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12 most unusual places to stay in Ireland - from bubble domes to a self-catering pub

Fancy a treehouse, barge or ringfort for the holidays? Pól Ó Conghaile lists Ireland's most unusual places to stay...

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Finn Lough's transparent domes.

Finn Lough's transparent domes.

Treehouse 1 at Grove House. Photo: CottagesforCouples.ie

Treehouse 1 at Grove House. Photo: CottagesforCouples.ie

Conroy's Bar, Co. Tipperary

Conroy's Bar, Co. Tipperary

Martello Tower, Dalkey. Pic: Airbnb

Martello Tower, Dalkey. Pic: Airbnb

Ringfort stayovers at the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford

Ringfort stayovers at the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford

A picnic at Clissmann Caravans in Co. Wicklow

A picnic at Clissmann Caravans in Co. Wicklow

Yurts at Chléire Haven, Cape Clear

Yurts at Chléire Haven, Cape Clear

CroPod, Co. Donegal

CroPod, Co. Donegal

Tullaun Castle - 'The Black Castle' - in Co. Tipperary. Photo: tullauncastle.com

Tullaun Castle - 'The Black Castle' - in Co. Tipperary. Photo: tullauncastle.com

Wicklow lighthouse

Wicklow lighthouse

Clissman Caravans in Co. Wicklow

Clissman Caravans in Co. Wicklow

The Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse, fitted for its 'Night At' competition with Airbnb.

The Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse, fitted for its 'Night At' competition with Airbnb.

Canary yellow: 'The Sub'

Canary yellow: 'The Sub'

Sitting room in the 'Cosy Cabin'

Sitting room in the 'Cosy Cabin'

The Black Castle in Co. Tipperary

The Black Castle in Co. Tipperary

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Finn Lough's transparent domes.

Had enough of hotels? Sick of self-catering houses? What about staying in a barge, yurt, medieval castle or lighthouse for the holidays?

As tourism numbers grow, more and more small Irish businesses are taking punts on unusual accommodation that stands out from the crowd.

Why? Well, tourism is on an upswing, for starters. But beyond that, the growth of Airbnb has not only shown us that people are willing to pay to stay somewhere different (its PR stunts have included a night at the Guinness Storehouse and a 747 Jumbo Jet), but created a nifty platform to service them.