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The Fab 50: Ireland's 50 best places to stay in 2020

From hip hotels to cool campsites, self-catering stunners to glamping escapes, our travel experts have the year's hottest accommodation list

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Lost Cottages, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

Lost Cottages, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

The Clayton's Cork penthouse

The Clayton's Cork penthouse

Coolbawn Quay, Co Tipperary

Coolbawn Quay, Co Tipperary

Ice House Hotel

Ice House Hotel

Chef Brian McDermott and Pól Ó Conghaile in Moville

Chef Brian McDermott and Pól Ó Conghaile in Moville

The Driftwood, Sligo

The Driftwood, Sligo

Monart, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Monart, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

One Pery Square

One Pery Square

Spanish Point House, Co Clare

Spanish Point House, Co Clare

Herlihy's Bar in Farranfore, Co Kerry

Herlihy's Bar in Farranfore, Co Kerry

Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle

The Mayson, North Wall Quay, Dublin

The Mayson, North Wall Quay, Dublin

Avalon House Hotel

Avalon House Hotel

Lost Cottage

Lost Cottage

Monart

Monart

Waterfront rooms at The Lakeside Hotel

Waterfront rooms at The Lakeside Hotel

Shipquay Hotel, Derry

Shipquay Hotel, Derry

Jacob's Inn, Talbot Place, Dublin

Jacob's Inn, Talbot Place, Dublin

Carton House

Carton House

Glin Castle, Glin, Co Limerick

Glin Castle, Glin, Co Limerick

Cabra Castle, Co Cavan

Cabra Castle, Co Cavan

Beirnes of Battlebridge. Photo: Nicola Brady

Beirnes of Battlebridge. Photo: Nicola Brady

One of the shepherds' huts at Virginia Park Lodge

One of the shepherds' huts at Virginia Park Lodge

Loch Mardal Lodge, Ballintra, Co Donegal

Loch Mardal Lodge, Ballintra, Co Donegal

Big Style Atlantic Lodge, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Big Style Atlantic Lodge, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Fiddle & Bow, Doolin

Fiddle & Bow, Doolin

Inside the 'glampotel' at River Valley Holiday Park

Inside the 'glampotel' at River Valley Holiday Park

The Potting Sheds at Dromquinna

The Potting Sheds at Dromquinna

One of the cedar wood cabins at Aurora North Coast

One of the cedar wood cabins at Aurora North Coast

Blairscove House, Co Cork

Blairscove House, Co Cork

14 Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry

14 Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry

Aimsir Restaurant at Cliff at Lyons

Aimsir Restaurant at Cliff at Lyons

Skyros, in West Cork

Skyros, in West Cork

Helen's Tower

Helen's Tower

Kileavy Castle Estate, Co Armagh

Kileavy Castle Estate, Co Armagh

The view from Hobson's at The Tower Hotel, Waterford

The view from Hobson's at The Tower Hotel, Waterford

Clonakilty Park Hotel

Clonakilty Park Hotel

The Falls Hotel & Spa, Ennistymon, Co Clare

The Falls Hotel & Spa, Ennistymon, Co Clare

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Co Kerry

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Co Kerry

'Limerick Afternoon Tea' at the Limerick Strand Hotel

'Limerick Afternoon Tea' at the Limerick Strand Hotel

The Connacht Hotel in Galway

The Connacht Hotel in Galway

Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin

Inside the Hyatt Centric Dublin

Treehouse 1 at Grove House. Photo: CottagesforCouples.ie

Treehouse 1 at Grove House. Photo: CottagesforCouples.ie

One Shore Street in Donaghdee

One Shore Street in Donaghdee

River Lee, Cork

River Lee, Cork

The Hendrick's lobby with a piece by Maser over the reception area.

The Hendrick's lobby with a piece by Maser over the reception area.

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Lost Cottages, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

This is not a normal list.

Over the past weeks and months, we’ve been travelling the length and breadth of this island, from Donaghdee to Dunmanus Bay and Dublin to Dingle. We’ve visited hotels, B&Bs, country houses and campsites, mapped trends, and painstakingly whittled findings down to our Fab 50 finalists.

St Patrick’s Week was our deadline. That’s traditionally when the tourism season kicks off, and though this year is experiencing unprecedented disruption due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the decision to publish our annual list of Ireland's best places to stay anyway, to support our wonderful industry and inspire future staycations.