Find a truly unique place to stay during your trip to Ireland for a remarkable experience that you’ll never forget. The accommodation you choose to rest your head at night is so much more than just a place to sleep. And with the introduction of Airbnbs it makes it possible for visitors from around the globe the chance to stay in breathtaking locations and incredibly cool places in the best Airbnbs in Ireland.
From luxury cottages to treehouses, converted buses, castles and even a lighthouse don’t miss out on the chance of a lifetime for a traditional Irish stay in a thatched cottage, to watch the stars dance across the sky from a treehouse or to sleep in a 200-year-old church.
Since these properties are so unique it’s recommended that you book well in advance, especially since many are only available for certain periods of the year.
Coolest Airbnbs in Ireland
Urban Tranquila Tree
What’s cooler than staying in a treehouse? This unique Airbnb in Ireland offers you views over Cork and is just a 5-minute walk to the city centre (though keep in mind it is a steep walk!). You’ll be able to wake up to incredible city views and have complete privacy as you’re one with the trees, literally, the treehouse is 6 metres above the ground! The treehouse sleeps 2 people and can be accessed with instructions over the phone.
Tubbrid Castle: Your 15th-Century Irish Castle
Truly fit for a king or queen, Tubbrid Castle is a 15th-century tower house that was uninhabited for the last century or so and has now been restored so that visitors to Ireland can experience a night or a few living like royalty. The tower house sleeps 8 people and is a luxurious property that will have you sleeping in a 4 poster bed, soaking in a deep bathtub, dining at a grand oak table and looking out over pretty forest views.
A Luxury Lodge
For a romantic or single getaway, this luxury lodge provides you with a king-size bed that has views of the private area from the bed. On cool evenings you can sit on the heated deck and be self-sufficient as a small kitchen and board games are provided. The luxury lodge is only 1.5 km from Killarney’s city centre, providing you with the optimal space for time to yourself while still be able to see all the best things that Killarney has to offer.
Killaloe Luxury Pod
Beautiful nature, secluded and luxurious? This pod is where you’re going to want to stay if a few nights with river views, delicious food and a hot tub are what you’re craving. Perfect for 2 or for a solo guest, in a luxury pod you’ll have access to satellite TV, a power shower, kitchen, great views over River Shannon and only be a couple of kilometres to the towns of Killaloe and Ballina.
This charming cottage retreat is ideal for 2 guests who wish to get away from it all (including the internet). Sitting on the outskirts of Galway City, this Galway Airbnb is a secluded cottage that provides visitors with a cosy spot by the fire, comfy accommodation and a small yet lovely garden surrounding the cottage for the ultimate peaceful stay.
Viking House Stayover
For a truly uncommon experience, at this Airbnb in Ireland, you can live like the Vikings who called Ireland home some 1000 years ago. You’ll have the entire hut to yourself for your group of up to 6 that is built with a thatched roof and all. You’ll even be able to dress up like a Viking and will have full access to the 35 acre Irish National Heritage Park. And if that didn’t sell you, you’ll even get to cook your dinner over an open fire!
Built in 1858, Drummond Tower is a rare accommodation experience where guests can sleep in the converted folly tower (architecture that is built for decoration over purpose). The tower is comprised of 4 floors, including the top of the tower which offers stunning views over the Irish countryside that is 43 steps up. A full working kitchen is available and 4 guests in 1 bed and on 1 pullout sofa can sleep on this property.
Into the West Kilmurray Cottage
Though this accommodation isn’t anything special, the views are. Just outside of the charming town of Dingle you’ll find the small and cosy cottage that has breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean, cliffs and Minard Castle. It’s the perfect place for up to 4 guests who can sleep in 2 rooms who want to take in magical views and be close to a town that has lots to do and has awesome gin.
