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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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  • 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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  • Teach Cuas Gorm

    Kells Bay, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W31965

    Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, in a rural and coastal area, this traditional farmhouse has been converted to offer great space and comfort, and enjoys stunning views of Dingle Bay and the surrounding Kells area. The dining room with its many windows boasts panoramic views of the constantly changing sea and mountain views, as does the garden and patio. The beautiful beach of Kells is just a short walk away (0.5 miles), and there are some lovely walks in the area. Or visit the Kells sub-tropical gardens. Take a drive on the Ring of Kerry and discover the beauty this part of Ireland has to offer. Golf, fishing and horse riding opportunities nearby. Cahirciveen and Glenbeigh with restaurants, 8 miles. Shop, pub (seasonal) and restaurant (seasonal) 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft) with access to wet room, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wet room with toilet First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity and oil central heating by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 2

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31598

    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 electricity €10 per day May-August, €12.50 per day September-April. 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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  • 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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  • Hollybrook

    Harristown, near Rosslare, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W32287


    In a secluded, private and peaceful setting and surrounded by large mature grounds, this detached single storey holiday home is in a superb location just a couple of minutes’ drive from Rosslare harbour, reputedly the sunniest spot in the whole of Ireland and well deserving of its title ’Jewel of the sunny south east’! The unspoilt golden sands of St Helen’s Bay with adjacent golf course are a leisurely 30-minute stroll away, and the delightful little seaside town of Rosslare Strand, with its stunning award-winning beach, cosy pubs, cafes and restaurants, just a 10 minute drive. Historic Wexford town is well worth the 15 minutes’ drive, and day trips to Dublin are easily made without taking the car via the Rosslare Europort to Dublin train. Visit the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle or one of south Wexford’s picturesque fishing villages such as the thatched village of Kilmore Quay, all within a short drive from this wonderful holiday base. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1.75 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    1 step to entrance (alternative level access). All on ground floor.
    Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, wooden floor and French doors to garden terrace.
    Dining room: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With shower over spa bath, and toilet.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Oil central heating (€5 per day when used). Fuel for open fire available locally. Highchair. Enclosed lawned garden with decked terrace, garden furniture and chiminea. Private parking for 3 cars. 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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  • 144 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W32231

    Centrally located in Clifden, a bustling market town in beautiful Connemara, this four bedroomed holiday apartment is set over two levels with two large terraces. It overlooks the picturesque Main Street with its wonderful shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. This is the perfect property for couples, families or a small group of friends. Local activities include fishing, hill walking, pony trekking and golf at Ballyconneely, 6 miles. Visit Connemara National Park or the city of Galway, 60 miles. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    First floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Freeview TV. Wii. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony. Two terraces. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ocean Wave

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    3
    Ref: YVV

    Overlooking the beach at Derrynane, this detached holiday home enjoys stunning sea views from its elevated postion overlooking the glorious golden sands of Derrynane beach. Discover the many piers, coves and headlands of this beautiful part of the world. Sea fishing is available and horse riding can be arranged on the beach. Derrynane has outdoor activities including water sports, and walking on the Kerry Way with wonderful views. Golf (9 miles), and several other courses within an hour’s drive. Explore the Ring of Kerry, tour the Beara and Dingle Peninsulas and visit the lakes of Killarney. There are lovely drives along the coast or into the mountains with amazing views. Boat trips from the harbour to the Skelligs Rock with a monastic settlement and bird sanctuary. Can be booked with Ocean View, reference ZGL. Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. All bedrooms with wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room. NSH, electricity radiators and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2-3 cars). Natural spring water supply from borehole. Ground floor facilities. NB: Step to entrance and sloping bank in grounds.

