If you’re looking for a break away from home, but want something a bit more unique than your average hotel stay then look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the quirkiest places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way!

1. Mamore Cottage (Mickey’s), Donegal

Sleeps: 3

Price: €90 per night

Mickey’s Mamore Cottage is located on the Inishowen Peninsula. A beautiful location but often overlooked when exploring Donegal. This cottage is right on the doorstep of the stunning Mamore Gap (one of Ireland’s most scenic drives), Five Finger Strand, Fanad Head, Lough Swilly and Glenevin Waterfall. And if you’re in the mood for an active getaway you can head up “The Seven Peaks Walk” in the Urris Hills.

Worth noting: There are five cottages in total so if one is booked up just check out one of the other four. However, Mickey’s is the best of the lot, in my opinion.

More info: Mamore Cottage (Mickey’s)

2. Cosy Cabin with Stunning Glenveagh Views, Donegal

Sleeps: 2

Price: €85 per night

Tell me this cabin doesn’t scream quirky romantic getaway. This cabin is for all of you couples who want to embrace nature but from the comfort of your own home with a bottle of wine (or two). The cabin itself is beautifully handcrafted and nestled on a slope facing out towards Glenveagh National Park.

Worth Noting: If you’re someone who needs a lot of space this may not be the place for you, but we can guarantee you will not find this level of comfort and homeliness in a hotel.

More Info: Cosy Cabin with Stunning Glenveagh Views

3. Mayo Glamping – Liosachan (Hobbit Hut)

Sleeps: 4

Price: €120 per night

Have you ever wanted to live like a hobbit? No? well, honestly, me neither until I came across this little Airbnb. This glamping site is like none you’ve ever seen and comes equipped with a sauna, hot tub and even a bar. It’s perfect for a getaway with your significant other or some friends and if the on-site bar for you isn’t enough it’s less than a 30-minute drive to Westport for some real Wild Atlantic Way nightlife.

Worth Noting: The bathrooms, hot tub, sauna and bar are all communal.

More Info: Mayo Glamping – Liosachan (Hobbit Hut)

4. Deluxe Native American Tipi, Donegal

Sleeps: 3

Price: €125 per night

Surprise, surprise! We’re back in Donegal for another quirky stay. This time in an authentic Native American tipi. If you’re looking for an unusual and quirky stay what more could you want? These tipis are nestled away on farmland and surrounded by forests, lakes and mountains. Not to mention the horses, donkeys and highland cattle that roam the property giving you that traditional native American experience.

Worth Noting: The hosts of this tipi are welcoming and helpful. They provide you with a guidebook for the surrounding area and are on hand to assist with anything you may need.

More Info: Deluxe Native American Tipi

5. Wild Atlantic Bus at Aishling Cottage, Connemara

Sleeps: 6

Price: €150 per night

If you and a group of friends are looking for a cool getaway to post on your Instagram then look no further than the Wild Atlantic Bus. Situated only a five minute walk from Lough Corrib this unique Airbnb is a fantastic place to relax and take in the beauty of the Connemara National Park.

Worth Noting: This bus comes equipped with an outdoor shower allowing you to truly immerse yourself in nature, even while washing.

More Info: Wild Atlantic Bus

6. Luxury Pods, Belmullet

Sleeps: 4

Price: €120 per night

Are you looking for a wild getaway with a touch of luxury? If so, this is the place for you. Located 12km away from Belmullet town these pods offer breathtaking views of the country side, Atlantic Ocean and even Achill Island. The perfect getaway to escape from it all and just unwind.

Worth Noting: The kitchen and shower are located in a converted barn, not in your pod.

More Info: Luxury Pods

7. The Treehouse, Skibbereen

Sleeps: 2

Price: €179 per mid-week night & €199 per weekend night

Not only is this beautiful treehouse nestled away in the woods of Skibbereen, it’s also built 100% from sustainable materials, leaving no carbon footprint. The perfect guilt-free stay.

Worth Noting: This luxury treehouse comes equipped with a private hot-tub.

More Info: The Treehouse

8. The Great Blasket Island Cottage, Kerry

Sleeps: 7

Price: €440 per night

The Great Blasket Island Cottage is the perfect escape for those who want to escape and switch off for a week. The cottage has absolutely no electricity. Instead you’ll be provided with candles, head torches and two stoves. It’s as close to travelling back in time as you can get.

Worth Noting: The only way to reach this lodging is by boat from either Dunquin or Dingle and can cost up to €60 per person.

More Info: The Great Blasket Island Cottage

9. The Birdbox, Donegal

Sleeps: 2

Price: €85 per night

This could be one of my favourite places on the list for a couples getaway. As well as the beautiful Glenveagh National Park being right on its doorstep, the cottage is situated within a bank of trees and you access it via a 30 metre long stepped wooden walkway. Although small in size this cosy treehouse really maximizes its space.

Worth Noting: There’s a two-day minimum booking for this accommodation.

More Info: The Birdbox

10. Cuckoo Wood Hexagon

Sleeps: 2

Price: €95 per night

This unique Airbnb has decking on both sides to allow you to watch the sun rise with your coffee and set with something a little bit stronger. The hut is immersed in nature with half the land being orchard and the other half woodland. The interior is far more modern than one would expect making for a very comfortable stay.

Worth Noting: The hut is situated on its own land for complete privacy.

More Info: Cuckoo Wood Hexagon

By Killian Andersen

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  1. Brian King
    December 13, 2021

    Great article . I’ve stayed in the skibbereen treehouse myself , well described and I would recommend to all .
    This article makes me want to explore !

  2. Cormac Flynn
    December 13, 2021

    Great article thanks, tried to subscribe to the newsletter but seems to be an error with it…maybe something you could look into 🙂

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