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Holiday cottages in Ireland are the gateway to a fantastic experience filled with stunning scenery, wonderful heritage and a delightfully relaxing ambience that is unique to the ‘Emerald Isle’. There really is no place like it to enjoy a break. And if you’re contemplating a holiday you may like a few suggestions for some of the best things to see and do. So take a look at our guide below for some holiday inspiration!

Ireland’s landscape is justly celebrated for its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Those seeking Ireland’s rural charms will be well-served with a visit to the Ring of Kerry. This circular 180km trail takes in some of Ireland’s most wondrous locations, including Ross Castle, Ladies View and the Killarney National Park, and is well-suited to those looking for a lovely leisurely drive. If you fancy an active exploration of the beautiful scenery then we’d recommend a hike along the Kerry Way. This walking trail is normally completed in nine days, but there are plenty of scenic stretches to stroll along. If you fancy something a little livelier than few visits to Ireland are complete without a visit to its many great cities, and Dublin is undoubtedly the biggest draw. Ireland’s capital offers wonderful shopping, fantastic heritage (the Guiness Storehouse!), beautiful architecture and an enticing, relaxed atmosphere. Those with Irish holiday cottages near Sligo, Cork, Galway and the other major cities will find an equally varied array of activities to enjoy. Then again, if you’d rather get away from it all and enjoy Ireland’s unspoilt beauty and unrivalled tranquillity then we can’t recommend the Aran Islands highly enough. Located a short distance from the shores of Galway, these three stunning islands offer a beautiful window to the past. Explore medieval ruins and gaze at beautiful rolling vistas while you enjoy the uniquely relaxed rural ambience. There are few better ways to create fantastic holiday memories!

Since the country is so renowned for the wild beauty of its landscape, it should come as no surprise to find that outdoor and active breaks are one of the main reasons people seek Irish cottages. There are few nicer places to enjoy a stroll than the countryside of Ireland, but you’ll also find it’s equally well-suited to those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Thanks to a diverse array of attractions city breaks are also incredibly popular. Visitors to Dublin and the other major cities will find fantastic cultural events, great food and drink, wonderful shopping opportunities and a chance to make some long lasting holiday memories.

If you’re ready to begin an exploration take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland today.

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  • Bunhovil

    Bundoran, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32199

    With its backdrop of stunning scenery and fabulous beaches and its location on the Wild Atlantic Way, Bundoran is Donegal’s premier seaside resort. Bunhovil is an attractive, semi-detached holiday property conveniently located just a short walk from the seafront with its variety of restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. Bundoran has many attractions to suit all ages, including Waterworld, surfing, equestrian activities, Bundoran Golf Club, music sessions, and many festivals and concerts held throughout the year. Beach 500 yards. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 450 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, one with additional double, one with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Economy 7 central heating and electricity €7 per night. Bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. 32" TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Ti’ Una Seaview

    Lettermore, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W32261


    Boasting uninterrupted views of the Aran Islands, this detached property is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is less than ½ mile from a pretty beach. The area is called Trá Bháin, which is translated as ’White Beach’, and there is also a coral beach in the area. Sit on the patio or in the conservatory and watch the sun go down on the Atlantic Ocean or snuggle down in front of the open fire in the living room. This detached, contemporary house has all the comforts of home, yet is totally removed from everyday living as the ocean and the hills are your neighbours, and is accessed by a rough track.
    The name Lettermore means ’great rough hillside’, and certainly when you drive into the area you are greeted by very unusual looking countryside, giving one the feeling of ’getting away from it all’. There are miles of walking routes in the area and a little further are afield many unspoilt hills to climb. Galway city, home to numerous festivals is only 30 miles away, as is the fishing mecca of Oughterard, and Clifden is 40 miles away. This holiday property is ideally located to tour Connemara, and trips to the Aran Islands are available from Rossaveal and water activities and fishing are available locally.
    The Féile an Dóllin is one of the west of Ireland’s premier festivals and takes place annually on the shores of Carraroe during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The golf enthusiast is also catered for with the Connemara Isles Golf Club, 8 miles away. With its coastal location, it’s a challenging but very memorable golf experience! Ballyconneely Golf Links and Oughterard Parkland Golf Club are a little further afield. Beach ½ mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 2½ miles, restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory with French doors. Utility room. 3 Bedrooms: 2 kingsize, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room and wood burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Sloping bank at back of house. 200 yards from seashore.

