Rua had the most fantastic staycation exploring Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, and she kindly shared some of her adventures with us to share with you. This blog gives you some ideas and options of pet friendly places to visit in Leitrim and Athlone!
Rua's adventure in Leitrim starts in Drumshanbo, only a 2 hours car drive from Dublin. It's a pretty town located at the foot of Sliabh an Iarainn mountain and in the southern end of Lough Allen.
Here are some of the lovely places that they visited:
Rua's humans also told us that they had a warm welcome in all the places they visited; staff generally petted Rua, and some of them offered her a bowl of water. They enjoyed outdoor dining at these places.
Dogs are not welcome in their hotels (except for guide dogs), but they are more than welcome in the restaurant's outdoor area. As you can see by Rua's pic, she was very comfy resting at Leitrim Marina after her long walk.
And the adventure continues in Athlone!
Where to stay?!
Rua reported that the staff was so friendly that they made a fuss of her. She was delighted with all the attention. She also said they have a lovely "secret garden" on the hotel grounds that she visited with her humans. It was also her first time on an elevator - as you can see in the second pic.
Athlone Springs Hotels rooms are best suited for smaller dogs; dogs must be on a leash at all times in public areas where they are welcome: lobby and outdoor space. Dogs are not permitted in food and beverage serving areas. You need to bring your dog bowl and bed, and there is an additional fee for pets (€30).
Rua enjoyed her stay at Glasson lakehouse, check her incredible photos of the hotel. I'm sure her favourite part was the hotel's courtesy doggy biscuit.
Glasson Lakehouse is perfectly positioned to experience the Lakeland walking trails. They provide dog essentials, like water bowls, and they have an additional fee of €20 per pet per night.
Where to eat?
Perfect place for coffee & doughnuts! Dogs are welcome indoors, they have water bowls available, and Rua even got a dog treat while waiting for their humans to finish their treats and coffee.
Oh, also important to say that you can also find Stodge Face in Mullingar and Tullamore. All of them are pet friendly ;)
Rua enjoyed their outdoor dining area, and they all made her feel very welcomed, with loads of petting from staff and a water bowl for her to freshen up!
What to do?!
Portlick Millennium Forest:
An excellent walk to explore the stunning Portlick forest and Lough Ree. Rua loved it as it was quiet, and she could be off-leash most of the time! There is a 5 km trail with shorter alternatives.
Viking Tour: Boat trip!
Rua was also able to go on her first boat trip!! How exciting is this?
The boat trip lasted 75 mins, and she was very comfortable on board; she loved looking at all the other boats and wildlife, with her nose in overdrive with all the new smells.
Wow! What adventure!
Big thanks to Rua and her humans for sharing all this with us. If you'd like to see more of her exploration, give her a follow on Instagram and don't miss it out! Click here!
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