Ireland is known for its dance, its hearty food, and Guinness, among other things! Despite its cool weather, it’s also a fantastic place to do some traveling. The beautiful natural landscape and array of outdoorsy activities make it a super vacation spot for adventurous travelers – and their dogs, too!
If you’re planning on doing a spot of camping with your pooch, you can find dog-friendly campsites wherever you go. Or try wild camping, but be careful to keep your dog close and be mindful if you come across other people.
But if you’re looking for something less outdoorsy when it comes to accommodation, the dog-friendly hotels Ireland has to offer cover every budget and preference.
Here are some of the best ones around.
Luxury: Ashford Castle
If you’re looking for luxury dog-friendly hotels, Ireland doesn’t disappoint. Ashford Castle is our top pick, and if you’re planning a 5-star trip that has you spending time in Cong, this 5-star hotel is the natural choice.
You’ll stay in one of 82 lavishly decorated guest rooms, which includes a plasma television, Wi-Fi, and a minibar. You can bring your pet along (large or small) for an extra EUR 40 per night, but make sure you request a pet-friendly room when you book.
Be aware that your dog won’t be allowed to stay in the room alone if you leave. You’ll have to include them in your activities if you’re planning on being out and about.
Nearby activities include golf, a fitness center, a spa, 3 restaurants, 3 bars, and Lough Corrib and Ballinrobe Races. Remember, if you choose to partake in any of them, your trusty pup will need to be with you!
Best for Entertainment: The Dylan Hotel
Dog-friendly hotels in Ireland offer a comfortable, luxurious, and memorable stay. But when it comes to the features you’ll experience in your room, the Dylan is a step up from the others with their technology.
There are 44 contemporary, modern-design rooms, only some of which are dog-friendly. Make sure you book the right one from the start! Only dogs under 20kg—44lb—are allowed, for a fee of EUR 100 per night, as well as a EUR 100 cleaning fee.
You’ll arrive to a luxury room kitted out with a dog bed and bowls. If you need to head off somewhere that’s not dog-friendly, you can arrange a dog-walker to take your pooch out for a romp while you do your thing.
Nearby attractions include the Baggot Street bars, Grafton Street designer shops, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the nearby Guinness Brewery.
Budget: Copper Kettle B&B
Not everyone wants to stay in a luxury castle. This is one of many budget-friendly, dog-friendly hotels Ireland features, but we’ve chosen it for its warmth and home-style comfort.
You’ll be able to bring your dog with you no matter what size they are for an additional EUR 25 per night. Surprisingly, considering it’s budget-friendly, this B&B is 4-star.
It’s perfect for travelers and dogs who want a quieter environment with less bustle than a hotel. There are only 4 rooms available, each with a private bathroom and complimentary toiletries.
A complimentary breakfast will start you off the right way every day. Daily housekeeping, Wi-Fi, satellite programming, and anytime tea and coffee are extra amenities you’ll enjoy when you’re not exploring with your dog.
Best View: The Cliff House Hotel
When in a country as beautiful as this, it would be a pity to miss out on a great view from your hotel window. If you’re looking for the best dog-friendly hotels Ireland has that offer a superb view, the Cliff House Hotel takes the cake.
From your window, you’ll have a spectacular view over the Cork-Waterford coastline. You’ll be able to see the expanse of water no matter where you are in the hotel, from the dining room to your en-suite shower.
If you’re a foodie, this is where you want to be. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star for its sublime cuisine, which has a traditional Irish slant.
ook your pet-friendly room in advance, and you can take your 30lb or smaller dog along for no extra fee!
Best for Family: Castle Oaks House
If you’re traveling with your family, including your dog, not just any old hotel will do. Although it can be hard to find family- and dog-friendly hotels, Ireland has its fair share. We’ve settled on Castle Oaks House Hotel as they consider dogs to be part of the family!
Note that you’ll need to call the hotel to book a pet-friendly room, and not book online. But once you’ve got that room booked, your whole family, including your pup, will be in for a wonderful stay.
Located on the scenic banks of the River Shannon, this is a paradise for dog walks. While you’re out with your pup, the kids can keep themselves busy on the playground, take a swim in the heated pool, or join the kids’ club.
Be aware that you’ll only be allowed to take one dog along, for a fee of EUR 25 per night.
The Great Outdoors: Rathmullan House
If you’re visiting Ireland to experience the magnificent nature it has to offer, you should be looking for dog-friendly hotels close to the amazing Ireland outdoors.
The hotel is located inside the Glenveagh National Park, a beautiful wilderness complete with mountain peaks, a forest, serene lakes, and spectacular waterfalls. There’s an 1800s castle offering an historic experience too.
You can also take a horseback ride along the coast, play a round of golf, take a swim in the pool, play a game of tennis, spend some time on the beach, or partake in some watersports.
Dogs are welcome, and would be thrilled to experience this gorgeous outdoor paradise with you!
If you aren’t a pet parent yet, you may want to consider adopting a dog just to experience these amazing dog-friendly hotels Ireland has to offer!
Whatever your itinerary, budget, or activity preference, there’s a pet-loving hotel you and your fluff can spend a very comfortable vacation at.
Let’s face it – every travel experience is better with a wagging tail, happy puppy dog eyes, and knowing that your furry friend is taking part in all the fun right alongside you.
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