Have Dog, will travel. Together.
Planning a trip with your four-legged buddy in tow? Here is our first in a series of dog-friendly travel itineraries across Ireland and the UK. We’ve chosen to kick off with the most dog-friendly region in Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way.
Our journey: the Wild Atlantic Way, from Lough Eske, Donegal to Kinsale, Cork.
Please note: most hotels have a limited number of designated dog-friendly rooms. This needs to be specified and confirmed when booking to avoid arriving to find no suitable room available.
Also, many premises do not have a formal Pet Policy other than “small, well-behaved dogs welcome”. We strongly recommend confirming your individual requirements as part of the booking process.
Harvey’s Point Country House Hotel, Lough Eske
For good food in a scenic setting, the 4-Star Harvey’s Point Country House Hotel is hard to beat. Located in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Eske, just 6km from Donegal town, the dog-friendly options include one of the Lakeshore Suites, where rooms open up onto the garden and lake, or in one of the designated first floor rooms in the hotel.
Pets stay in the room with you, bedding can be provided on request, and there is no additional charge. Dogs are not allowed into food and beverage areas.
Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel is a five-star castle hotel located on a private lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, with a rich history dating back to the 15th century.
The award-winning Lough Eske Castle is Donegal's only five-star hotel and has been titled "World's Best Luxury Country Hotel" for five consecutive years (2009-2013) - it is the only Irish hotel to claim a "World Luxury Hotel Award."
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort
For a break combining golf and nature, Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, Downings is the perfect destination. Set between two sandy beaches along Sheephaven Bay, and within 800 acres of links, the luxury 4-Star Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort in north-west Donegal is home to two of Ireland's finest links courses - the original Old Tom Morris Links (laid out in 1893), and the Sandy Hills Links which opened in 2003.
The Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh
For surfers, the Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa is perfectly situated, overlooking the 3km long beach at Rossnowlagh, a world famous surfing mecca.
Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant
On the coastal road at the beautiful St. John's Point near Duninkeely, and overlooking McSwyne’s Bay and the ruins of McSwyne’s Castle, Castle Murray House Hotel enjoys spectacular views of Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Set in its own beautiful wooded grounds overlooking Lough Swilly on the Fanad Peninsula in north Co. Donegal, the family-run Rathmullan House 4 Star Luxury Hotel is only a few steps from a 3km long golden beach. The doggie room (adjoining the human bedroom) ensures that your beloved pet also gets to enjoy the best of country house luxury.
Markree Castle, Collooney
Recently purchased by the renowned family of Irish hoteliers, The Corscadden's, Markree Castle has been lovingly and extensively renovated to the highest standards and now joins the family's Romantic Castles of Ireland hotel and venue portfolio. The fourth luxurious Irish Castle venue Markree Castle reopened in March 2017 (sister hotels include Ballyseede Castle, Bellingham Castle and Cabra Castle).
Coopershill House, Riverstown
Set in a 500-acre private estate of mature hardwoods, deer pastures and its own river, Coopershill Country House has been in the O’Hara family since it was built in 1774.
Temple House, Ballymote
Temple House is a truly historic home, offering luxury country house accommodation, plus a self-catering cottage in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
Home of the Perceval family since 1665, Temple House is a very impressive classical Georgian manor set in its own private 1,000 acre estate, overlooking a 13th century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar.
On site activities include boating, pike fishing, birdwatching, terraced gardens and miles of woodland walks.
Enniscoe Country House and Estate
Located near Crossmolina, at the foot of Mount Nephin with views across Lough Conn, Enniscoe Country House and Estate welcomes dogs, free of charge. This 6-bedroom elegant Georgian Guest House is operated by pet-loving mother and son team Susan & DJ Kellett.
The Wyatt Hotel Westport
The Wyatt Hotel is a charming, comfortable and welcoming 3* boutique hotel in the heart of Westport. Dog-friendly rooms include Dog Bed and direct Courtyard access. There is also a green area at the rear of the hotel plus public pedestrian access to the extensive grounds of Westport House.
The 5-Star Ashford Castle (voted World's Best Hotel by Virtuoso) is gloriously dog-friendly. The welcome includes a Very Important Pet package. This luxurious hotel is set in 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib near Cong village, home of “The Quiet Man” film.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a boutique hotel within the Ashford Castle estate. Dogs are welcome and even have their own Scooby Doo menu. There is a charge of €10 per night per dog.
Newport House is situated overlooking the estuary of the Newport River where it flows into Clew Bay and is within easy reach of some of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, mountains and coasts.
Newport House is famous as a fishing centre and holds the fishing rights to the internationally renowned Newport River (fly fishing only) with 8 miles of river (both banks) and Lough Beltra West - 3 miles by 1 mile. The fishery holds a healthy stock of Spring Salmon, Grilse and still some Seatrout and all fish are wild. It is one of the few fisheries in Ireland where Spring Salmon can be fished from a boat. The spring fishing opens on the 20th of March and continues through June when the Grilse (Summer Salmon) begin to show. There is often a run of bigger fish at the end of the season in September.
Clare Island Lighthouse
This restored 1806 Lighthouse operates as boutique guest accommodation, having been transformed into fully catered, luxury accommodation, in a magnificent setting and natural environment.
Galway City / Connemara
The Twelve Hotel
The award-winning, luxury Twelve Hotel is located in the seaside village of Barna, a few minutes west of Galway City. This contemporary boutique hotel is one of the most dog-friendly in the region. Welcome includes Doggy Bag, Pet Menu and stay in a Luxury Suite at no extra charge for one pet.
