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5 Tips for Travelling Ireland with pets Summer 2021


With covid-19 restrictions easing there is no better time for that overdue road trip! If you’re thinking about travelling around Ireland by car or van this summer with your cat or dog we have some tips for you.

For most of us, pets are like family and their safety is paramount. Whether you’re taking a short day trip to the Cliffs of Moher or planning a longer stay, we have some tips for making your journey around the Irish coast and countryside as safe and enjoyable as possible.


  1. Get your pet used to travelling in the car by making several short trips first. From Ryan Lodges you are only a short drive from some of Ireland’s most beautiful sites. Located less than 5 minutes off Exit 16 on the N6 Motorway, the Lodges are ideal for discovering the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Connemara, and local villages.

  2. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. Temperatures inside a parked car rapidly reach well over 38 degrees Celsius (100 F) even on a relatively mild Irish summers day; even if the car is parked in the shade.

  3. Prepare for emergencies. Your pet should be microchipped as well as having a collar with an ID tag. We love to see your pets enjoying the Galway great outdoors, but safety is always key in the countryside. You may also consider a GPS collar tracker for your pet. These can be found on Amazon for relatively little cost and can provide extra peace of mind.

  4. Pack a travel kit for your pet. At Ryan Lodges we have plenty of animals in residence, however, we might not have the right food for your pet. Don’t forget to bring some portable supplies to clean up after your pet on your inevitable day trips to Connemara and beyond.

  5. Burn off some energy before the trip. Take an extra-long walk or play an intense game of fetch before you set off on your trip. Allowing your pet time to burn off excess energy will make your car ride more peaceful and stress-free for everyone!

At Ryan Lodges we love guests bringing their furry friends along with them. If you have any questions with regards to safety or onsite facilities please do not hesitate to give us a call or send an email enquiry.



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