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County Galway

This beautiful and wild place blends perfectly with a strong artistic and cultural heritage; that epitomises County Galway. Enjoy the buzz of Galway city and the natural ruggedness of Connemara and the coast; what could be better than a cottage holiday in Galway!

On the west coast of Ireland lies County Galway, a gorgeous getaway destination that''s a firm favourite with visitors looking for relaxation. Known for its beautiful scenery in and around Galway Bay, Connemara and on the Aran Islands, this picturesque county makes a great base for exploring Ireland''s fourth largest city and the wilds beyond.

County Galway offers plenty in cultural, historical and outdoor attractions. The unique ambience of this region can be seen as local artists, artisans and even farmers open up their homes to visitors to display and sell their wares. Spend some time in the city of Galway, this lively thriving city is full of traditional pubs and in summer there''s a very lively arts scene, including the renowned Arts Festival that has made Galway the unofficial cultural centre of Ireland.

For those interested in the history Galway City Museum overlooks the famous Spanish Arch and houses exhibits that offer insight into the region''s rich history and heritage. There are also some stunning architectural buildings in the county that pay homage to Galway''s heritage, including the Church of Ireland St. Nicholas'' Collegiate Church that was founded in 1320 is the largest medieval place of worship still in everyday use in Ireland. There''s also Galway Cathedral and Dunguaire Castle which was built around 1520; both buildings are worth a visit as they have played an important role in Ireland''s history.

In the outer reaches of County Galway you’ll find spectacular scenery and an unspoilt interior filled with pristine lakes, valleys, mountains and rivers. Hikers will love the walks along the Twelve Bens peaks, and the coastline is littered with rocky inlets and small beaches that just beg to be explored.

Fishing is a popular pastime in Galway and Lough Corrib is one of the larger freshwater lakes that has become famous for its salmon fishing. For the more adventurous, a day trip out to the Aran islands, a visit to the Arigna mines or a tour of the mysterious Aillwee Cave are the perfect way to spend the day.

Our fine selection of cottages in County Galway provides the perfect accommodation from which to explore the region.
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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W5247

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are adjacent to the owner’s residence. Situated in their own paddock, they are semi-detached with whitewashed stone walls, each with its own separate entrance. They are full of character with beams and open fires.
    Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its thatched pub, traditional stone fronts and a 19th century church, set at the gateway of the beautiful Connemara Mountain area. Its many shops, pubs and restaurants make it the ideal location to experience a small Irish village and a base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.
    The lovely Owenriff River runs through Oughterard, starting in the Connemara mountains and ending its journey, at the edge of town, into Lough Corrib, which runs alongside Oughterard, and is the largest lake in Ireland. It offers some of the most spectacular views around and is a renowned fishing location. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck or to savour it in the Oughterard restaurants.
    There are many lovely drives around the area as well as trails for walking and hiking. Famous tourist spots within close driving distance include Aughnanure Castle, Kylemore Abbey and Inchagoill Island. It is also only 23 miles from Galway City, the third largest city in the Republic, offering souvenir shopping as well as a taste of European styles.
    The Connemara Mountains, just west of town, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery with rocky landscapes, scattered lakes and sheep dotting the mountainsides.
    Rose and March Cottages are semi-detached cottages situated adjacent to the owner’s residence and paddock, each with its own separate entrance and parking areas. They are full of character, treating the visitor to the country life delights of open fires and wooden beams. Set in a pleasant rural location, one mile down a lane from the main road and 3.5 miles from the lovely historic village of Oughterard by the shores of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. Oughterard hosts shops, pubs, restaurants and two churches, and makes the ideal location to experience an Irish village, and a base from which to explore the surrounding, breathtaking scenery. The area is a renowned fishing location, its rivers and lakes sporting trout and salmon, attracting fishermen from all over the world to try their fishing skills. Famous local tourist spots are Aughanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, or the summer boat trips to Inchagoill Island and Cong, and the Bridgits Gardens all just a few minutes’ drive. Oughterard is rightfully known as the gateway to Connemara, an area of the most outstanding and unforgettable beauty. Whether it’s the quiet coastal drives or mountain valley roads, visitors are truly impressed and delight in seeking out remote beaches or quiet walking lanes, and the Wild Atlantic Way is close by. Horse riding and golf is also available locally. For the sea hardy, a visit to one of the coastal islands is a must - next stop is Newfoundland! Other day trips undertaken by most visitors to the cottages are to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and the delightful town of Westport and south Mayo. Also only 15 miles away is the old seafaring town of Galway, nestled at the head of Galway Bay. Known as the ’City of Tribes’, it is now a bustling place well worth a visit to sample its abundant shops, and cuisine to cater for all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity by meter reading. Small garden with furniture.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 1

