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21st Jun 2019

5 dog friendly breaks for you and your pup


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To celebrate Dog Friendly Ireland Day today, we’ve put a list together of the top spots in Ireland for a pet-friendly break. 

Dog sitters are expensive, and often hard to find.

And while you’re away, the last thing you want to do is spend time worrying about how your dog is doing back home.

So why not bring your pup along with you? Pack up those collars, leashes and doggy treats and hit the road.

From the Wild Atlantic Way, to Ireland’s Ancient East, there are lots of friendly spots for your four-legged friend.

To celebrate Dogs Trust’s’ Dog Friendly Day, check out our top picks.


Head north and let your dog roam free through the coastline and castles. Lough Eske Castle is a spot that should not be missed. It doesn’t just welcome dogs, your feline friends are invited along too.

Lough Eske is right beside Glenveagh park, where you can relax with your pup. But if you need a bit of time to yourself, the staff will take them off your hands for grooming, walking and sitting. Fancy a drink? Pop into The Olde Castle Bar where you can order a bowl of water for your furry pal too.


Mayo is an ideal spot for beach hopping with your family and dog in tow. Beside Mulranny beach are Mulranny Suites and Self-Catering, the perfect spot to stay. There are lots of cool activities nearby here, including Ballycroy National Park. Check out the beautiful lake there, ready for your pooch to splash in. 

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Galway is home to Ireland’s best known pet-friendly hotel. The Twelve is situated in Barna, and is home to toys, doggie bowls and a luxury pet suite. Your pup is sure to be kept entertained!

Close by are lots of awesome beaches and wouldn’t a swim in the Atlantic Ocean be the best treat for the best pet? To finish your day, call into The Secret Garden. You and your dog can sit back and eat cake, while enjoying art exhibitions, gigs and workshops.


Have you heard of The Armada Hotel in Spanish Point? It welcomes dog lovers from across the world. Take in the fantastic views of the Wild Atlantic Way as your pup makes some new pals.

If your dog is a fan of trad songs, they’ll love you for bringing them to Clare. Take to the streets of Doolin, or head to the Willie Clancy Festival taking place in Milltown on 6-13 July.


The Cliff Townhouse in Ardmore offers dog-friendly hotel rooms, and lots of cool opportunities for owners to wine and dine with their pups.

Let your dog run wild on Tramore Beach. You can stroll to Moe’s coffee nearby or take a trip down to Dungarvan for some fresh fish.

For more information on Dogs Trust, visit the Dogs Trust website