Follow the Shamrock

Follow The Shamrock

Follow The Shamrock

Step into your holiday accommodation…knowing that we’re a step ahead

We want you to have a great holiday. That’s why Fáilte Ireland works throughout the year to assess over 5,000 places to stay across Ireland including B&B’s, hotels, guest houses, self-catering, hostels, caravan parks and camping.

All of the accommodation featured on has undergone an independent and rigorous assessment, meaning you can select accommodation that won’t disappoint. Whether you are enjoying some me time at a small country hotel, bunking up with some friends in a hostel, enjoying the craic in a buzzing city centre hotel, looking for a specialised B&B where you can hang up your walking boots, or even if you are bringing your own accommodation, Fáilte Ireland has been there to check it out before your arrival.

What does the shamrock mean?

Céad Míle Fáilte
Quality Guarantee

- a warm welcome and friendly service

- in cleanliness, safety, security and comfort


Types of Accommodation

To help you choose the right accommodation, the following definitions describe each type:

Star Rating

Irish Home B&Bs
This type of Accommodation offers bed & breakfast in a private house. Classification is at Approved, 3*, 4*, and 5. There are a number of B&Bs that pay particular attention for visitors with specialised interests including: Walkers Welcome, Anglers Welcome, Adventure Seekers Welcome, Golfers Welcome, Food Lovers Welcome, Farmstays Welcome, Eco Friendly. 

A hotel has a number of bedrooms, of which most have ensuite or private facilities. They serve breakfast, dinner and, normally, lunch, and usually have a drinks licence.

A house, cottage, apartment, with self-catering facilities; normally let on a weekly basis; although shorter breaks may be available.

Guest House
A guest house normally has at least 7 letting bedrooms, some with ensuite or private facilities. Breakfast is available and evening meals may be provided.

Accommodation often in shared rooms with bunk beds but family rooms may also be available.

Caravan & Camping
Caravan and camping that meet or exceed minimum standards for cleanliness, maintenance and facilities.

Pubs and restaurant with rooms
The restaurant or pub is the most significant part of the business, and is usually open to non-residents as well as those staying there. Breakfast is usually provided.

Activity Accommodation Accommodation normally provided on a group basis. 

Holiday Camp
A park that offers holiday chalets. 

Historic Houses
Historic Houses are private houses of significant architectural merit and character. 

City Hotel fun at The Gibson, Dublin Quality Assured Accommodation Bunratty Castle, County Clare Glandore, County Cork
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