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Green Holidays in Ireland

The verdant scenery of the Emerald Isle is the setting for many a green getaway, from rustic cottages to cultural centres and luxury eco-hotels. Ireland's appeal is endless, with beautiful scenery, stunning coastline, welcoming pubs and a famously friendly populace.

Ireland is also easy to get to and around without flying. To travel to Ireland by ferry from the UK, see:

Ferry from Holyhead (northwest Wales) to Dublin
Ferry from Swansea (south Wales) to Cork

For a complete guide to how to travel to Ireland without flying, see Irish green travel writer Catherine Mack's expert guide: 
How to Travel to Ireland without flying as well as her great tips for the first time visitor to Ireland

Ireland hosts a lovely range of great green places to stay, including eco hotels, quaint cottages and luxury country homes. See our guide on how to tell if your hotel is green.

Relaxing yoga breaks, walking holidays in picturesque Burren National Park, and leisurely canoeing along Barrow River, an ancient Irish trade route, are just some of the great holiday options on offer on the Emerald Isle.

Featured below is our selection of some of the best green places to stay and great holidays to enjoy in Ireland, all reachable without flying:

View of the lake from Anna's House bed and breakfast

Anna's House, County Down, N Ireland

A luxurious Bed and Breakfast with breathtaking views of a tranquil lake and grassy meadows beyond. Expect delicious organic breakfasts and warm hospitality from your host Anna. Nearby are wonderful nature reserves and Strangford Lough.
Twin and Double £ 90, Suites £ 100

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Travel by ferry to Ireland

Our detailed ferry journey planner shows you how to take the ferry from Great Britain to Ireland , detailing where to change, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

Ulysses & Swift Ferries crossing the sea to IrelandUlysses & Swift Ferries crossing the sea to Ireland

More places to stay in Ireland

Georgian Mansion from1774 with 8 luxury bedrooms

Coopershill, Co. Sligo, Ireland

So grand, and yet so homely. A luxurious Georgian mansion owned by the O'Hara family for eight generations, with eight elegant ensuite rooms, each give a different perspective on the 500-acre estate. Recently awarded the EU Flower ecolabel.
8 twins / doubles en suite. Extra beds available.

Classic Room €218 Superior room €244 incl. breafast

Sensitively designed exterior to compliment the beautiful surroundings

Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, Ireland

A luxurious, unique hotel and restaurant, with locally sourced and cultivated ingredients, on the beautiful island of Inis Meáin, off the west coast of Ireland. A special place to experience tranquillity, stunning landscapes and old traditions.
4 suites & 1 suite apartment

Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing

Tawnylust Lodge, eco-friendly accommodation in Ireland North West

Tawnylust Lodge, County Leitrim, Ireland

A self-catering apartment with superb views of Leitrim's luscious landscape. Wooden house, built to eco-spec, and awarded EU FLower ecolabel. Walkers' paradise, with expert walking guide and walking breaks.
1 double or twin

Weekend €239, week €399 all year round

Ballynahinch Castle Exterior Shot

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle is a deluxe four star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with an award winning restaurant, private salmon fishery and miles of scenic walks. Friendly, elegant, but not fussy.
40 Bedrooms including 3 Suites. Mix of double & twins

Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.

Gregans Castle Hotel - Exterior

Gregans Castle Hotel, The Burren, Ireland

Gregans Castle Hotel is a family run, luxury four-star country house hotel with wonderful views across Galway Bay and the extraordinary Burren limestone landscape.
20: 15 doubles/twins, 5 suites

EUR 235

Lovely cottage in Slane, Ireland. Photo by Didier Riva

Slane Farm Hostel, Co. Meath, Ireland

Award winning cottages and hostel on a working farm in the Heart of the Boyne Valley. The old farm building, once belonging to Slane Castle, has been lovingly restored to ensure that guests are very welcome and comfortable.
The six cottages provide 8 double rooms and one twin room

Cottages per night is 80 euro. 350euro per week and 150 euro for weekend. Bun houses 18 euro per person per night . Private Room 25 euro per person per night. Large Groups 25 and over 20 euro per person for the entire hostel. Children under 4 free children 4 - 12 half price.

