This week we are looking at traditional hospitality in Ireland in the form of our many B&B’s. A lot of us will have childhood memories of going on holidays with our parents to a B&B. Mammy and Daddy Leddy brought us to McGraths B&B on Love Lane in Tramore every single year for as long as I can remember. I still remember the beautiful giant seashells that they had in their front patio.

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Bed and Breakfasts can be often over looked as an accommodation choice for a breakaway. Gone are the days of having to be back in your room before a certain time and no breakfast after 8am!

Today we find Bed and Breakfasts in every town and village, some of them offering private entrances, hot tubs, amazing views and so much more. Taking a break away to a Bed and Breakfast should definitely be on the bucket list this year. We have done a bit of research and found 7 Bed and Breakfasts that should be on your radar this year.

Our search was carried out for the weekend of the 9th of July for two nights. All prices are of the 05th of March 2021.

  1. The Rusty Mackerel, Teelin, Co Donegal

If you are thinking of a trip to Donegal this year then this would be the best B&B to base yourself. A stones throw from the Slieve League Cliffs, close to Glencolumbkille folk village and Sliabh Liag Distillery. The bedrooms look like they are newly refurbished and the best thing…. a mouth watering menu and traditional bar is part of deal too!

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €200

2. Tom Crean Base Camp- Kenmare, Co Kerry

Have you heard the story of Tom Crean? He was an Antarctic explorer who hails from Annascaul in Kerry. However his expeditions or accomplishments do not feature in Irish History and he is known to many as Ireland’s unsung hero. Tom’s great-grand daughter runs this B&B in Kenmare with her partner Bill along with a Brewery. Just looking at the website wants us to be there now! I have a feeling this B&B and brewery is full of stories of adventure- we can’t wait to visit.

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €160

3. Benbulben Farmhouse, Co Sligo

Get your walking boots on! This award winning guest house is at the foot of Benbulben Mountain. Walks and trails nearby include the Queen Maeve Trail (Check out our blog here on Knocknarea), Benbulben forest walk and so much more. This B&B has a great activities page for things to do and see in the area. You are also close to lots of beaches and the bustling town of Sligo.

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €180

4. Bridge view Bed and Breakfast, Kilkenny

Situated a stones throw away from the centre of town, this B&B has the perfect location for a weekend away in the Marble city. Kilkenny Castle, the Medieval Mile museum, Cycling tours, you name it. This city has it all. Check out Visitkillkenny.ie for more ideas.

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €160

5. Atlantic Sunset B&B, Doolin, Co Clare

Who doesn’t love a trip to Doolin. Rugged coastline, amazing food, cliff walks and Irish music. Remember this year the cliffs won’t be packed with international guests so a trip to one of Irelands most visited destinations is a good idea. This B&B stood out to us for its proximity to Doolin and all of the beautiful attractions nearby. Also I love that Bea and Val have put a picture of themselves on the website with a welcome message. We get the feeling there is great Irish Hospitality here.

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €160

6. Jacksons Restaurant, Roscommon

This restaurant and B&B in roscommon town looks like the perfect place for a sneeky breakaway. The rooms look pristine and the menu in the restaurant is amazing. There are so many activities in the local area such as a visit to Roscommon Castle, Glendeer pet farm, Derryglad folk museum and a list of walking trails. For more inspiration visit Visitroscommon.ie

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €170

7. The Schooner Tavern, Ballycotton, Co Cork

This small bed and breakfast is situated in the coastal village of Ballycotton in Co Cork. Recently in the news for that big ugly ship that’s stuck along the shoreline. The Schooner tavern looks like the quaint village pub that you want to spend the evening in after walking the cliff walk (7km’s over and back to Ballyandreen). The menu is full of local produce too!

A double room for 2 adults for two nights is €190

So there you have it. Another example of perfectly affordable weekends away. All of these B&B’s are in beautiful locations and cost less than €100 per night for two people sharing. Your added bonus is an expierience of true Irish hospitality, the chats with your hosts (hopefully) and a proper fry up the next morning (no greasy buffet in sight!)

If you want to catch up on our last three breakaway lists you will find them below:

Our top 5 Camping destinations for 2021

Our top 5 Self Catering destinations for 2021

Our top 5 weekends away for 2021

As always, until we Galavant again, stay safe! xx

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