Traditional B&B’s in Ireland – not just accommodation, but a true Irish Experience


A delicious B&B breakfast that could feed an army. Guestrooms straight out of House and Home and a welcome so warm that you might not even need the turf fire. B&Bs in Ireland aren’t accommodation – they’re an experience.

And the secret? It’s all down to tradition. Welcomed into the B&B by your host (the lady of the house or the ‘Bean an Ti’ in Irish) this is where your Irish experience begins. Fresh home baking including hot scones made with a delicate hand and good old family recipes handed down through generations. A hot pot of tea and a friendly chat with your host who may ask ‘So, how was the journey. You must be exhausted!’ You’ve chosen their family home B&B and their beloved Ireland for your holiday – and they couldn’t be happier.

And now for the inside knowledge on the local area. You will find everything you need to know at the local B&B. Where to sip the best Guinness, where to find the best local restaurants and how to find that secret walk that only the locals know. B&Bs in Ireland have honed their local knowledge not only over their own lifetime, but from their grandparents too. Expect to hear ‘my grandfather caught the biggest pike on that lake!’ or ‘my grandmother showed me how to bake this soda bread. I might even give you the recipe…’ Now you’ve arrived at your Irish B&B and now you will feel like part of the family. Any holiday in Ireland is a story. B&Bs are a chapter you won’t want to miss.

B&B Activity Vacations in Ireland
We all have our interests. Spending a weekend with a line lazily cast in a lake or stomping around a heathery mountain range in search of historic hills. Teeing off into the great blue yonder or finding foodie heaven with a bowl of steamed mussels on the coast. When you stay in an Irish Bed and Breakfast, be sure to take your interests with you. You see, while you might see B&Bs in Ireland as cosy comfort or that place where you first found the full Irish breakfast – the truth is, there’s more.

Bed and Breakfasts approved by  Failte Ireland and in the B&B Ireland group are experts in their field. B&B Ireland members are experts in their field. After the finest food? Pop into a Food Lovers’ B&B. Seeking some serious surf? You’ll be needing and Adventure’s Welcome property. And the list goes on. Eco aware, pet friendly, Gaeltacht, Angling, Golfing, Farmstays and Walking and Ancestry. And it’s not exclusive. A B&B can be Eco-friendly but they could be for Food Lovers’, too. The key here is choice. B&Bs – accommodation, just better.

Eco-Friendly B&B’s

Footprints aren’t just in the sand. They’re in what we use, how we travel and where we stay. An increasing amount of travellers are concerned with their environmental footprint and that’s where B&B Ireland approved Eco-Friendly B&Bs come in. The hosts here are all about The Good Life with the best environmental practice used by managing water usage, food production and electricity usage with various new and cutting edge ways. You’ll sleep a little sounder at night when you’ve done the earth some good.

Pet Friendly B&B’s

No one does puppy dog eyes like the family dog being left behind as you set sail for the holiday of a lifetime. Arranging and paying for kennels are headaches you don’t need when you’re supposed to be relaxing for a holiday, making Pet Friendly B&Bs a welcome addition to a holiday with Rover in tow. On offer from Pet Friendly B&Bs are secure fences, pet accessories, suitable sleeping arrangements as well as hugely understanding hosts who would rival Doctor Doolittle for pet rapport.

Gaeltacht B&B’s

Visitors staying in B&Bs are often after something intangible – the traditional. Tradition, culture and people start with language and it’s in a Gaeltacht B&B where tradition trips off the tongue. Literally. Dive into Gaeilge (Irish) at one of Ireland’s Blaiseadh Gaeltachta B&Bs and you dive into the thick, rich mist that is Ireland’s Gaeltacht culture of not only language, but music, storytelling and song. And in case you’re not linguistically inclined, the hosts speak English as a matter of course. Who knows, by the end of your stay you’ll be blessed with a cupla focail (a few words) just like Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Ireland. ( not sure how relevant this is in markets other than GB??)

Food Lovers B&B’s