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  • Inisfallen

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: W32187

    Inisfallen is a bright, comfortable semi-detached property located just 1 mile from the heart of Killarney town, which offers a dizzying array of great restaurants, shops, cafés and traditional pubs, many with live music. Take a walk or bike ride around the famed Lakes of Killarney, or hike along some of the many trails in the surrounding hills of the Killarney National Park. This area abounds with historical buildings such as Ross Castle and Muckross House, and there is excellent golfing and fishing in and around Killarney. There is a riding stables close to Inisfallen, or take a horse-drawn jaunting car to the stunning Gap of Dunloe. Further afield are the glories of the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet and 1 single. Shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity by pay as you go meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. 26" TV (Irish terrestrial channels). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed rear garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Ballymac Village 2

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31251

    Set in landscaped gardens.

    Cottage for 6/8.

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity (by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Garden. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Tra Gheal

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YBBR

    Standing detached on 2 acres, this magnificent house is in a peaceful country lane, close to an ancient ruined church and castle. The golden sands of Ballyhealy Beach are approximately 1 mile away where horse riding is available, and the pubs and shop in Kilmore are 2 miles. The picturesque seaside village of Kilmore Quay (5 miles) boasts a harbour, beach, sand dunes, restaurants and pubs. This sunny area offers numerous attractions including the Wexford Heritage Park, Wexford Wild Fowl Reserve, Irish Agricultural Museum, the coastal path and boat trips to the Saltee Islands. The historic town of Wexford is 14 miles, with shops, restaurants, and the International Opera Festival in October. For a memorable day trip, take the train to Dublin and visit the capital’s historical monuments, museums and shops. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally. Shops 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Renvyle Cottage 147, Connemara

    Renvyle, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: W32220

    This stunning and contemporary detached house is located in Cashleen on the scenic Renvyle Peninsula which is on the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a wonderful beach just a stone’s throw away and the property boasts unrivalled panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from all rooms. With a stunning interior, the property comes highly recommended, and is ideal for families and groups of friends. It is perfectly located for exploring the Connemara area, or you can just sit by the window or on the patio enjoying the unspoilt views.

    The area offers wonderful shops, bars and eateries, outdoor land and water based activities, wonderful coastal and hill walks, traditional music, song and dance and lots more.

    The tranquil Renvyle Peninsula is perched on the far western edge of Ireland. It is a place which promises relaxation, peace and tranquillity with fresh sea air and the closeness of nature. Throughout the amazing landscape, you will find Derryinver Quay and Ballinakill Harbour, where you can take part in scenic coastal cruises and sea angling trips. You will see a variety of wildlife including grey seals and pods of dolphins, which are frequent visitors to the area, and it is also home to a large variety of sea and cliff birds including wild ducks, cormorants, herons, gulls, terns, oyster catchers, guillemots and curlews.

    The peninsula has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests, and is well served by shops, cafes and bars, with a post office and churches. The village comes alive at night with plenty of live music, song and dance in the bars and community halls. Irish nights are held every Wednesday evening during the summer months in Tullycross village.

    The idyllic sandy beaches, swimming, scuba diving, shore angling, lake and river fishing, pony trekking, hill climbing, sea angling charters, an adventure centre, aquarium, maritime museum and coastal cruises will keep all visitors busy with things to do.

    Every May Day bank holiday weekend, the area celebrates the well-known Connemara Mussel Festival which includes lots of activities including music, workshops, craft fairs, demonstrations and of course, lots of mussels to enjoy!

    Often referred to as an area with the most beautiful landscape in the world, Renvyle is a wonderland of breathtaking views, walking and cycling trails and many activities.

    Visit Renvyle Point and watch the sun setting behind the old castle ruins on a fine summer’s evening - it is a sight to behold! Visit the Derryinver Standing Stones, a six stone archaeological landmark, which would have been built to line up with the Winter Solstice. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over Jucuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Waterfront

    Dromod, Co. Leitrim

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32173

    Located 85 miles west of Dublin and 80 miles from Galway, this excellent holiday home is in a complex of similar properties, overlooking the marina and lake. It is a very short drive to the local village where you will find a convenience store and pubs serving good food. There is also a bistro right beside the entrance to the complex which is open all summer and at weekends out of season. Carrick-on-Shannon is a 15-minute drive away and has a selection of restaurants, pubs and good nightlife. Local activities include fishing, cycling and walking trails, golf and a trekking centre. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court. No smoking. NB: One step to garden. Lake 50 yards."

