to a yoga studio and massage centre.

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10. Luxurious Georgian Dublin house, Sleeps up to 6

best airbnb houses in Dublin

This luxurious Georgian period home in located within easy reach of Dublin’s city centre. It offers a home-from-home type atmosphere, yet only a short stroll to Dublin’s top attractions. St. Stephens Green and Dublin’s premier shopping street, Grafton Street, is less than 10 minutes walk away, and there are numerous Dublin transport options on your doorstep. 

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I hope this post the best Airbnbs in Dublin city centre, will help you plan a trip to Dublin soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification.
 

 

 
These homes were researched on the Airbnb website and when you make a booking, you do so via Airbnb. Note as I am an Airbnb Associate, I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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How To Get A Refund From Ryanair – My Step by Step Guide

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My handy guide outlines how to get a refund from Ryanair, if you booked directly on the Ryanair website, or if you booked via a travel agency.

 

Getting refunds is not exactly easy during the best of times, but in a pandemic, it is obviously going to be a lot harder. Ryanair have reported that they have received over 1,000 times the normal volume of flight cancellations, so there is no surprise that we are all experiencing delays getting a refund from Ryanair.
 

 

 
That being said, airlines are obliged by law to refund you within seven days of a flight cancellation. I think most people understand that there will be delays, however, I have received messages from people who have waited five months for a refund – this is clearly unacceptable.
 

 

 
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I have outlined below a step by step guide on how to get a refund from Ryanair, with links to claim refunds if you booked directly on the Ryanair website, or if you booked via a travel agency. I hope you find it useful and it helps you secure a refund quickly.

 

How do I know if I am entitled to a refund from Ryanair?

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You are only entitled to a refund from Ryanair, or any airline for that matter, if your flight is cancelled. Ryanair is still operating flights to countries where there are travel restrictions in place. Certain countries require visitors to present a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, while others demand that you quarantine for 14 days – these are not grounds for a refund. If you choose not to travel because of these travel restrictions, or because the government are advising that you should not travel, you are not entitled to a refund.
 

 

 
If you do not wish to travel overseas and your flight is still operating, you may be able to claim on your travel insurance policy if you have government advisory included, or if you have travel disruption cover. This will need to be checked with your travel insurance provider.

Read: 10 Tips for travelling during Covid-19
 

 

 

How do I apply for a refund with Ryanair?how to get a refund from ryanair

If your flight has been cancelled and you have booked with Ryanair.com or via the Ryanair app, you can apply for a refund online. You may have received notification of the flight cancellation via email, and you may have been offered a voucher, however, if your flight is cancelled you can apply for a refund using this link:

Apply for refund here
 

 

 

What if I received a voucher instead of a refund?

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Ryanair may still send you a voucher even if you have applied for a refund. Vouchers are quicker and easier to process and Ryanair will hope you will accept the voucher. However, if you don’t want to accept the voucher, you can redeem your voucher for a cash refund, by submitting your booking details below – note this is only for customers who booked directly on Ryanair.com or via the Ryanair App.

Claim refund here
 

 

 

What should I do if I booked my Ryanair flight via a travel agency or an online travel website?

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Ryanair have made no secret that they want you to book all of your Ryanair flights directly with them, despite the fact that many package holidays using Ryanair flights and corporate travel are booked via travel agencies. Travel agencies have reported that they have received some refunds, however recently these seem to be harder to secure.
 

 

 
If you have booked via a third party website or travel agency and are still awaiting a refund, the reason for the delay may because Ryanair have not refunded the travel agent. I suggest contacting your travel agency to discuss your options. If you have booked via an online travel agency and are unable to contact them, you will need to apply for a refund directly on the Ryanair website.
 

