6. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, County Mayo
Overlooking the rugged peaks of Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay, Knockranny House’s plush interiors, antique furniture and open log fires are a cosy welcome after a bracing walk. There’s a roaring fireplace in the lobby, but we recommend you get snug in the oak-panelled Brehon Bar, and enjoy a cosy afternoon tea beside a crackling fire.
5. Bushmills Inn, County Antrim
There are several turf fires at the Bushmills Inn, burning pretty much around the clock on chilly days. The inn is a stone’s throw from the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, so pick your nook (or cranny) and settle in for a rest and a maybe a sneaky snooze after a day of adventures. The inglenook fire by the restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in some fine malt from the hotel’s private cask. Then, check out the secret library…
4. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, County Galway
Nestled in the rugged landscape of Connemara on a 450-acre estate overlooking the Owenmore River, Ballynahinch Castle’s elegant countryside decor boasts antique furnishings and roaring wood-burning fireplaces. The huge stone fireplace in the foyer is perfect for sinking into a plush seat, hands firmly wrapped around a hot mug of cocoa. Come dinnertime, the Fisherman’s Pub’s log fire casts a warm orange glow on quirky angling memorabilia.
3. Crosskeys Inn, County Antrim
The Crosskeys Inn dates back to 1654, making it one of the oldest thatched pubs on the island of Ireland. Its low ceilings and whitewashed walls make this beautifully antique space a cosy den to hunker down from the cold. Not content with being one of the oldest pubs, the Crosskeys Inn is often regarded as one of the best music pubs on the island. Toast your toes by the large open fireplace during a traditional Irish music session on the weekend.