From pet-friendly self catering options to luxury five-star resorts, I’ve got over 40 great apartments and hotels in Ireland that allow dogs to come on holiday with you.
When I started researching this post, little did I know that there were so many hotels in Ireland that allow dogs. I have listed over 40 below, but there are actually a lot more. I chose hotels or apartments that were either recommended, or had a pet-policy on their website – so if you are aware of some that I have left out, please comment below and I will check them out.
There is such a variety of pet-friendly hotels in Ireland. The Twelve Hotel in Galway has a separate pet lobby and a pet menu for your four legged friend, while Castlemartyr has a dedicated Pet Concierge. The Salty Dog in Co. Down allows your pet to dine with you in the lounge. You can pre-book grooming services and dog sitting in many hotels, and I was amazed to learn that some even offer turndown teats!
In some hotels certain breeds are excluded, while others require vaccination certificates. Some hotels provide bedding and water bowls, while others expect you to bring your own. One thing that is common among all hotels in Ireland that allow dogs, is that you need to notify them in advance that you are bringing a dog with you. There may be only a few rooms in a particular hotel that are pet-friendly, so you have to book well in advance.
I have divided this list of hotels in Ireland that allow dogs by official hotel ratings, however some of the 3-star hotels have excellent reviews from pet owners. I have included some recommended self catering options at the end and you can read my post on dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland here. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you plan a holiday in Ireland with your pet in the near future.
5-Star Hotels in Ireland that Allow Dogs:
1. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Ashford Castle is arguably Ireland’s best hotel, if not one of the world’s best. You can rest assured that yourself and your canine friend will be spoilt in Ashford Castle. In fact Ashford Castle believe your pet is a VIP too (Very Important Pet)! Pet-friendly rooms are equipped with a choice of different sized comfy beds, cushions, duvets, fluffy towels, food, water bowls and a turndown treat. The vast Ashford Estate will ensure endless walking possibilities and you can pre-book dog sitting, dog walking and grooming services.
Pets can not be left unattended in rooms and must be kept on a leash at all times. They are not allowed in dining, beverage or lounge venues. The cost for such lofty treatment is only €75 per dog per night, however, a damage deposit of €1000 is required per stay. Pre-booking is required in advance. See more here.
2. Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork
Castlemartyr Resort won the Gold Medal Award for the best pet-friendly hotel in Ireland in 2019 and they have numerous options for a great pet friendly holiday in Cork. Choose from luxury room and suite options in the hotel, or luxury self-catering options on the resort grounds. There is a dedicated Pet Concierge that offers discounts on local dog walkers, sitters and maps of nearby woods and beaches, and your dog will find a welcome doggie gift in your room.
Unlike many hotels, guests can have up to two pets (max size standard labrador) in any room at once. Please bring your own food and bedding, bowl etc. Pets must be disease-free with all standard vaccinations and there are exceptions for certain dog breeds. Pets are not allowed in food or beverage areas, must be kept on a leash in public areas, and can not be left alone in any room at any time – pet sitting is available at an extra charge.
Cost per hotel room is €50 for first night and €20 for any additional nights; self catering lodges €20 per night or €100 for seven nights. Pre booking is essential. See more here.
3. Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford
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The luxurious Cliff House Hotel is one of the few 5-star hotels in Ireland that allow dogs to dine with you on the terrace. They actively promote stays with pets and have a ‘Sandy Paws’ offer which includes an overnight stay for two and a dog, with breakfast included. You can expect homemade dog treats, towel and a sleeping crate. There are superb cliff walks and plenty of options for paddles in the sea – I’ve stayed there and it is a stunning location for both owners and pets.
Pre-booking is a must as dog-friendly rooms are subject to availability. Dog guests must be 30lbs or less as rooms are not suitable for larger dogs. Dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times and not left alone in rooms. Dogs are not permitted in bar or restaurant areas. See more here.
4. Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Co, Kerry
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is a great choice for a pet-friendly holiday in Ireland as your pet will love exploring the 65 acre estate, which includes an enclosed run. The hotel offers dog friendly accommodation in their luxurious kennels, or in one of their pet-friendly hotel rooms. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a welcome pack including a pet toy, treat and clean-up bags. There are more pet treats in your room including a water bowl, and a pet bed with a doggy throw to cover the sofa should your pet wish to sleep there.