Sea outlook to South Harbour

Chleire Haven, Co. Cork, Ireland

A luxury yurt and tipi camp on the beautiful island of Cape Clear, County Cork, overlooking the remote south harbour and with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean... keep an eye out for visiting Basking sharks. A peaceful and relaxing place.
4 Yurts, sleep up to 6 each. 3 Tipis, sleeping up to 8 each.

From €50 per Yurt per night in April, May & Oct. From €70 per Yurt per night in the summer. Based on a stay of 7 nights. Tipis are €20 pppn

Cnoc Suain

Cnoc Suain, County Galway, Ireland

Cnoc Suain is a lovingly restored Irish homestead overlooking Spiddal's splendid coastline in the heart of Connemara's blanket bog. Self-cater in one of their renovated stone cottages or go for a residential weekend.
Four cottages

Self-catering from €500 a week; residential weekends from €295 per person sharing

Granary cottage for couples

Fuchsia Lane Farm Cottages, Co Tipperary, Ireland

Five self-catering cottages on an organic farm that provide an authentic rural experience and homely base in the heart of Ireland. Children love the play areas and there's lots to explore in the wonderful Tipperary countryside by foot or bike.
One and two bedroom cottages

One bedroom cottage in high season for a couple is 350 euro, Two bedroom cottage for a family in high season is 500 euro.

Delphi Mountain Resort

Delphi Mountain Resort, Galway, Ireland

Delphi Mountain Resort is in an outstanding location within 400 acres of forest offering plush rooms, elegant suites, a gastronomic restaurant and a great spa. Warm, natural, and truly relaxing.
32 Delux suites , 20 cosy doubles , and 15 family rooms!

€149 for best room available to €300 for a 2 bedroom 1000sq ft Suite. Hostel rooms are €40 per night - including the best breakfast in Ireland. (Love and attention comes free)

Moville Beach House

Moville Beach House, County Donegal, Ireland

One of the finest holiday homes in Ireland, this contemporary luxury Beach House is surrounded a beautiful landscape The extensive decking area to the front takes full advantage of the panoramic sea views, from where it is possible to spot seals.
Sleeps 8 three doubles and a twin

From £1448.00 for 7 nights up to:£1984.00 (based on two staying)

Exterior of The Benwiskin Centre

Benwiskin Centre, Sligo, Ireland

A budget eco-hostel in a beautiful scenic rural location in North Sligo. A great base for exploring the stunning mountains, countryside and sandy beaches, particularly good for surfing and horse riding.
6 en suite rooms (2 family, 2 twin, Mixed dorm for 8 people)

Bed in dorm room €17 per night, Twin Room for 2 €50 per night, Family room for 4 €68 per night.

Lough Anure Cottage

Lough Anure Cottage, County Donegal, Ireland

This quaint cottage is situated in the picturesque mountains of Donegal, right next to Lough Anure. Eco-friendly with pretty modern interiors, this is the perfect rural retreat.

£636.00 to: £736.00 (based on two staying)

Salmon Leap Farm exterior

Salmon Leap Farm, Glenflesk, Killarney, Kerry, Ireland

A beautiful, secluded 300-year old, family run B&B just outside Killarney, south west Ireland, with a heritage site on the property dating back to 500AD. An ideal base to explore Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Dingle and west Cork.
6:1 double, 4 twins/doubles, 1 triple

From €70

Ard Na breatha's lovely green family farm

Ard Na Breatha, Co Donegal, Ireland

Ard Na Breatha is a welcoming and personal guesthouse, perfectly situated in close proximity to Donegal Town but still surrounded by acres of luscious green fields. Set on a working farm it is peaceful and tranquil with delicious fresh breakfasts.
6: 1 family, 2 twin and 3 doubles

From €40 p.p.s low season to €49 p.p.s high season. Family room from €109 low to €129 high.

