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Cruisers to CastlesAccommodation


You can stay in anything from a hostel to a luxurious castle. During the summer it is advisable to book well in advance and remember that some places close for part of the winter. If you would like help, you can e-mail the kind people at Go Ireland who will answer any quieries that you have regarding choosing accommodation and give advice on eating out, excursions, sightseeing, shopping, public transport etc.


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Ireland's most luxurious hotels, with high international standards. These hotels house some of the country's finest restaurants.

Contemporary hotels of excellent quality and charming period houses renovated to high standards. Excellent restaurant cuisine is available.

These range from small, family operated premises to larger, modern hotels. All rooms have private bathroom. Restaurants offer high standards of cuisine.

Usually family operated premises, with all guest rooms having a telephone and most with a private bathroom. Dining facilities offer wholesome food.

Simple hotels where mandatory services are to a satisfactory standard. Some guest rooms have a private bathroom, ask for one in advance if required.


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Accommodation includes half suites and all guest rooms have private bathroom and direct telephone. Many provide dinner but ask in advance, especially if a vegetarian option is required.

All guest rooms have private bathrooms and direct dial telephones. Restaurant facilities in some guesthouses.

Half or more of the guest rooms have private bathrooms. Facilities include reading/writing room or lounge area. Some have restaurant facilities.

These premises meet the mandatory requirements for guesthouses and offer simple accommodation. Some have restaurant facilities.


Bed & Breakfasts

A large number of houses in urban and rural areas ranging from period style houses to modern bungalows; evening meals by arrangement.


Many farming families offer accommodation in a unique rural setting where fresh farm produce and tranquillity are guaranteed. Ideal for children; evening meals by arrangement. Not all farmhouses are located on working farms, ask for advice.


Houses, cottages and apartments can be rented at numerous locations across the country with sleeping accommodation for up to 10 people. These are very popular and should be booked well in advance.

Camping and Caravaning

With quiet country roads and approved sites this can be a perfect holiday for those who don't want to rush. Many sites have shops, laundry, cafés and play areas for children. The Irish weather is not the most predictable so check that sites have indoor facilities in the event of rain.


Ireland's waterways are beautiful, uncrowded and clean and you can hire a fully equipped cruiser. Cruisers are fitted with a fridge, cooker, central heating, hot water, shower, charts, dinghy, bed linen, and crockery. They are easy to handle and the inexperienced sailor can receive instruction before casting off.
The River Shannon is the most popular cruising waterway but equally attractive are the Grand canal, the River Barrow, the River Erne and the new Shannon-Erne link. Hire companies are located at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim; Whitegate, Co Clare; Portmuna, Co. Galway; Tullamore, Co. Offaly; Athlone, Co. Westmeath; Belturbet, Co. Cavan; Kesh, Enniskillen, Killadeas, Lisbellaw, Bellanaleck, Co Fermanagh.

Specialist Accommodation

Some tourist attractions offer simple accommodation to visitors. This can be an easy way to stay in a location that particularly interests you. Accommodation in Mills, Exhibition centres or farms is often not well advertised, it is advisable to ask, the owner may be able to facilitate your request.

What type of room do you require?
It will help you to book if you know exactly what type of room you are looking for, this link will be useful.


Reductions are usually available for children under 12 and those under 4 are often free if they share their parents' bedroom. Special rates apply for full board and stay for a week or longer, ask for details. Generally you will pay less and have greater choice outside the high season (July and August). Vouchers are generally not recommended, they are often not accepted in Ireland, particularly at busy times.



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