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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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  • Castlegregory, Co. Kerry

    Castlegregory, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W5597

    Golden beach 0.5 miles / Three bathrooms.

    Semi-detached house for 6.

    This wonderful three-storey house on the edge of Castlegregory village enjoys views across to the Dingle Mountains with glimpses of the sea from the bedrooms. It is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, with patio doors leading to a small courtyard. Castlegregory has some good restaurants, along with some lively traditional pubs. The Dingle Peninsula offers truly wonderful coastal and mountain scenery, and this beautiful part offers fabulous beaches and wonderful walks and piers. Horse riding, hillwalking and deep sea fishing are available locally, along with a 9-hole golf course and a surf school. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Upper Patrick Street

    Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32158


    This elegant, three-storey, terraced townhouse lies right in the heart of medieval Kilkenny city and is just a 5-minute walk from its magnificent castle and the beautiful River Nore. This holiday property is superbly appointed to a very good standard throughout, its interior features include high ceilings, exquisite antique furnishings, chandeliers galore, solid marble flooring to ground floor and a unique internal courtyard garden, offering total privacy for al fresco dining! Kilkenny city, awarded ‘Tidy town of Ireland’, offers a treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, a flower filled, cobbled and winding walkways, fine dining, theatre, traditional Irish pubs, many with live music nightly, tours by bicycle, foot and bus, as well as numerous world-renowned festivals throughout the year, such as Cats Laugh Comedy, Kilkenny Arts, TradFest, Roots, Savour Food and the European Film Festival. There is something for everyone right on your doorstep! Shop and restaurant 30 yards, pub 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with shared en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in second living room and gas central heating by meter reading. Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by meter card. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking (9am till 6pm at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Crovroghan Heights

    Kildysart, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: W31856

    This modern, detached holiday property is furnished to a very good standard. Set along the road at the entrance to the picturesque village of Kildysart on the banks of the Shannon Estuary, it is a great spot for coarse/trout fishing. Just 22 miles from Shannon Airport, this makes an ideal base to explore Kerry, Clare and Galway. It is a 40-minute drive to the beautiful coastline resorts of Kilkee, Lahinch and the famous Doonbeg Golf Course. Further on up the coast are the Burren National Park, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ailwee Caves. Kildysart is just 14 miles from the Killimer ferry, with regular trips to and from Kerry. Shops ½ mile, restaurant and pub 1 mile. There are beds for 11 but capacity is restricted to 6.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room equipped for the disabled. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 double bedrooms: (three 5ft, one 4ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, two with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower cubicle.

    Oil burner in dining room/kitchen, oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Balinavenourgh

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W31355

    Sea and mountain views.

    Cottage for 6.

    This traditional detached cottage, offering beautiful sea views is located on a farm in the most peaceful and picturesque part of Kerry, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Majestic Mount Brandon stands behind the cottage and the sea views include the sweep over Smerwick Harbour and the Three Sisters. The cottage has a garden that is perfect to enjoy the quiet, scenic surroundings. The area abounds with historic and archaeological sites - St. Brendan is said to have set sail from nearby Brandon Creek on his voyage of discovery of America. There is also a stone fort behind the cottage. This area is a walker’s and hiker’s paradise and also offers wonderful fishing, horse riding and golfing opportunities. Sandy beaches nearby. Shops 3½ miles, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Two steps down to kitchen. Step up to double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, each with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store.

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  • Treenbeg House

    Newport, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: ZR7

    Commanding stunning views over the Furnace Lakes to Clew Bay beyond, this homely, single-storey property sits peacefully amid large landscaped grounds. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist driving route, it is a perfect spot to get away from it all, yet only 4 miles from the thriving harbour town and angling centre of Newport, with castle, abbey, good restaurants, pubs, shops and boat trips. The extraordinary 28-mile Bangor Trail (Newport to Bangor Erris) passes by the door, with Nephin Beg mountains and Letterkeen Forest easily reached. Just 2 miles from the holiday property and with lovely views, the Great Western Greenway Cycling and Walking Trail, stretching 26 miles along the old Westport/Achill railway line which closed in1937, is open all year round and is ideal for cycling or stretching your legs. Westport (10 miles) is well worth a visit for Westport House (castle of the O’Malley clan). Newport is on a cycle track and bike hire is available in the village. Golf, fishing, riding and boating locally. Treen Bay 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVDs. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with patio. Barbecue. Ample parking. Ground floor facilities. NB: Pond and drop in garden.

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  • Recess Cottage 163, Connemara

    Recess, nr. Clifden

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32222

    This traditional, stone built lodge is situated on an elevated site, at the foot of the Twelve Bens Mountains in Glencoaghan Valley. Connemara is wonderfully located for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday. Sit in the garden and admire the fabulous scenery and colours. The valley is an outstanding area of natural beauty and is an ideal base for walking and for touring the Connemara region. The cottage boasts wonderful mountain and countryside views with nearby access to the mountain walks. A popular property for couples, families and groups of friends looking for a peaceful retreat. Local activities include walking, hill climbing, lake and river angling. There are many unspoilt beaches in the area.
    The village of Recess is located 13 miles from Clifden. Here you will find a grocery store, the famous Joyces Craft Shop, a bar and a church. Within the village car park you will find ‘The Connemara Giant’, a 20th century stone giant. Local folk lore tells us that if you touch the hand of the giant, you will be blessed with the knowledge of his ancient tribe. Recess village is set amongst Glendalough Lake and Derryclare Lake. The lake and mountain scenery is a sight to behold. The nearby glaciated Inagh Valley is north of recess and stretches towards Kylemore along Lough Inagh. The valley itself separates the Twelve Bens from the Maumturk Mountains, and the valley’s lake, woodlands and hills are enjoyed by many walkers, fishermen and artists. Lough Inagh is a well-known game fishing lake and visitors are more than welcome to fish there. Boats can be hired locally.
    The market town of Clifden is a short drive and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has many fabulous restaurants, many serving the local fish and most of the pubs have music sessions during the year. There are also art galleries and many lovely craft shops. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and pony/horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic short drive from the house and 50 miles from the city of Galway. Beach 10 miles. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Wood burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Fleur Cottage