 

 
Ryanair have introduced a new policy for customers who are seeking a refund, but have not booked with Ryanair.com or via the Ryanair app. You are required to fill out a Customer Verification Form online and attach the following documents: 

 

  • Copy of your ID and signature e.g. passport or driving license
  • Proof of address e.g. household bill
  • Original booking confirmation from the Online Travel Agency 

 

 

 
Ryanair have confirmed that they will refund you directly, and not the travel agency who you booked through. I have filled out one of these forms personally and am currently awaiting correspondence from Ryanair to verify my request. I received no indication of how long this will take, but I am currently waiting 23 days.

View Customer Verification Form here
 

 

 
Ryanair have actively posted about the impacts of  booking with a 3rd party travel agent or screen scraper website. They have highlighted large UK travel sites such as Kiwi, On the Beach, Love Holidays, eDreams and Last Minute.com, rather than local travel agencies. However, it has been suggested by some agencies that they may be applying the same rules for ANYONE not booked directly with Ryanair.

 

 

According to the Ryanair website: “If you receive confirmation from Ryanair that your booking has already been refunded to the screen scraper that you booked with, you must contact them directly to get your money back”.
 

 

 

Is there any further action I can take if I am not satisfied with the outcome? 

 
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Regardless of the pandemic, regulation EU 261 still applies – if a flight is cancelled you are entitled to a refund. If you have exhausted all the steps above, and have still not received your refund from Ryanair, you can make a complaint to The Commission for Aviation Regulation. This is the National Enforcement Body for EU 261, which sets out the rights of Air Passengers if their flight is cancelled or delayed, amongst other things.
 

 

 
It is important to note that they can only carry out investigations in relation to flights departing from Irish Airports and flights arriving into Ireland from outside the EU where the flight is operated by an EU airline. For details on making complaints relating to departures from other EU countries, click here.
 

 

 
Myself and fellow travel journalist Ed Finn interviewed the Air Passenger Rights Manager, Sarah Fischer from the Commission of Aviation Regulation. Sarah explained to us in great detail how to get a refund if your flight is cancelled. You can listen to the full podcast here:

 


 

 

 

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How to Claim Money Back On Your Next Staycation With The Stay and Spend Scheme

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Take advantage of our governments new Stay and Spend scheme and claim up to €125 back on your next staycation.

 

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we all need a holiday! We may not be able to travel abroad at present, but we can certainly enjoy short breaks or holidays in Ireland. Anything that will encourage us to take more staycations is welcome, including the new Stay and Spend scheme that was introduced by government and comes into effect on October 1st 2020. 

 

 
The new Stay and Spend scheme is aimed at boosting the tourism and hospitality sector during the low season, from 1st October – 30th April. Families will be glad to hear that this also covers the busy periods of the October mid term break, Christmas and Easter holidays.

family staycations over october mid term break can avail of the stay and spend scheme
 

 

 
The new scheme offers taxpayers the opportunity to claim back 20% of the amount spent in restaurants, pubs, hotels and other qualifying businesses during this time, subject to a maximum spend of €625 per person.

If you choose to spend €625, this will equate to a saving, or tax credit, of €125 per person. Perhaps now is the time to splash out and treat yourself to a well deserved break?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It is important to note that the Stay and Spend scheme is only available to taxpayers. You will need to have an income tax or USC liability which the tax credit can be offset against.
 

 

 

How do I claim money back on the Stay and Spend scheme ?

It would be easier and more inclusive for the consumer if the 20% savings were made directly on your hotel or restaurant bill, however, claiming your tax credit is actually quite easy.
 

 

 
You simply download the Revenue Receipts Tracker app on the App Store or Google Play Store. You will need a PPS number to register, but I downloaded the app today and found it very straight forward. I was also surprised to learn that you can use this app to submit health and other expenses too!

revenue app for stay and spend scheme

To submit your claim, take a photograph of your receipt on your mobile phone and upload this through the app. There is a minimum spend of €25 per transaction, but you can upload as many receipts as you like, up to a maximum spend of €625.

Revenue will provide an income tax credit of up to €125 (or 20% of entire spend) per taxpayer, or €250 for a married couple who are jointly assessed. 

