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Pet-friendly self-catering holidays on the coast in Northern Ireland

coastal dogs allowed holiday cottages northern irelandIrrespective of the time of year, but before you know it, the summer will be well upon us. If you’ve not planned your getaway yet, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to go far and wide to have an amazing and memorable break. Oh no, there are actually plenty of places right here in the UK that you may want to try.

In recent years, Northern Ireland has become more and more popular with tourists from all over the globe. This small, yet beautiful part of the country is worth checking out should you fancy a romantic weekend away or just a family break. What’s more, there are loads of pet-friendly self-catering holiday packages you can nab here so you don’t want to miss out.

Belfast gardensWhy should you visit Northern Ireland?

Despite what you may have heard, there’s more to Northern Ireland than just Belfast city. There is a museum and much related to the Titanic around the harbour in Belfast because it was built here, however, it offers many more places to visit, a Grand Opera House and a good shopping centre.In fact, this small, yet intriguing area is home to a whole load of tourist points that you may well want to hit while you’re here. The coastal towns and villages around here are simply stunning and each offers its own brand of Northern Irish charm. Plus, the vast rural space here means that you, your family, and even your pets will never be at a loss for something fun to do and see.

Where should you stay?

Of course, before you plan your visit, you should pinpoint the places that you’d most like to visit. The good news is that Northern Ireland is rich with a great many coastal destinations that you will really enjoy. One of the most interesting places that you ought to visit is Bushmills. Home to the famous distillery, this village also boasts a load of long, scenic dog walks, castles, and historic points. What’s more, you can also take a tour to see where some of the Game of Thrones episodes were filmed here. Your dog would love to walk down some of the country lanes where trees form a tunnel overhead.

Derry, or Londonderry, is another popular coastal place that you may very well want to stay. Drenched in history and culture, this place was awarded the fabulous ‘UK City of Culture 2013’ award. That really speaks for itself. If you’re hoping to visit a place that aptly combines both interesting tourism points and great rural areas, this might just be it.

Portrush is also a wonderful place to visit should you get the chance. The area just so happens to be extremely pet-friendly, due to the array of beach and coastal walks here. There are even causeway tours that you and your family can book in advance so that you can see some of the rich sights here.


When it comes to booking your stay, it’s vital that you do a little research before anything else. There are just so many places that you may wish to visit in Northern Ireland that you may not know where to start. Safe to say, most of the coastal points here are at once beautiful and intriguing.

dog on holiday northern irelandWhat are your rental options?

If you’re all set to book a holiday in Northern Ireland, you will need to know what your rental options are. There’s just no point rushing ahead. Instead, you will need to take your time to look at all the pet-friendly self-catering rental properties that are available. Here’s what you need to know:

Apartments and cottages

Of course, the most traditional type of rental property in Northern Ireland is the humble cottage. There are many self-catering cottages along the coast of this area, which may just be perfect for you. These self-catering rentals are the perfect place to relax and unwind with your family while taking a break from the real world. What’s more, you will find that most cottages are pet-friendly, meaning that even the family dog can join you.

If you are planning to stay in either Belfast or Derry, you may find that an apartment suits your needs best. These buzzing cities are lively with things to do and see. Getting a self-catering pet-friendly apartment in the city centre will mean that you are free to explore what each area has to offer.

Farmhouse and barn conversions

If you’d like to stay in a totally unique place (who wouldn’t?), a farmhouse or barn conversion might be just the thing for you. There is a whole load of rentals of this type over in Northern Ireland which means that you will have plenty of choice! You should find that most of these properties come complete with spacious kitchen and dining areas, as well as facilities for your pets. What could be better than that?

Of course, if you’re looking for something a little different, there are other conversions you could consider. In recent years, there’s been a real trend for converting unique buildings such as old churches and even pubs. It’s worth looking around to see what’s on offer before you book.

Pine lodge rentals

pine lodge rentals in northern ireland

Finally, if you and your partner want a romantic getaway, you might consider a pine lodge rental in Northern Ireland. These pet-friendly properties offer the perfect blend of relaxation and the rural life. Likely set out in the countryside, you should find that a pine lodge offers a completely new holiday experience and one which you will never forget. Stay in an isolated lodge and you will have a chance to experience the great outdoors with all the comforts of home. Bliss.

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