Top 10 fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland

A visit to Ireland will be a fairy-tale experience, but for the best experience, check out these ten fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.

From historic castles to mythical forests, enchanted lakes, and plenty of folklore passed down through generations, Ireland is like something right out of a fairy-tale, with there being many fairy-tale forest lodges scattered around Ireland.

If the magic of Ireland’s beautiful natural landscape and captivating history isn’t enough, then why not add that little bit of fairy-tale charm to your choice of accommodation?

Stay at the heart of Ireland’s enchanting forests in one of these ten fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for staying in forest lodges in Ireland

  • Forest lodges in Ireland, especially what we have on our list, can fill up quickly! So, we would advise to book early and book in advance.
  • Especially if you are booking in the likes of autumn time, pack for all kinds of weather. It is unpredictable in Ireland, so expect sun, rain, wind, hail, everything!
  • Get out and see the natural surroundings that abound. The Emerald Isle is known for its lush, green landscape, so all it takes is for you to go out and see.
  • Some forest lodges will require you to undertake self-catering, so it may be wise to go shopping beforehand and stock up on what you will need for the length of your stay.
  • Lastly, respect the nature. Don’t leave any rubbish around you, clean up after yourself and took care to look after the environment and animals around.

10. Cornadarragh Forest Lodges, Cavan – for a fairy-tale stay on a budget

Cornadarragh Forest Lodges are perfect for breaks from it all.
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Priced from as little as £15 per person, per night, soak up the magic of a fairy tale forest lodge on a budget at Cornadarragh Forest Lodges in Cavan.

Located in the captivating Cornadarragh Forest Park, these timber-built chalets are secluded from the outside world so you’ll have plenty of privacy to enjoy your stay.

The Scandinavian-style Erne River Lodge on the banks of the River Erne offers direct access for fishing, boating, and watersports – what more could you want?

More info: HERE

Address: Cornadarragh (Pleydell), Co. Cavan, Ireland

9. Coolbawn Quay, Tipperary – for a sophisticated lakeside retreat

Coolbawn Quay is the perfect sophisticated lakeside retreat.
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Located in an idyllic lough shore setting on the banks of Lough Derg in County Tipperary, surrounded by enchanting forest and lush green fields, a stay at Coolbawn Quay is the ultimate escape from reality.

The resort pays particular attention to wellness, and access to amenities is strictly for guests only, so you will leave Coolbawn Quay feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to get back to real life.

More info: HERE

Address: Coolbawn Quay, Lough Derg, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, E45 KV60, Ireland

8. Ard Nahoo Eco Cabins, Leitrim – for an award-winning eco retreat

Ard Nahoo Eco Cabins are perfect for the environmentally conscious.
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This award-winning eco retreat nestled in the hills of Leitrim is the perfect escape for those of us who care about our carbon footprint.

Located just the incredible Wild Atlantic Way, Ard Nahoo Eco Cabins are in the perfect spot to explore some of the most magical parts of Ireland.

For the ultimate tranquil experience, try out one of the yoga classes offered here then head to the detox box and hot tub.

More info: HERE

Address: Mullagh, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

READ MORE: If forests are your thing, check out Ireland Before You Die’s article on the top 10 best forest parks in Ireland, ranked

7. Finn Lough, Enniskillen – for a unique luxury hideaway

The glass domes of Finn Lough are well worth a stay.
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Set in the heart of the beautiful County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, Finn Lough Resort offers a range of luxury accommodation to meet everyone’s needs.

For the ultimate fairy-tale experience, stay in one of the private forest Finn Lough bubble domes, from which you can look up at the starry night sky.

The perfect spot for a romantic break away.

More info: HERE

Address: 37 Letter Road, Aghnablaney, Enniskillen BT93 2BB

6. Corbally Log Cabin, Cork – for one of the best fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland

Corbally Log Cabin is another of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.
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Corbally Log Cabin is set in the beautiful countryside of County Cork and fitted with an indoor wood-burning stove, this is the perfect place to cosy up on a stormy evening.

