Head to Northern Ireland for a Well Earned Break with Your Dog

Head to Northern Ireland for a Well Earned Break with Your Dog

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If you are searching for a place to spend a few well earned days away from it all and you're not keen on going anywhere without your dog, there's a brilliant choice of regions around the country that have everything you would ever need to have a great time. However, these days crossing the water over to Northern Ireland is another popular option and the good news is that dogs and other pets are very welcome in many holiday cottages and other types of accommodation found over there.

Northern Ireland has a lot going for it with beautiful coastlines and fabulous scenic landscapes where castles abound. There are many regions all of which are worth exploring with your canine companion in tow and below is just some of them together with a few charming places that welcome pets too.

Seaview House Hotel – West Cork

This is one of the many delightful country house hotels dotted around the region and it's situated in the charmingly named village of Ballylickery in West Cork. The hotel is set in secluded, private grounds yet close enough to the lovely towns of Bantry and Glengarrif, both of which are well worth exploring. If you're looking for sheer comfort this is the place to head for because it offers everything you would ever need to have a relaxing time in a stunning location.

The hotel is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in an unspoilt region where the natural beauty of landscapes is outstanding. There is an award-winning restaurant at the hotel where you can enjoy some of the best cuisine Ireland has to offer. The views from all the rooms look out over the sea which is another huge plus point about the place.

There are some fantastic walks right on the doorstep, but if you fancy exploring a little further afield, a short drive to Gougane Barra is well worth your while because the area is simply stunning. Also close by is the beautiful Glengarrif Village where you'll find over 60 acres of parkland, a nature reserve and glorious botanical gardens to explore. Then there's the Blue Pool Harbour which is another great place to visit in West Cork.

Beech Hill Country House Hotel near Derry City

Ideally situated in a rural area and yet just a short drive for the centre of Derry City, Beech Hill Country House Hotel is a superb place to spend a well deserved holiday with the added bonus being that dogs are more than welcome to join their owners during their stay. There are many brilliant walks on the doorstep with the hotel being set in around 32 acres of woodland and superb lakes.

County Donegal and the Sperrin mountains are just a short distance away, which all offer some beautiful walks through stunning countryside. For those who enjoy a round of golf, Royal Portrush and Portsteward are about an hour's drive away, but right next door to the hotel there's a 9-hole par course worth checking out too.

Lough Inagh Lodge – Connemara, Co. Galway

Connemara is a lovely part of Northern Ireland and it's where you'll find the charming Lough Inagh Lodge. The place sits in what can only be described as a glorious landscape so typical of the region with a lake to the front and the mountain as a backdrop. It's the perfect holiday location for dog lovers who want to get away to a quiet and tranquil corner of Northern Ireland so they can enjoy superb hill walks, fabulous fishing and a round of golf too.

The area offers so much in the way of natural beauty and with lots to do and see, it's the perfect destination if you want to spend as much time as you can exploring the region with your pet by your side. The great thing being that many of the walks are right on your doorstep when you stay at Lough Inagh Lodge. However, a little further afield there's the gorgeous Kylemore Abbey and the fabulous Victorian Walled Garden which have to be explored too.

Pets Need to Have their Passports

If you decide to take a trip over to Northern Ireland to spend some quality holiday time with your dog in tow, you have to make sure their vaccinations are up to date and that they have their passports which you will need to show authorities when you return to UK at the end of your holiday.


Northern Ireland is a fabulous holiday destination especially during the warmer summer months. However, even in the autumn it's a great place to visit with the added bonus being many places welcome pets with open arms. In short, finding great accommodation in Northern Ireland where you can spend some quality time on holiday with your dog exploring a chosen region is easy, in fact you'll be spoilt for choice!



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