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W32259

    The Kinvara Suites are situated within a converted 18th-century stone hayloft. They are set back from the road in a secluded garden in the centre of the picturesque town of Kinvara at the head of Galway Bay, and 2 minutes’ walk from the quayside. An external staircase leads to the two suites, each have a south facing balcony, offering views of the countryside and the nearby Burren National Park. Each suite retains the uninterrupted form of the original hayloft, with quirky windows located within the existing opening. On the second floor, the pitched roof has been raised to form a high vaulted ceiling, and a strip of window runs around all four sides allowing the sun to glance in at all times of the day.
    Kinvara Suites are in the heart of the village yet still secluded in a quiet, private garden. It is an ideal location for touring The Burren, Connemara and Galway as far as the Shannon River. There are country walks and sandy beaches nearby, and the area is renowned for seafood, especially oysters. East Galway boasts nine golf courses, and for surfers some of the best surfing in the world can be found at Fanore Beach. This is an ideal holiday spot for a couple and makes the perfect hideaway if you want to escape and chill for a week or two. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request)/kitchen area. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Blackberry Lodge

    Belclare, nr. Headford, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W32154


    Beautifully set amongst old trees and in an idyllic location for a real getaway, this detached barn has been a labour of love by its owner, who is an interior decorator and lives next door. The owner has even managed to salvage doors from nearby Ashford Castle. Her husband, a chef by trade, can offer his services and meals can be prepared or he can give cookery lessons. The cottage can also be decorated, by prior arrangement, for special occasions. While the holiday property has its own sitting-out area, the grounds comprising of 8 acres are open to be explored and strolled through if desired. There are miles of quiet country roads to be walked, as well as the Hill of Knockma, which is a gentle climb, where on a clear day the views take in the surrounding countryside and Lough Corrib. The grounds of Ashford Castle in nearby Cong are beautiful for a stroll. The town of Headford is 5 miles away and offers fishing, boat hire and ghillies. Galway City, home to a myriad of festivals, including the Arts Festival, racing festival, film festival and many more, is a mere 15 miles, whilst Tuam is 9 miles. There are 18-hole parkland golf courses in Tuam and Ballinrobe. The property is wonderfully located for those wishing to tour the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Achill, as all are close enough for a day trip, and then maybe return to Blackberry Lodge for dinner prepared by the ’in house’ chef! Beach 20 miles. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 8-acre natural grounds and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. No smoking.

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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 2

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W32260

    The Kinvara Suites are situated within a converted 18th-century stone hayloft. They are set back from the road in a secluded garden in the centre of the picturesque town of Kinvara at the head of Galway Bay, and 2 minutes’ walk from the quayside. An external staircase leads to the two suites, each have a south facing balcony, offering views of the countryside and the nearby Burren National Park. Each suite retains the uninterrupted form of the original hayloft, with quirky windows located within the existing opening. On the second floor, the pitched roof has been raised to form a high vaulted ceiling, and a strip of window runs around all four sides allowing the sun to glance in at all times of the day.
    Kinvara Suites are in the heart of the village yet still secluded in a quiet, private garden. It is an ideal location for touring The Burren, Connemara and Galway as far as the Shannon River. There are country walks and sandy beaches nearby, and the area is renowned for seafood, especially oysters. East Galway boasts nine golf courses, and for surfers some of the best surfing in the world can be found at Fanore Beach. This is an ideal holiday spot for a couple and makes the perfect hideaway if you want to escape and chill for a week or two. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request)/kitchen area. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W5096