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Are all hospitality businesses included in the Stay and Spend scheme?

Businesses need to register with Revenue to participate in the scheme. They need to be VAT registered, have a current tax clearance certificate, and be registered with an official body such as Fáilte Ireland, HSE etc.
 

 

 
It is important to check in advance of booking if the establishment you wish to visit has registered for the stay and spend scheme. Details of the businesses registered for the scheme will be available on revenue.ie, and 1600 businesses have registered already.

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Are there any exceptions?

While you can claim relief on accommodation, food and soft drinks, alcohol or take-away food is not included. There is also a minimum spend of €25 per person at any one time. As previously mentioned the Stay and Spend scheme is only available to taxpayers – this means many people including pensioners and carers who don’t pay tax, will not be eligible for the scheme.
 
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Now that you know how to claim money back via the Stay and Spend scheme, why not book a nice staycation over the next few months? Some of my latest posts might be of interest and I have lots more holidays in Ireland on my website.

Read: Staycation tips for holidaying in Ireland during Covid-19

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10 family hotel deals between Christmas & New Year

20 Irish hotel deals for New Year’s eve
 

 

 
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20 Great Irish Hotel Deals for New Year’s Eve: 2-Night Stays from €108pp

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From Dublin to Donegal, I’ve searched the web to bring you 20 great four and five-star Irish hotel deals for New Year’s Eve. 

 

If you’re looking to escape the age old problem of how to ring in the New Year, why not skip all the rigmarole and book one of these Irish hotel deals for New Year’s Eve instead. I’ve got 20 great hotel breaks for two nights, staying four and five star hotels with swimming pools. I have also chosen two self-catering options for friends, and these have access to swimming pools too. If you are looking for family hotel breaks during Christmas holidays – check out this post:

12 Family Hotel Deals in Ireland Between Christmas & New Year

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It is important to note that some facilities may have restrictions imposed. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or if you have to change your plans at the last minute. However, if you are booking a non-refundable room, check out staycationinsurance.ie.

 

 
I have priced these Irish hotel deals for New Year’s Eve on various websites to get the best value. They are all based on staying from the 31st of December for two nights. You can, of course, extend or curtail your stay, or even change dates to suit you requirements – simply edit the search when you click on the links below.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have a promo code AFFHCOM4Q20 with Hotels.com that offers 8% off the listed price – this is available on selected hotel deals below. All breaks include my affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

1. Hotel Woodstock, Ennis, Co. Clare: Deluxe Room  €108pp

 

 

Clare’s Hotel Woodstock is a family run country house on the grounds of Woodstock Golf and Country Club. Located just 4km from Ennis and a short drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
 

 

 
The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way. This rate includes free cancellation too!
 
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2. 4-star Breaffy House Hotel, Co. Mayo : €183pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Resort this summer and had a wonderful experience. There is a large swimming pool and spa on site and if you like wine, make sure you take a tour of their cellar! I loved Mayo. There is so much to see and do. Westport is just a 20 minute drive away, as is the Great Western Greenway, and I truly believe that some of Ireland’s best beaches are in Mayo.
 

 

 
This rate includes free cancellation and if you use my promo code AFFHCOM4Q20 you will save 8% off the listed price.

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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3. 3 Bedroom Kenmare Residence, with access to hotel pool, Co. Kerry : Total Cost €468

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This superb holiday home is featured on Airbnb and is located beside the Bay Hotel in Kenmare. The home sleeps up to seven and guests have access to the hotel’s leisure facilities. It is within walking distance of the vibrant town of Kenmare, should you want to avail of the many great restaurants on offer, and is located on the Ring of Kerry if you want to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. This home is also pet friendly.

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4. Redcastle Hotel Golf & Spa, Donegal: €200pp

hotel deals for New Year's eve in Ireland

The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore the coastal county of Donegal, with a two-night stay only €149 per person. However, with a waterfront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.

