We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Weekend away

You can stay in these amazing buildings for less than €55 a night

If you’re thinking of a weekend away.

landmark trust The Irish Landmark Trust have some great bargains available Irish Landmark Trust Irish Landmark Trust

IRELAND HAS SOME pretty amazing historical buildings dotted around the place.

It’s easier to stay in some of them than you might think.

The Irish Landmark Trust is a non-profit organisation that works to restore interesting and unusual buildings.

Thankfully for members of the public, the organisation also works as a sort of Airbnb for places you might never have thought it possible to stay in.

And, if you can get the right number of people together, you can stay in some of them for less than €55 per person per night.

Here is a selection of just a few… 

Clomantagh Castle

This castle in Kilkenny is available for €1,300 per weekend and sleeps ten people. It has been extensively restored in recent years and is surrounded by a working farm. Due to this reason, guests are reminded that the gate is to be kept closed at all times.

nice places - 1

Inchiquin House

This period property in Co Clare is over 200 years old and sits in its own secluded wooded estate. The self-catering home can take 10 guests across its five bedrooms and is available for €1,050 for a weekend.

nice places - 2

Galley Head Lightkeeper’s House 1

While a castle and a country estate are fairly unusual, they aren’t quite as unique as this lighthouse. A weekend stay here would cost you €418 and it sleeps four people. Offering amazing views, it sits 130 feet above sea level and also has an open fire.

nice places - 3

Wicklow Head Lighthouse

A structure that has been in place since 1781, it gives guests stunning views looking out over the Irish Sea. The structure was hollow when initially taken on by the Irish Landmark Trust, and they carefully constructed six rooms in its interior. It sleeps four and is available for €575 per weekend. From next year the minimum stay will be three nights, bringing the price to €48PPPN.

nice places - 4

Triumphal Arch Lodge

Located in Co Fermanagh, this property is only a short distance away from Lough Erne. It sleeps four people and is available for the very reasonable price of £231 (€314) per weekend. Guests staying at the property will be able to avail of outdoor activity offered in the local area.

nice places - 5


Positioned just over over an old stone bridge, this gothic gate house is situated in Glenarm, Co Antrim, one of Ulster’s oldest villages. Built in 1825, the property sleeps two and is said to be “the perfect romantic hideaway”.

nice places - 6

Kingswear Castle, Devon

This one is further afield, and is operated by the British Landmark Trust, but who doesn’t want to stay in a castle overlooking a harbour? This Games of Thrones-esque building in southwest England could be yours for €48.35PPPN.


Inspired by this Business Insider article. 

Read: Satisfying news for hungry people: Booking your favourite restaurant could get a bit easier

Also: ‘Some people wanted to stay in the Ballymun flats and would go back now if they could’

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.