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Follow the Shamrock

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Start your holiday safe in the knowledge that you're staying in the right place.

We want you to enjoy yourself. That’s why Fáilte Ireland works throughout the year to assess over 3,500 places to stay across Ireland, including B&Bs, hotels, guest houses, self-catering, hostels, camping, glamping, pods etc.

All of the accommodation featured on Discover Ireland has undergone an independent and rigorous assessment, meaning you can select accommodation that won’t disappoint.

Whether you're enjoying some quiet time at a small country hotel, bunking up with some friends in a hostel, enjoying the craic in a buzzing city hotel, looking for a B&B where you can hang up your walking boots, or looking for a unique type of accommodation experience you can be sure Fáilte Ireland has checked it out before your arrival.


Fáilte Ireland approved accommodation

      Approved shamrock logo    Approved by Fáilte Ireland in one of the accommodation sectors

      Quality Assurance shamrock logo    Approved to Fáilte Ireland’s Welcome Standard



Star rating

What does the star rating system mean?

What does the star rating mean?

Stars are your guide to quality and indicate the different levels of facilities and services. Star ratings only apply to hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, self catering and camping.

Does a lower star rating equal less quality?

All of the accommodation businesses listed offer high quality, but may not meet all of the facility and service expectations for the higher star ratings.

Types of accommodation

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


This type of accommodation offers bed and breakfast. The majority are in a private Irish home. They are classified as  Approved, 3*, 4* and 5*.


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.

Self catering 

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

Guest houses

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


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


This includes caravan and camping that meets or exceeds minimum standards for cleanliness, maintenance and facilities and 'luxury camping' such as glamping, pods and yurts.


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