Ireland is one of the most magical places to visit in the world. Not only does it provide the most picturesque of backdrops, but it also offers plenty in the way of history and culture. Whether you like to discover the ancient stories and folk tales a land like this has to tell, or you prefer the intrigue and mystery of more modern events, you will be spoiled for choice.

Rural hamlets and cosmopolitan centres, open wilderness and endless coastlines, Titanic tours and guided walks through historic city streets; there is so much to see and do that you might find yourself packing your days rather tightly.

But when you’ve been all around Belfast, gotten your fill of the Giant’s Causeway and tasted more than tipple at the Bushmills distillery, where can you rest your head?

You don’t want to end up in another cookie-cutter twin room with no personality, but you still want to be in the heart of Northern Ireland so you can get out and about to explore.

As such, you’ll need convenient but quirky accommodation that lets you experience all Ireland has to offer, from the second you wake up and brush your teeth, to the second you drift off to the land of nod.

So, here are a few suggestions as to where you can stay during your visit to the ever-so-lovely Emerald Isle.

A sweet tepee; your very own yurt

Do you like the back-to-basics simplicity of camping? But do you yearn for more exotic experiences? Then how about a tepee or yurt to call home whilst exploring Ireland! The tepees and yurts on offer at Irish campsites are inspired by the traditional designs, with one or two creature comforts added in for good measure. See some here.

A log cabin, down by the lake

If ever there was a way to enjoy all the comforts and conveniences of home, whilst taking in all of the natural beauty and fresh air on offer out in the country, a log cabin down by the lake is it. Imagine glancing out of your window every morning to see the lake stretched out in front of you, with an unbeatable green backdrop. Then, at the end of a long day, you can peek out at the stars while wrapped in a blanket enjoying a good ol’ cuppa. For an authentic log cabin experience in Northern Ireland, see here.

A castle, all your own

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, but nobody does a castle quite like the Irish. In fact, you can have a miniature castle like the Barbican all to yourself when holidaying in Northern Ireland. Talk about illusions of grandeur; your own bridge, a grand entrance, an actual castle to scale, and stunning views you simply wouldn’t get in a non-castle abode. Now, that is how you enjoy Ireland.

A slice of maritime history

If you’re interested in the Titanic and its tragic but captivating history, you will love the thought of staying at Blackhead Lighthouse during your Irish adventure. This lighthouse has played its part in Ireland’s maritime history, guiding the ill-fated Titanic herself as she set out on her maiden voyage. So get even closer to the Titanic and stay here whilst exploring Belfast, the Northern Irish coast and everything else the region has to offer.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started. With a little bit of research, you should be able to discover a plethora of picture perfect places off the beaten track. Spots to escape to, abodes to enjoy, and authentic Irish experiences to remember.

In the meantime, keep working on your itinerary, and get in touch to book yourself on one (or more!) of our fantastic tours!