A nominal charge of €10 per dog per night applies and rooms must be booked in advance with the hotel. Pets are not allowed in food and beverage areas and pool areas of the hotel. See more here.
5. Dylan Hotel, Dublin
Dublin’s contemporary Dylan Hotel is the only five-star boutique hotel in Dublin. This historic townhouse is a popular haunt for Dublin’s jet-set but it also happens to be a cool hangout for dogs! You can expect pet beds, treats and water bowls in dog-friendly rooms, but like many five star hotels you will pay for the privilege – the cost is per dog is €100 per night. See more here.
6. Tankardstown House, Co. Meath
The luxurious Tankardstown House allows dogs to stay in their Courtyard Cottage Suites, which open directly on to the courtyard, so dogs can access outside easily. Tankardstown has its own resident dogs (including Bruce above) who are delighted when more dogs stay over and the hotel even has a special package available. Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a complimentary doggie treat and a three-course evening meal from €155 per person. See more here.
4-star Hotels in Ireland that Allow Dogs:
7. Ocean Sands Hotel, Co. Sligo
The Ocean Sands Hotel is according to their website, a ‘seaside haven for animal lovers’. Located on the famous Blue Flag Enniscrone, this pet-friendly hotel offers designated dog-friendly rooms with outside access, and can provide food, water bowls and pet beds if required. See more here.
8. Ardilaun Hotel, Co. Galway
Highly commended in this years Pet Friendly Destination of the Year awards, the Ardilaun Hotel is one of Galway’s most popular dog-friendly hotels. Pet-friendly rooms with dog bowls are located beside the gardens so they have easy access to outdoors. You will need to bring your own bedding and food, and dogs are not allowed in their room alone.
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed in the restaurant, bar or leisure centre. Reservations must be made in advance direct with the hotel and a fee of €15 per night applies. See more here.
9. Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry
The pet policy at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel is simple, they allow all pets, once they are well behaved. Pets will love the 32 acres of woodlands and the welcome treats they receive on arrival – a ‘Pawsecco or Doggy bear’! They also receive a blanket, treat and water bowl. Cost is £30 per stay with a maximum of two dogs per room.
The Sixteen 22 Gastro Pub allows pets to dine or drink with you, and you can also opt to have breakfast served there. Dog grooming, walking or sitting is available at an extra cost. See more here.
10. Cashel House Hotel, Co. Galway
The pet-friendly Cashel House Hotel in Connemara allows pets to stay in your bedroom. They can also get the chance to meet the long term resident dog Sammy. A member of Ireland’s blue book, this 4-star hotel is located just 8 miles from Roundstone, and is a great location for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way with your pet. See more here.Check prices here
11. Vienna Woods Hotel & Holiday Homes, Co. Cork
The Cork Vienna Woods Hotel allows one small pet less than 22 lbs or shorter than 16 inches to stay in their hotel rooms or self-catering villas. Cost is €20 per pet per night, which must be pre-booked as availability is limited. Pets are not allowed within the public areas of the hotel and must remain on leads at all times in the hotel grounds.
Owners are requested to bring their own food and bedding, and be washed and on flea medication prior to arrival. Guests are responsible for any damage or injury caused by the pet, and must absolve the hotel staff of any liability if the pet or another guest is injured. See more here.
12. Randles & Dromhall Hotels Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Killarney is a great destination to bring your dog on holiday with you. Randles and its sister hotel The Dromhall allow one dog (small to medium size only) stay in the hotel room with you, but you will need to bring your own food and bedding. Pets are not allowed in public areas of the hotel and must remain on a lead at all times.
There is a nominal fee of €10 per pet for one night or €15 per pet for duration of stay. Restrictions apply on certain breeds, please confirm in advance at the time of booking. See more on Dromhall here. and Randles here.
13. Glebe Country House, Co. Cork
Glebe Country House Hotel allow pets stay for free. They have a secure area in our gardens to exercise your dog and the sandy surfing beach of Garrettstown is just four miles away. See more here.
14. Gregans Castle, Co. Clare
The team at Gregan’s Hotel are animal lovers and extend a warm welcome to pets. There are a number of ground-floor dog-friendly rooms which accommodate pets, with direct access to the garden. See more here.
