16 Amazing Airbnbs By The Beach (With Sea Views) In Ireland

view from the outside
Photo via Andrea on Airbnb

Whether you’re just passing through or have lived in Ireland your entire life, one thing that it’s impossible not to notice is just how stunning our coastline is. 

From County Cork to Donegal, our island is blessed with tons of beautiful beaches, bays and coves.

With new Airbnbs popping up in Ireland seemingly every week, many of these new properties offer guests a stay by the beach. What’s more, plenty of these provide guests with breathtaking sea views that make staying there just that little bit more special.

In this article, we will take a look at 15 amazing Airbnbs by the beach in Ireland. Even better, a good chunk of these properties come with their very own sea view. 

1. Breasty Bay house on a private waterfront estate

view from sitting area
Photo via Emma on Airbnb
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Photo via Emma on Airbnb

Situated on Breasty Bay, a renowned location for fishing, viewing dolphins and basking sharks as well as stargazing, this three-bedroom property radiates class in every way.

From the enormous open plan kitchen with vintage fittings to the private sea access to the embarrassment of natural light, Breasty Bay House is tailor-made for a luxurious family getaway in Donegal.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I popped in a Friday to a Monday in October (there’s 3-night minimum stay) for six people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €882
  • Total per person: €147
  • Per person per night: €49
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

2. Unique seafront detached apartment with fireplace

a gorgeous chalet
Photo via Sara on Airbnb
the cosy bedroom
Photo via Sara on Airbnb

County Cork is one of Ireland’s most idyllic spots and this gorgeous seaside apartment in Kinsale is no exception.

Perfect for couples, the vibe here is proper retro seaside hangout with plenty of driftwood and fluffy rugs to help you chill after a day exploring the coastline.

Kinsale town is a trendy, hip little place and is just a short walk away. In fact, the patio area at this apartment overlooks the town’s harbour, a view which is best enjoyed with a picnic and of course plenty of good booze.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I popped in a Thursday night in August for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €235
  • Total per person: €117.50
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

3. ‘Sea View’ suite with a 180° panoramic tidal view

view from bedroom
Photo via Sheila Ann on Airbnb
view from dining area
Photo via Sheila Ann on Airbnb

Light, breezy and spacious, the interior at this couple’s retreat in Donegal mirrors the nature of the local environment.

Located on the gorgeous Cruit Island, the garden here literally backs on to the beach, which you will more than likely have all to yourself.

The biggest thing that this place has going for it is the views – those that visit can kick back and admire the scenery from the comfort of the bedroom and the living area.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a Friday and Saturday in October (2-night minimum stay) for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €232
  • Total per person: €116
  • Per person per night: €58
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

4. Juli’s House – a seaside retreat with stunning views

outside the house
Photo via Donal on Airbnb
view from the garden
Photo via Donal on Airbnb

A gorgeous space in County Mayo, Juli’s House is situated overlooking the idyllic Rosmoney Bay.

A compact space, the cottage sleeps two guests in one big, bright bedroom so it’s perfect for couples looking for a romantic seaside getaway.

We particularly love the use of natural light in the property as well as the presence of a cosy wood burner that’s perfect snuggle up beside on a winter’s night!

Guests here won’t be stuck for things to do, as Juli’s House is just a ten-minute drive from the Wild Atlantic Way and the town of Westport.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a Thursday and Friday in October (2-night minimum stay) for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €235
  • Total per person: €117.50
  • Per person per night: €58.75
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

5. A cabin in Dublin with stunning sea views

sea views from your doorstep
Photo via Toni on Airbnb
cosy on the inside
Photo via Toni on Airbnb

Just half an hour from Dublin, this lovely little cabin offers a perfect getaway from the stresses of city life.

Located on Burrow Beach with views of Ireland’s Eye, this is a handsomely refurbished log cabin with plenty of character.

Perfect for couples, the interior is super-modern with an open kitchen-living room area dominating the space. There is a light and airy vibe throughout the home, whilst views from the garden across the beach and beyond are spectacular.