Safely tucked away in the enchanting gardens of a two-story stone house in Kanturk, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a storybook at this cosy cabin.

More info: HERE

Address: Corbally, Ballyarra, Co. Cork, Ireland

5. Mountain Ash Cottage, Kerry – for the best of the Irish scenery

Looking another of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland, check out Mountain Ash Cottage.
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This picturesque stone cottage is located in the stunning countryside of County Kerry, so you’re sure to get a real fairy-tale feel staying here.

The cottage itself is over 250 years old. It has retained its traditional style with modern interior touches, which make it the perfect spot for a stay in Kerry.

Situated just five miles from the heritage town of Kenmare, you are never too far from the action, plus you can get great views of Ireland’s tallest mountain range, McGillycuddy Reeks! The highest mountain in Ireland is Carrauntoohill, which sits within the McGillycuddy Reeks.

More info: HERE

Address: Gortlahard, Green Lane, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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4. Bernard’s Log Cabins, Ballyconnell – for Ireland’s best-kept secret

Bernard's Log Cabins are more of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.
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Discover hundreds of idyllic lakes, scenic mountain drives, and peaceful walks and cycle routes at Bernard’s Log Cabins in Rivervalley, Ballyconnell.

These luxury log cabins are sourced from Finland so you won’t find anything like this in the rest of Ireland – a stay at Bernard’s Log Cabins is a truly unique experience.

More info: HERE

Address42, River Valley, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Ireland

3. Clover Cabin, Kilkenny – for Scandinavian-style luxury

Clover Cabin is another of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.
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This luxurious Scandinavian-style cabin in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, is the perfect spot for a fairy-tale stay.

Located in three-acres of beautiful woodland gardens, guests can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Just a ten-minute drive from the historic Kilkenny town, history-lovers will have plenty to explore.

More info: HERE

AddressClover, Kilkenny, Ireland

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2. Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes, Limerick – for a fairy-tale mountain stay

Another of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland is Ballyhoura Forest Luxury Homes.
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These luxury five-star holiday homes are set in the picturesque location of the beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains.

The surrounding area is a haven for lovers of outdoor pursuits. Whether you enjoy walking, hiking, cycling, golf, and more, there is always plenty to do.

More info: HERE

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Address: Ballyhoura Mountains, Ballyorgan, Limerick, Ireland

1. Lusty Beg Island Resort, Lough Erne – for the ultimate fairy-tale stay

Lusty Beg is one of the top fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland.
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Lusty Beg Island Resort in County Fermanagh is the ultimate in fairy-tale lodges in Northern Ireland.

This unique and charming spot is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away, a trip with friends, or a break for the entire family.

Just a five-minute ferry ride to the island means it is secluded from the outside world but close enough if you want to explore the surrounding area.

Guests can enjoy the enchanting lakeside woodlands, retreat spa, activity centre, nature trail, and fairy-trail, that are all on offer at Lusty Beg Island Resort.

More info: HERE

Address: Boa Island, Kesh Co BT93 8AD

Your questions answered about the best fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland

Below, we have outlined the most frequently asked questions from our readers and from online about the best fairy-tale forest lodges in Ireland in case you had any leftover queries.

Where is the magical forest in Ireland?

The Enchanted Forest is a mere 10-minute walk from The Slieve Aughty Centre in Loughrey, County Galway.

Where is the most mystical place in Ireland?

Some of the most mystical places in Ireland include Newgrange in County Meath, Lough Derg in County Clare, Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick, and The Hill of Tara in County Meath.

What are the five magic trees of Ireland?

There were 5 trees which were known as “Guardian Trees of Ireland”. They are: Eó Mugna (Oak Tree), Bile Tortan (Ash tree), Eó Ruis (Yew tree), Craeb Daithí (Ash tree), and Craeb Uisnig (Ash tree).

What is the most sacred Celtic tree?

The most sacred Celtic trees were Oak, Ash and Hawthorn trees.

Find Your Dream Hotel in Ireland

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