15. Harveys Point, Co. Donegal
Harveys Point has been on my wish-list for some time and is superbly located for a holiday with your pet. Pet-friendly rooms are located in the Lakeshore Suites, and not in the main hotel. See more here.
16. Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, Co. Fermanagh
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The Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel have lodges on site which are an ideal choice for a pet-friendly holiday in Fermanagh. Enjoy the Cuilcagh Walk or the many forests and walking trails close by. They accept all well-behaved domestic dogs, however a charge of £75.00 will apply. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and are not allowed in the dining areas. Two dogs are allowed stay per room. See more here.
17. Lusty Beg Island Resort, Co. Fermanagh
Lusty Beg Island Resort and Spa offers a choice of dog-friendly self catering lodges, chalets and bedrooms. Awarded Northern Ireland’s first GOLD Paw Grading from Dog Friendly NI’s PAW Grading Program, ensures a memorable stay for your four-legged friend. The dog wash is a big hit – dogs can enjoy a walk along the dog trail and get as muddy as they wish!
Dogs are welcome in the signed off areas in the Beech Room and The Terrace, but not in indoor areas, unless by prior arrangement. Dogs must be kept on a leash near other guests and not left alone in the accommodation or grounds. Dogs are charged at £20 per dog for the complete stay. See more here.
18. Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
A member of Ireland’s Blue Book, I stayed in Marlfield House last year and loved it. There are plenty of cats, dogs and ponies in the grounds and their resident peacock George also enjoys meeting pets. Dogs must be kept on a lead in the garden and the house and not left alone in the bedrooms.
You need to bring your own bed if they are staying in the room with you, and dogs are not allowed in the dining or public rooms of the hotel. The hotel must be notified when you are making the reservation and there is a charge of €15 per night. See more here.
19. Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Co. Kerry
The luxurious Parknasilla Resort & Spa is a great pet-friendly destination. Not only have they recently completed building four dog kennels but they also have superb self catering lodges, which are an ideal option for a family break away.
There is a nominal charge of €10 per night and kennels must be reserved in advance. Please bring your own bedding, preferred dog food and bowls. Dogs are not allowed inside the hotel or self catering lodges and must be kept on a leash at all times. Dangerous dogs as specified in regulations made under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 are not permitted. See more here.
20. Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal
Located on the shores of Lough Swilly in Donegal, Rathmullan House is a great location to for a pet-friendly holiday in Ireland. There is only one dog-friendly room available in Rathmullan House, so check directly with the hotel for availability. This room has a private entrance and sleeping area suited to dogs.
The hotel provides a bed, food bowl and clean-up bags as well as tasty kitchen scraps on request! Pets are not allowed in the public areas of the hotel, but there is plenty of outside space for them to enjoy. See more here.
21. Rathsallagh House, Co. Wicklow
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Rathsallagh House, another member of Ireland’s Blue Book, has a special kennels for pets which are located 1-minute walk from reception. You need to bring your own feed and dog bedding. Pets are not permitted in the guest rooms, bar, drawing or dining rooms. However, you are free to wander about our grounds with your pet on or off the leash.
Please bring evidence of up to date vaccinations, including kennel cough vaccinations. There are no charges for bringing your dog, however prior reservation/notification is essential. See more here.
22. Seaview House, Co. Cork
The Seaview House is one of West Cork’s only pet friendly hotels. They have ground floor rooms with direct access to the gardens. Dogs are not allowed in the public areas of the hotel, but are welcome to access the gardens and all out-door areas. Pre-booking is essential, cost is €25 per night per dog. See more here.
23. Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry
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I love the Sneem Hotel’s simple dog policy – they welcome any dog, regardless of size, weight, or breed for zero cost or deposit, as long as they are well-behaved! There are terrific walking trails and sandy beaches close by and the hotel’s resident red setter is sure to make your dog welcome.
The self-catering apartments are perfectly suited to pets, however you need to bring your own bedding, water bowl and pet food. Pets are not allowed in any inside areas of the hotel including the hotel lobby, bar and restaurant. There is no additional charge if you are bringing your pet along, however they may charge in the event of any damage done to the room/apartment. See more here.
24. The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, like the Ashford Castle Hotel treats all pets like VIPs (Very Important Pets). Their dog friendly rooms can cater for a maximum of two dogs per room. Make sure to advise the hotel on booking what size your dog is so they can allocate a room with a large or small bed.
