Dog friendly hotel by the Sligo seaside

‘It’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with’

Here at the Ocean Sands Hotel, we know that dog lovers don’t need to be given a list of reasons to bring their furry friend along on holiday. We also know that it is more than just a bit of hassle to be forced to leave your beloved dog at home at holiday time. When your dog is like a member of your family, being forced to leave them behind can be downright heart-breaking. The worry is constant. Are they being looked after properly? Do they miss you? Above all else, can you even have a proper family holiday when one member is missing?

A Seaside Haven for Animal Lovers

We are delighted to let you know that these are questions you will no longer need to ask yourself when you choose to stay at The Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone.  What’s more, we want you to know that dogs are not merely tolerated here in our family-run seaside hotel. They are also welcomed as valued guests. We are proud to be one of Ireland’s most pet friendly hotels so if you are looking for dog hotels in the West of Ireland, rest assured that you have come to the right place. Having both you and your dogs to stay is our privilege and we wish you all a wonderful break together in our welcoming, family run hotel by the sea.

A Beach Where Doggie Dreams Are Made

We are proud to be positioned right on the beautiful Enniscrone Beach which offers spectacular views of the Atlantic out across the picture-perfect Killala Bay. With 5km of coastline just waiting to be explored, your best friend is in for a real treat.  What could be better than having such a dog walking paradise on your doorstep? We know that they will delight in digging in the sand, making some new canine buddies and perhaps even enjoying a dip in the water themselves. Enniscrone Beach is a jewel in the crown of the Wild Atlantic Way and we invite you both to come and see all it has to offer first hand.

Wild Atlantic Walkies

Kilcullen’s Seaweed Bath House has been in business since 1898 and is just a two-minute walk from the hotel. Seaweed baths have long been used for their therapeutic qualities due to the seawater and also the seaweed, which contains high levels of iodine, and enjoying one is a novel and memorable way to relax during your time in Enniscrone.

Wild Atlantic Wanderings

Our friendly and welcoming hotel is ideally located along the rugged and beautiful Wild Atlantic Way which we have no doubt you will find to be a veritable dog walking heaven. Offering an endless array of beachside walks and inland hikes, it is just waiting to be explored by man’s best friend. You might even enjoy it yourself!

Some highlights you can look forward to sampling along the Sligo stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way include Mullaghmore Head with its stunning white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters which we’re sure your furry friend will enjoy as much as you. This is a renowned spot for water-sports and surfing in particular. A striking local landmark to look out for in the area is the imposing Classiebawn Castle which can be seen for miles around.

Located off the Sligo coast and accessible by car at low tide, Coney Island is also worth a visit, though you would be advised to bring a lead if you plan on letting your furry friend out of the car. It gets its name from the huge number of rabbits that call the island their home (see now why we mentioned that lead?!). Visitors to the island can spot landmarks including a faerie ring, St Patrick’s Wishing Chair and various structures which still survive from famine times.

Further inland and well worth a drive is another historical site you may wish to visit. Located near the village of Castlebaldwin, the Carrowkeel Megalithic Site is comprised of fourteen cairns which were built between 3200 and 2400 BC. There are also 140 circular stone foundations to be seen, which archaeologists believe to be the remains of a prehistoric village. The nearby Bricklieve Mountains Trail is also well worth checking out if you happen to be in the area.

The bustling village of Strandhill is also well worth a visit by you and your canine pal. Strandhill beach is another surfers’ paradise, with tourists travelling there from all over the world to catch some waves. Your four legged friend is sure to appreciate the unlimited walking potential in the area and he may even try to catch a few waves himself.

If you are looking for somewhere a bit more isolated to walk, you may find Streedagh Strand to be slightly less populated than some of the other beaches in Sligo. Boasting an impressive 3km of sandy beach with some impressive dunes and a lagoon with amazing views all the way across the sea to the Mountains of Donegal, you and your furry friend are sure to find a bit of solace at Streedagh.

The Yeats Legacy

Of course, Sligo is also Yeats country and you and your four legged pal will enjoy spotting the many references to the famous Irish poet. You may wish to visit the pretty village of Drumcliffe which is set against the dramatic backdrop of Sligo’s distinctively shaped Benbulben mountain. W.B Yeats also happens to be buried in Drumcliffe churchyard, his simple grave marked with the haunting inscription ‘Cast a cold eye on death, horseman,pass by’. The church adjacent to the graveyard also has a small visitors centre and coffee shop on-site.

Another Sligo landmark associated with W.B Yeats is the beautiful Lissadell House and gardens. Built between 1830 and 1845, Lissadell was home to the Gore Booth sisters who inspired some of his most memorable poetry. Yeats was also known to holiday there in his youth. This historically significant house is also the former home of the first woman elected to the parliament at Westminster and Irish revolutionary, Countess Markievicz.  If your pet is content to stay in the car for an hour, it is well worth taking a guided tour of the house. In any case, you are both sure to enjoy exploring the beautifully tended gardens that surround it.

Pet Friendly Rooms

We want to make you and your four-legged friend as comfortable as possible during your stay with us here in Enniscrone. That is why we are delighted to offer dog friendly rooms to those travelling with their best friend in tow.  We have 9 pet friendly rooms located on the ground floor, if available, we will allocate you a room with doors opening straight outside for your convenience. Otherwise, you will be given a room as close as possible to the main door so those necessary night-time treks outside aren’t too troublesome for you both. You need to book your pet room over the phone with us direct. Any online bookings will not be guaranteed a pet room.

Pets are permitted in the lobby area only with 2 pet tables and 2 drinks tables available for you to dine and have a cocktail with your dog beside you. You will need to bring your dog bed; water bowls and food bowls and leads. There is a maximum of 2 dogs per room or apartment, we also have 10 apartments that are pet friendly. We want to make you and your four-legged friend as comfortable as possible during your stay with us here in Enniscrone and we are proud to be one of the most welcoming dog friendly hotels in Ireland.

Dog Friendly Offers

Check out our reservations page for all year-round hotel offers suitable for both you and your doggie pal. Have a question for our team? Just drop us a line at