    Killorglin, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: YBBB

    Situated in large, landscaped gardens with beautiful views towards the mountains, this charming, detached holiday cottage has been sympathetically renovated retaining all the charm of a traditional Irish cottage.
    The picturesque town of Killorglin, on the Wild Atlantic Way, is within walking distance, being just over a mile away, with its selection of pubs and some fine restaurants. Rossbeigh, with its miles of golden sands, is just 10 miles away, and both the Dingle peninsula and the Ring of Kerry are easily accessed. Golf, fishing, horse riding and hill walking are available locally. Shops 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/sun room with slate floor and magnificent garden and mountain views. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one 5ft, one with additional single, 1 single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €40 per week September-April, €25 per week May-August. Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large landscaped garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Small seasonal water drain in garden.

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  • Lakeside 4

    Killaloe, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31899

    This cluster of lovely modern holiday homes is located adjacent to Kincora Harbour on the shores of Lough Derg, a 10 minute stroll from the cathedral town of Killaloe. This town is the birthplace of Ireland’s famous 10th century High King, Brian Boru and hosts the Brian Boru Festival every year in mid-July with traditional music, dancing and festivities. Killaloe has many fine craft shops and great pubs with traditional music, restaurants and coffee shops. On Sundays there is an organic farmers market. In addition to having a toddlers’ play area on site, there is a public playground (suitable for older children) in Killaloe itself and also a public, natural outdoor swimming pool for open use during the summer months. The lake is ideal for water sports and UL Activity Centre, located just 10 minutes along the lake shore from the holiday homes, offers a fantastic choice including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Take leisurely boat cruises on the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ and enjoy the tranquillity of Ireland’s largest lake or go further afield to visit many of Co. Clare and Limerick’s famous attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Region, Limerick city and castle. There are many golf courses in the region. Shop 1 mile.

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

    Economy 7 electric heaters and electricity €5 per day (May - August), meter reading (September - April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with patio and childrens’ play area. Shared 4-acre lawned grounds. Parking (1 car). NB: Fenced lake 100 yards from the properties.

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  • Allie Knock

    Spiddal, nr. Inverin, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: W31903

    This truly wonderful thatched holiday property, brimming with character and charm, is 300 yards from the sea. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, off the main Galway to Connemara coast road and just 3 miles from Spiddal. Complete with reading rooms, games room, tennis court, BBQ, sun room, sea views and log fire, the house meets good standards in furnishings, fittings and atmosphere. The lively village of Spiddal boasts shops, restaurants, crofts and pubs with traditional music sessions. The bustling city of Galway, only 10 miles away, with its variety of shopping facilities, hosts summer festivals. The Burren and North Clare, the magical Aran Islands and the popular towns of Clifden and Westport are some of the many day trips. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors, beams and slate floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room. Study. Games room. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. Tennis court.

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  • Ardmullen Cottages - Ardmullen Oak

    Ardmullen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32210

    Ardmullen Oak is a semi-detached property, part of an architect-designed residential development of 33 houses located on the outskirts of the pretty heritage town of Kenmare with its array of great restaurants, clothes and craft shops, traditional pubs and cafés. On the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare offers the outdoor enthusiast great opportunities for golfing, fishing, horse riding and watersports. There are some wonderful walks and trails through this beautiful part of Ireland with lakes, waterfalls, woods and coastal scenery at every turn. This comfortable house offers spacious holiday accommodation and makes the perfect base for discovering the beauties of Kerry, such as the glorious Dingle Peninsula, the beautiful Killarney Lakes and National Park, the haunting Skellig Islands and the rugged scenery of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Please note, this property can be booked together with Ardmullen Walnut (ref W32211) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Small step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Loft

    Arthurstown, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32011

    This beautifully restored former corn loft is set in the quaint fishing village of Arthurstown just a minute’s walk to the sea. Arranged over 3 floors, this lovely terraced holiday home boasts a magnificent second floor living room taking advantage of the sea views as well as traditional features including original stone walls, ’half’ front door and beamed ceilings. Within easy reach of all that sunny Wexford has to offer whilst just a mile away is the neighbouring village of Ballyhack from where a car ferry can be boarded for a quick hop over to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city. Numerous attractions in the area include Dunbrody Abbey, Ballyhack Castle, Duncannon Fort as well as horse riding, golf sea angling and water sports. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Living room with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric ’coal-effect’ fire in living room, oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Kells Bay, Co. Kerry

    Kells Bay, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W6347

    On the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoying an elevated position between hill and sea, this detached property features a pine kitchen, wooden floorboards, an open fire and magnificent sea views. With a cathedral ceiling and an extensive use of glass in the main rooms, and with doors opening onto a surrounding patio, the superb sea views across Dingle Bay are maximised. Being just 300 yards from a sandy beach and in an area offering many activities including horse riding, hill walking, surfing, golf and fishing, this is a delightful holiday destination. Exploring the Ring of Kerry, on your doorstep, the Dingle Peninsula and Killarney are all possible. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity €25per week. Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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