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  • 167 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: W32233

    Located in the heart of Connemara close to Ballyconneely, this attractive spacious, detached holiday home has a large garden with panoramic views of the sea and local countryside. The living area is open-plan and provides the perfect space for holiday use with it is bright and spacious rooms it is very suited to families or groups of friends. There is an outdoor seating area and BBQ, perfect for relaxing after a busy day exploring the Connemara area. For golfers, a golf course can be found in Ballyconneely, 2 miles away. Clifden is 7 miles away and offers a wide range of restaurants, pubs and shops. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are other local destinations to explore. Beach 100 yards. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Sun room. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Walk-in shower with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply. NB: Sea frontage 100 yards.

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  • Heir Island Holiday Homes - Timmy’s Cottage

    Heir Island, nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: W32124

    These detached holiday properties are located on beautiful Heir Island, in Roaring Water Bay in West Cork, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way route, and are perfect for those seeking a unique holiday experience. The Old Barn (ref W31991) is a fantastic barn conversion sleeping a maximum of 4 people, and Timmy’s Cottage (ref W32124) was named after the owner’s grandfather and sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Your unique holiday experience begins with setting aside the car on the mainland (free parking) and taking the four-minute ferry crossing to the island (small charge). From here you can explore the island on foot or on bicycle. There is a grocery delivery service available, by prior arrangement, 3 times a week. There is a sandy beach, a sailing school, a bakery and bread school, and resident artists’ studios. There is no pub but there is a restaurant that’s widely known. There are fishing opportunities, boat trips to other islands or a pizza and pint evening in Baltimore. With ferries running every two hours from 8am until 6pm (sometimes later in summer), you can experience the delights of the mainland. Skibbereen is 8 miles. Shop 8 miles (on mainland), pub 2½ miles (on mainland), restaurant ¾ mile (open mid-June to mid-September, no children).

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with access to bed from one side only, 1 bunk (for children). Wet room with toilet. Tiled floors throughout. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom (for children, one bed 2ft 6in) with wooden floor, low door and ceiling.

    Cot and high chair on request. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Tiered patios and furniture. NB: 3-4 steps between patio levels.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: From the pier it is approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the cottage. By arrangement you can be driven to the cottage.

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  • Emoyeni

    Aclare, Co. Sligo

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W31296

    Sited on an organic farm.

    Bungalow for 8

    This large, well-appointed, modern holiday cottage, which sleeps 8, is situated on an environmentally friendly, working, organic farm located a short drive off the Swinford to Aclare Road. Ballina, at 15 miles, provides a centre for activities such as golf, fishing, equestrian, walking and sites of historical interest. This property is ideally located for the outdoor holiday with miles of unspoilt walks, many in the Ox Mountains, 9 miles, or around Lough Talt, where boat hire and fishing are available. Tubbercurry only 12 miles. There is also a Blue Flag beach at Enniscrone, 25 miles away. Cycle hire in village. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • 501 Carraroe, Connemara

    Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W32255

    This very well-presented, spacious, 4 bedroomed detached holiday property, one of six, is located in the village of Carraroe, in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht and set amongst the stunning beauty of Connemara’s landscape. It is a truly fantastic location for touring and exploring Connemara, Galway and the Aran Islands. Shops, bars, restaurants and cafés are just a short walk away, and the award-winning beach, Trá an Dóilin, is just a short drive away. Other nearby activities and attractions include fishing, walking, cycling, sea kayaking, golf and much more. With its coastal, rural location, it has the best of both worlds.

    On the Wild Atlantic Way, Carraroe has become a popular tourist destination for all ages to enjoy. Not only is it wedged between Casla Bay and Great Man’s Bay, but has the whole series of islands composed of Lettermore, Gorumna and Lettermullen, all joined by a causeway to the mainland. There are many fine beaches in the area, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving and many other water sports.

    The Féile an Dóilín is one of the west of Ireland’s premier maritime festival and takes place annually on the shores of Carraroe during the August bank holiday weekend. The festival revolves around the ancient and beautiful Galway Hooker boat. Golf enthusiasts are well-catered for with the Connemara Isles Golf Club located nearby. With its coastal location, it’s a challenging but very memorable golf experience. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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