READ MORE: Best Places to Stay in Dingle
Kylemore Hideaway in Connemara
I couldn’t resist including this alluring cottage on this list because of its location alone. If you don’t have Connemara or Kylemore Abbey on your list of things to see in Ireland then add them now and book this Ireland Airbnb because it’s the perfect location to explore Connemara National Park and visit one of the most famous sites in all of Ireland. Situated with a river, lake and waterfall surrounding the property, you’ll have views of water and the Garraun mountain complex all around. This cottage sleeps 4 people and is definitely worth taking a peek at!
Location: County Wexford
This hideout is a treehouse, a treehouse that provides all the modern luxuries you crave but still has a rustic feel. get ready to cosy up by the fire (or turn on the portable heater), sip on a glass of wine outside while grabbing an apple from the apple trees that surround the treehouse and stargaze at night through the skylight over the loft bed. This treehouse sleeps 2 people and has a bathroom in the treehouse.
Yet another beautiful treehouse, this one is located on a farm and has outdoor cooking on a BBQ available. You’ll have access to a large deck for beautiful Irish views and be completely cut off from the world (for just a little while). No TV, no internet and no other humans need to be seen to enjoy this place to stay for 2.
Located in one of the most picturesque places in Ireland, Donegal, this cosy cabin has some of the most impressive views. Bright, airy and designed to make you feel completely at home, this Irish Airbnb has views even from the couch of Glenveagh National Park and is just 15 minutes off of the Wild Atlantic Way route, making it the ideal place to stop for a while and explore this must-visit northern region.
Cuckoo Wood Hexagon
This pleasant tiny home that is literally a wood hexagon is just 5km from Westport and is suitable for 2 guests. Located on land that is half orchard, half woodland, guests can wander across the property and have access to walking trails nearby. It’s the perfect place to chill out for a short while, enjoy nature and get comfy with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay in nature.
A beautiful boathouse that is suitable for 2 guests who want to be secluded and surrounded by nature and water, this Ireland Airbnb is a top choice. Located on Lough Derg, this Ireland accommodation option is a little slice of paradise that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city’s and is self-contained with a kitchen, bathroom, seating area and a veranda so you can take in the views for as long as you please in peace.
Have you ever stayed in a lighthouse? My guess is no so I’m sure it would be an unforgettable experience. The lighthouse was renovated into 6 octagonal rooms that all provide views over the Irish Sea and countryside for breathtaking natural scenes in each and every window. Sliver Strand Beach and walking trails are close-by but other than that it’s just you, the other guests (it can sleep up to 4) and nature. Keep in mind it’s 109 steps to the top floor so get ready for a workout!
Pine Sheperd’s Hut
It doesn’t get cosier than this! This shepherd’s hut, which is literally a wagon on wheels, is built for 2 people and 2 people only. With a king-sized bed, there’s little room for anything else other than your fire which the hosts will help you keep alight if needed. Facilities are available on the glamping site that the hut is located on with a shared kitchen, bathrooms and a seating area.
Built in 1820, this 200-year-old church was apart of the Church of Ireland Chapel and is a protected monument that you now have the opportunity to stay in! The owners live in the church and allow visitors to rent a room for 2 or a second room if required to sleep up to 5 in total. The guest room offered has access to the bell tower and a reading room that showcases picturesque views. The private bathroom even has a clawfoot tub. This property is located just 20 minutes outside of Galway City.
Named by The Times as the “Best Place in Ireland to Get Away from It All” in 2017 with other honourable mentions in The Irish Times and Irish Independent, this pod that is built into the land itself has a bed for 2 in a wilderness landscape. Located in one of the most scenic county’s in Ireland, Donegal, you’ll be within walking distance to a secluded beach and the 7 lakes.
Wild Atlantic Bus
Last but certainly not least, one of the most unique accommodation options in Ireland is being able to sleep on a double-decker bus! Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this 28-year-old bus has been lovingly converted into a place to sleep up to 6 people. Its location in Oughterard is ideal, as it’s considered the gateway to Connemara National Park, a must-visit area of Ireland. There is a full kitchen and a fireplace along with a fire pit outside, a luxurious outdoor shower so you can have stellar views even while washing.
Have an incredible time in Ireland, I hope this guide inspired you to try a unique stay in an Ireland Airbnb!
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