Dog Friendly Activities in Ireland

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Ireland, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Phoenix Park
Phoenix Park Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park in any capital city in Europe. This pet-friendly park boasts a variety of walking paths and trails for you to enjoy with your pooch. Dogs must be on-leash at all times in the park. Make sure your pooch is close by and under control as the park is also home to a herd of fallow deer, who shouldn't be approached. Certain areas in the park are off limits to dogs and their owners. Keep an eye out for signage when you're exploring the park. Phoenix is open every day of the week, all day. See Details
Killiney Hill All good dogs go to Killiney Hill. At least they ought to. It’s dog heaven. A beautiful park to walk your dog off the lead. It has spectacular views of Killiney Bay.

Suitable for: Most. Either walks has a good bit of an incline, but the main paths are laid out in tarmac and stone steps where they get steep.

Potential dangers: You won’t want to leave.
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Cliffs of Moher - Visitor Centre Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is pet-friendly. One of Ireland's most loved natural attractions, the cliffs are home to a number of different trails for you and your pooch to explore together. The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, situated in County Clare along the wild Atlantic Way have faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years. The centre is open every day of the week from 8am to 9pm. See Details
Merrion Square Merrion Square is pet-friendly. Bring your leashed pup on the paved trails of this historic Dublin park. On your wanders, you'll discover an sculpture of famed writer, Oscar Wilde; lovely trees and events throughout the year. Take a break on a bench and soak in the historic culture. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Marlay Park Dogs are welcome to join their owners at the dog run located at Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, Ireland. This well maintained dog park is a popular spot for local dog owners to come and get their pooch some exercise. The high fence around the outside provides a safe and secure area inside for dogs to play in and meet other like-minded pooches who also love tennis balls. See Details
Gougane Barra National Forest Park Gougane Barra National Forest Park is pet-friendly. An area of wild and beautiful scenery, this magnificent park covers more than 339 acres of land. Located at the edge of the Sheehy mountains, hiking is afoot for you and your pooch at this place of natural beauty. Dog owners are reminded to keep pups leashed and to clean up any mess left behind. See Details
Clonmacnoise The monastery of Clonmacnoise, meaning "Meadow of the Sons of Nós", is pet-friendly. It's situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the grounds, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Mizen Head Signal Station Mizen Head Signal Station is pet-friendly. Bring your pooch along to see the coastal views on the pet-friendly trails that lead to this signal station. The paved trail is fun and easy for most levels of walker to enjoy. Dogs are welcome, although they must be picked up after along the way. See Details
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is pet-friendly. You can take your dog to walk around the folk park with you and enjoy a lovely day out. The only place Fido isn't welcome is inside the castle itself. They are open every day of the week from 9:00am to 8:30pm. See Details
Cong Abbey Explore historic Cong Abbey with your pooch. Leashed dogs are welcome on the wooded walks around the abbey grounds and the grassy hills around the historic building. Dog owners are reminded to clean up after pups and to keep them under control. See Details
Shanganagh Park Shanganagh Park is a pet-friendly park in Dublin. The trails around the park allow leashed dogs to wander alongside their owners, but the main attraction for dog owners is the huge dog park located within it. This really large, enclosed, safe space for dogs is easily accessible. Owners are reminded to bring their own water, although bowls are provided. The park's location right on the Irish Sea make it a great destination spot to spend a few hours on your next visit to Ireland's capital city. See Details
St. Catherine's Park The dog run at St. Catherine's Park is pet-friendly. You can bring your pooch with you to get some exercise and to meet some other dogs without their leash to hold them back. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pets leave behind. You may also want to take Fido on a leashed walk of the rest of the park on the many pathways that wind around it. The dog run can be accessed all day, every day. See Details
Cabinteely Park Safe enclosed dog run where dogs can run an play with other dogs. See Details
Fitzgerald Park This is just a normal park where you can go and wander about. Here you will find joggers, walkers and just people enjoying the flow of the river Lee. You will also encounter other people with dogs in the park and mingling is very easy as you get to talk about pets and almost everything. The river is ideal as dogs get to cool down after a long walk. Dogs must wear a leash throughout the park. See Details
Gleninchaquin Park We are a working sheep farm but combine this with several great trails ranging from a gentle meander around the pastures, a stroll along the river and the falls and on to mountain trails taking anything from 2 to 7 hours. We welcome 'Fido' and only ask that he/she/they are kept on the lead close to the livestock. Once out on the open trails then its 'away you go'.Our website has details of all the walks. Bring a picnic, spend as long as you like. A lovely day for all ages and Fido will love it. Lots of water and so much space. We are just 35 minutes drive from Kenmare, Co. Kerry. See Details
The Iveagh Gardens A small, lovely park with tiny thickets of forests, a rose garden, an irish yew bush maze with a sundial at the middle, and open fields of vibrant green grass. There are feisty squirrels that I witnessed several off-leash puppies happily chasing up trees! See Details
The Donkey Sanctuary Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners as they visit The Donkey Sanctuary, set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork located just outside the village of Liscarroll in Ireland. Over 5,200 donkeys from all parts of Ireland have been rescued since The Donkey Sanctuary opened. You can walk along any of several well-maintained paths with educational placards along the way and view different groups of donkeys in the fields. The Donkey Sanctuary is open Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm, and Saturday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm. Visits to The Donkey Sanctuary are free; donations are always appreciated. See Details Bring your dog on-board for a cruise on the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare. Full and half day barge hire options are available and you can bring the friends and family up to 10 people! See Details
Red Strand Beach Red Strand Beach is pet-friendly. Bring your pooch along to play on the sand at this quiet Irish beach. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up afterwards. See Details
Arklow Dog Park Arklow Dog Park is a dog-friendly park in Arklow, IE, where Fido can dig and run free in a secured environment. See Details