Loop head tent

Loop Head Co. Clare, Querrin

Lodges with private showers in a gorgeous orchard permaculture garden with two natural ponds near a shingle beach on the peninsula of the same name. Views of the mouth of Ireland’s largest river, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Kerry Mountains.
Sleeps six in a double, cupboard bed and bunk beds

From £395 for a weekend out of season

Donegal Cottage

Donegal Cottage, NW Ireland

A secluded and traditional Donegal cottage overlooking Lougheraherk lake near the coast of North West Ireland. Discover fantastic local beaches, friendly people and the kind of Ireland touristc areas lost decades ago.
Sleeps 3: Master double & sofa bed

From £308.00 to: £570.00 (based on two staying)

The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen

Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway Ireland

A stunning eco-friendly guest house with a special feel. A place designed to rejuvenate and relax, immersed in the richness of a wild landscape and traditional people who live in harmony with the land. It will bring you back again and again.
12: 8 twins/doubles, 1 suite, 2 family/group

Full board: €74/day adults, €54/day children (5-12), €65/ day teens; Family room: €200/night FB (2 adults 2 children); Family Eco-lodge: €250/night FB (2 adults 4 children). Eco-lodge self-catering (Sept to June): €300/week

Creevy Cottages in South Donegal Ireland

Creevy Cottages, South Donegal, Ireland

Traditional stone cottages (restored with flag stone floors and cosy fireplaces) overlooking the wild Atlantic coastline of South Donegal. An ideal spot to get away from it all. Great for families and groups.
1 Double/Twin ensuite and 2 x Dbl/Twins

Jul/Aug; Large Cottages (6) €799, Small Cottages (4) €699; Rest of year: Large From €499-699, Small: €399-599 Wk/end/Mdweek Rates Available Prices All inclusive - linen, towels electricity

AnTi Glas exterior in County Clare

An Ti Glas, Co Clare, Ireland

A fully restored Irish farmhouse on a working organic smallholding in the heart of County Clare, close to the Burren and well situated for exploring all that the county has to offer. Terrific for walking, cycling and touring holidays.
3;2 twin/double, house. 1 double, apartmnent

€450 An Ti Glas(house) €300 The Granary (apartment) for week in high season

Luxury self catering accommodation at Decoy Country Cottages, Co Meath

Decoy Country Cottages, Co. Meath, Ireland

Stay in a lovingly converted and restored stable mews in the midst of Ireland's beautiful, green countryside. Built from reclaimed and natural materials, plus renewable energy providing heating, these truly eco cottages offer all comforts.
20 rooms in 8 cottages, each with between 1 - 4 bedrooms.

1 week for 2 people in high season is €595, 4 people €795, 5 people €895, 6 people, €995 and 8 people €1195. All prices include heating and electricity

More holidays in Ireland

Moutains near Lough Allend Adventure centre

Lough Allen Adventure Centre, Ireland

On the shores of Lough Allen, the Centre offers kayaking, windsurfing, hillwalking and archery. Or take a truly green wild camping 'Wilderness Therapy' weekend, with raft building, bushcraft and hammocks by the fire.

From €30 - €45 per day

From 1 hour to 1 day multi-activity days
year around
Family enjoying an active holiday in Ireland by sailing

Activity Holiday & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

This is an all year round holiday package with daily outdoor activities including surfing, canoeing, hill walking, swimming, sailing combined with yoga, amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful settings on the west coast of Ireland

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
A holistic holiday in Ireland

Inspirational Holidays at The Boghill Centre, Ireland

Relax and enjoy yourself on a typical Boghill holiday workshop while learning new skills and exploring the beautiful North Clare countryside. Choose a focus from Traditional Irish Music, Ceramics and Eco Experience or mix and match your own programme

From €495 Adults €396 Child. Inclusive of bed, full board, tuition, refreshments

6 days
2014 Dates: 27th July - 2nd August : 3rd - 9th August
Whistle along in County Clare

Whistling Along

A 5 day/night, action packed holiday for families who wish to learn new skills. Try out a selection of activities and explore the beautiful North Clare countryside and coastline. Includes a guided walk and a caving trip + optional surfing, kayaking.

