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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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  • Lough Avaul Cottage

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31748

    In a wonderful setting overlooking Bantry Bay, along the Wild Atlantic Way, this charming detached holiday cottage has pine floors and an open fire. Set back from the road leading to the stunning Beara Peninsula, it is 3 miles from Glengarriff with its lovely wooded valley and harbour, good craft shops, restaurants and pubs. It offers excellent walking - Seal Harbour, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the nature reserve and Barley Lake are all close by. Lake fishing within 500 yards and good golf courses locally. A highlight of Glengarriff is the glorious Garnish Island Gardens. Take a trip over the Healy Pass or across the Caha Mountains to Kenmare. Bantry (13 miles) has cinema, leisure centre and Bantry House and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms both with wooden floors: 1 double (access from one side only) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room. Oil central heating and electricity €35 per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Oil Stanley range. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole.

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  • Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W5806

    Tranquil countryside and mountain views.

    Detached cottage for 4.

    Step back in time and enjoy the tranquillity of this traditional cottage located 3 miles from Killarney. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this detached holiday cottage has been restored and retains many traditional features along with modern day comforts. The living room boasts a woodburner, while the original kitchen flagstones have been used to create a charming little patio at the rear. This is a wonderful location in which to relax and unwind, but less than three miles from the renowned town of Killarney. Visit the beautiful lakes and the Killarney National Park, where deer roam freely. Discover Muscross House and Gardens, Ross Castle and Torc Waterfall. Take a jaunting cart and boat trip to the spectacular Gap of Dunloe. Further afield is the county town of Tralee, with its many museums and Waterworld. A day out to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula is also a must. Horse riding is available nearby and this is an ideal base for golf. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€20per week September-June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Gannet

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32121

    These delightful whitewashed holiday cottages (refs W32121 and W32125) have a private flower-filled walkway with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy cove. Boasting magnificent sea views, these quaint cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, are just a 3-minute stroll to the picture-postcard village of Kilmore Quay, with its colourful marina and superb seafood restaurants offering the fresh daily catch. Take a boat trip across to the Saltee Islands or explore the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, which originates from the last ice age and extends to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, the vibrant town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in 800AD and venue to the International Opera Festival, is within an easy 30-minute drive and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with TV, beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Sun room. 1 double bedroom with seating area, Freeview TV and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Curtained galleried area with twin beds, beams, Velux and wooden floor.

    Stereo/CD. Microwave. Enclosed patio. NB: 5 steps in courtyard.

    Electric woodburner in living room by €2 meter. Oil central heating (4 hours in evening), NSH included (bedroom heaters by €2 meter). Bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 meter. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared walkway to steps leading down to beach. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W6008

    An ideal base for touring Connemara.

    Apartment for 4.

    Just seven miles from Galway City, this detached, white washed apartment is adjacent to the owner’s property, and located in the heart of Ireland’s Irish speaking region, ’An Gaeltacht’.

    Adequately furnished with a pine kitchenette and open plan living area and surrounded by mature gardens. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is an ideal base for touring Connemara with a wealth of activities and attractions nearby including Furbo Beach (one of many), and the Salthill and Spiddal Holiday Resort.

    Golfing, fishing and bog walks are also popular in the area. Pub and beach, 10 minutes walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room wth toilet.

    Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Washing machine. Mature gardens with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Garrison Waterside 8

    Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W31664

    Garrison Waterside Hoilday Centre is situated in the most peaceful and tranquil place in Ireland. It is set in the grounds of the 14th-century Black Castle, on the banks of the River Barrow, beside one of Europe’s oldest bridges ‘The Valerian Bridge’ and right in the heart of historic Leighlinbridge. This is a family-owned and operated holiday centre - perfect for families, fishing enthusiasts, golfers, garden lovers and anyone looking for a touring base for the sunny south east. The holiday homes are fitted out to a very good standard and are secure behind a perimeter wall. Visitors have use of the children’s playground, picnic area, barbecue patio and use of a day boat to explore the River Barrow and navigational canal. There is also a cosy bar and restaurant on site, and the properties are conveniently situated between Kilkenny and Carlow. Golfing and horse racing are all nearby.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (€40per week September-April). Electricity €15per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced river in grounds.

