These days pets are in need of a holiday as much as humans are, so here are 10 luxury hotels and pooch-friendly experiences around the country that Fido will love just as much as you.
If you want to take your furry friend to the Irish capital, you will soon be welcome to check in at The Mont, where you will be greeted by Monty, the resident French bulldog. A stay in one of Dublin’s most stylish dog-friendly rooms is central to everything in the city, and handy to leafy Merrion Square, great for walkies and exercise.
Or try Pembroke Townhouse in Ballsbridge, which delights in welcoming you and well-behaved canine companions of all shapes and sizes. Just bring along their bed and favourite food, and the hotel will supply the doggie bowl and a treat or two.
If your heart is set on exploring Ireland’s Ancient East, there is an oasis of canine calm at Tankardstown House in County Meath. This eighteenth-century manor house is an ideal base to explore the spectacular scenery and absorbing history of the Boyne Valley.
Meanwhile the awe-inspiring Cliff House Hotel County Waterford offers a ‘Sandy Paws’ retreat for two guests and their dog. The team will provide homemade dog treats and lots of other amenities to make the stay memorable. You can enjoy long clifftop walks and doggy paddles in the sea, while pooches can also join their family on the stunning terrace.
The appropriately named Salty Dog Hotel in County Down is up there with the best of the many dog friendly hotels in Northern Ireland. Overlooking the marina in the town of Bangor, it welcomes any dog regardless of size, weight or breed. It even allows for two large or medium sized dogs or three small dogs per room. Guests who book a stay receive a doggie box of goodies and a sausage for breakfast (if Fido is allowed one.)
For those heading to the celebrated Causeway Coastal Route, there is a dream doggy destination at the Marine Hotel in the seaside town of Ballycastle. It has dedicated rooms, areas set aside for families staying with their pets, and furry friends are given special treatment on arrival. The beach just a few strides from the hotel is perfect for a walk and the chance to lap up the sea air.
No excuses are ever needed for a trip into Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, but the ability to bring man’s best friend to places like the Creggan Court Hotel make it especially appealing. Located in Athlone, County Westmeath, this is a great choice for families that include children as well as pets.
There are also B&Bs offering pet facilities, including the likes of Ardmore Country House in Kinnitty, County Offaly. Nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, there are miles of walks here on the scenic Slieve Bloom Way and at nearby Birr Castle with its 50 hectares of gardens.
With its awesome beaches and swims in the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is a special treat for dog and human alike, and there are plenty of places to accommodate both.
Home to toys, doggie bowls and a luxury pet suite, The Twelve offers a ‘Pampered Pet Program’ that’s designed to deliver five-star service. No need to pack toys or bowls here, it will all be provided.
With endless green landscapes, wonderful mountains and a wild coastline bursting with dog-friendly places to roam, the island of Ireland is a top pet playground just waiting to be explored.
But before travelling, remember to discuss transporting your pet with your airline or ferry operator and don’t forget to check what paperwork is needed for your dog well in advance.