Ireland Travel

Ireland Road-trip: The stays

Finding the perfect place to lay your head at night, after a long day of wandering, is one of the most important parts when planning a trip. We all want somewhere clean, conveniently located, and cute to call home for a few nights, don’t we? Well, i’ve rounded up some pretty perfect stays, all over Ireland.

Whether you are on a road trip, or just heading to a specific part of Ireland, I would highly recommend snagging some of these Airbnbs, if they are available.

Cushendall:

Our Cushendall Airbnb in Ireland, was cute and cozy.

About two and a half hours North of Dublin, sit this sleepy little coastal town, Cushendall. As our first stop on a two week road trip, it was the most perfect introduction to Ireland. We stayed here to be close to the beach, and some hikes.

The Airbnb was only minutes to town, where they had a some shops, a supermarket, and a few restaurants. Our host allowed us a very flexible check in and out, because no other guest had booked the days before or after. The home was cozy, very cute, and had everything we needed for a few nights. Bonus, it was one of the most affordable stays for this trip. After taxes and fees we paid $253US for two nights! If we came back to the area, we’d 100% stay here again. Check out our Cushendall Airbnb here!

Portrush:

Community kitchen area in the Causeway Bay guesthouse Portrush. Coffee, tea, and some tools to reheat a meal.

We stayed one night here in Portrush, to break up the drive from the Northland, to Galway. Also to see a few iconic treasures of Ireland. The city of Portrush was another coastal town, full of bars and restaurants. It’s a very walkable area. Once we parked the car near the hotel, we didn’t drive till it was time to head to Galway. Street parking for this stay, but there were plenty of spots close by.

Now being completely transparent, this wasn’t a super cute Airbnb you want to spend much time in. It was a small room, conveniently located, to take a shower, and get a good nights rest. It did have a community “kitchen” area for coffee, and reheating food. I booked Causeway Bay Guesthouse Portrush, off of Booking.com. We paid $98US for the night.

Galway:

Now this right here, this is what Airbnb dreams are made of! You can tell the host has an eye for design, and has put a lot of time and effort into this bright, airy loft.

Bright, airy loft in Galway. Furnished with an attention to detail in every corner.

Galway was a tricky one to book for as it’s quite expensive, and the parking situation is a mess. My main reason for booking this stay, was the fact that it did have parking. We were pleasantly surprised with loft itself, but not only that, the breakfast that was included! The host owns an incredible restaurant, just down the street, serving up the most delicious breakfast we had on the trip. I still day dream about the rhubarb French toast, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Head on over to my blog post Ireland Road-trip: Pubs and Restaurants, to know more!

Other than the athestics, parking, and amazing breakfast, the location was PERFECTION! Walking distance to literally everything you’d want to do during your time in Galway. You’d be crazy not to book this stay, if its available for your trip. We paid $432 for the two nights. Click here to check out the dreamiest Airbnb in Galway.

Doolin:

Doolin was another spot that we just crashed for one night. I booked this with the intention of seeing Cliffs of Moher at sunrise and sunset. Well, spoiler alert Ireland is the moodiest of them all, and the clouds tend to blanket the skies. So sadly, there was no sunset or sunrise for our time here.

It’s a room in someones house, where they actively live with family and kids. The room itself was nice, tidy, and the bed was very comfortable. We just didn’t love the fact that the bathroom was located down the hall, and that you could hear a bit of noise from the rest of the house. While it was not my favorite stay, the location was wonderful. Being just a short drive, or walk to the cute little town of Doolin, and only 15 minutes to Cliffs of Moher. We booked this stay off Booking.com, for $100US for the one night.

Killarney:

A frame lodge in Killarney.

Another Airbnb JACKPOT! This wonderful couple has set up a community of very practical, A-frame style lodges in Killarney. Being located just minutes from town, yet somehow making you feel lost in nature.

Check in and check out was seamless. The homes have everything you need to cook a meal, and relax after a day of hiking. We chose to spend quite a bit of time here, cooking all our meals, wandering the property, and hanging out on the deck. They had a few different options of lodges to choose from. We paid $333US for two nights, and will 100% be back some day! Click here to check out our stay in Killarney, at the luxury Lodge.

Cobh:

The prize for sweetest host, goes to Martha at the Cobh Townhouse Airbnb. We booked this stay for the location, but also the washer/ dryer. Upon checking in she let us know the washer was broke, from a previous guest. I expressed that was a huge bummer for us, seeing as we were on a two week road trip, with only carry ons. Martha took it upon herself to pick up and do our laundry herself, what a sweetie (and lifesaver!)

This Airbnb was the perfect place to call home while exploring not only Cobh, but Cork too! Being only 40 minutes from the Blarney castle, and other must see spots. I’ll go into all the must do’s in Cobh in another post. Just know this Airbnb is the most bang for your buck coming in at $238US for two nights, and has everything you need for a wonderful stay. Click here to check out the Cobh Townhouse on Airbnb.

Dublin:

Dublin, along with Galway, were the two hardest stays to book. They are the priciest cities, and swarming with traffic. Which can be overwhelming, especially when you’re driving on the opposite side of the road!

Green room at the Temple Bar Inn, on Temple street in Dublin.

This hotel is the perfect stay for someone looking to enjoy the nightlife Dublin has to offer. Being located on Temple Street, you’ve got all the bars and restaurants at your doorstep. WITH a parking garage just a block away, that they give you a discounted rate.

Now it sounds like the perfect match, but only for those looking to party. We aren’t big partiers anymore, so the noise and chaos was a bit much. Thankfully the staff at Temple Bar Inn were very friendly, and helpful. Giving us a fan to drown out the woo girls of the night. Seeing this stay as a winner, all depends on what you are looking for. But lemme tell ya, Dublin was our last stay booked, because it’s slim pickings if your pockets aren’t deep.

I booked Temple Bar Inn on Booking.com for $631US for two nights.

Get to booking!

I hope this blog post takes a bit of the guess work out of where you should stay for your Ireland adventure. It’s personally one of my favorite parts when booking a trip, but it’s also a bit stressful. Like I said above, all the stays I booked were clean and comfortable, in the most convenient locations to all that awaits you on the Emerald Isle.

What to do? Must see and do on your Ireland adventure, here!

Looking for live music at local pubs and the best fish and chips? Ireland Road-trip: Pubs and Restaurants

Day by day Itinerary, and must sees and hikes blog posts- check it out here!

Any questions at all, never hesitate to reach out! Follow and tag me on Instagram, if you stayed at any of these gems! @brittanymassey 🙂