Searching for a unique space in which to get away for a while? Look no further than our list of the five weirdest and quirkiest Airbnbs available to rent in Ireland.
The popularity of Airbnb – an online marketplace where homeowners rent out their properties – is on the rise. And with a variety of options available, ranging from a converted studio by the sea to a house made for a Hobbit, our search for the most unique stays around has taken us all over the Emerald Isle.
Here are our top picks of the five weirdest and quirkiest Airbnbs in Ireland that you wouldn’t believe actually exist.
5. Brent Cove Designer Waterfront Studio, County Down – for an artsy vibe
Sheltered under an overhanging tree, this quirky purpose-built studio offers panoramic views of Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains. From outside, the large windows and black ridged surface make this accommodation seem like a renovated live-in shipping container, but with its sleek and modern interior, this unique stay certainly offers visitors more than what meets the eye.
Situated close to the National Trust locations of Mount Stewart and Castle Ward, other unique activities nearby include horse yoga, axe throwing, and mountain biking along Saint Patrick’s trail.
Cost: £70/€82 per night (plus service and/or facility fees)
Location: Newtownards, County Down
4. The Dyehouse, County Waterford – a lesson in oriental chic
This distinctive bed and breakfast boasts private rooms with funky décor and an exterior that is rich in colour with an oriental flair. With its bold colour scheme, aesthetic paintings, and outré furniture, this stay is certainly one of the five weirdest and quirkiest Airbnbs in Ireland.
Local attractions which are as different and exciting as the accommodation itself include a guided street art tour and learning to bake traditional Irish bread.
Cost: £55/€64.50 per night (plus service and/or facility fees)
Location: Waterford, County Waterford
3. Cropod Hobbit Hill Pod, County Donegal – live like Bilbo Baggins
Inspired by Irish archaeology, this weird and wonderful venue with its rolling green hills, nature trails, and secluded beach offers quite the unique stay. Dubbed the ‘Best Place by The Sea’ by the Irish Times (April 2019), ‘Best Place to Stay 2018’ by the Irish Independent, and ‘Best Place in Ireland to Get Away from it All’ by The Times (2017), we believe that a night in this quirky, contemporary hill pod is one not to be missed!
Though situated close to a small village, activities further afield include a minibus tour of West Donegal and the Sligo Bay photo-walk – provided you could be pried away from such a rare yet delightful piece of architecture, of course!
Cost: £57/€69 per night (plus service and/or facility fees)
Location: Glencolumbkille, County Donegal
2. Chez Shea Gypsy Wagon, County Kerry – a stay with some character
This whimsical glamping farm stay, listed as one of the ‘100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland’ by the Irish Times (June 2018), is located in Lauragh, a jaw-dropping scenic area steeped in history. Its character is explored through the eccentric tree trunk steps, calming pastel exterior, and homely interior design – easily making it one of the five weirdest and quirkiest Airbnbs in Ireland.
Alongside the selection of games, puzzles, and books provided, interesting local attractions include alpaca trekking, a variety of guided hikes, and a bay sea kayaking tour in Glengarriff.
Cost: £46/€54 per night (plus service and/or facility fees)
Location: Lauragh, County Kerry
1. Foxborough Bubble Den, County Antrim – for a night under the stars
If breakfast with remote views and evenings by the fire pit sound like your thing, then look no further than this curious little dome. With various personal touches on offer, this unconventional accommodation offers visitors the opportunity to be enclosed yet exposed: an interesting take on the concepts of privacy and ‘alone time.’
Nearby unique activities include enjoying some bubbly by the sea with Paddle Board Prosecco, horse-riding on the beach, or attending one of the multiple Game of Thrones tours available.
Cost: £165/€194 per night (plus service and/or facility fees)
Location: Portglenone, County Antrim
And there you have them: the five weirdest and quirkiest Airbnbs in Ireland that you wouldn’t believe exist.
So whether you fancy a stay with some scenic views, or an off-grid break to soak up nature, there are a wide number of quirky Airbnbs up and down the country for you to choose from.