The nearby village of Howth is a charming port with all of the shops, restaurants and bars that you could ever need!

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a Friday and Saturday in September (2-night minimum stay) for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €339
  • Total per person: €169.50
  • Per person per night: €84.75
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

6. Luxurious cliff lodge with panoramic sea views

big outside patio
Photo via Doris on Airbnb
waves from the window
Photo via Doris on Airbnb

Overlooking gorgeous Rossnowlagh Beach, this stunning cliff lodge is one of the most dramatically located of all properties in our selection. This place is literally built onto the side of a cliff and offers unbeatable views of the wild Atlantic below and beyond.

Thankfully things are much calmer inside, with a modern luxury vibe throughout this two-bed property. The open plan kitchen living room is filled with light thanks to the enormous windows, whilst the decor is also as light and breezy as the beach outside.

We love the fact that the couch is positioned in front of a huge window with views across the ocean, ideal for a sunset glass of wine or whiskey.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a Friday to a Monday in October (3-night minimum stay) for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €634
  • Total per person: €105.66
  • Per person per night: €35.22
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

7. The Barn by the beach

a door to the beach
Photo via J on Airbnb
a spacious interior
Photo via J on Airbnb

Located in Rathmullan, Donegal, The Barn is a couple’s getaway dream. Overlooking the beautiful, secluded beach, this small but perfectly formed apartment has bags of character and vintage seaside charm.

Think guitars on the walls, vintage crockery and retro floor tiles and you’ll get the idea. Rathmullan itself is a cute little village that’s home to some of the area’s best pubs and restaurants, many of which serve up freshly caught fish and seafood straight out of the adjacent Atlantic Ocean.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a night in October for two people sharing (this place is popular!). It worked out at:

  • Total: €135
  • Total per person: €67.50
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

8. On the beachfront in Enniscrone

views from the couch
Photo via Tom on Airbnb
a bed with a view
Photo via Tom on Airbnb

Enniscrone village is one of the jewels of County Sligo and this property is literally right there on the local beach.

There is room for six guests across three bedrooms here, with the interior clean, cozy and modern all at once.

Perfect for frolicking at the beach or zipping back and to from town, this beachfront home will suit families or groups of friends looking for some seaside R&R.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a Friday to a Monday in October (3-night minimum stay) for six people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €786
  • Total per person: €131
  • Per person per night: €43.66
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

9. The idyllic Inchydoney beach cottage

view from outdoor area
Photo via Sam + Brendan on Airbnb
view from patio
Photo via Sam + Brendan on Airbnb

On the Wild Atlantic Way in the charming village of Inchydoney in West Cork, this spacious cottage has room for up to seven guests, making it ideal for family getaways.

The beach is only a three-minute walk away, so this place is ideal for those of us who love the great outdoors whether that’s surfing, swimming, canoeing or just breathing that fresh sea air!

Inside, the cottage is packed with seaside charm and has been lovingly decorated by the hosts with shells, local art and plenty of natural wood.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a couple of nights at the end of September (2-night minimum stay) for two people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €607
  • Total per person: €86.71
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

10. The Fort Cottage

view from the outside
Photo via Andrea on Airbnb
gorgeous interior views
Photo via Andrea on Airbnb

The Fort Cottage is ideal for couples seeking a seaside retreat at a traditional cottage in Donegal.

Packed with old-world charm yet clean, modern and cosy, the Fort offers breathtaking views across the bay and out onto the Atlantic Ocean. 

If you visit when the weathers bad, you can kick back with a coffee and soak up the sea views from afar.

If you visit when the weather’s good, you can kick-start your day with a coffee while admiring the sunrise over the ocean.

How much a night will set you back

So, there’s a five-night minimum stay for this place. I popped in five nights in October and the price worked out at:

  • Total: €593
  • Total per person: €296.50
  • Per person per night: €59.30
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

11. A spacious cottage by the sea in Kinsale

view from the kitchen area

view from the bedroom

If you’re in search of a deadly base to explore Kinsale from with a group of friends or family, this big house by the sea should tickle your fancy.