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  • Millbrook Farm

    Annacarty, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W32030

    This quaint holiday home lies on the edge of Annacarty village with stunning views of the Galtee Mountains. It is adjacent to the owner’s own home where they run a dairy farm and is almost equidistant from historic Cashel, 11 miles and Tipperary town, 8 miles. There is much to explore in the locality including Rock of Cashel, Swiss Cottage, Holy Cross Abbey, Cahir Castle as well as numerous festivals including Brú Ború traditional Irish festival (June to Aug), Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival (June) and Pride of Tipperary (July). Shannon airport is only 1 hour away, and Cork airport is 90 minutes. Shop, pub and tea room 500 yards, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ramp to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms with oak floor, one with en-suite toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (€20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer in external shed. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, shared lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Wheelchair access.

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Four

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32191

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Granary

    Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31407

    Good touring base.

    Semi detached cottage for 4.

    This charming property is on a cattle, sheep and fruit farm surrounded by glorious countryside and overlooking fields leading down to the River Bride. The historic town of Lismore, 4 miles, and Tallow, 2 miles. Meet Rosie the donkey, watch the animals grazing or wander through the fields to the river where you can fish for trout. Lismore is a a former winner of Ireland’s tidiest town and has a fairytale castle, millennium park and walks by the river and in the woods. West Waterford boasts picturesque mountains, forests, the lush Nire Valley and the scenic Blackwater estuary. There are numerous beaches including the Blue Flag beach at Clonea Strand - Dungarvan, and the 5 mile long beach at Youghal. Day trips include Blarney Castle and the famous stone, the Jameson Whiskey Centre, St Declans Tower and Waterford Crystal. Bride Valley Farm is just 1.5 miles from the N72 making it ideal for touring Cork, Waterford and Tipperary. Cork Airport, 40 miles. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    This charming cottage adjoining the farmhouse (ref W31576) has panoramic views of glorious countryside. It has been completely renovated and features wooden ceilings and floors, an open fire in the living room and TVs in the bedrooms.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€5per day June-August, €6per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Paved sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Can be booked with W31576.

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  • Molly’s Cottage

    nr. Inch, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6853

    Excellent views.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    Situated on the Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the sea and the mountains, this charming two bedroomed cottage (midway between Boolteens and Inch Beach), has been lovingly renovated and makes the ideal tranquil getaway from the busy world.

    The cottage has a pretty living room with an ornamental stone fireplace and breathtaking sea views. It offers a wonderful base for many activities such as hill walking on the Slieve Mish Mountains, surfing or walking on the miles of glorious sands at Inch Beach, picnicking at Annascaul lake or visiting the many archaeological and historical sites of this area.

    Enjoy trips along the Ring of Kerry to Killarney with its beautiful national park, lakes and great shops, or to Dingle Town for wonderful seafood, traditional music and trips in the harbour, where you might meet Fungi, the Dingle dolphin. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Book library. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Four Winds

    Annascaul, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W31885


    With beautiful mountain views and overlooking the pretty little village of Annascaul, home to the South Pole explorer Tom Crean, this semi-detached holiday home makes the perfect rural base for discovering the breathtaking beauties of the Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way. Attached to the owner’s Bed & Breakfast (where Wi-Fi is available to guests), the property has its own entrance and seating area where guests can enjoy the beautiful tranquil gardens. Nearby is beautiful Inch Beach with its miles of glorious golden sands, perfect for a leisurely stroll. The more adventurous can try their hand at a little surfing or paragliding, or discover some of the magnificent walks of this area. Visit beautiful Annascaul lake or stroll down to one of the local pubs, some of which offer traditional music sessions. Visit the beautiful and colourful fishing village of Dingle, 10 miles, where you will find a great selection of restaurants, craft shops, cafés and pubs, along with boat trips to visit the Dingle Dolphin or to the Blasket Islands. Fishing and watersports available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Spiral open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with slightly sloping ceiling. Maximum occupancy is 4 people.

    NSH and electricity by €2 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared gardens. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No children under 8 years due to spiral open-tread stairs.

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  • Sweetbriar Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32003

    Situated just one mile from the ’picture postcard’ fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, this attractive, stone terraced cottage offers an excellent holiday base. Forming part of a barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, Sweetbriar enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views out towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants fresh from the daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Saltee Islands and enjoy the stunning Ballyteige Burrow nature reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to some 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford Town (founded by the Vikings 800AD) and Rosslare Harbour are within an easy 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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