There’s no shortage of places to stay in Ireland.
In fact, according to the lads at Failte Ireland, there are currently 218,637 beds in Ireland available to rent for a night’s kip.
That’s some stack of pillows.
While there’s an endless number of B&Bs and Hotels scattered across the country to choose from, how many of these offer a view that’ll take your breath away?
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Recently, I asked the 200,000+ strong Irish Road Trip community to name the best places to stay in Ireland with a view – thousands commented, mailed and DM’d.
I’ve created the guide below to places views that I’m confident will blow people (myself included) away.
1 – Pax Guesthouse Dingle, Kerry
Good God this place looks special.
You’ll find Pax Guesthouse in Dingle in County Kerry, a little under 20 minutes walk from Dick Macks pub (my point of reference any time I’m trying to gauge how far out a B&B is from Dingle town).
The guesthouse boasts views that are spectacular beyond belief.
Several people recommended this place to me, and the vast majority mentioned the host John and the homely nature of the place as much as they did the view.
A great view and a good host are a cracking combination.
2 – The Lake Hotel Killarney, Kerry
I’m only two in and this article is already causing me pain – I need a holiday… here, preferably!
Rocking in at number two is a hotel that’s nestled on the lake of Lough Lein – Killarney’s lower lake.
If you spend a night or two here, you’ll be treated to a view where mountains, islands, and woodlands all collide.
And there’s an outdoor jacuzzi… magic.
3 – Coulagh Bay House, Eyeries, West Cork
I stayed here recently, so I can vouch for the view (and the whole B&B) as being absolutely sensational.
Around a six or seven minute walk from the village of Eyeries, Coulagh Bay House is home to a dining area with a view that’d knock you on your arse every time it met your eye.
Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean – imagine kicking back here with a coffee as the sun rises – wonderful or what.
4 – Ocean Villa B&B, Clifden, Galway
Our next spot can be found on the water’s edge at the top of Kingstown Bay on the magnificent Sky Road in Clifden.
This place just screams peace and tranquillity.
I can easily picture myself setting up shop in the rocking chair below on a wet afternoon with a piping hot cup of coffee and a book, surrounded by lush green hills and water.
5 – Ocean View House, Inishturk Island, Mayo
Number five is the first piece of accommodation to lure us away from the mainland.
Ocean View House can be found on Inishturk, an island that juts from the Atlantic around 15km from the Mayo coast.
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Visitors are treated to views of the Connemara coastline along with the endless raw natural beauty that Ireland’s islands have by the bucketload.
6 – Portfinn Lodge, Leenane, Galway
Portfinn Lodge is located at the heart of the gorgeous little town of Leenane.
If you’ve ever watched the movie rendition of John B. Keane’s ‘The Field’, Lennane is home to Gaynor’s Pub, where all of the bar scenes from the movie were shot.
Portfinn Lodge offers visitors fantastic views out over Killary Fjord and the Maumturk mountains.
Definitely one for the accommodation bucket list.
7 – Delphi Resort, Leenane, Galway
This is the little bit of luxury I need in my life right now.
Delphi Resort can be found at the heart of the spectacular Delphi Valley, a stone’s throw from our previous spot in Leenane.
Visitors to Delphi will be spoiled thanks to a location that’s enveloped by a rugged wild Atlantic landscape.
The best part? You can lap it all up from the waters of the leisure suite.
Take me here.
8 – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Kerry
To the lads that own the Europe in Kerry – I’m just going to put it out there – sort a fella out.
This place has been on my if I-had-a-spare-300-notes-I’d-defo-stay-here-list for ageeeeeeees at this stage.
Overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, the Europe Hotel & Resort is a Five Star Hotel in Killarney.
While the whole place just screams ‘luxury’, it’s the view that makes this place so painfully desirable.
9 – The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford
Welcome to the Cliff House Hotel in County Waterford.
I’d image this place would be just the ticket after a stressful month or two in work – the whole place has kick-back-and-chill-out-there-pal vibe written all over it.
The sea view you’ll be treated to here can be enjoyed from the warm waters of the spa or from the comfort of the hotel as you kick back with a drink or a hot beverage.
10 – Sneem Hotel, Kerry
Our next stop is the little village of Sneem on Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula.
