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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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  • Course Side

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31607

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and furniture.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • Coomatloukane Cottage

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31564


    This detached cottage is set on an elevated site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, offering magnificent sea views. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from inside this very spacious and comfortable house, or from the patio and garden. Relax on one of the beautiful sandy beaches in the area, partake in numerous activities on offer at Derrynane Watersports Centre, ride a horse along the sand, take a walk along the Kerry Way or charter a boat for some sea fishing. Boats depart daily from Derrynane harbour to the Skellig Rocks during summer (weather permitting), and Derrynane House and sub-tropical gardens (4 miles) are well worth a visit. Situated off the Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way, scenic drives and walks abound. Waterville (6 miles) has golf and is famous for its trout and salmon fishing. Shop 4 miles, seasonal pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    6 steps down to entrance (alternative side entrance with 2 steps). Split level living room (3 steps) with cathedral ceiling/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor throughout. Utility room. Sun room. Double (5ft) bedroom with patio door and en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet. Separate toilet. Open tread spiral stairs to first floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet. Shower room. Separate toilet.

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, Aga, and electricity €60 per week poa. Bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs. DVD (small library). CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with courtyard, patios and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: No children under 6 years.

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  • 123 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32229

    This single-storey, detached cottage is ideally located close to the banks of Lough Beaghcauneen, with picture windows overlooking the lake. There are 2 bedrooms in the main cottage with an additional en-suite bedroom in a separate annex. It is ideally situated for those lazy days around the lake or sampling the locally caught fish in the many restaurants, listening to the music and enjoying the ’craic’ in the pubs, or dancing to the Irish music. You can enjoy the Connemara Pony Festival, the traditional music festival or the arts festival.
    Clifden is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. There are miles of tranquil beaches in the area, along with a vast network of walking tracks and cycle routes for more intrepid visitors. There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area as well as various water sports and amenities. Trout fishing is available on the lake (licence required, available locally). Fishermen are spoiled for choice as there is river, sea and lake fishing in the area.
    There are miles of looped walks and cycle routes nearby. The Twelve Bens mountain range is magnificent and very popular for hill walking with miles of routes, both gentle and challenging. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and pony trekking and horse riding can be found at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a short scenic drive from the house and Galway city is approximately 60 miles. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Annex: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced lake 20 yards.

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  • 203 Cashel, Connemara

    Cashel, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32247

    A spectacular and well-presented cottage, perched on the sea shore with views of Cashel Hill to the front and Cashel Bay to the rear. The first floor bedroom has a balcony and fabulous views over the Atlantic coast. This is an ideal property for families and groups of friends who are looking for a rural retreat while still being located a short drive from nearby amenities, attractions, towns and villages. Explore Connemara during the day, and relax or entertain at the cottage in the evenings. Cashel Hill stands majestically at the top of the bay, and it is worth taking a trek up this hill to experience the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and breathtaking seascapes. Networks of lakes lie amid the bogs, ideal for trout fishing. The Twelve Bens and Maamturk Mountains are to the north and the sandy coves and blue waters of Bertraghboy Bay offer idyllic and tranquil scenery for all to enjoy. Ballynahinch Castle bar and restaurant can be reached within 10 minutes. Roundstone village is 15 minutes by car, and offers a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, and just along the coast past Roundstone is the picturesque Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beaches. Clifden, the largest town in Connemara, is a 20-minute drive. Local activities include fishing, shooting, hill walking, pony trekking, golf, and much more. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 kingsize bedrooms, one with patio door. Shower room with toilet and bidet. First floor: 1 super kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and bidet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Balcony. Barbecue. Chiminea. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Garden open to sea.

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  • Annagry, Co. Donegal

    Annagry, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W5902

    Lake and Mountain Views.

    Detached Bungalow for 6.

    This spacious house is set amongst stunning scenery, beside a babbling mountain stream, which flows into a lake at the bottom of the garden. Cosily furnished and equipped with two open fires, the house has views across the lake to the mountain. In the lake you can fish or boat or just enjoy the peace and quiet the area affords. A Blue Flag surfing beach is just 2 miles away, whilst walking direct from the door can be thoroughly enjoyed with the stunning local scenery and abundance of wildlife. This accommodation makes a superb holiday base throughout the year. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fires in living room and dining room/kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Rhadharc Na N-oileain

    Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31830

    In a quiet location, this modern, detached, dormer holiday home lies at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and has views of the Aran Islands. Tastefully furnished and decorated, this spacious home is just 2 miles from the village. The Carraroe area promotes the Irish culture and language and has all amenities. The coastline is fringed with many sandy beaches offering shore fishing and swimming - the coral beach being the main attraction; the by-roads are ideal for walking. The fun-filled historic city of Galway is just 25 miles away, making this a great base for touring and Connemara is a must for a day trip. Access to the Aran islands by air or sea is a short drive. A 9-hole golf course is 6 miles. Shops, restaurant and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Sun room. 2 double bedrooms, one 5ft. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity €60per week. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). NB: There is access to the sea from the garden.