You’ll find this swanky gaff finely plonked on a site that looks down upon the Old Head of Kinsale.

The owners took full advantages of the views when designing the place – you’ll be able to soak up incredible scenery right the way throughout the house.

The dining area can sit up to 23 people while the living area (above) seats up to 16 people comfortably.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I popped in a night in September for 8 people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €833
  • Total per person: €104.12
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

12. Beachcomber’s Cottage 

the outside of the cottage
Photo via Tom on Airbnb
Fintra beach killybegs
Photo by grafxart (Shutterstock)

This luxurious cottage is just a stone’s throw from Fintra Beach (pictured above) in Donegal on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way. 

The interior of Beachcombers is modern but cosy, with bags of natural light thanks to enormous windows throughout this property.

The hosts here are available to tend to guests’ every need and they even leave plenty of Nespresso coffee pods and a box of chocolates for all guests who come to stay at their beautiful cottage.

Located close to the charming port town of Killybegs, guests at Beachcombers have some great pubs, restaurants and shops just a short journey away.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a night in September for four people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €162
  • Total per person: €40.50
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

13. A pet-friendly cottage with a private beach

Donegal Airbnb

Ireland’s rugged northwest coast is home to some beautiful Airbnbs by the beach and this luxurious Donegal cottage it no exception.

Made entirely of granite, this lovely cottage sleeps four guests across two bedrooms. One of the best things about booking a stay here is the fact that you get access to a private beach, accessible only via the property.

For animal lovers, the fact that the beach is home to a pod of adorable seals! The interior of this cottage has a Scandinavian feel to it, with enormous windows and lots of natural materials complimenting the open fire.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck 2 nights in September (3-night minimum stay) for four people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €879
  • Total per person: €219.75
  • Per person per night: €73.25
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

14. A beach-side cottage in Galway

connemara cottage sunset
Photo via Airbnb
connemara cottage with beach
Photo via Airbnb

Sleeping up to seven guests across three bedrooms, this gorgeous property in Galway is just a few steps from the beach.

The cottage itself is made from two ancient stone structures combined and totally refurbished to make a unique, high-end holiday home.

The minimal yet cosy style of this cottage is respectful of the original buildings, whilst the sea views are second to none.

This is largely thanks to the enormous windows throughout the property, which fill the space with natural light from sunrise to sunset.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in a week in October (7-night minimum stay) for 7 people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €1,397
  • Total per person: €199.57
  • Per person per night: €28.51
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

15. An Corrach

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A beautiful Donegal cottage, An Corrach has room for eight guests spread across four bedrooms. This area of Ireland is renowned as one of the wildest, most beautiful in the country. 

Nearby Tranarossan Beach is ideal for fishing, swimming and hiking, whilst the log-burning fire is the ideal way to relax after a long day of exploring.

Guests at An Corrach are conveniently located close to some of Donegal’s most renowned beaches and areas of natural beauty, whilst the village of Downings provides local amenities a short drive away.

How much a night will set you back

To check the price, I stuck in 4 nights in September a group of 8 people sharing. It worked out at:

  • Total: €1,093
  • Total per person: €136.62
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

16. Amazing views on the Wild Atlantic Way

view from dining area
Photo via Jane on Airbnb
right by the sea
Photo via Jane on Airbnb

Housing nine guests across four bedrooms, this gorgeous house is ideal for families looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time together.

The key feature here is the enormous windows in the living room, which offer 270-degree views of the nearby beaches, islands and stunning Atlantic Ocean sunsets.

Modern but homely, this is the perfect place to base up for a weekend of fishing, surfing, hiking or whatever else it is that makes you tick!

Update on this one

When we wrote this article originally, there was availability. There are now no free dates showing in 2020. We’ll keep an eye out and update this when there’s space free.

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James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.

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