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  • Claddaghduff Cottage 103, Connemara

    Claddaghduff, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32214

    This detached holiday property boasts amazing views, peaceful, tranquil surroundings, a private beach, and is on the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy your breakfast overlooking the ocean, and sit on the patio or in the living room and watch the sun go down on the bay and all the islands - there is a sea view from most of the windows in this well-furnished, bright and airy holiday property. The private sandy beach is a short walk from the house, through a green field. It is located one mile away from the village of Claddaghduff with local amenities and 6 miles away from the busy market town of Clifden, which has a vast choice of shops, bars and restaurants, many with traditional music sessions.

    Fishermen are spoiled for choice, as there is both sea and lake fishing close by. There are miles of looped walks and cycle routes in this beautiful area. The island of Omey can be explored at low tide and the area hosts the annual Omey Races. Clifden hosts an arts festival, the Connemara Pony Festival, a traditional music festival and more. Connemara Links Golf Course is in Ballyconneely and ponies/horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are 10 miles away, and the city of Galway is approximately 60 miles. Beach 100 yards. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil underfloor central heating included (charged October-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 100 yards from sea.

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  • Doagh Cottage & The Calf House

    nr. Portsalon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32118


    This coastal holiday property comprises a traditional cottage and separate apartment known as The Calf House. Originally a farm house, the cottage has been lovingly restored by the owners and retains many elements of the past giving the cottage a magical feel. Positioned on the eastern bank of Lough Swilly, the cottage has amazing views right down the lough as far as the eye can see and across to Dunaff Head on the Inishowen Peninsula. On the Wild Atlantic Way, the Fanad Peninsula has a myriad of attractions to delight the visitor, from beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches, hills and glens to explore and occasionally the Northern Lights ’Aurora Borealis’ puts in an appearance. Visit Glenveagh National Park, Tropical World, Lurgybrack Open Farm and Ballymastocker Bay. Water sports can be enjoyed at the pier, and the sandy beach at Portsalon is worth a visit. Golf and fishing nearby. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (access also from living room). First floor: Landing with single bed (2ft 6in, for child). 1 twin bedroom. Some internal steps throughout. Apartment: All on ground floor: Living/kitchen/bedroom area with twin beds. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (pay as you go dongle, on request). Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 3

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31599

    These modern holiday homes are set within the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Resort - once owned by the Wolseley family, now redeveloped to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by the stunning countryside and mountains of Wicklow and Carlow, guests have use of the on-site facilities which include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground, indoor toddler soft play area, family room, 18-hole golf course, gym and spa. There is also a ’kiddies club’ during the school holidays at extra cost. Locally, walking, cycling, angling and horse riding are all available as well as many other outdoor pursuits and attractions. Within 20km are historic houses and gardens, whilst a little further afield is the city of Dublin with its galleries, museums, theatres and numerous amenities. Beaches at Courtown and Brittas Bay, can be reached in under an hour’s drive. Shop 1km, pub and restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and power by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Shared, landscaped grounds. Balcony. Shared swimming pool available all year with Jacuzzi and sauna. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Patty’s Cottage

    Portmagee, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    4
    2
    Ref: W32029


    This holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, is 1.3 miles from the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee, which was awarded Tourist Village of the Year 2012. It is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with free access to Kerry Cliffs. The local pubs have regular traditional music and Irish set dancing sessions. Patty’s Cottage is comfortable and inviting, with a woodburner and TVs in all bedrooms. Guests can also enjoy the beautiful sea views from the large, private seating area. The cottage is just half a mile from a small beach, 4 miles from a great surfing beach and spectacular cliffs a short stroll away. Opportunities for golf, horse riding, fishing and boat trips are all available locally. Take a short voyage to the breathtaking Skellig Islands, or sample the wares at the local chocolate factory. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with access from one side only and additional single, one with access from one side only. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric woodburner in dining room. Electricity by meter reading. Solid fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Travel cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Wheelchair access.

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  • Swallows

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31545

    With sandy coves and beaches all around, this beautifully converted Kerry detached farmhouse is in a wonderfully peaceful setting. A cathedral ceiling, wooden floors and attractive furnishings create a charming, old world atmosphere and a secluded country-style garden makes it ideal for children. Relax on the decking and enjoy views to the sea at Westcove. There are lovely walks from the door and Derrynane beach and harbour, 5 miles offer water sports and horse riding, while Derrynane House and Gardens are well worth a visit. Waterville boasts two golf courses and is a short drive away. The Ring of Kerry is within a mile. Shops 2½ miles, pubs and restaurants (seasonal) 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. 7 steps up to living room with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft) with additional bunk over (for child). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburning stove. Gas, gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Landscaped garden with decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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