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Dog Friendly Stays

Dog Friendly Stays

Going away for the weekend is something we can always benefit from, but why not bring all the whole family and enjoy a nights stay in some of Northern Irelands most stunning locations!


The exterior of Willow Cottage, County Fermanagh

County Fermanagh

Take advantage of your unique location and explore some of the 2,000  acres that make up the Crom estate, to discover the old castle ruins and ancient yew trees. On the shores of Lough Erne, you can go canoeing along its trail where you’ll discover its scattered islands and narrow channels. Crom is home to a variety of plants and animals, the diversity of habitats makes it an important conservation site. Look out for butterflies, red squirrels, otters, pine martens, and visit the new bird hide in a quiet corner of the estate. 

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County Down

The exterior of The Potter's Cottage, County Down

Potter’s Cottage is in what was the working farmyard of Castle Ward Estate, on the shores of Strangford Lough. The cottage was occupied by a potter in the 1960s, but long before this was an integral part of the farmyard, being the place where the feed was prepared for the livestock housed there. More recently, the farmyard provided the backdrop for Winterfell in the first series of Game of Thrones. 

Key scenes from the drama will unfold right from your doorstep, from the Whispering Wood to the clock tower just next to the cottage. However, you can escape the world of dragons and battling kingdoms when you close the front door of this cosy little nook. There are white-washed stone walls, small peeping windows and a roaring fire to welcome you after a busy day of exploring, and room for your dog too.  

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County Derry
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Barn Lane @ Drumagosker Rural Retreats is located in Ardmore. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi. The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, oven, washing machine, microwave and a fridge. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.
The accommodation offers a fireplace and guests can also relax in the garden.
The property is nestled in the Sperrin Mountains in an area of outstanding beauty. It is a 5 minute drive from Limavady with it's chic boutiques and lovely restaurants. The bustling seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart are within a 20 minute drive away. Londonderry with it's rich history and city walls can be reached within 35 minutes. Bushmills and it's world famous whiskey distillery and fine eateries are just 25 minutes away. The Giants Causeway a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's award winning visitors centre and the Carrick a Rede rope bridge are all within easy distance. The city of Belfast and the world famous Titanic Museum, theatres, museums and fabulous restaurants and irish pubs can be reached within an hour and 15 minutes. A great central location to visit the North Coast of Ireland. Number 1 Barn Lane is easily accessible by car, directions can be obtained from the owners upon booking. The City of Londonderry airport is within a 45 minute drive away, Belfast International Airport is within an hours drive and the City of Belfast Airport is within an hour and 15 minute drive.
Number of guests:  8
Number of rooms: 3



County Derry

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Creative Art Cabin, nearest is beach 10 minutes away! A property with a garden and a shared lounge, is situated in Articlave, 11 km from Mussenden Temple, 12 km from Mountsandel Fort, as well as 14 km from Portstewart Golf Club. This property offers access to a balcony, table tennis, and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking. The holiday home is equipped with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a terrace with sea views. Guests can take in the views of the garden from the patio, which also has outdoor furniture. For added privacy, the accommodation features a private entrance. The holiday home has an outdoor fireplace and a picnic area. Benone Golf Course is 15 km from Creative Art Cabin, while Binevenagh Mountain is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is City of Derry Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.

May 17, 2024 — Pet & Country


Why adopt a dog?

 Cost– included in the small adoption fee, you will often find that this will cover all vaccines and sometimes may even include microchipping. Make sure to check what is covered when you are adopting to ensure your new family member is up to date with all requirements.

Help fight against puppy farms – These horrible factory-style breeding facilities have poor conditions with little to no medical care. The mother dogs are kept in cages and bred repeatedly without any companionship or love until they are no longer useful and then they are disposed of.

Second chance- some dogs need to rebuild their trust and how will they do so if they don't have a home? They all deserve a loving home to chill out on the sofa and eat their favourite treats so why not give them a new lease of life and let them know what a real family is like.

It is important to consider your lifestyle when adopting a new dog as they may have a lot of additional needs, emotionally and physically. Sometimes a certain dog may not suit your family. So do not rush in making your decision to make sure you are making the right choice for both you and the pet.


All animals deserve to be loved and cared for. Every dog has their day.



One of our chosen charities Benvardin Kennels are heros for dogs and are there for them when they need someone the most.

Benvardin remain open to unwanted and homeless pets 365 days a year, and their centre is currently open to the public by appointment only. They're seeing more unwanted pets who need urgent surgery, lengthy training and rehabilitation, please support their work today.

