Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland

Rugged, romantic and traditional but still with a huge sense of fun, the Emerald Isle is a place to visit for unspoilt scenic landscapes, a warm welcome and a perfect pint of the black stuff. It’s also an increasingly dog-friendly travel destination. Admittedly it was a little behind in the furry-friend welcoming stakes but now it’s quickly caught up – due to an EU rule change, pooches are now permitted into Irish restaurants, pubs and cafés. Head to the MVP Bar in Dublin for “doggy beer” offered to well-behaved dogs and Bark & Bumble in Cork City for a doggy-themed boutique bakery, serving everything from pupscotti to pawspressos! Of course with the plentiful supplies of lush green landscapes, wild coastline, wonderful mountains and even some beautiful dog-friendly beaches, Ireland is a top pet playground just waiting to be explored. There’s also a growing amount of excellent hotels that will also accept your furry friend, from townhouses in the lively capital city to gorgeous countryside retreats. Here are 15 of the best pet-friendly hotels all across Ireland…

Ballsbridge Townhouse, Dublin – a great dog friendly base to explore the city

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Conveniently located for the RDS events centre and Aviva Stadium, and just 10 minutes from the Grand Canal Dock, this townhouse hotel offers peace and quiet with easy access to the city centre. Guests can choose from contemporary bedrooms or a one bedroom apartment, and while there is no restaurant on site, the owners are happy for you to order in. Your pet is welcome to stay with you at the Ballsbridge Townhouse, but you will need to let them know in advance. The quiet location, private gardens and an easy walk into town are all perfect for sharing with your four-legged friend.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Dunmore House Hotel, Muckross – a West Cork retreat offering views over the Atlantic Ocean

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With spectacular views out across the Atlantic Ocean, this Mid-Century building is home to a charming, family-run mid-range hotel. The Dunmore House Hotel is situated on the shores of Clonakilty Bay in West Cork. It offers elegant bedrooms, a top-rated restaurant, a 9 hole golf course and sea terrace. This all adds to the enjoyment of this spectacular location. Your dog will love this hotel as much as you do, with ground floor, dog-friendly rooms available you can expect plenty of fuss from the staff and a friendly welcome from the hotel’s dogs. Your furry friend can also join you in the bar at this lush Irish retreat.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal – a restored 17th-century castle on the shores of Lough Eske

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Relax in 5-star luxury at this simply stunning hotel set on the shore of Solis Lough Eske Castle Donegal, offering grand, upscale accommodation, a first-class spa and a highly regarded restaurant. With over 40 acres of mature woodland and gardens right outside your door and the pretty town of Donegal just a short drive away, this is the perfect spot to unwind and breathe in the fresh Irish air. Your four-legged friend will be welcome to stay with you in the Garden Suites or Courtyard rooms and will be treated to a basket, blanket and food tray on arrival. Humans only in the main castle building, but the pet-friendly Irish hotel will make your dog feel as loved as possible, and you can explore the magical rural location during your walks.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Railway Country House, Gorey – a railway house B&B located near the picturesque market town in County WexfordTop 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global GrasshopperTop 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

This delightful, mid-range boutique hotel is situated on the outskirts of the market town of Gorey. Just a short walk away from some of Wexford’s most beautiful sandy beaches, the hotel offers fresh, bright bedrooms and a hearty breakfast that will set you up for a long day exploring the coastline. Your dog will be able to stay with you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and the owners will do their best to accommodate your pet away from the main eating area. Outside, you are just a short walk from lots of local dog-friendly pubs and walks, as well those amazing Wexford beaches.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo – popular upscale hotel overlooking Lisloughrey Quay

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

As an award-winning boutique hotel set within the 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle, you can expect to find elegant accommodation, chef-led cuisine and a very warm Irish welcome at this 4-star dog-friendly hotel in Ireland. Your dog will be treated like a VIP at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, with dog-friendly bedrooms that include a comfy pet bed, fluffy towels, food and water bowls and their favourite treat. You can bring your own food or choose from the doggy dining menu during your stay, and you will both enjoy the never-ending walks in the countryside that await, right outside your bedroom door.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Castle Murray House, Dunkineely – elegant dog-friendly hotel overlooking the ocean

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Offering boutique accommodation, Castle Murray House is home to 10 individually and beautifully decorated bedrooms. The accommodation here offers stunning views out across the ocean and the surrounding hills and mountains of McSwyne’s Bay, making this a perfect hideaway location. Your best friend is more than welcome to stay with you and explore the rugged Northwest Coast of Ireland. Dog-friendly bedrooms are available on request, and your pet can join you in the bar and lobby area at certain times of the day and must be kept on a lead at all times. With the waterfront, just a few steps awake, fun and frolics on the beach are guaranteed.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

East Clare Golf Village, Bodyke – upscale pet-friendly cottages not too far from Doon Lough Natural Heritage AreaTop 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Set in 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling countryside, East Clare Golf Village offers impressive views out across East Clare. These comfortable 2 bedroom cottages offer mid-range accommodation with fully equipped kitchens, elegant bedrooms and private patios. There is also a free shuttle service that runs to a local bar with traditional Irish music on Sundays and Wednesdays. Your four-legged friend is welcome to join you here, and dogs of any size can stay in the designated pet-friendly accommodation by prior arrangement. With easy access to acres of outdoor space, you and your best friend can while away the days exploring the Irish countryside.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Blackhill Woods, Abbeyleix – a typical Irish dog-friendly retreat set in set on five acres of woodland

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Offering an authentic “pure” living experience, Blackhill Woods is a tiny piece of heaven tucked away at the heart of Ireland, close to the historic town of Abbeyleix. Specialising in offering yoga, meditation and well-being therapies, this is a holistic retreat designed to help you to reconnect and relax during your stay. Your dog is most welcome to join you during your stay. Pet-friendly rooms are available on request, but your best friend will need to stay with you at all times. Outside the property, there are plenty of places to explore including the surrounding woods, extensive gardens and the nearby town of Abbeyleix.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Lough Inagh Lodge, Connemara – surrounded by mountain ranges and the shores of Lough Inagh in Galway

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

This mid-range hotel sits on the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara’s most spectacular lakes, and just to the west of Galway City. Surrounded by Mam Turks and the magnificent Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides, Lough Inagh Lodge offers elegant bedrooms and country house dining in the most dramatic of locations.

