King Sitric, Howth
Ideally located overlooking the working harbour in the beautiful fishing village of Howth – and named for the historic Hiberno-Norse king of Dublin – King Sitric, fish restaurant and accommodation, has been in business for an impressive 40 years. The sleeping options consist of eight guest rooms all named after Irish lighthouses, ranging from ground floor standard rooms to spacious penthouses, every available room coming with en-suite bathrooms and enviable views of the sea. And with the chefs downstairs in the restaurant cooking up some of the best freshly caught seafood in the county every evening, you’ll have everything you could possibly need for a thoroughly relaxing stay.
Single rooms from €110, doubles from €150
King Sitric, East Pier, Howth, County Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 832 5235
The White Cottages, Skerries
Awarded Bed & Breakfast of the Year in 2014 by the Georgina Campbell Irish hospitality guide and recommended in the respected McKenna Guide’s Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2016, The White Cottages in Skerries is located right on the seafront, looking out towards Skerries Harbour. Airy rooms, with names like ‘The Crows Nest’, are decked out in tasteful, lightly nautical décor, each one featuring something unique – such as a driftwood four-poster bed or French doors that lead out onto a guest terrace.
Singles from €60, per person sharing from €40
Maynooth Campus Accommodation
A charming, quiet university town in north County Kildare, Maynooth has been home to the National Seminary for Ireland since 1795, housed on the university’s older campus. As well as housing an ornate chapel, the historic 19th-century St Patrick’s House building on leafy St Joseph’s Square provides accommodation for guests, with lodgings varying from elegantly appointed suites with their own fireplaces down to twin and single rooms. Breakfast is served in the Harry Potter-esque Pugin Hall dining room. A peaceful place to lay your head, this is not suitable for those looking to party – as you’ll be rooming in an active seminary, noise has to be kept to a minimum.
Price range according to TripAdvisor: €46–84 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Voted one of the top 25 bed and breakfasts in Ireland in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, Sandyhills Bed & Breakfast in the north Dublin town of Rush has much to recommend it. Rush has two sandy beaches, from which you can get some of the best views of Lambay Island to the east of anywhere on the mainland. And due to a combination of its location on the Irish Sea coast only 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, its bright, spacious rooms, and a genuinely warm welcome from the proprietor, Sandyhills has been referred to by some travellers as the highlight of their entire trip to Ireland.
Price range according to TripAdvisor: €86–127 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Sandyhills, South Shore Road, Rush, County Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 843 7148
Moat Lodge, Lucan
Situated in the town of Lucan in the west of the county, Moat Lodge is a cottage-like 17th-century property surrounded by flower beds and hanging baskets. Run by endlessly accommodating owners according to guest testimonials, it provides en-suite single, double, twin and family rooms within walking distance of the historic riverside village. Also nearby is Castletown House – Ireland’s earliest and grandest Palladian-style house – built in 1722 for William Conolly, then-Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.
Price range: €68–118 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Castle Lodge, Malahide
The seaside suburb of Malahide is an undeniably pleasant base from which to explore the rest of Dublin, but with its enchanting, reportedly haunted castle – parts of which date back to the 12th century – calm coastline and wonderful food, you might not even feel like venturing too far from your surroundings. Castle Lodge is Malahide’s top-rated bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor, praised for the owners’ top-notch hospitality and the comfort of the rooms. Located just a half-hour walk from the castle and its gardens, this B&B provides satellite TV and a breakfast menu that includes a full Irish, free-range eggs and a continental gluten-free option.
Price range: €65–90 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Castle Lodge, 3, Parnell Cottages, Malahide, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 846 4545