From €495 - Kids go free

17th - 22nd August 2014
17th August
Meditation in Ireland

Meditation & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

All year round relaxing holiday retreat including an introduction to meditation for complete beginners, yoga classes, and time outdoors in nature, amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful setting on the west coast of Ireland.

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year

Get Active in the Burren at The Boghill Centre, Co Clare

An action packed week following your own group tailored programme with walking, farm visits, surfing, yoga, kayaking, ceramics & cob building options, while exploring Irelands famous Burren National Park and enjoying the music, the dance, the craic.

From €595 per person – Shared room (€655 - Private room). Inclusive of full bed and board, all refreshments, all activities. Based on minimum of 6 people

6 days - variable stays can be quoted
From April - September 2014
Practise yoga outdoors whilst staying at the Burren Yoga centre in Ireland

Outdoor Activities & Yoga at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

A complete yoga holiday package with a lovely balance of time indoors, in the yoga room and in the yoga centre, and time outdoors amongst nature. Enjoy amazing vegetarian meals in one of the most beautiful settings on the west coast of Ireland.

From £265 to £610

From weekend up to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year

An Irish Eco Experience at The Boghill centre

A 5 day interactive “Eco Experience” of nature based and creative activities including Sustainable building techniques, Wild Life Surveying, Organic Gardening, Ceramics, Flax Weaving, Natural Sculpture making and much more.

From €495 all inclusive - bed, full board, tuition, refreshments

6 days
2014 dates: Sun 27th July to Saturday 2nd August; Sunday 3rd August to Saturday 9th August
Group walking uphill in the Burren

Walking the Burren hills at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

An all year round complete holiday package with a lovely balance of time climbing the hills, walks by the sea combined with yoga, tasty vegetarian meals in one of the most stunning settings on the west coast of Ireland, The Burren.

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
Walking through the floral on Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday

Walk the Wicklow Way | 7 Days

Walking in Ireland at your own pace from Wicklow Mountains National Park, via the city sights of Dublin and The Guinness Estate and Enniskerry on this self-guided holiday which covers 79 miles of the Wicklow Way.

From £715pp based on twin sharing

7 Days
Departures daily from March to October

A Burren Walking Break at The Boghill Centre, Co Clare

A group walking holiday where you explore Irelands famous Burren National Park and immerse yourself in local culture, heritage, and tradition. Enjoy the music, the dance, the craic, the food, and stay in a friendly eco complex.

€595 per person (private room €655) Inclusive of full bed and board, all refreshments, all walks and tours. Based on a minimum group number of 6 people.

6 days - variable stays can be quoted
April - September 2014 Choose a date to suit your group
Walking amongst the wild and beautiful landscape in Ireland

Weekend Yoga Breaks at the Burren Yoga Centre, Ireland

All year round weekend yoga breaks suitable for all ages with a lovely balance of time indoors in the yoga room and in the yoga centre, and time outdoors in nature, amazing vegetarian meals in the most beautiful setting on the west coast of Ireland

From £265 to £610

From w/e to 6 days
Fri eve to Thurs noon every week June to Sept. Or Fri eve to Sun every week of year
Ireland stone circle

Relax, Revive and Recover at the Boghill centre, Co Clare

Energise, Rejuvenate, Recharge your batteries, Spoil Yourself Treat yourself and friends/colleagues to a midweek group retreat. 50 hours of relaxation, yoga, meditation, chanting, healing therapies, walking & delicious organic vegetarian food.

€287 including private room, full board, Burren walk, 12 hrs of therapeutic workshops & unlimited refreshments. Based on a minimum group size of 6 people

3 days Dates open