The suggested donation to adopt a dog from Benvardin Kennels is £200. This money goes towards the cost of the vaccinations, micro-chipping,neutering, the relevant council dog licences and insurance for 4 weeks with Petplan.


Contact them on

07518 370478

or have a look at some of adoptees today at Benvardin Kennels



May 15, 2024 — Pet & Country
Delightful Doggy Destinations In Northern Ireland

Delightful Doggy Destinations In Northern Ireland

We are so fortunate in Northern Ireland to have such an amazing choice of beautiful beaches and a captivating countryside to choose from right on our doorstep. 

Please do not leave your dog in your car unless you are quickly popping in to use the facilities.  If a dog is left in the car and appears distressed the National Trusts' policy is to inform the USPCA.


  • Keep them close
  • Pick up the poo
  • Watch the signs
  • Stay on the ball
  • Being able to recall 
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
  • Have a lead with you at all times

 Here is some of our favourite dog friendly places around Northern Ireland.


Giant's Causeway is a three pawprint rated place.

Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. You’ll be able to take your dog to most areas, including indoors for a cup of tea and a treat. There’ll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences.

You can soak up spectacular coastal vistas, see the world-famous stones and spot seasonal wildlife. Enjoy the Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience – a fully guided 5-mile hike from the ruin of Dunseverick Castle, along the coastline to Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway.



    Portstewart Strand is a one pawprint rated place.Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited.

    Portstewart Strand is the starting point for the 33-mile (53km) Causeway Coast Way to Ballycastle.

    Please keep your dog on a lead at all times on the beach. Cattle graze within the dunes and can be spooked by dogs off leads. Dogs running off lead can also disturb ground nesting birds and local wildlife. You can let your dog off the lead past post 10pm.


    *Livestock grazing on the grounds of the demesne, please keep all dogs on a lead*

    Downhill Demesne is a one pawprint rated place

    Water bowls are available for your dog at Lion's Gate and Bishop's Gate.Dogs on leads are welcome at Downhill and there are plenty of opportunities for walking jumping and sniffing through the estate. We know dogs are part of the family, so they can join you on every step of the way as you explore this coastal landscape steeped in history and nature.

    Pull on your walking boots and stride out on a coastal adventure with your pooch. Explore the sheltered clifftop garden, including the Walled Garden, orchard and arboretum with its rare and non-native trees.

    You can also stroll around the lake, walk along the cliffs and soak up dramatic coastal views of the North Atlantic. Visit the ruins of the old Bishop’s house and stop by Mussenden Temple for a must-have photo at one of Ireland's most photographed places, inspired by the Tivoli Temple of Vesta in Italy.

    You can explore the grounds at your own leisure or follow the Downhill Demesne walking trail which hugs the headland, loops through the garden and takes you to the Temple.


    Castle Ward is a three pawprint rated place.

    Dogs on leads are welcome across the estate, in the garden and in the Stableyard Tea-room.

    There is a designated off-lead dog exercise field located near the admission hut and main car park where you can let your dog have a stretch off the lead. Only service dogs are allowed in the shop and house.

    Dogs must be kept on leads at all times on the estate including on the trails, due to their varied nature. Around a corner you might find a horse rider, a family, a cyclist, or even all three at once.

    There are cattle and sheep grazing across the estate, as well as a variety of wildlife – please do keep your dog on a lead for the safety of all.

    Drinking bowls for your dog are positioned in the stableyard and farmyard. Bins are available in each car park.


    Mount Stewart is a two pawprint rated place.

    Dogs on leads are welcome in the pleasure grounds, woodland walks, courtyard, shop and tea-room in the covered outdoor area.

    There is an off-lead dog exercise area located next to Car Park 2 where you can let your dogs stretch their legs off the lead. Please ensure that you maintain close control over your dog in the exercise area, keep them within your sight at all times and ensure that your dog will respond immediately to your recall.. In the indoor part of the Tea-room and house only assistance dogs are allowed.

    Freshly filled water bowls for your dog are positioned outside the reception area, courtyard and opposite the house. Please ask at reception if these need to be topped up and the team will be happy to assist. There is also a water tap in the dog exercise field and water bowls available at Trailhead.

    Professional dog walkers must obtain a licence if they wish to carry out their work at Mount Stewart, which allows professional dog walkers to legally walk up to four dogs at any one time. The annual licence costs £125 per year. Licences will need to be renewed each year.

    You can get a licence for professional dog walking across our site by visiting Mount Stewart reception or email the team at: 



    May 30, 2022 — Pet & Country