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5. Maryborough Hotel, Cork, Deluxe Room B&B: €168pp

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Perfect for a romantic escape or spa break, the Maryborough is one of Cork’s most loved hotels. Housed in an 18th-century building, yet furnished in contemporary style, this hotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
 

 

 
With an award-winning restaurant, state-of-the-art leisure centre, luxurious ESPA, and surrounded by 300-year-old listed gardens – this is a great choice to celebrate the New Year in style. This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation too.

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6. Shandon Hotel & Spa, Donegal, B&B: €220pp

hotel deals in Ireland for New Year

Located right by the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way, this relatively new hotel (opened in 2016) boasts stunning sea views. The leisure centre has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub and a spa with balneotherapy bath with 190 water jets.
 

 

 
Combine this New Year break with a visit to the Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal’s answer to the Cliffs of Moher, and one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation. Check out the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor here.

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7.  Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim, 1 bedroom Cottage B&B: €210pp

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Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s most luxurious spa hotels. Set within 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through the estate, it has all the feels of a secluded hideaway, yet is only 30 minutes from Belfast. The riverside hot tubs and outdoor heated pools are an Instagram favourite, but there is more to Galgorm than its unique thermal village. There are numerous dining options to choose from as well as a championship golf course.
 

 

 
You will be staying in one of their modern cottages and breakfast is also included. Use my promo code AFFHCOM4Q20 to save 8% off the listed price.

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8. Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Wexford, €195pp

I had the pleasure of staying in Dunbrody Country House Hotel a few years ago and loved it. It is set in 300 acres of gardens and woodland, in the small village on the Hook Peninsula.  As you might expect, it offers excellent cuisine, courtesy of celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. It also boasts a spa and a choice of dining options.
 

 

 
As well as its signature restaurant, there is a traditional pub on site that serves up some great pub grub, as well as live music. Note the room rate of €390 includes free cancellation.

Read: Dunbrody House serves up much more than just good food

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9. Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Deluxe room: €177pp

The family-owned Randles Hotel in Killarney is located just five-minutes walk from the town centre, and is renowned for its Irish hospitality. There is a 20 metre pool as well as a Zen Day Spa, and the Conservatory restaurant serves up some great seafood specials.
 

 

 
With the Killarney National Park on your doorstep, as well as the Ring of Kerry, you will be spoilt for choice for day trips. This rate is based on staying in a Deluxe double room, and offers free cancellation.

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10. 3 Bedroom House – Quilty Holiday Cottages, Co. Clare: Total Cost €445

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The traditional Quilty Holiday Cottages are located on Clare’s coast and offer panoramic views on the Atlantic Ocean. This three-bedroom home is available via Airbnb and sleeps up to six. It also offers complimentary access of the indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Imagine walking the Cliffs of Moher on New Years Day, and returning to your warm cottage to an open fire? What a wonderful place to ring in the New Year.

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11. Galmont Hotel, Galway, King Room B&B: €180pp

Irish hotel deals for New Year's eve in Galway

The centrally located Galmont Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from Eyre Square and the train station, so it is an ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t want to drive. The on site spa, gym and swimming pool, and choice of two restaurants, make it one of the most popular places to stay in Galway. This super rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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13. Dunboyne Castle, Co. Meath, Deluxe Double B&B, €158pp

hotel deals for New Year in Ireland

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is set in 21 acres of gardens and woodlands, and boasts a luxury spa with a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor hot tub, and treatment rooms. The award-winning Ivy Restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate New Year.
 

 

 
Its proximity to Trim Castle, Newgrange and the Hill of Tara, as well as being less than 20 km from Dublin, means there are lots of possibilities for day trips along Ireland’s Ancient East. This rate includes breakfast but is non-refundable. A supplement of €18pp applies for a rate with free cancellation.