The view that unravels in front of you as you drive into Sneem is worth the visit alone – rolling mountains seem to fold in upon you from every angle as you enter one of Kerry’s most wonderfully quaint villages.
Imagine winding down with the below view laid out in front of you after a hard days exploring!
11 – Knockranny House Hotel, Westoprt, County Mayo
This luxury hotel is set in secluded grounds on a hillside that overlooks the picturesque town of Westoprt – easily one of the best towns on the island.
Visitors to Knockranny House can enjoy views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north.
There’s also an endless amount of adventures you can head off on, with Croagh Patrick and Achill Island a handy drive away.
12 – Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo
Another one for Mayo!
The four-star Mulranny Park Hotel is perched on a site that overlooks Both Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick in what really is one of the most breath-taking corners of Ireland.
Eating breakfast or lunch in one of those chairs below on a cool Autumn day is the stuff of dreams.
13 – Sandycove House Bed & Breakfast
You’ll find SandyCove House Bed and Breakfast in Castletownshend near Skibbereen West.
The view on a clear sunny day out over the water is enough to make me want to pack my backs right now and hop in the car.
I can’t help but imagine how incredibly cosy it must be sitting back in one of the chairs below on on a wet and wild winters morning with a hot cup of tea.
14 – Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Kerry has had it’s fair share of features in this guide – and here’s another.
Welcome to Aghadoe (I’m going to make a stab at how to pronounce this and say its ‘ag-hah-dow’…) Heights – a hotel and spa with views of the lakes and the MacGillycudday Reeks.
Each of the 74 suites and rooms offers a breathtaking view – either of the hotel’s gardens, the magnificent Kerry countryside or the gorgeous lakes and mountains.
I’m seriously tempted to call in sick to work and head here for a couple of nights…
15 – The Strand at Inch Beach, Kerry
One of my favourite places to catch a sunset in Ireland is on Inch Beach – here’s a video that’ll help you understand why.
The Stand at Inch Beach is just 1.4 km from Inch Strand, but the views from the guesthouse will make you feel like you’re an awful lot closer.
If you’ve never visited Inch, consider giving it a shot.
It’s a lovely quiet area that’s a nice basecamp for exploring the surrounding county.
16 – Sea Breeze Bed & Breakfast Castletownbere, Cork
Our next stop takes us to Castletownbere, a town in County Cork on the Beara Peninsula by Berehaven Harbour.
Sea Breeze B&B Castletownbere is a four-star B&B with picturesque surroundings that can be enjoyed at your leisure via a spacious lounge.
I can easily picture myself sat here for a couple of hours with a good book.
17 – Benbulben Farmhouse B&B, Sligo
I said at the beginning that this guide was in no particular order, and the Benbulben Farmhouse B&B in Sligo is a testament to that.
This may well be the best place to stay in Ireland with a view – wow!
At the foot of Benbulben and in the heart of Yeats Country, this B&B offers guests views of Benbulben Mountain that are simply out of this world.
I’m due a visit to Sligo soon and know exactly where I’ll be staying!
18 – Harbour View B&B Kenmare, Kerry
Harbour View Bed & Breakfast is a 5 Star B&B with unrivaled views of Kenmare Bay.
The town itself is easily one of the most friendly that I’ve ever visited in Ireland.
It’s easy to pass by Kenmare and spend the night elsewhere, but the next time you’re planning a trip to Kerry, try and squeeze in a night in the town – you won’t be disappointed.
19 – Limestone Lodge Doolin, Clare
Welcome to Limestone Lodge in Doolin in County Clare.
If you look at the picture below, you’ll get a taste of the view out to the Cliffs of Moher that awaits you in this charming guesthouse.
The hand-built stone wall seals the deal for me.
20 – Shandon Hotel Spa, Donegal
This is another place that I feel like I need to visit before the summer is out.
Look at the view from the hot tub…
Imagine sitting back here gorging up the scene in front of you as piping hot water keeps you nice and toasty.
The Shandon hotel and spa overlooks the beautiful Sheephaven Bay and is just a short drive from Dunfanaghy and Horn Head.
Definitely one to check out soon.
And that’s a wrap!
Naturally enough, there’ll be places with amazing views that we’ve missed, so please do take a couple of seconds to leave a comment if there’s a place you’d recommend.