Pet-friendly bedrooms are available, and you and your best friend can sit together in the front lounges, but not the dining areas. The extensive grounds are great for daily adventures, but as the hotel is situated in a farming and natural wildlife area, pets need to be adequately controlled while on the grounds. Further afield, there are miles of the beautiful Irish countryside to explore together.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

  • Prices from €75 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Lough Inagh Lodge

Travelodge, Galway – a modern budget hotel in the heart of Galway City

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Just a short walk from the vibrant city of Galway with its brightly painted pubs, colourful shopfronts and the Salthill beaches, this a comfortable, modern hotel that is also within easy reach of the airport. With an on-site restaurant and bar, the Travelodge in Galway is the perfect base from which to begin your West Coast adventure in Ireland.

Your dog can join you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms, but must not be left unattended at any time during your stay. Together you can take a stroll along the promenade on Salthill Beaches, where your pooch can enjoy some off-the-lead excitement, before stopping for a pint in one of the many dog-friendly pubs that in the city.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

The Dunloe, Killarney – a 12th-century Irish castle ruin turned upmarket, pet-friendly hotel near the Ring of Kerry

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

As one of the very best hotels in all of Ireland, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens offers 5-star luxury and refinement throughout. Set on its very own 64-acre estate that leads down to the River Laune, you can stay in luxurious bedrooms, experience fine dining and enjoy a range of leisure activities including swimming, sauna, steam room, techno-gym, fishing, horse riding and tennis. Your dog can join you in the lap of luxury too. Pet-friendly hotel rooms come complete with food and water bowl, a floor mat, special pet treats, pet beds and a doggy throw. There is also the stunning 65-acre estate to explore together, and even an enclosed run so that your dog can run free in a controlled space.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal – upscale Georgian country house hotel near a sandy beach at Lough Swilly

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

This beautiful, 4-star luxury hotel is set in tranquil wooded grounds overlooking the idyllic Lough Swilly. You will find elegant bedrooms with individual décor, extensive grounds and fresh food and fine dining at the Tap Room in this traditional country house hotel. With a designated doggie bedroom adjoining your own human bedroom, your pet won’t miss out on a single minute at Rathmullen House. The sandy beach at the bottom of the garden is perfect for long walks and wet runs, while the gardens, woodland and countryside beyond offers excellent opportunities for epic walkies every day.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

  • Prices from €80 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Rathmullan House

Beara Coast Hotel, Castletown Berehaven – a West Cork pet friendly Ireland retreat located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

A recently renovated mid-range hotel that offers high-end accommodation on the Beara Coast, the Beara Coast Hotel has stunning views of the town and surrounding islands and mountains. The chef-led restaurant offers a fine dining menu created using locally sourced produce, and the hotel itself sits in extensive grounds perched on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Your dog will love staying here with you, and the dog-friendly rooms offer first class accommodation for a visitor with both two legs and four. Being so close to the Atlantic Ocean there is mile upon mile of beaches, cliff tops and rugged scenery to explore together, as well as a wealth of dog-friendly pubs and places in the nearby town of Castletownbere Ireland.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

  • Prices from €95 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Beara Coast Hotel

Listoke House, Listoke  – a hidden countryside dog-friendly gem Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

The courtyard accommodation at Listoke House is set among 6 acres of woodland, gardens and open farmland. With just 3 en-suite bedrooms available at this dog-friendly hotel in Ireland, you can be assured of a relaxed and tranquil stay at Listoke House. Bright and spacious, the bedrooms offer easy access to the outdoor spaces, as well as the traditional tea rooms and well respected local art gallery.

Your dog is welcome to come and share the Listoke House experience with you by prior arrangement only. Situated so close to the traditional country town of Drogheda, your furry friend can join your exploration of the local pubs and fresh fish restaurants of villages like Clogherhead and Carlingford, as well as the gentle hikes up the Cooley mountains.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

  • Prices from €90 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Listoke House

The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine – a swish modern hotel not far from Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

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Top 15 dog friendly hotels in Ireland Global Grasshopper

Close to the bustling market town of Coleraine, and just a 20-minute drive to UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Giant’s Causeway, The Lodge Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the North of Ireland. With comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms, award-winning cuisine at Elliot’s Bistro and an authentic Irish welcome, this is an excellent hotel for you and your family to enjoy.

Dog-friendly bedrooms mean your four-legged friend won’t have to be left behind on this adventure, and up to two small or medium sized groomed house dogs are allowed to stay with you in your room. The staff will be able to advise you on the very best dog walks close by including Mountsandel Forest, Somerset Forest and Castlerock Beach, or book you on to a fun Dog-Friendly Food Tour for a doggy focused day out, the Irish way.

To stay with your dog, click on the link to book as normal and on the booking form add a note to say that you will be bringing a dog (you can add this note in the Special Requests box located at the bottom of the page). The hotel will then get back to you to arrange.

  • Prices from €60 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Lodge Hotel

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