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Barking Mad - Dog Friendly Hotels in Ireland

If we weren’t already a nation that was barking mad for doggies we certainly are now. For many people a real loneliness lifeline of the pandemic was the companionship of dogs

and other beloved pets.

The past few years has seen a considerable spike of dogs being welcomed into families with dog walk after dog walk being enjoyed, endless doggie cuddles and of course the unconditional love a dog can provide during these tough times.

As Summer kicks off and people plan some staycations, it’s only fair that we include our canine companions too, right?

I mean any dog parent can relate to the stress of trying to find the right kennel or dog sitter to mind their beloved pooch when heading away - sometimes the separation anxiety can be worse for the owner than the pet. On this note, here are some of the best dog friendly hotspots across the country to make for an unforgettable staycation for the whole family, dogs and all.

Castlemartyr Resort, Co Cork

Awarded the Gold Medal Award ‘Best Pet-friendly Hotel’ in 2019, it sure is a dog’s life at Castlemartyr Resort. Equipped with luxury rooms, suite options and self-catering options too, it’s the perfect dog-friendly location for you and your pooch. Rolling out the red carpet, each dog receives a gift upon arrival, and there is a pet concierge service with details and discounts on local dog walkers, sitters, groomers and vets, and the hotel also has a map of woods and beaches for dog walks which aren’t too far away.

Call 021 1 421 9000 or email to book now

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Co. Kerry

The five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa literally pulls out all the stops for your pooch, welcoming canine companions to bask in the luxurious surroundings of the hotel’s self-catering apartments. Upon arrival, dogs get a welcome Doggie Bag which includes a toy, a treat and clean-up bags and the Pet Concierge will assist on finding local dog walkers, sitters, groomers, dog boutiques and veterinarians if needed.

Chic, sophisticated and right in the heart of Killarney National Park, the two-bedroom apartments at The Reserve are modern and comfortable, with an open plan living and dining area ideal for family time or relaxing with friends, and the perfect holiday spot for a pampered pooch.

Call +353 (0) 64 662 34 00 or email to book now

Lough Eske, Co. Donegal

Treat your dog to a wee Northern Ireland getaway with a trip to the breath-taking Lough Eske Castle in Donegal where dogs can make themselves right at home in the Guest Rooms and Garden Suites of the hotel. Greeted with a doggie bed, goodie basket, blanket, food, and a water tray, the concierge at the hotel can also arrange for dog grooming, a dog walking service, and access to a vet if required. There’s a €25 per room per stay for pets.

Call (074) 972 5100 to book now

Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

A dogs paradise in this world is the 350 acres of countryside land to explore at the five-star Ashford Castle estate. Treating dogs as a V.I.P. (Very Important Pet), they will be provided with a supremely comfortable bed, the finest fluffy towels, duvets, plus food and water bowls with fresh mineral water, and a turndown treat for your V.I.P. Dog sitters and dog walkers are available too for an extra fee and must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Call +353 94 954 6003 to book now

Cliff at Lyons, Co. Kildare

Taking pride in all of its guests, including dogs, The Cliff at Lyons country hotel and retreat is set in acres of blissful Kildare countryside and is overloaded with wonderful walks for dogs and their owners to explore for hours on end. On arrival, there are homemade dog treats available on arrival to make them feel right at home before settling in to their humble abode with their parents.

To book a Puppy Love visit or call 01 630 3500

Cabu by the Lakes, Co. Cavan

Cabü by the Lakes is a tranquil oasis located deep within the woods of Killykeen Forest Park. This unique hideaway is perfect for those who love the great outdoors, including your beloved dog. With 28 open plan cabins scattered amongst the woodland, 13 of the cabins are dog-friendly and are equipped with floor cushions, plus food and water bowls too.

You’ll definitely find yourself ‘at one with nature’ in Cabu as beautiful woodland walks, bike rides, kayaking and paddle-boarding can all be enjoyed as well as the nature spa which includes hot tubs and a sauna for the ultimate relaxing getaway.

Call 049) 489 4027 for more information


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