BEST Small Hotels in Ireland

Killaloe Station House Waterfront B&B

, Ballina
, Co Tipperary
.

A luxury B&B right on the edge of the river where Lough Derg meets the River Shannon.

Double rooms from € 150
Guest rating 9.9

The Castle

, Castletownshend
, West Cork
.

A historic waterfront hotel on Castletownshend harbour.

Double rooms from € 90
Guest rating 9.6

Burren Glamping

, Kilfenora
, Co Clare
.

Glamorous camping in a cleverly converted horsebox makes a unique farm holiday on the Burren.

Double rooms from € 140
Guest rating 9.6

Killiane Castle Country House & Farm

, Wexford
, Co Wexford
.

A 17th century country house with a 15th century castle alongside.

Double rooms from € 115
Guest rating 9.5

Barrow House

, Tralee
, Co Kerry
.

A country B&B right on the water's edge of a sheltered bay.

Double rooms from € 130
Guest rating 9.8

Nutgrove House Luxury B&B

, Downpatrick
, Co Down
.

A historic country house just outside Downpatrick.

Double rooms from £110
Guest rating 9.7

Ballyduff House

, Thomastown
, Co Kilkenny
.

A classic Georgian country house in parkland, with an adjoining salmon river.

Double rooms from € 95
Guest rating 9.7

The Cuan Guest Inn

, Strangford village
, Co Down
.

An Irish pub with a top-class restaurant and delightful rooms, right by Strangford Lough.

Double rooms from £89
Guest rating 9.7

Maranatha Country House

, Blarney
, Co Cork
.

An exuberantly decorated Victorian country house B&B set in mature lawned and wooded gardens.

Double rooms from € 79
Guest rating 9.7

Westbrook Country House

, Castlebar
, Co Mayo
.

A boutique B&B in a Georgian country house between Castlebar and Westport, Co Mayo.

Double rooms from € 100
Guest rating 9.7

Ferndale Bed and Breakfast

, Achill Island
, Co Mayo
.

Exotically themed rooms in a luxury boutique B&B on the very edge of Europe.

Double rooms from € 105
Guest rating 9.7

Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel

, Connemara
, Co Galway
.

An outstanding country house hotel on the shore of Lough Inagh.

Double rooms from € 155
Guest rating 9.5

Drumcreehy Country House

, Ballyvaughan
, Co Clare
.

An immaculate B&B with views in all directions, out over Galway Bay and up to the Burren.

Double rooms from € 90
Guest rating 9.5

Mill Lodge B&B

, Dromore
, Co Down
.

A peaceful location with abundant wildlife on a riverside site.

Double rooms from £100
Guest rating 9.5

Old Glebe

, Bushmills
, Co Antrim
.

An elegant Georgian country house in 15 acres of grounds near the world-famous Giants Causeway.

Double rooms from £110
Guest rating 9.5

Carrig Country House

, Killorglin
, Co Kerry
.

A lakeside country house hotel with sumptuous interiors and glorious gardens.

Double rooms from € 150
Guest rating 9.4

Cliff House Hotel

, Ardmore
, Co Waterford
.

5 Star luxury in a privileged position on the edge of the sea.

Double rooms from € 205
Guest rating 9.4

Milltown House

, Dingle
, Co Kerry
.

A renowned boutique B&B right on the waterside of Dingle Harbour.

Double rooms from € 100
Guest rating 9.1
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Reasons to visit Ireland

Everyone wants to come to Ireland, and it's not hard to see why. If you're a descendant of the great Irish diaspora, this is coming home. And if you're not, well it still feels like coming home: Ireland is so welcoming.

When it comes to scenery, Ireland is at the forefront. There are lakes and mountains galore, and softer, greener valleys too, but the wild Atlantic coast is the jewel (it must be an emerald, of course!) in the crown. All the way from Rathlin Island and the Giant's Causeway in the north, via the Cliff of Moher, Bantry Bay and the Fastnet Rock to Cork in the south, Ireland is pounded by the Atlantic Ocean as it looks out over thousands of miles of water to America. It would take a lifetime to explore all the headlands, islands and bays and learn about the history that has made them.

The two capital cities of Ireland, Dublin and Belfast, are great places to visit for culture, concerts, museums, food and drink, and much, much more. Each one hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year. Dublin the birthplace of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, while Belfast was the birthplace of the Titanic.

Ireland is notably famous for "the craic"; that exuberant geniality that is fuelled by music and lubricated by whiskey and Guiness. There may be "Irish pubs" all over the world, but the only truly Irish pubs are in Ireland. Don't miss out!