The best dog friendly staycation destination

The best dog-friendly staycation destination

Date: 12/05/2021

If you are looking for a dog friendly holiday in Ireland this year then look no further than the Boyne Valley. A lot of us don’t like the idea of leaving our four legged friends at home and sometimes its like leaving behind another member of the family. Well fear not- we have compiled a list of dog friendly destinations for you in the birthplace of Ireland’s Ancient East- The Boyne Valley. Our wide open spaces and dog friendly tourism businesses make this the best dog friendly staycation destination.

Places to visit:

The Boyne Valley is famous for its many heritage sites. There is 5000 years of history here and over 50 heritage sites. Most sites are dog friendly but please remember to keep them on a leash. An example of some of our more popular sites are:

The Battle of the Boyne at Oldbridge House

The parklands surrounding Oldbridge House are perfect for a walk with the dog. Dogs are not permitted in the gardens or the house itself. For a longer walk, check out the Boyne Greenway nearby.

The Hill of Tara

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The Hill of Tara is the jewel in the crown of the Boyne Valley landscape. A site that has been in use for more than 5000 years as a place of burial and assembly, it grew to fame as the legendary inauguration site of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. From its rolling slopes one can see all the way to the other great sites of the Boyne Valley, including Loughcrew Cairns, the Hill of Slane, Trim Castle and beyond. In later centuries it remained the focus of Gaelic identity and remains to this day the beating heart of Ireland. Grab a coffee in Maguires on your way up or for the drive home.

Telltown House

Teltown House is now offering a brand-new experience; Tailtiú Coffee is open weekends and bank-holidays from 11am-5pm. Enjoy some homemade treats, tasty teas, coffees and hot chocolate, while walking around the pleasant surroundings of the old gardens, Fairy Trail, Queen Maeve's Road and the medieval ruined church and burial ground. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Slane Distillery

There could be no finer setting in which to discover the nature of whiskey than Ireland’s mythical Boyne Valley. Housed within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle Estate, their guided distillery tours uncover a history like no other. Dogs are permitted in the stables during your visit.

Places to stay

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Why not plan an overnight visit to the Boyne Valley this summer. As of the 02nd of June, many of our accommodation providers will be re-open and ready to welcome you back. Check out our blog here on all of the Boyne Valley tourism businesses getting ready to re-open. Here is a list of places to stay in the Boyne Valley that will also welcome your dog.

Rock Farm, Slane

Boyne View House Guest Accommodation

The Old Rectory, Trim

Loughcrew Megalithic centre, Oldcastle (Not in the glamping area)

Bellinter House, Navan (In certain rooms)

Tankardstown House, Slane

Orchard Holiday Village, Slane


Be sure to always let your accommodation provider know in advance that you are bringing your dog so that they can make the necessary arrangements

Places to eat

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Making sure that there is somewhere to eat that welcomes your pet is important when you take a holiday in the Boyne Valley. The Boyne Valley is recognised as one of the World’s best food destinations, having been acknowledged by the National Geographic Traveller UK and the World food Travel Association’s Food Trekking Awards in 2019. As well as fantastic produce, the region is home to many restaurants who create exquisite dishes from locally sourced ingredients. Below is a list of our local restaurants and cafes that welcome your dog!

Coburn’s Gastro Bar, Athboy

The Lime Kiln restaurant, Julianstown

Sage and Stone, Duleek

The Stockhouse Restaurant, Trim

So cancel the Kennels or the dog sitter and bring your best friend on your staycation to the Boyne Valley this year. Be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram and use #boynevalley to be featured!

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