Thinking of taking your dog on holiday?


Here are some novel suggestions for places to stay…
But check out this important information from Stena Line if you are taking your pet to the UK or France by ferry.


 Pets can travel with Stena Line either in your car (free of charge), or in kennels on board the ship
– Kennels come in three sizes, but availability is limited and they must be booked in advance (Belfast to Cairnryan route)
– If your pet is travelling in your vehicle, it must be well ventilated and they must remain inside at all times.
– Guide dogs may accompany their owners onto the ship and into their cabins.
– Dogs must be microchipped and fully vaccinated against rabies if travelling to the UK or Europe.
– Pets must have a valid pet passport to allow entry into the United Kingdom. 
– For terms and conditions, please visit  and to book an on board kennel or make arrangements for your guide dog, ring 01 907 555

How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland

Every Irish pet that is brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or re-enters Ireland must have an EU Pet Passport. In Ireland this is issued by private Vets directly to pet owners.
If you wish to have your pet’s photograph on its passport (this is optional), you should bring a photograph with you to your vet. The photograph should be no bigger than 6 cm wide and 4 cm long, should feature the pet only and show its colour and markings clearly.
On receipt of the Pet Passport from your vet check all entries are legible and correct, as any errors could lead to your pet being detained.

Blank passports are available for purchase from the Department. If you have not yet registered with the Department and received your information pack/order form contact the Pet Passport Section at or 01-6072127.

With the recent adjustment to sterling it’s a good time to pop across the Irish Sea and here are some options that your pet will love.
0345 498 6900

Property reference: 18012

Set on a working arable farm in a peaceful countryside location, this property enjoys open views across the fields and access to a children’s play area. This is the ideal holiday location for peace and quiet, yet only a short distance from the village of Cawood, where guests can visit the Castle – the former home of Cardinal Wolsey, Archbishop of York. What’s more, York is just ten miles away and has a wealth of attractions that guests can enjoy – from the iconic Minster to the many museums, there is something for every member of the family.

PRICE: WAS: £522 NOW: £451 (£16.12pppn)* for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 5thAugust 2016. Sleeps four in two bedrooms with three pets welcome.

Property reference: RWW2
Close to Chester, this cosy detached cottage is perfect for relaxing in after a hard days’ shopping or exploring the bustling city. Complete with a wood burning stove, barbeque and spacious patio area, guests can a summers evening in the garden with delicious cooked food from the barbeque. When guests have seen all there is to see in Chester including Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks, they can venture slightly further afield to North East Wales and Llangollen which are both within easy reach.

PRICE: WAS: £953 NOW: £861 (£24.62pppn)* for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 30th July 2016. Sleeps five in two bedrooms with two pets welcome.

The Arch, London


The Arch London is a luxurious five-star Georgian townhouse hideaway in the heart of central London. The hotel is dog friendly with an ethos to treat pooches to the same indulgent experience as their owners, with luxurious dog beds, bowls, and a delicious doggy menu cooked to order by the chef.  Dog walking services are also available, allowing owners to relax whilst their furry friends are exploring the 350 acres of nearby Hyde Park, special offers of £250pn until September and pets stay for £15pn.

If you’re planning on staying closer to home and want to bring your pooch to a cosy country house, here are some welcoming places from the blue book.

Tankardstown House, Co. Meath

It is far from ruff at Tankardstown for our canine chums. Dogs are welcome to stay at Tankardstown and even Millie, Choo and Mika Tankardstown’s own resident pooches are excited to have new friends come by. Though, the main house is only for 2 legged creatures, dogs are more than welcome to stay overnight in one of the Courtyard Cottage Suites. Enjoy an amble or a bracing walk around the estate, the cottage suites open directly out to a courtyard and into the garden so you won’t be disturbing anyone. There is no charge for our chums!

Description: Get away from it all and relax in a truly special place. Bring your well behaved four legged family members along with you for some well deserved rest and relaxation in the tranquil grounds of our estate. Check in with your dog at reception and be taken to our beautifully appointed courtyard cottage suites where a complimentary doggie treat welcomes your four legged friend. There’s 80 acres of woodland and parkland for you both to explore.  Take a seat for dinner by candlelight in the critically acclaimed award winning restaurant, Brabazon and enjoy a 3 Course a la carte Menu, laced with strong seasonal influences. Let restful sleep take you over with only trickling fountains and birdsong to disturb. Awaken with a quick dip in the hot tub before a hearty breakfast sets you up for the day.   
From: €145 per person sharing
For more information, please see, or contact Tankardstown House directly on 041 982 4621

Gregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare

Dog friendly rooms available. Surrounded by botanical archaeological and cultural treasures and with breath taking views across Galway Bay and the unique Burren terrain, Gregans Castle Hotel is the ultimate hideaway. Gregans Castle offers genuine Irish hospitality, innovative cooking and elegant bedrooms free from the intrusion of televisions. A mature garden and the surrounding bucolic setting, together with a strong environmental ethos, ensure a sensitive co-existence with nature. Being animal lovers Gregans appreciate the need to treat one’s pooch to the occasional night away and so a welcome is extended to particularly loved four legged friends. There are a number of ground floor bedrooms which can easily accommodate you and your dog and have access to the garden.

Gregans Castle do not charge for pets to stay.


Description: Very SPECIAL RATE per Room per night and inclusive of Full Irish Breakfast, Evening Turndown Service, Complimentary WiFi and all taxes and service. Recently awarded Georgina Campbell’s “Hotel of the Year” and “Irish Breakfast Award”.

From: €195.00 per room per night

For more information, please see, or contact Gregans Castle directly on 065 707 7005

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

Dog friendly room available. With a 3km sandy beach at the bottom of our garden, it would be a shame for your dog to miss out on a trip to Rathmullan House. The doggie room (adjoining the human bedroom) ensures that your beloved pet also gets to enjoy the best of country house luxury. Rathmullan even provide company with their own Jack Russell – Brushie. All that is asked is that Brushies position as MD is not questioned!
Rathmullan House charge €10 extra per night for a dog.

They have a 2 night bed and breakfast offer called –  STAY LONGER FOR LESS (2 NIGHTS BED AND BREAKFAST)

From: €160 per person (this is not including the extra €10)

For more information, please see, or contact Rathmullan House directly on 074 915 8188


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