Categories: Pet Friendly

Two legs or four you’ll always find a great welcome and adventure waiting for you here in Northern Ireland. There’s almost as much to see and do here for your pet, as there is for you, and what’s more, everywhere you go across our six beautiful counties, you’ll find accommodation, experiences and attractions where your pet can go too. First things first, however, you’ll need to find a bed or a kennel for the night and here’s just some of our favourite spots. 

AC Hotel, Belfast (4*) 

Let’s start in Belfast, because there’s so many things to do, including the Titanic of course. The AC Hotel is a relatively new hotel on Belfast's waterfront. Some of Belfast's main attractions like Titanic Belfast, the SSE Arena, City Hall and Victoria Square are just a short walk away. Pets are permitted and get their own little bed, bowl and treats. They aren't permitted in the hotel restaurant however, but if guests wish to dine in the bar area, their four-legged friends are free to join. 

Bullitt Hotel, Belfast 

Not to be outdone, the Bullitt Hotel in the very heart of Belfast has designated Dog Dens for your pooch, so watch tails go like the clappers when you book in here. There’s nothing ruff about these rooms either, because your dog gets a bed that’s almost as splendid as your own king-sized one. If that wasn’t enough there’s even free doggy treats for those crucial canines. 

Malmaison Hotel, Belfast (4*) 

The uber-cool Malmaison also has designated rooms for all well-behaved buddies. Whether your dog will fully appreciate the wonderful creative touches and quirky interior design here is a moot point, but they are bound to luxuriate in the uber-comfortable rooms, even if they do have to stay away from the food service areas. Just make sure to bring a designer dog bowl with you to suit the ambience here. 

The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, County Londonderry (3*) 

Heading to the Causeway Coast with your dog in tow is easy. With their dog friendly rooms, The Lodge Hotel is a great base for you and your pet to explore the Causeway Coast. The seaside resorts of Portrush and Portstewart are just a 10 minute drive, while Coleraine town centre is just a 15 minute walk. Dog walks nearby include Mountsandel Forest, Somerset Forest, Castlerock Beach, Downhill Beach and Whiterocks Beach. 

The Inn on the Coast, Portrush, County Antrim (3*) 

Situated on the Causeway Coastal Route between the harbour towns of Portrush and Portstewart in County Antrim is The Inn on the Coast. This hotel offers spacious accommodation with excellent walking routes nearby. What’s more, if your dog has a yen for surfing, or even just bounding through the waves, then this is going to be heaven for them. 

There are dedicated pet-friendly rooms on the ground floor for up to two dogs. Your pet is welcome at the seating area of the foyer and in the reception, where you can relax and enjoy a drink or meal. The Inn even awards a Good Behaviour Certificate and a treat for your furry friend on check out. 

Fullerton Arms, Ballycastle, County Antrim (4*) 

Located along the breath-taking Causeway Coastal Route, The Fullerton Arms is the ideal starting point for all your adventures. The perfect getaway with your 4-legged friend offering both a dog-friendly dining area and a room available for them to rest their head for the night. 

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, County Antrim (4*) 

The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle, in the heart of the Causeway Coast, has dedicated rooms and areas set aside for families staying with their pets. 

Your furry friend will be given the special guest treatment on arrival, with a Doggy Welcome Basket of Treats. You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with your little friend in our Library area. 

A short walk from the hotel is Ballycastle Beach, the perfect place to take your dog for a nice brisk walk. 

The Cuan, Strangford, County Down (4*) 

Well known for its Game of Thrones® connections, The Cuan is also popular with dog lovers and their pooches for an overnight stay. Located in the village of Strangford on the shores of Strangford Lough, this family run establishment is just a stone's throw away from many of Northern Ireland's top attractions including National Trust property Castle Ward, another haven for dog walkers with many walking trails, a dog exercise area and dog friendly cafe. 

Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry (5*) 

Beech Hill Country House Hotel sits in 32 acres of woodland, lakes and tranquil gardens, the perfect location for your four legged family member to roam around. Pets receive some 'Pawsecco' or 'Doggy Beer' on arrival and also receive their own cosy blanket, treat and water bowl in a welcome pack. Dog grooming and a walking service is also available. They even have a doggy menu consisting of locally sourced produce. 

The hotel itself is located just 2 miles from the walled city of Derry~Londonderry and also within easy reach of the Causeway Coastal Route and the scenic Sperrin Mountains. 

Danny’s Place, Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry 

If a second-city break with your bestie is your plan, Danny’s Place on arguably the prettiest street in Derry-Londonderry is a pretty great plan. Danny’s Place is right outside the city walls, just minutes from the city’s bars and restaurants, and its three bedrooms, two doubles and a twin, with shared bathroom, makes it ideal for families with the family pet in tow. 

Brown Trout Golf and Country Inn, Aghadowey, County Londonderry (3*) 

All rooms are dog-friendly at the Brown Trout Golf and Country Inn in Aghadowey, especially the spacious 4* courtyard cottages. 

Guests can enjoy walks on the pathway alongside the golf course, then relax afterwards in the bar and lobby. 

The inn has worked hard to make things laid back, with a south-facing patio for long summer days and four open fires for dark winter nights. 

Blessingbourne Estate, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone (3*) 

The Blessingbourne country estate, nestled on 550 acres of countryside with woodland and private lakes, has five luxury self-catering apartments which are all dog-friendly. 

You can even bring your horse or pony with you, where they too can have a holiday in the on-site stables in the heart of Blessingbourne’s working farm. 

The estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure and is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring Northern Ireland's beautiful countryside on horseback. 

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (4*) 

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, overlooking Lough Erne is the perfect getaway with your 4-legged friend offering both dedicated pet friendly hotel rooms and a collection of spacious 2 Bedroom Self Catering Lakeside Lodges. 

You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with your little friend in the foyer area overlooking Lough Erne. 

A short walk from the hotel is Castle Coole, a National Trust gem which offers the perfect place to take your dog for a nice brisk walk and explore Ireland’s only island town Enniskillen, just 1 kilometre from the hotel. 

Belmore Court and Motel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (4*) 

Located in Enniskillen, in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, Belmore Court and Motel is the perfect getaway with your 4-legged friend offering pet-friendly Motel Standard rooms which feature Kitchenettes, giving everyone extra space to prowl around. Explore Ireland's only island town, Enniskillen with nearby dog friendly walks, restaurants and cafes. 

Crom Holiday Cottages, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh (3*) 

Crom Holiday Cottages are set in the 2,000 acre demesne of Crom Estate on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. Containing ancient woodland, tranquil islands and a variety of native and rare species of animals and insects, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas. 

The 7 cottages (Alder, Aspen, Bluebell, Erne View, Orchard View, Willow and Woodford) are all dog friendly and there are also 3 dog friendly glamping pods on site. Take advantage of the nature trails and enjoy an inspirational walk with your four-legged companion. Alternatively you can hire a canoe and enjoy the view from the water. 

Ballydougan Pottery Courtyard Cottages, Portadown, County Armagh (4*) 

At Ballydougan Pottery Courtyard Cottages there are a number of cottages to choose from - Bramley Apple Cottage, Wheat Loft Apartment, Gaskins Grove, Dobsons Corner and Potters Cottage - all of which are pet friendly. 

There’s an on-site pottery where you can try your hand at throwing a pot or two – can you resist throwing a food bowl for your four-legged friend? 

Located in a quiet, rural area convenient to Lough Neagh, this is a wonderful base for a country retreat and ideal for exploring Counties Armagh and Down. There are also opportunities for dog walking at nearby Craigavon Lakes. 

That’s just our pick of a few pooch-friendly places to stay here in Northern Ireland, but there’s loads more out to discover that will go out of their way to make you and your pet feel right at home.