If you want to stay by the seaside in Ireland, you’ve got lots of great Airbnb options. Whether you want to simply enjoy a gorgeous ocean view or be right on the beach, steps from refreshing if a bit chilly dips in the water, we’ve got some great picks from Northern Ireland to County Cork and beyond. This list is sure to get you inspired to book your dream vacation.
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This traditional granite cottage is over 100 years old, though fully refurbished with a contemporary timber extension. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way in beautiful Donegal, it has it’s very own private beach. You’ll also get a fully-equipped kitchen, a fireplace with turf supplied, and plenty of tranquility for soaking up those gorgeous views.
South Aran House offers a B&B-style stay, complete with a delicious home-cooked breakfast served right down the road at South Aran Restaurant. Your hosts also serve fantastic dinners along with great conversation. Rooms are located in a comfortable home near the water’s edge, just a short walk from the ferry, pubs and the beach. It has a large communal living and dining room space, complete with a kettle, coffee and tea so that you can serve yourself. It’s a wonderfully quiet place to base yourself for exploring this two-square-mile island in the Aran Islands and enjoying a taste of Old Ireland.
The three-bedroom Beach House sleeps up to six and overlooks Inch Beach, one of Ireland’s most famous stretches, spanning four miles of golden sand. It’s been a filming location for a number of movies, including 1970’s “Ryan’s Daughter.” The split-level bungalow sits high on the slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains, immediately above the beach providing beautiful views and the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor activities while restaurants, bars and shops are within walking distance.
This beach house is located in one of the popular “Game of Thrones” filming locations, Ballintoy Harbour along the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. It sits less than a quarter-mile from the small fishing harbor and boasts amazing views of the sea close to many attractions, a short drive from Giant’s Causeway and within walking distance to the famous Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge. It has three bedrooms and sleeps up to six, with all you need for a comfortable stay, including a well-equipped kitchen and living room with a log burning stove.
Located along Ireland’s southeast coast in County Wexford, this cozy beach house provides uninterrupted views of the Irish Sea, offering an idyllic stay for a couple seeking a tranquil seaside stay. There’s a hammock for napping and a wood stove ideal for those chillier days. The beach is safe for summer swimming, and there’s a tandem kayak available for guest use, while shops and pubs can be reached within a 15-minute stroll.
This picturesque historic cottage predates the Irish famine and overlooks the Atlantic, about three miles from the village of Baltimore. It has a gorgeous original inglenook fireplace with a solid fuel burning stove and exposed stone, along with an on-site music studio. The hosts offer a range of creative options, including recording, songwriting and video. Enjoy whale and bird watching during the day and outstanding stargazing at night with no light pollution.
The Inchydoney sits on the beachfront along the Wild Atlantic Way providing a wonderful escape that comes complete with beach towels, an umbrella, beach blanket and snorkeling gear. It sleeps up to seven in three bedrooms and is just a 3-minute walk to the beach. Guests can also take advantage of an onsite BBQ grill, a patio with deck chairs and a raised garden area with a mosaic table and chairs, complemented with beautiful Atlantic views.
Located on a secluded beach offering spectacular views of the bay and a backdrop of gorgeous Connemara, this Inishbofin Island cottage is ideal for a small family or couple. Look forward to relaxing while gazing out at the scenery, bird watching and purchasing local lobster and crab for delicious dinners that can be cooked up in your own kitchen. In the summer you can buy island-grown produce at nearby Lacey’s Farm. The cottage has a wood-burning stove and shares a large private garden in the back with the cottage next door.
If you’re looking for an especially unique seaside retreat, you can stay in your very own lighthouse. Wicklow Lighthouse has six octagonal rooms, including two bedrooms and a bathroom, with the kitchen located on the top floor, accessed by climbing over 100 steps. As you might expect, it boasts lovely views of the Irish Sea from arched windows that are set into the walls.
This more than century-old cottage sits in an elevated position along the Ring of Kerry offering lots of historic character and stunning views overlooking the UNESCO-protected Skellig Rocks, where recent “Star Wars” movies were filmed. It’s also located within the Dark Skies reserve for incredible stargazing. It sleeps up to four with two bedrooms, includes a wood-burning fireplace and provides an idyllic location for exploring the miles and miles of beaches in the area, outstanding fishing, hiking, golfing and more.
Another rather unique Airbnb, guests stay in a one-bedroom boat that sits in a private garden with three donkeys. The 37-foot boat was renovated to provide a peaceful getaway near the beach, complete with electricity, cooking, showering and toilet facilities. It sleeps up to three with one bedroom and two beds and is just a short drive from the town of Kinsale in County Cork.