Rooms for Less in Ireland

When it comes to value accommodation in Ireland, the bed and breakfast really comes into its own, but don’t forget a host of top class hostels, caravan and camping sites in beautiful locations and some fascinating self-catering options.

Bed and Breakfast

There are lots of advantages to enjoying one of Ireland’s famously friendly B&Bs. Prices starting from €30 per night will get you get top quality accommodation and inside knowledge of the local area from your hosts, along with a hearty Irish breakfast (sausages, bacon, black pudding and eggs) to set you up for the day. You’ll find this kind of accommodation in the city and country alike, in farmhouse, cottage, and townhouse, and some that might surprise you.

Eco Tourism Award

There’s a huge range of B&Bs and guesthouses to choose from with many earning awards for different aspects of their offering. One of the first in Ireland to receive the EU flower award for Eco tourism, for instance, is Ard na Breátha guesthouse in Donegal, situated in a quiet corner of a working farm, where you can enjoy a great atmosphere, open fire and panoramic views of the Bluestack Mountains. Grab a Dublin car rental, your camera, and enjoy the scenic 3-hour drive to Donegal.

Hostel Heaven
Budgeting doesn’t mean an end to fun. You’ll make a stack of friends and stay in some of the country’s most beautiful locations touring Ireland by hostel. Hostels, often in remote and idyllic places, offer high standard accommodation and increasingly provide family and double rooms. Some hostel chains like Paddy's Palace, with outlets in Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Killarney, also offer great budget tours, too.

Stay in a Castle

And why let a budget stop you staying somewhere exotic? At non-profit The Irish Landmark Trust you can find beautifully restored lighthouses, tower lodges, gatehouses, schoolhouses and more, offering unforgettable self-catering at reasonable prices. If you’re in a group or large family you can even rent a castle from them, with an atmospheric medieval double bedroom in the tower. Clomantagh Castle, in County Kilkenny, also has a farmhouse built in the 1800s.

Go Green

For something truly different take time out from the rat race at the amazing Gyreum Ecolodge overlooking Lough Arrow in Sligo, part of the Greenbox eco tourism group and offering very reasonable rates.

Camping and Caravanning

With its thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, Ireland is packed with caravan and camping sites with stunning views like the amazing Eagle Point camping site, which takes over an entire peninsula overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork.

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