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  • Ballymagyr Castle Holiday Cottages - Cottage 3

    Killag, nr. Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W32161

    Set in the 2-acre grounds of listed Ballymagyr Castle, these terraced, holiday properties have been beautifully restored from the former stables of historic Richfield House, and lie just 11 miles from the vibrant town of Wexford, home to the famous opera festival. Guests can wander freely through the delightful grounds, shared with resident peacocks and ducks, and enjoy the original walled garden, full-size grassed tennis court, or relax with a picnic by the lake. A peaceful and relaxing retreat yet only a short drive away from all the wonderful sites that south county Wexford has to offer, including stunning sandy coves and fishing villages, Johnstown Castle, Hook Lighthouse, Wexford Heritage Park, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, and boat trips from nearby Kilmore Quay (4 miles) to the remote Saltee Islands for a memorable day out. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared enclosed lawned garden. Patio with decking and furniture. Shared 2-acre natural woodland grounds with walled garden, lawn, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared lawned tennis court. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 20 yards.

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  • Lakeside 1

    Killaloe, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31896

    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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  • Cois Chnoic

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32095

    Located on the outskirts of Dingle, this semi-detached holiday property enjoys a tranquil location with hill views, yet is just a 10-minute walk to the pretty fishing town. Dingle boasts a selection of fine restaurants, quirky cafes, craft shops and great traditional pubs. The house is attractively furnished and finished, and makes a wonderful base for discovering the beauties of the surrounding area which abounds with glorious scenery, beautiful beaches and intriguing archaeological sites. Take a trip to the stunning Blasket Islands, visit the aquarium and seal sanctuary, have a go on the climbing wall or take a boat trip to meet Fungi, Dingle’s friendly dolphin. Beach 5 miles. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 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 €35per week September-May, €25per week June-August. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Seascapes

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: YUZ

    In an idyllic location on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking the sea, this comfortable, detached single-storey property enjoys stunning mountain and sea views from most rooms and lies 100 yards from the water’s edge, and 5-minute walk from a secluded beach (see photograph). The small villages of Castlecove and Caherdaniel, 3 miles. Derrynane, 5 miles, has attractions for all the family, with its sandy beaches, activity centre and sea sports. Horse riding can be arranged on the sands at Derrynane, surrounded by sea and mountain views. Along the beautiful beaches are sandy and rocky coves with rock pools for the children to explore, full of interesting sea life. Well worth a visit is Derrynane House and Gardens, with sub-tropical plants which thrive here in the temperate climate. Located in a Dark Sky Reserve, the night skies over this part of Kerry are incredibly clear and star filled, due to the effects of the Gulf Stream. Stiague Fort also worth a visit and is within easy reach. A boat trip to the Skellig Islands makes a wonderful day trip. Waterville, 10 miles, with two golf courses, one a championship links course. Shop 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). NB. Three steps to entrance, one step at rear.

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  • Ring of Kerry Holiday Cottages - Cottage 3

    Nr. Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32168

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just 5 miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare which offers a large selection of wonderful restaurants, cafés, shops and pubs, these holiday cottages are part of a small complex of 30 holiday homes on a site beside the Ring of Kerry Golf Club. All properties (refs W32106, W32107, W32168, W32169) offer great living space with two living rooms, one with a woodburner and patio doors. They all stand detached, and make a wonderful base to discover the delights of this part of Kerry. It is an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists with plenty of marked walks and trails. The area is popular with fishermen with charters available at Kenmare. Other outdoor activities available in the area include horse riding, water sports, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, quad biking, pitch and putt and golf. Shop and restaurant 5.5 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Second living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floors. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. NB: River in grounds behind properties.

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  • Rooskey House

    Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32273


    Rooksey House is a spacious and attractive detached property, situated in the townland of Farrigans, a short distance from the picturesque village of Lettermacaward on the banks of the Gweebarra River and on the Wild Atlantic Way. This very scenic area has something for everyone. For surfers and water sports enthusiasts, nearby Dooey Beach is a 3km stretch of sand and surf edging Gweebarra Bay. For biking and hiking, explore the lanes and byways of this beautiful area and discover some of the region’s rich archaeological past. Fishing is available in Toome Lough or the Gwebarra River (permits required). There is a local pub nearby which has Irish music available throughout the summer months. Narin Golf Club is 6½ miles away. Places to visit nearby include Glenties, 7½ miles, and Dungloe, 9 miles. Beach 1¾ miles. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance.
    Ground floor:
    Living room: With 22" Freeview TV and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining room: With French doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First floor:
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Patio with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note the property has two steps from the French doors to the garden.

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