 

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14. Kinsale Hotel & Spa, Co. Cork B&B €239pp

hotel deals in Ireland for New Year's eve

Set in 90 acres of woodlands, yet only a five-minute drive to the vibrant city of Kinsale, this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Guests love its peaceful location with panoramic views over Oysterhaven Bay, with the added advantage of being able explore Ireland’s most colourful town.
 

 

 
The indoor pool, luxury spa, and Rockpool Bar & restaurant will make it one of the most popular Irish hotel deals for New Year’s eve. This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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15. Faithlegg Hotel, Waterford, B&B, €212pp

hotel deals for New Year's eve in Ireland

Faithlegg Hotel is a restored 18th century mansion that is set in acres of woodlands overlooking the Suir Estuary. It offers all the cosy feels for the perfect winter break. Faithlegg offers a choice of dining options – choose from the award-winning Roseville Rooms in the main house, or casual dining in the Golf Club. 
 

 

 
There is also a health and fitness centre, including swimming pool, sauna & steam room, tennis courts, and treatment Suites. This great rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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16.  5-Star Marker Hotel, Dublin, Premier Room €299pp

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The Marker Hotel is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World. Its trendy cocktail bar and brasserie are the places to be seen in Dublin – I can only imagine how popular it will be on New Years Eve!  It also boasts a spa, a 23 metre infinity pool and a state-of-the-art gym. If you get a clear day, the views of the Dublin skyline from the rooftop lounge are superb.
 

 

 
This rate offers free cancellation, so I would suggest booking it now, as it is likely to be one of the most sought after Irish hotel deals for New Year’s eve.

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17.  5-Star Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, Deluxe Room B&B: €278pp

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Lyrath Estate Kilkenny is set on 170 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Kilkenny City. I visited Lyrath this summer and loved the blend of the old Manor House with a modern luxury hotel. There is an indoor infinity pool, gym, and an Oasis Spa and Wellness Centre.
 

 

 
There are also two restaurants to choose from in the hotel, or if fancy dining in Kilkenny City, it is only a five-minute drive away. This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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18.  5-Star Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry B&B: €223pp

luxury hotel deals for New Year's eve in Killarney

The Aghadoe Heights Hotel is superbly located overlooking the Lakes of Killarney. The hotel boasts two restaurants, two bars, and a leisure centre with swimming pool and spa.
 

 

 
If you are looking for a luxurious hotel break for New Year’s Eve, then look no further. This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation. Use my promo code AFFHCOM4Q20 to save 8% off the listed price. 

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19.  5-Star Savoy Hotel, Limerick, Deluxe Room: €191pp

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The Savoy Limerick City places you right in the heart of the city centre. Overlooking the River Shannon, it offers three restaurants, and a modern gym, spa, and swimming pool. Limerick is an ideal base for discovering Ireland’s coastal towns as well the Munster Vales.
 

 

 
This is incredible value for a five-star hotel – in fact I recommend you extend your stay.  This rate includes free cancellation too. 

Read: Top things to do in the Munster Vales

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20.  5-Star Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, €290pp

 hotel deal for New Year's eve in the Shelbourne, Dublin

I may be a little biased, but I like to think that The Shelbourne Hotel is one of Ireland’s best hotels – the fact that I got married here many years ago may have something to do with that! It is not only a luxury five-star hotel, but it is one of Dublin’s landmarks. Located right on St. Stephen’s Green, it has been the centre of the city’s social and cultural scene for 200 years. 
 

 

 
I still love to pop into The Shelbourne whenever I am in town, and I can think of no where better to ring in the New Year in Dublin. This is a non-refundable rate, supplement of €30pp applies for free cancellation rate. However, if you use my promo code AFFHCOM3Q20 you will save 8% off the listed prices. 

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I hope this post on Irish hotel breaks for New Year’s eve will help you plan a festive break away. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you, or you need to cancel due to personal reasons.
 

 

 
These deals were researched across various hotel booking sites. When you make a booking you do so via a third party website. Prices are correct at the time of publishing but may change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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