Ireland’s historic past has given some amazingly unique places to stay in Ireland. Replace your standard hotel stay with one of these quirky hotels and guesthouses. From rolling green pastures and farmhouses to stunning seaside towns and even a castle, here are some quirky places to stay in Ireland.
Shepherd’s Hut (County Meath)
Located on a farm in County Meath, about an hour drive from Dublin, this cute Shepherd’s Hut is perfect for a cosy weekend getaway. Surrounded by rolling green fields and overlooking Slane’s Castle, the Shepherd’s Hut is a secluded hideaway on a glamping site, featuring a wood-fired hot tub and a clay pizza oven. If you’re a whiskey fan like me, make sure to check out Slane’s new whiskey distillery. In the summer there are even rock concerts in the castle.
The Old Mill, Claregalway Castle (County Galway)
Situated on the banks of the River Clare in Claregalway, the Old Mill is just beside the Castle tower, a fully-restored 15th-century Anglo-Norman tower house. Appletree room on the ground floor has luxurious bed lining, underfloor heating, complimentary wine and a generous continental breakfast. The Old Mill is the perfect village location to explore Galway city centre which is only 6 miles away. With the blend of history and luxury, The Old Mill is one of the most unique places to stay in Ireland.
Old Coach House (County Cork)
Retreat to the rural seaside of the Old Coach House, close to stunning coastal walks and coves. Situated 20 minutes from Kinsale, the Old Coach house is a room within Sara and Gidi’s home. Sara’s studio is in the garden and her ceramics are used to decorate the place. Located only 40 minutes from Cork city centre, the 18th century stone coach house is a quirky place to stay in Ireland.
Mongolian Yurt (County Cork)
For more chilled vibes, stay at this cosy Mongolian Yurt. It’s part of an EcoSustainable camp, only 15 minute’s walk from Inch Beach. Inch Beach has miles of sandy beaches to explore and you can even learn to surf. The yurt is fully insulated with bespoke hand-painted woodwork and it can host 6 people. In the evenings, have a BBQ and relax next to the fire pit. The camp has rescue animals, a giant swing and a giant seesaw for children. You won’t even remember you’re camping with this eco-friendly, glamping experience.
Hobbit Hut – Mayo Glamping (County Mayo)
One of the most unusual places to stay in Ireland must be this hobbit hut. If you’re nostalgic for LOTR and want to spend a few nights pretending to be in middle earth, here’s the answer. Glamping with style. Homey and spacious with circular windows and doors, enjoy camping with all the comforts. If you get tired of the wood-fired sauna and hot tub, take a quick 25-minute drive to Westport to come back to reality.
Cahercastle (County Galway)
Another option from County Galway is Cahercastle, a castle which feels like a cosy cottage. Standing since the 1400s you really are staying in a piece of history. The castle is a mixture of traditional features and a few modern bonuses like underfloor heating and indoor toilets although not as you expect them! The room is at the top of the castle so expect winding spiral staircases, high ceilings, and views across the fields. Cahercastle is a little remote with the nearest public transport 2 miles away, so it’s best to have a car for this unique place to stay in Ireland.
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Flying Alpaca (County Clare)
Do you dream of waking up on a rural farm? Taste country life by staying at the Flying Alpaca, a cute farm in rural County Clare. Have an Italian breakfast to start the day followed by feeding the alpacas, horses, and chickens. You’ll need your own transport, but it’s not too far from Doonbeg which has some great festivals including a jazz festival, Christmas markets, and a locally acclaimed seafood festival.
Tig Bhric & West Key Brewery (County Kerry)
The best place to try local brews has to be Tig Bhric which is home to West Kerry Brewery, Kerry’s original microbrewery, which is known for local and natural beverages. Stay in room 3 for views over the local beach and Mount Brandon. Only 10 minute’s walk to the beach, and a 10-minute drive to Dingle, it’s a unique place to stay in Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. The perfect spot to explore the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher are just under an hour’s drive away. Remember to go downstairs on Friday evenings for live trad music sessions in the pub.
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Gleann na nGealt Sheep Farm (County Kerry)
Folklore and fairytales, standing stones and mystery surround Gleann na nGealt in rural County Kerry, 20 minute’s drive from Tralee. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, take some time out to stay in this traditional farmhouse, where homemade organic jams, butter, and eggs are served with breakfast. The perfect base for hiking, cycling, and discovering the many archaeological sites in Gleann na nGealt valley. Keep an eye out for the fairies, or Little People as you visit the sheep to take a selfie in one of the most quirky places to stay in Ireland.
The Coach House (County Meath)
Built in 1838, the Coach House is a stylish, contemporary accommodation that combines reclaimed wood panelling, repurposed Church pews and modern fittings. More like a boutique hotel, wake up in a king-size bed before having a rainshower to start your day. Enjoy the perfect espresso in the cute courtyard before venturing around the ground’s 20 acres of woodland pastures and gardens escorted by Pepper, the friendly dog. Home to one of Ireland’s only warm natural springs, the spring was originally a place for pilgrimage and worship, but feel free to enjoy a quick swim. The Coach House is one of the most unusual places to stay in Ireland, located under an hour’s drive from Dublin airport and city centre.
There are so many unique places to stay in Ireland and we hope you’ve enjoyed our top picks. From cosy farmhouses to castles, boutique coach houses to glamping, there’s something for everyone across all budgets.