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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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  • Killure House Cottages - Killure Lodge

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: W31917

    These 200-year-old limestone holiday cottages are set around an enclosed, paved quadrangle in the heart of Kilkenny countryside. Both have been lovingly restored and have retained many traditional features. The owners live on site where they run an arable farm.
    Killure Wilde Retreat (ref W31918) offers romantic accommodation for 2 with a traditional half door, spacious living room with multi-fuel stove and patio doors leading to a stone-walled garden with patio and lawn. A particular feature upstairs is the vast master bedroom which boasts a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a spacious bathroom complete with roll top bath.
    Killure Lodge (ref W31917) is full of character inside and out and has a pretty railed, lawned garden to the front with views over the rolling countryside. Inside this spacious property there are attractive stone walls, beamed ceilings and a cosy living room with multi-fuel stove.
    Within easy reach are the villages of Goresbridge and Paulstown (2½ miles) whilst the beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny, with its ancient laneways and magnificent castle, is a mere half an hour’s drive away and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance (level access to rear). Ground floor: Living room with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 single (4ft) bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 single, one (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Multi-fuel central heating included (partial underfloor, £25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in external building). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue (on request). Parking (3 cars).

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  • 51 Glenbeg Point

    Courtown, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YBJ

    Within 500 yards of wonderful beaches, in the sunny south east, this spacious, beautifully decorated and well-furnished property stands in its own small garden.
    Set in a thoughtfully planned holiday village, it enjoys shared use of a hard tennis court and the lively seaside village of Courtown, very popular with Irish holidaymakers, is just 1½ miles away.
    Ideal for families, it offers a superb sandy beach and harbour, all the traditional seaside attractions, as well as top class golf, sailing, pony trekking and Splashworld.
    Well placed for touring Wexford. Dublin 1¼ hours drive. Fishing locally. Pub 500 yards. Shop 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden/tiled floor and patio door. 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, 2 twin, 1 with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity €30per week (June-August), €50per week (September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite/cable TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court.

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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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  • Clonee Fishing Lodge

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W31992

    With a lake to the front of the house and the sea to the rear, Clonee Fishing Lodge enjoys a wonderful location just 10 miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. This detached holiday lodge offers stunning lake views and makes a wonderful holiday base for discovering the incredible beauty of the Ring of Kerry driving route which offers breathtaking scenery at every corner. The Beara Way, which meanders into County Cork, also offers spectacular scenery. The local pub is just around the corner and offers regular traditional music and dancing sessions. Fishing boats can be hired from the local pub and there are some great golf courses in the Kenmare area, along with horse riding, water sports, sea-safari and some fabulous walks, including Gleninchaquin Amenity Park. Sample freshly caught seafood at the pub in nearby Kilmacaloguepier or buy fish fresh from the sea to cook at home. Shop 1 mile, pub and seasonal restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. 2 shower rooms (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity €30per week June-August, €40 September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. NB: 6 steps in garden, lake to front, sea to rear.

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  • 141 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32230

    Located in an elevated position on Sky Road, just 1 mile from the busy Connemara capital of Clifden, this spacious, detached, single-storey property provides wonderful panoramic views of the area and is close to the sea. It has a large enclosed garden, and the surrounding area has lots of scenic walks and drives to enjoy. Clifden is a busy town with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is golf at Ballyconneely, beaches to be explored, fishing and pony trekking all nearby, as well as Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    10 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floors. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (October-May by meter reading). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Large, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Drumboarty

    Letterbarra, nr. Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: W31977

    This traditional, detached, stone built holiday cottage has a very picturesque setting in mature gardens and is situated in the hills just 4¾ miles from vibrant Donegal Town. The cottage is a fantastic place to sample the wealth of amenities that Donegal has to offer. Situated on the famous Bluestack Way, a marked trail that takes walkers and hikers through the Bluestack Mountains from Donegal Town to Lough Eske and beyond, the scenery is superb. Donegal Town has shops, restaurants and lively pubs which provide traditional Irish music. Take a trip on the Donegal Bay waterbus, which cruises the bay as far as the native seal colony. Murvagh Blue Flag beach and Holmes sandy beach are great for watersports enthusiasts. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Satellite TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine (in outhouse). Dishwasher. Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Glor Na Farraige

    Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W32137

    Located on a small holiday home complex, Glor Na Farraige is a semi-detached property, enjoying a wonderful location on the magical island of Valentia, part of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is located on the edge of the pretty little village of Knightstown, which offers a selection of restaurants, pubs and cafés. Valentia, which can be reached by land bridge or by a 5-minute ferry ride, offers incredible scenery, plus some great walk and hikes. Port Magee is just a short drive away and this is the starting point for boat trips to the incredible Skellig Islands. Visit the chocolate factory at St. Finian’s Bay, golf in Waterville, sea or lake fish, or just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful island. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet (also accessed from hallway). First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (4ft). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating (€35 per week, €2.50 per hour by meter reading). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request (€5 each per week). DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, lawned garden with patio 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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  • 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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  • Kate’s Cottage

    Adrigole, Glengariff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: W5039

    Breathtaking views.

    Detached property for 6/7.

    Set on the Cork and Kerry border on the Wild Atlantic Way, a mile from the spectacular Healy Pass, this detached, 2 star, traditional, old-style farmhouse lies tucked away along a narrow winding road in the rolling landscape of the Caha Mountains. Old fashioned in style, it is set amid peaceful and quiet surroundings with a lawned garden and mature trees, and offers sweeping views of the majestic mountains and beautiful Bantry Bay. This makes a good base to enjoy the attractions of the area. There is a water sports centre and pebble shore close by, and the area is ideal for walking and hiking. Glengarriff, 12 miles, has a 9-hole golf course, and from here you can visit the lovely Garnish Island Gardens or enjoy the nature reserve. The Ewe Sculpture Garden is also a special place to visit. From the holiday home on the Beara Peninsula, you can take a ferry from Castletownbere to Bere Island, a cable car to Dursey Island, ramble through the streets of Bantry and visit Bantry House, just over 20 miles away. Both the heritage towns of Kenmare, 20 miles, and Killarney, 40 miles, make great day trips. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 4ft), 1 single (2ft 6in for child).

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV (for DVD playback only). DVD. Microwave. Garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Property accessed via a 1 mile single track.

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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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  • 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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