Renvyle House Hotel
In a spectacular setting in a 150 acre estate literally on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way, Renvyle House Hotel is another truly dog-friendly hotel, with dogs allowed everywhere except the Dining Room (and the bar if people are eating).
Travelodge Hotel Joyce Roundabout, Tuam Road
The budget Travelodge Hotel is dog-friendly hotel located a 15-minute walk from Eyre Square, there is a small additional charge for pets, maximum two per room.
Other Galway / Connemara hotel options include Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Cashel House Hotel, Zetland Country House Hotel, and the Ardilaun Hotel.
Self-catering options include GMIT Holiday Apartments, Cuirt na Rasai, Ballybrit and NUIG, Cuirt na Coiribe, Headford Road.
Gregans Castle Hotel
Situated 5km south of Ballyvaughan village in north Co. Clare, and ideally situated overlooking the unique and world renowned Burren landscape, the multi award winning and historic Gregans Castle Hotel enjoys breath-taking views across Galway Bay. Dogs are welcome in some of ground floor rooms which have garden access.
Byrnes Ennistymon WineDineStay
Byrnes Ennistymon WineDineStay is a family-run business located in the centre of the popular town of Ennistymon, in north Clare. In addition to guest accommodation of 6 en-suite bedrooms with river or town views, coffee, snacks, lunch, drinks and evening meals are served every day from 10am.
Burren Castle Hotel, Lisdoonvarna
Located in the beautiful countryside of Co. Clare on the edge of the world-renowned Burren, and just 2km from Lisdoonvarna, the Burren Castle Hotel offers 80 en-suite bedrooms, almost all of which enjoy beautiful views. Dogs can be accommodated subject to availability at a charge of €5 a night, including a takeaway sausage and bacon breakfast.
Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare
Located in the designated Heritage Town of Adare, just 10 miles from Limerick city, the 4-Star Dunraven Arms Hotel makes an ideal base for exploring Limerick’s Hunt Museum and King John’s Castle, while further afield could include day trips to the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, and Killarney / Killarney National Park.
Castleoaks House Hotel, Castleconnell
Formerly known as Woodlands House, the 4-Star Castleoaks House Hotel is located 7 miles / 11 km north east of Limerick city on the banks of the River Shannon in the parish of Castleconnell. There is a pet friendly garden suite with access to the beautiful gardens. This contains bedroom accommodation plus a downstairs lounge area. Situated on 26 areas of mature gardens, there is an abundance of beautiful walks.
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is a stylish, contemporary, luxurious 5 star hotel, in a stunning setting with magnificent views across lakes and mountain, and just a 10 minute / 5km drive from Killarney town.
Small pets are allowed in the bedroom but not the public areas of the hotel. Note: larger dogs have to be housed in nearby kennels. On arrival you receive a Doggy Welcome Pack in the room – a dog bed, water/food bowl, bottle of water, pet toy and welcome card from Louis the resident dog! There is also the Doggy Menu, a book of walks in the area and the rooms open out onto the garden.
The luxury 4-Star Sneem Hotel (and 28 self-catering 2 and 3 bed apartments) is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking Golden’s Cove, on the Ring of Kerry.
The Sneem Hotel has specific hotel rooms and self-catering apartments where dogs are welcome, regardless of size, weight, or breed for zero fees or deposit. There are terrific walking trails near the hotel that you and your dog will enjoy as well as some beautiful sandy beaches.
Randles Hotel and Dromhall Hotel Killarney
Located on the Muckross Road, just five minutes' walk from Killarney town centre, these sister 4-Star hotels are both dog-friendly.
The Dunloe offers dog friendly accommodation for your dog, whether it is in one of our luxurious kennels, or in one of our pet friendly hotel guest rooms – please note this is your choice i.e. there is an option of a dog-friendly bedroom. There is a charge of €10 per dog per night which includes a welcome pack.
The Park Georgian Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Tralee
Located in the heart of Tralee town on Denny Street, the Tralee Park Guest House is a very fine example of Georgian architecture, featuring beautiful high ceilings, coving and many other original features. A number of Holiday cottages are also available in the Dingle Peninsula.
Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey
Seaview House Hotel is a 4-Star country house hotel set in private grounds in the quiet village of Ballylickey just 4 km from Bantry Town and a short hop to Glengarriff. Dogs are welcomed and can stay in your room, and there are a number of designated pet friendly ground floor rooms.
Rolfs Country House, Baltimore
Rolfs Country House B&B in Baltimore, West Cork, is a family-run business, operated by the Haffner family since 1979. Set in 4.5 acres of mature subtropical gardens, with many subtropical plants and mature trees, the existing old farmhouse and courtyard - surrounded by traditional stone build outhouses - have been carefully restored and renovated to bring it back to its original style and character, in the process providing beautiful Bedroom and Holiday Cottage accommodation.
Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty
Situated on the shores of Clonakilty Bay in beautiful West Cork, the 30 bedroom Dunmore House Hotel is a third generation, family-run business which first opened as a hotel in 1948.
O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty
O'Donovan's Hotel ("Óstán Uí Dhonnabháin") is a town centre, sixth generation, family run, historic hotel located in the heart of Clonakilty. House trained dogs are welcome.
Friar's Lodge Guest House, Kinsale
The 4-Star Friar's Lodge Guesthouse is located in the centre of the picturesque seaside town of Kinsale - the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland" - in West Cork. Friars Lodge also offers 3 purpose built holiday homes with secure private parking in the centre of Kinsale.
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