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    Where to stay in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

    Weird and wonderful, free and easy, lazy and luxurious: we’ve got a stay that will suit you down to the ground!

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    Planning a trip to Ireland's Hidden Heartlands? Spread gloriously across nine counties, each one has its own story, secrets – and sensational places to stay.

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    Teapot Lane, County Leitrim

    1. Glamping hotspots

    Glasson Glamping, County Westmeath
    This family-run farm is an absolute gem. Visitors can choose to stay in everything from a wagon, to a pod, to a shepherd’s hut – and then, of course, there are the brightly painted double-decker buses. A communal kitchen, large family bathroom and games room are available to all visitors, while the owners have also created a "wellness walk" that weaves through the farm.

    Teapot Lane Glamping, County Leitrim
    If you want to find the “glam” in “glamping”, the adults-only Teapot Lane resort is the place for you. A romantic treehouse, cosy cabin and even a geometric dome are just some of the options available to visitors, and each one comes with access to the woodland dining shelter, communal barbecue and shower area. Keep an eye out for the furry friends who call this place home: wild deer, foxes and badgers are all known to pass by!

    Willowbrook Glamping and Hideaways, County Roscommon
    Set on the idyllic banks of the River Lung, Willowbrook offers guests the choice between one of its three funky yurts, "Arabian Nights Hideaway" or "Enchanted Forest Room". Extra treats include a private, wood-fired hot tub, and access to the Willowbrook Natural Healing Clinic, where you can avail of acupuncture, massage and even Tai Chi classes.

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    Ard Nahoo, County Leitrim

    2. Eco accommodation

    Trinity Island Lodge, County Cavan
    How many eco retreats can say they sit on their own eco-friendly island? Trinity Island Lodge is certainly a rare find: a small, 150-acre island on the banks of Lough Oughter, mostly populated by native Irish trees and wildlife. Once a stone granary, the Lodge is now powered by solar panels and a wind turbine, and has been awarded the EU Flower eco accreditation as a sustainable eco-tourism project. Come ready to explore the great outdoors or take to the water, as this is the ideal spot for fishing, canoeing and boating.

    Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat, County Leitrim
    Perhaps one of the best-known eco-friendly spots in Ireland, the award-winning Eco Retreat and Yoga School of Ard Nahoo has something for everyone. Its three self-catering cabins – each named after a native Irish tree – are comfortably decorated, while the outdoor hot tub and detox sauna add an element of luxury. Sustainably sourced timber, hemp insulation and natural paints all helped Ard Nahoo earn its EU Flower, along with multiple Irish awards for going green. Though the accommodation is self-catering, vegan food can be ordered from a local chef: supporting local businesses and the environment all at once has never been so delicious!

    Crann Óg Eco Farm, County Galway
    This small-scale eco farm is a labour of love for its owners, Marion and Flor, who have kept it going for over 30 years. Embracing a principle of giving more to the land than they take from it, the couple operates organically, and lets out an off-grid wooden cabin to visitors who want to experience this way of life. Yoga, meditation and conscious dance classes are all on offer; but even just being here on the wild bogland is enough to bring peace to your soul.


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    Kilronan Castle, County Roscommon

    3. Castle hotels

    Kinnitty Castle Hotel, County Offaly
    Tucked at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Kinnitty Castle is blessed with 650 acres of pristine parkland, just ripe for exploration. Its distinctive Gothic façade gives the building an alluring, mysterious air; and once you step inside, the castle delivers on its promise of luxury, history and splendour. The 37 bedrooms are all unique, but equally opulent: think high ceilings, roll-top baths and stone walls bedecked with tapestries.

    Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, County Roscommon
    Considering its storied history spanning 6th-century saints and an unfortunate series of financially challenged heirs, it’s a miracle Kilronan Castle is still standing at all. In fact, just 15 years ago, this model of old-world elegance lay in ruins. Rescued in 2006 by a father-son team, Kilronan has been reborn as a four-star hotel with its feet firmly fixed in Irish history. Best of all? After a bracing day spent ambling along the walking trails in the surrounding countryside, you can warm up and wind down in the award-winning spa.

    Cabra Castle, County Cavan
    With its crenellated towers, cross-shaped windows and ivy-draped walls, Cabra Castle is exactly what you’d picture an Irish castle hotel to be. There are actually two castles here: the hotel, built at the start of the 19th century; and the original, now ruined castle, destroyed during the Cromwellian War. Its remains can still be seen beside the old Wishing Well in nearby Dún na Rí Forest Park, along the banks of the River Cabra.


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    Lissanisky House, County Tipperary

    4. Cute Bed & Breakfasts

    Augherea House, County Longford
    Dating back to 1775, this magnificent converted Georgian coach house is set on spacious grounds on the outskirts of Longford town. Guests rave about the peace and quiet, and the friendliness of owners Matt and Mary, who live next door in the main house. Praised for its particularly delicious breakfast, this is the perfect spot to fuel up for a day’s cycling along the nearby Royal Canal Greenway, or spending the day on the River Shannon.

    Lissanisky House, County Tipperary
    Built in the 18th century on the site of the medieval O’Meara Castle, Lissanisky House sits prettily on 10 well-kept acres. Visitors to the house are in for some tasty treats, thanks to the trees in the property’s Victorian walled gardens: apples, pears, plums, quince and even hazelnuts make an appearance on the menu! Beyond the food, the house has a fascinating history, with previous owners including Dr Barry O’Meara, Napoleon’s doctor during his exile on St Helena.

    Castlefergus Lodge, County Clare
    From the moment you arrive at Castlefergus Lodge, it’s clear you’ll have plenty to see and do. Every bedroom makes the most of its natural beauty, with the towering Ballyhannon Castle right outside the window. And with attractions like Knappogue Castle and Craggaunowen open-air museum just minutes away, you might be tempted to spend barely any time at all in the B&B – but don’t forget to give the onsite “bring your own” bar a visit!


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    Cloughan Castle, County Galway

    5. Self-catering accommodation

    Cloughan Castle, County Galway
    Cloughan Castle has loomed large on the County Galway skyline since 1239. Once home to Walter de Burgo, Earl of Ulster, it was rescued from disrepair in the 1970s by the Burke family, and today is a seven-bedroom fairytale escape from the outside world. Sympathetically decorated, it remains plush and comfortable, its old-world charm accompanied by all the mod cons you could need. 

    Carnakilla Lakeshore Cabins, County Westmeath
    Each built by hand with native Irish timber, the cabins at Carnakilla are a cosy work of art. Created by their carpenter and craftsperson owners, every one is decorated in soft, natural, locally made fabrics and furnishings, and heated by wood-burning stoves. A stone’s throw from the shores of Lough Ree, visitors here can enjoy a day boating on the water, before cooking dinner with the local organic vegetables delivered right to Carnakilla. What more could you ask for?

    Ballyportry Castle, County Clare
    Crossing the threshold of this 15th-century tower house is quite literally like stepping on to a Disney film set. Surrounded by seven lakes and a 17th-century bawn wall, this is a spectacular example of Ireland’s living architectural history. At the top of the six-storey tower is the Great Hall, where great feasts were once held for chiefs and kings and merchants. Stone floors, curved arches, towering ceilings and a spiral staircase make a stay here simply unforgettable.