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi-detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are semi-detached cottages situated adjacent to the owner’s residence and paddock, each with its own separate entrance and parking areas. They are full of character, treating the visitor to the country life delights of open fires and wooden beams. Set in a pleasant rural location, one mile down a lane from the main road and 3.5 miles from the lovely historic village of Oughterard by the shores of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. Oughterard hosts shops, pubs, restaurants and two churches, and makes the ideal location to experience an Irish village, and a base from which to explore the surrounding, breathtaking scenery. The area is a renowned fishing location, its rivers and lakes sporting trout and salmon, attracting fishermen from all over the world to try their fishing skills. Famous local tourist spots are Aughanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, or the summer boat trips to Inchagoill Island and Cong, and the Bridgits Gardens all just a few minutes’ drive. Oughterard is rightfully known as the gateway to Connemara, an area of the most outstanding and unforgettable beauty. Whether it’s the quiet coastal drives or mountain valley roads, visitors are truly impressed and delight in seeking out remote beaches or quiet walking lanes, and the Wild Atlantic Way is close by. Horse riding and golf is also available locally. For the sea hardy, a visit to one of the coastal islands is a must - next stop is Newfoundland! Other day trips undertaken by most visitors to the cottages are to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and the delightful town of Westport and south Mayo. Also only 15 miles away is the old seafaring town of Galway, nestled at the head of Galway Bay. Known as the ’City of Tribes’, it is now a bustling place well worth a visit to sample its abundant shops, and cuisine to cater for all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity rads and electricity by meter reading. Patio with furniture.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

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  • Cleggan Cottage

    Cleggan, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: YEV

    On the Wild Atlantic Way, this romantic and secluded hideaway is set peacefully at the edge of the charming fishing village of Cleggan, within walking distance of its pubs and restaurant. It is very spacious and comfortable, with its own beautifully landscaped gardens. The village offers tennis, riding, fishing, and boat trips to Inishbofin Island, while nearby Clifden (7 miles) has galleries, shops and restaurants, as well as water sports to enjoy.

    All on ground floor: Spacious living room with single sofa bed and French door. Spacious dining room/farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil stove in living room, NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden and landscaped grounds. Welcome grocery pack.

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  • Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31651

    Self-contained and with a cosy feel, this single-storey holiday annexe has its own entrance and side garden for the holidaymaker. Centrally located and set along a main road, it is ideally placed for any type of holiday, particularly as a touring base and within walking distance of the village. Mountbellow has a weekly market presided over by the memorial statue of Bobbyjo, winner of the Grand National. The festival city of Galway, ‘Gateway to Connemara’, is about 1 hour. Water sports and boat hire are available at Athlone, 30 minutes away. Locally there is an 18-hole golf course and woodland walking. Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are an easy drive. Fishing is available locally on the River Suck and other rivers. Shops, restaurants and pubs with music ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil burner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with furniture. Shared enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Gortrusheen House

    Connemara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: YCCC

    Nestled between the hills and lakes of Connemara, this wonderful stone cottage is surrounded by natural gardens and wild, colourful flowers. There is endless walking and climbing with Connemara National Park on the doorstep. The holiday cottage is located along the Wild Atlantic Way and within easy driving distance of beautiful beaches at Letterfrack and Renvyle. You will find an 18-hole golf course on the coast at Ballyconneely. Kylemore Abbey and Gardens are a must, and are just across the road. The lake outside the door is suitable for fishing with boat hire available. Other scenic day trips include Lough Inagh, a drive along the Sky Road, the village of Cleggan with boat trips, and the vibrant city of Galway. Killary Fjord is just down the road along the Wild Atlantic Way. Riding within 5 miles. Shop 3 miles, pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating by flow meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. CD and small library. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (initial 2.5GB included). Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. NB: A private track of approximately 1.3 miles leads to the property.

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  • Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway

    Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W5768

    Spectacular views over the bay and mountains.

    Detached character cottage for 4.

