Here are the best dog-friendly vacation rentals in Ireland
These “dog-friendly” Irish cottage rentals promise a great vacation for you and your favorite pooch!
Currently, there is a huge demand for dog friendly holidays in Ireland and the UK. In Ireland, searches for “dog-friendly accommodation” have increased by 80% since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Hogans Irish Cottagesone of Ireland’s leading holiday home providers, has selected the best Irish cottages perfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes, young and old.
“The latest demand for dog-friendly cottages is not too much of a surprise as families look to book an Irish cottage suitable for their pooch. People have very specific needs when it comes to finding a holiday home for their pets, as they come in all shapes and sizes, young and old,” said Graham Donoghue, General Manager of Hogans Irish Cottages.
“We wanted to include some of the most popular dog breeds currently in Ireland and help dog owners find holidays that their dog would choose based on their wants and needs as a breed!
“Some of the finest places to visit from a pet friendly holiday home in Ireland include: County Cork, County Donegal, County Galway, County Mayo and County Wexford.”
As we head into spring, check out these beautiful garden spaces and breathtaking seaside cottages where your best furry friend can roam free.
Here are five dog-friendly rentals from Hogans Irish Cottages that are perfect for specific breeds, plus nearby dog-friendly attractions your pooch will love.
1. THE CHOICE OF THE IRISH GROUNDHOUND
12 Cornadarragh – Close to beautiful Killykeen Forest Park
Location: Pleydell near Belturbet, County Cavan
Price: from €556 for 7 nights
The Irish Greyhound, one of Ireland’s oldest dog breeds, would love this flexible and spacious log cabin for its dog-friendly features such as a patio for outdoor dining, a large garden for games of balloon and a magnificent view of the meandering river and the countryside.
This peaceful cabin is located in the remote countryside of Pleydell near Belturbet, County Cavan. Overlooking beautiful forest and the River Erne, this rental is ideal for a family of up to six and an adorable furry friend to retreat to after days of exploring.
The nearby Killykeen Forest Park comprises 600 wooded acres with hiking trails, fishing opportunities and endless trails for walking your dog.
2. THE IRISH SETTER’S CHOICE
Cranny Corner – For big dogs with nearby forests and beaches!
Location: Carnlough, County Antrim in Northern Ireland
Price: from 549€ for 7 nights
Cranny Corner is a fabulous quaint seaside townhouse overlooking the Glens of Antrim. The Glens are a natural beauty, admired by tourists visiting the area. Your pooch will love this secluded vacation home with its large enclosed garden, comfy sofas and open space. Suitable for all dogs, but especially the Irish Setter, which ranks among the most popular dog breeds in Ireland.
Your dog will have the time of his life venturing into the nearby Glenariff Forest Park, a 1185 hectare forest, which is part of Glenariff Glen itself.
There are also four dog-friendly beaches in County Antrim. You can take your dog for a swim at Ballycastle, Carnlough, Mill Strand Portrush and Waterfoot. There are some restrictions for dogs on the beaches, but these are generally seasonal, with any bans taking place between the months of April/May including September.
3. THE CHOICE OF THE IRISH WATER SPANISH
CROI NA GAELTACHTA – A place with the sea at your doorstep.
Location: Glassagh Lower near Derrybeg, County Donegal
Price: from 774€ for 7 nights
Croi Na Gaeltachta is a cheerful semi-detached house located in charming County Donegal. This dog-friendly house sleeps up to eight people, perfect for a large family and their favorite pet.
Inside the property you can all relax in the open plan living area. The space is of course useful if you have a larger dog so this property would be ideal for the likes of an Irish Water Spaniel.
A remarkable choice due to its proximity to the sea, there are four beaches to choose from, including Bunbeg Beach, where the Bunbeg wreck can be explored. At Port Arthur Beach, you will have the opportunity to walk the trail and enjoy the fresh coastal air.
The local food in Derrybeg won’t disappoint and there are a variety of wonderful restaurants that also welcome dogs, including Sean Óg Bar & Restaurant.
4. THE CHOICE OF THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Coach House – A Golden Retriever’s dream.
Location: Easthill near Newtown Mount Kennedy, County Wicklow
Price: from 688€ for 7 nights
Coach House is located in a scenic and peaceful setting, with rural views for you and your Golden Retriever. The property, located near Newtownmountkennedy, is welcoming and friendly and benefits from a dog-friendly walled garden.
A standout feature of the Coach House is the upside-down accommodation structure, which contains two bedrooms furnished for rest and relaxation, and an elegant downstairs bathroom. Head to the hot tub for a soak after a day of hiking.
The area includes a variety of places to explore, with a convenient supermarket just 1 mile away. Take your retriever on a walk in the woods by the Altidor River or on a day trip to the East Coast Nature Preserve for restorative and peaceful walks along its shingle beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and explore the port area. Here you will find the start of the famous Cliff Walk, which takes you through stunning coastal scenery to the seaside town of Bray.
5. THE CHOICE OF THE COCKER SPANIEL
View of Achill
Location: Easthill near Newtown Mount Kennedy, County Wicklow
Price: from €401 for 7 nights
Achill View is a self-contained, pet-friendly cottage perfect for a Cocker Spaniel, another very popular breed in Ireland. Accommodating up to six people and close to the seafront, Achill View is off the beaten track and highly regarded as a prime location of beauty and tranquillity.
This bright and comfortable property is on the Wild Atlantic Way, which leads from Donegal to West Cork. This Currane cabin is a favorite for hikers, being overlooked by Curraun Hill.
Take a deep breath of fresh sea air and soak up the summer sun as you stroll along nearby beach, a quiet, secluded stretch of sand near this Currane cottage.
Let your Cocker Spaniel lead the way in the town of Westport which is full of friendly shops, bars and restaurants, where you will find dog-friendly options.
For more pet friendly holiday homes in Ireland visit Hogans Irish Cottages.