A dog bed, fluffy towels, food and water bowls are all provided and there is a special dog and cat menu available from the kitchen including including Scooby Doo snacks, bangers and mash and a milk choc cappucino! A nominal charge of €10 per dog per night applies, however a deposit of €500 is required at check-in. This is refunded on departure once your room has been inspected and no damages have been made. See more here.
25. The Mustard Seed, Adare, Co. Limerick
The luxury country house, The Mustard Seed was voted pet-friendly hotel of the year by Georgina Campbell. They offer a choice of accommodation options including a superior room on the ground floor with doors opening onto the garden or a deluxe suite for added space, but also with access to the outside. Dogs can not be left unattended in your room and cannot sit with you at meal times. See more here.
26. The Twelve Hotel, Co. Galway
The Twelve Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in Ireland that allow dogs. A 4-star boutique hotel in Barna, your dogs will be treated to an assortment of goodies and amenities including a ‘doggie bag’ with a toy, treat and clean-up bags. There is a separate Pet Lobby with toys, water bowls, bones, leashes and towels and the spacious pet-friendly suite come with a pet menu, food and water bowl and doggie room service! There is even a Pet Concierge Service that has details and discounts on local dog walkers, sitters, groomers, boutiques and a map of nearby woods and beaches.
There is no additional charge for pets, but a security deposit is applied. Pets are not permitted in the hotel restaurants. Only one pet is allowed per suite, and must be booked in advance with the hotel. See more here.
3-star Hotels in Ireland that Allow Dogs:
27. Brown Trout Golf and Country Inn, Co. Derry
The Brown Trout Golf and Country Inn offers a range of dog-friendly accommodation, including spacious 4-star courtyard cottages. Up to two dogs may stay in your room, cost is £20 for one dog, £30 for two. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in the main building and bedrooms.
However, there are many other conditions that should be reviewed before booking such as dogs must be clean with no heavy doggy small and not shedding. Rooms will be inspected upon departure and any damage will be charged. See more here.
28. Carna Bay Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway
Carna will always have a place in my heart, with some great memories of three consecutive Gaeltacht trips in my teenage years! The Carna Bay Hotel allow pets to stay in the room with you at no extra charge, once they are house trained and owners bring suitable bedding/box for sleeping in. See more here.Check prices here
29. Enniscoe House. Co. Mayo
Located on the shores of Lough Conn, Enniscoe House is ideally located for a break away with your pet. Pets are welcome to spend the night in your bedrooms, and they offer a specific dog lovers package for €90 per person which includes an over night stay with breakfast and a dog lovers treat box. See more here.
30. Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney offers the choice of pet-friendly hotel rooms and apartments. The apartments can take two pets ( max 50 lbs ) comfortably and are equipped with a pet bed and food and water bowl. Pre booking is essential. See more here.
31. Lough Inagh Lodge, Co. Galway
Lough Inagh Lodge is a wonderful pet-friendly hotel that allows your pet to enjoy open log fires in the library or enjoy morning coffee and afternoon tea in the sitting room. There are no costs either, making it an ideal choice for Galway break with your pet. See more here.Check prices here
32. Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
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We stayed in Ballycastle a few years ago when we explored the Causeway Coast. As well as being a pretty beach town, it is a great base to explore the coastal route. The Marine Hotel is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular pet-friendly hotels, where dogs are allowed join you in their Costa Coffee and Library area for lunch or dinner. Their dog-friendly bedrooms come with dog bowls, blankets and treats. A nominal charge of £15.00 per dog applies and reservations must be made in advance. See more here.
33. Peacockes Hotel, Co. Galway
Peacockes Hotel in Connemara have a limited number of dog-friendly bedrooms on the ground floor of the property that can accommodate up to three people, as well as your dog. Dogs are allowed in the public areas of the hotel but must remain on a lead and under the control of an adult at all times. Nominal nightly supplement applies and reservations must be made in advance. See more here.
34. Renvyle House, Co. Galway
Renvyle House has a selection of pet-friendly ground-floor rooms with close access to the grounds that are ideal for your four-legged friend. The hotel allows small to medium size dogs (max 40lbs / 18kgs) only with a maximum of one dog per room. Dogs must be fully toilet-trained, washed and on flea medication prior to arrival.