    This charming cottage has been lovingly restored and occupies a superb location on a small peninsula, surrounded by the clear waters of Bertraghboy Bay and was featured on the TV series ’Monty Halls’ Great Irish Escape’ in 2011. There are stunning views across the bay to the ’Twelve Pins’ mountain range of Connemara, whilst a rocky shoreline is just ½ mile and a lovely sandy beach is 4 miles. The nearby village of Roundstone offers traditional music and excellent seafood in local pubs and restaurants, as well as boat trips for sea angling. All in all, a wonderful location to retreat from your worldly cares. Shop, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Second living room. 1 double bedroom with additional single (for alternative sleeping).

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Grassed area with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • 179 Cashel, Connemara

    Cashel, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32245

    Peacefully located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with beautiful views of Cashel Bay, the Twelve Pins and the ever-changing landscape, this traditional cottage is perfectly located. It makes an ideal base for anybody wanting to tour Connemara or simply enjoy the countyside and maybe do a bit of fishing, hill walking or road rambling. The village of Cashel is less than a 10-minute drive from the cottage, and the area offers golden beaches, swimming, lake and river fishing, pony trekking, walking routes, hill walking and golf, as well as sea angling charters and coastal cruises. The market town of Clifden is a 30-minute drive away, while Galway city is 45 minutes. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and ponies or horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic drive from the cottage. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6563

    Sea views.

    Single storey detached cottage for 4.

    This two bedroom cottage is perfectly located between two sandy beaches which are within walking distance and overlooks Galway Bay with sea views from the garden.

    With handmade furniture in the kitchen and bedroom it has been attractively renovated and furnished and is situated adjacent to the owner’s home. Carraroe is 25 miles from the lively city of Galway, famous for its shops, pubs, restaurants, theatre and festivals.

    Closer to home and within walking distance there is the Coral Beach where the clear Atlantic water is an irresistible invitation to the swimmer and scuba diver. Access to the Aran Islands, by air or sea, is a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by €1 and €2 coin meters. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Outdoor furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • 190 Roundstone Cottage, Connemara

    Roundstone, nr. Clifden

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32224

    Situated on the island of Inishnee, which can be reached by road, 4 miles from Roundstone, this detached single-storey cottage is the perfect spot for a peaceful holiday in the heart of Connemara. The cottage overlooks the bay at Roundstone village, and has views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, Errisbeg Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. The island featured in the ’Monty Halls Great Irish Escape’ TV programme. The rustic traditional exterior of this cottage gives way to a wonderful bright and contemporary interior. Furnished to a very good standard, it provides the perfect base for visitors to experience all that Connemara has to offer. Sitting out in the garden watching the sun go down on the Atlantic ocean would be an ideal way to relax.
    The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a charming and picturesque fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic Ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. There are a number of pubs, restaurants and cafe’s catering for all tastes, especially seafood dishes cooked from fresh fish, which is supplied by the fishermen when they return to harbour. There is a well-equipped children’s playground in the village and ample outdoor seating for those who like to sit, relax and watch the day go by. Sea fishing trips and tours are available from the harbour daily. Lake fishing is also available locally on the many inland lakes in the area, and also at nearby Ballynahinch Castle and Cashel village.
    Bike hire is available in the village for those who would like to spend some time exploring the area and all of its hidden gems. The village also hosts traditional Irish music and dance nights throughout the summer, and it boasts many scenic routes such as the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh, the Bog Road Loop and Errisbeg Hill, which is ideal for cyclists and walkers.
    Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand and pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers.
    Annual events in the village include a traditional boat regatta, the internationally renowned Roundstone Pony Show takes place in Farrells Field throughout the summer months. The Marconi marathon takes place in September of each year and offers the participants and spectators a unique sporting experience through the scenic Roundstone Bog Road.
    The market town of Clifden is a short drive and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has several restaurants many serving the local fish, and pubs, most with music sessions during the year. There are also art galleries and many lovely craft shops. Connemara Golf Links are in Ballyconneely, and horses riding can be found at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic short drive from the house and Galway city is approximately 60 miles away. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (can be double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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