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The bliss of a cottage holiday in Ireland accompanied by your dogs

dog friendly holidays in Ireland

Do you long to escape to another world with just your dog for company?  Perhaps you’d like to take the kids on a last minute holiday with a difference, with the beloved family pet included?  Maybe you want to get away with your partner, and it wouldn’t be the same without your pooch.  The Republic of Ireland is your go-to destination: a cottage holiday set in the stunning Irish countryside will give you a break that is straight out of the pages of the most magical fairy tale!


Irish dog friendly holidays

One man,or woman, and their dog

Wild Atlantic WayIf your life is one long, exhausting round of work, personal commitments and never-ending demands on your time, why not book a last minute holiday cottage in Ireland?  Many holiday lets welcome dogs, so you can bring your best friend too.  This is your opportunity to forget about all the usual stresses and reconnect with yourself. 

If you’re staying along the Wild Atlantic Way, take a trip to Ballyhiernan Bay in Donegal – this gorgeous sandy beach has fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean, and is the perfect spot for a bracing walk with your pet.

Staying in a holiday cottage that welcomes dogs near County Clare will give you access to the spectacular Kilkee Cliffs.  This is the perfect place to blow all those cobwebs away, and the impressive rugged beauty of the cliffs might even inspire some creative endeavour!

Fancy a spot of fishing with your faithful companion by your side?  If you enjoy nothing more than soaking up the sights and sounds of nature as you wait for that all-important bite, you’ll be in heaven at Aasleagh Falls, a magnificent feat of natural beauty.  The waterfall is located on the Galway/Mayo border, and is the ideal place to try your hand at salmon fishing.  Perhaps you’ll be enjoying some freshly caught salmon back at your holiday cottage that evening – and you can’t put a price on that!

Family fun

Your pet is an important part of the family, so choose a last minute cottage holiday that welcomes dogs to make sure that everyone is included.  The children will love being able to explore the Irish countryside with their pooch, at places like Newcastle Wood in the Lakelands and Inland Waterways area.  This is a fairy tale forest that features an abundance of fascinating wildlife in a gorgeous setting, sure to inspire tales of wonder and some fantastic childhood adventures!

Take the whole family to visit Dumore Caves, an amazing underground collection of natural wonders that dates back millions of years.  The caves have a rich history that includes some mind-boggling mythical tales, and are even rumoured to have a ghostly presence!  Are you ready to brave the unknown?

For sights that will distract even the most dedicated teenager from their smartphone, check out Cavan Burren Park.  Set against the mighty Cuilcagh Mountain, this park has an amazing natural wonder in the form of the Giant’s Leap.  The Giant’s Leap is a dry valley that featured a river in pre-glacial times, and was formed over 4000 years ago – and is guaranteed to impress even the most reluctant sightseers!


Romantic getaway

romantic dog friendly irelandThe Republic of Ireland is rich in stunning landscapes that are the perfect backdrop for a romantic break for you and your partner.  Choosing a holiday cottage that welcomes dogs mean that you don’t have to leave your precious pooch at home.  It’s easy to book a holiday home in one of Ireland’s most picturesque towns or villages, even at the last minute. 

In a very short time, you could be exploring Inishfree Island in Donegal with your other half.  From the convenience of your dogs welcome holiday let, you can explore the varied and fascinating history of this tiny community that dates back to early Christianity in Ireland.  Go on a romantic boat trip, or join together to go diving into a kaleidoscopic underwater world of wonder.

The rivers of Lough Derg, Lough Ree and Mid Shannon are surrounded by lots of pretty towns and villages – perfect for a holiday cottage rental.  The friendly locals welcome dogs at many self-catering facilities, so your little family will fit right in.  There are lots of lovely shops that offer local produce and gifts, and the waterside restaurants are perfect for a romantic meal at the end of a perfect day.

If you’re thinking of turning your romantic getaway into a proposal of marriage, you’ll find the best possible spot at the edge of the beautiful Carlingford Lough.  The ancient Proposal Stones will be the site of the moment that you and your partner will remember forever, with plenty of Celtic magic thrown in – how could she say no?!

Go for a cottage break in the Republic of Ireland that allows you to include your precious pooch, and you’ll never want to go on another kind of holiday again!  There’s lots to do and see, the locals are always ready to entertain with their own brand of ‘craic’, and Ireland is overflowing with some of the most spectacular scenery that the world has to offer.  What more could you possibly want?!

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