Pets are not allowed in the pool area, restaurant, bar or other areas where food is consumed, and must be kept on a leash at all times. Certain breeds of animals will not be allowed. A pet fee of €15.00 per night applies and you must bring your own bedding. Any additional cleaning charges or damage will incur a charge. See more here.
35. The Inn on the Coast, Co. Antrim
The Inn on the Coast Hotel is a popular choice with dog owners. Pets are allowed dine, have breakfast or enjoy drinks with you in the Pub Bistro and they also have alfresco seating in the Beer Garden. The Inn on the Coast welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes, including Great Danes!
They have 10 pet-friendly rooms, located on the ground floor, with easy access to the outdoors. Rooms can accommodate two large dogs or three small dogs at a cost of £20 for one dog, £25 for two or £30 for three dogs. All dogs receive a pooch pack with goodies and water but guests are asked to bring their own bedding, crates, bowls etc. See more here.
36. The Salty Dog Hotel, Co. Down
As the name suggests, the Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular dog-friendly hotels. The Salty Dog welcomes all dogs, regardless of size, weight or breed, as long as they are well-behaved. They allow a maximum of two large/medium sized dogs or three small dogs per room, with a a one off charge of £15.00 for one dog, £20.00 for two dogs or £25.00 for three dogs, regardless of how long you stay. They also contribute £5 of each of these charges to the local animal shelter, Assisi.
You can bring your own bedding, towel and food bowl, or if you prefer it can be supplied for £10 per night. However, all dogs receive complimentary treats and water and a doggie box of goodies, including a doggie tooth brush, clean-up bags and sausage for breakfast – if allowed. Dog walking and grooming services are available and there is a doggie menu, with dog beer, dog ice cream and a mean chicken and beef meatloaf! Pets are allowed to eat with their owners in the lounge area of the hotel, making the Salty Dog Hotel one of the most popular hotels in Ireland that allow dogs.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in main building and must not be left unattended in bedrooms. You need to book a table to dine with your dog. See more here.
37. Wyatt Hotel, Co. Mayo
The Wyatt Hotel in Westport offers dog-friendly bedrooms in an isolated area of the hotel. These rooms can accommodate three people and come with a separate dog-bed, and direct exterior access so your pet can access outside easily. Dogs are not allowed in the public areas of the hotel and can not use the main entrance. Walking/watering grounds are available in public green area at the rear of the hotel.
One dog is allowed per bedroom and an additional nightly fee applies. Reservations must be made in advance with the hotel. See more here.
Other pet-friendly self-catering options in Ireland
38. Blessingbourne Country Estate, Co. Tyrone
These five award-winning self-catering apartments in a working farm environment are ideal for a family break away in the heart of the country. Located on 550 acres of woodland and private lakes, there are plenty of walks for you to enjoy with your pet. All apartments are pet-friendly and if you happen to have a horse, you can bring it along too! See more here.
39. Center Parcs, Co. Longford.
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Center Parcs’ dog friendly accommodation is ideal for a family break away in a forest setting. I’m a big fan of Center Parcs, we went twice last year and can’t wait to go back. There are clearly marked dog exercise areas and up to two dogs are allowed per lodge. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Pet-friendly accommodation is available in Woodland and Executive lodges only, which must be requested at the time of booking. See more here.
40. Belle Isle Castle & Estate, Fermanagh
The Belle Isle Estate not only offers the the opportunity to stay inside the castle, but it also has luxury cottages and self catering apartments on its extensive 470 acre grounds. Located on the shores of Lough Erne, it is an ideal setting for a special occasion or extended family gathering. The cottages are pet-friendly too!
There is a wide selection of outdoor activities on-site including fishing and boating. Archery and clay pigeon shooting can be arranged for groups of eight or more.
As well as plenty of hotels in Ireland that allow dogs, there are lots of Airbnb options too. While I love staying in hotels on holidays, sometimes it is nice to rent a house with no one else around. Airbnb’s can be a great option with pets, as you can book one with lots of open spaces for them to explore. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up here and get €30 off your first stay and you can read my dedicated post on 20 dog friendly Airbnbs in Ireland here.
I hope this post has shown you how to find hotels in Ireland that allow dogs and that you will be jetting off on a short break with your beloved pet in the near future.
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