Ireland has long been considered as one of the most beautiful and interesting countries in the whole world. Apart from its natural beauty and tourist destinations, Ireland is also known as a pet-friendly country, where residents and visitors can travel with their furry friends tagging along. In fact, a recent survey shows that 20% of the country’s population has a dog in their household, which goes to show that the Irish have a soft spot for canines. There is a vast range of dog-friendly activities that you and your four-legged friend can do, regardless of which region you are living in or visiting. Below are some of the top examples of dog-friendly activities in Ireland.
The city of Dublin is undoubtedly one, if not the most popular city destination in the entire Republic of Ireland. The capital city of Ireland has a lot to offer for residents, tourists, and their canine pets. Whether it is to grab a bite, get your pooch pampered or simply to take in the beautiful sights, there is bound to be an activity for you and your dog to do. Dublin is home to a number of pet grooming centers and doggy spas, dog-friendly restaurants, hotel and pubs and even some beaches where your dog can run around and swim in.
Visiting cafés is always a good idea, especially if you can bring your best furry bud with you. Luckily, Ireland is home to a number of cafes that are welcoming to both dogs and their owners. In fact, some of these cafes even have special treatments for dogs. Some popular options include the Fumbally Café and the Cake Café, both of which not only serve great food but are also very welcoming of dogs. The Pupp Café is also a favorite among dog owners. From the name alone, you already know that this place is accommodating to patrons and their pet dogs. Prices of these cafés range from cheap to moderate but they are surely worth every penny.
Ever wanted to stay at a hotel with your furry buddy? Have you ever had to leave your dog behind on a holiday trip? This is a dilemma that a lot of dog owners have faced at some point in their lives. Fortunately, in dog-friendly places such as Ireland, you can now easily enjoy a “staycation” with your dog, regardless if it is in within your city or out of town. There is an abundance of accommodation options that cater not only to humans but also to their four-legged friends. Aside from hotels, other places such as bed and breakfasts, inns and even cottages are now more dog-friendly and lenient when it comes to bringing of dogs along. This activity can be done in any weather, even during rainy days when you just want to stay indoors. The prices of accommodation may vary, depending on location and facilities offered.
More than its mountains and trails, Ireland is also teeming with beautiful beaches. Discover these coastal areas with your puppy. You can bring some toys for your dog to play with or plan a picnic by the shore. You can even go for a swim to cool off. Some of the most popular beaches in Ireland include Murlough Beach, Inch Beach, Keem Beach and the aptly-named Dog’s Bay. The best time to visit the beaches is during the summer, when the weather is warm and the sun is out.
Walking your dog is highly recommended; it serves as a workout and also allows you to spend some much needed quality time with your pup. Furthermore, it gives you a chance to explore Ireland on foot. There are some excellent walking routes in Ireland, such as the Causeway Coast Way, Florence Court and Divis Ridge Trail. Just be sure to ask about the rules of the place regarding keeping dogs on or off leash.
The Republic of Ireland has so much to offer for humans and their canine friends. Whether you live in this beautiful nation or are simply passing through, there is no shortage of places that you can check out with your dog. Check out any of these dog-friendly activities and enjoy some “paw-fect” bonding time with your pup.