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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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  • Shanagarry Holiday Village

    Shanagarry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32064

    Set on the edge of the village of Shanagarry in East Cork, this attractive holiday home (semi-detached or terraced, allocated on arrival) is in a little village with a lot going for it. You are adjacent to the Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens, and down the road is the Shanagarry Design Centre (Kilkenny Shop) and Stephen Pearce Pottery. The renowned Ballymaloe Country House and Restaurant is 2 miles away. There are long sandy beaches in the vicinity and a cliff walk and sea angling at Ballycotton. Just 30 minutes from Cork city, the area has a myriad of options for the holidaymaker. Fota House and Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park, The Jameson Experience at Midleton, Cobh Heritage Centre and Titanic Experience are all worth a visit. There are numerous golf courses close by and this is an ideal base for touring in both Cork and Waterford. Shop and pub serving food ½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room French doors and laminate floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (4ft).

    Electricity pebble-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

  • Tra Gheal

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YBBR

    Standing detached on 2 acres, this magnificent house is in a peaceful country lane, close to an ancient ruined church and castle. The golden sands of Ballyhealy Beach are approximately 1 mile away where horse riding is available, and the pubs and shop in Kilmore are 2 miles. The picturesque seaside village of Kilmore Quay (5 miles) boasts a harbour, beach, sand dunes, restaurants and pubs. This sunny area offers numerous attractions including the Wexford Heritage Park, Wexford Wild Fowl Reserve, Irish Agricultural Museum, the coastal path and boat trips to the Saltee Islands. The historic town of Wexford is 14 miles, with shops, restaurants, and the International Opera Festival in October. For a memorable day trip, take the train to Dublin and visit the capital’s historical monuments, museums and shops. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally. Shops 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 3

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31599

    These modern holiday homes are set within the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Resort - once owned by the Wolseley family, now redeveloped to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by the stunning countryside and mountains of Wicklow and Carlow, guests have use of the on-site facilities which include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground, indoor toddler soft play area, family room, 18-hole golf course, gym and spa. There is also a ’kiddies club’ during the school holidays at extra cost. Locally, walking, cycling, angling and horse riding are all available as well as many other outdoor pursuits and attractions. Within 20km are historic houses and gardens, whilst a little further afield is the city of Dublin with its galleries, museums, theatres and numerous amenities. Beaches at Courtown and Brittas Bay, can be reached in under an hour’s drive. Shop 1km, pub and restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and power by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Shared, landscaped grounds. Balcony. Shared swimming pool available all year with Jacuzzi and sauna. Parking (2 cars).

  • Ballymac Village 1

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31249

    Set in landscaped gardens.

    Cottage for 6/8.

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. The holiday village is conveniently located in one of the east coast’s most sought after areas. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity (by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Garden. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

  • Kellystown

    Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32001

    This lovely traditional Irish cottage, built in the 1780s and adjacent to the owner’s home, is situated in the peaceful Glenmalure valley. A stunning waterfall cascades to the rear, the start of the well-established ’Zig-Zag’ walk begins beside this holiday cottage. The walk takes you up to Lugnaquilla mountain, the 3rd largest in Ireland. It offers a great retreat and is perfect for hill walkers who can pick up the Wicklow Way at the Glenmalure Lodge, 1 mile. There are plenty of walks in the locality to suit all abilities, horse riding in Anamoe, golf, mountain biking and wildlife to be seen. Historic Glendalough is only 8 miles in Laragh and Dublin can be reached within an hour. Greenane Maze is great for children, and after a long walk, relax in the Glenmalure Lodge for great local food and music. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room, oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week October-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. NB: Stream adjacent to property.

  • Ceol Na Mara

    Creevy, nr. Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W32043

    Ceol Na Mara (the sound of the sea) is a detached holiday property which is centrally located to enjoy all that is best about this fantastic area. With its scenery of mountains, and its 3km beach edging the Atlantic Ocean, there are many opportunities to enjoy a multitude of activities. Rossnowlagh’s Strand, famous for surfing and all kinds of watersports, is just 1½ miles from the property. The historical town of Ballyshannon, 3 miles, is full of character and has a picturesque setting overlooking the waterfall and the Erne Estuary. It is also famous for its music festivals held throughout the summer months. Golf and horse riding are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 twin. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet. Most rooms with laminate floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (€25per week September-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store.

  • Ivy Bridge Lodge

    Mourne Abbey, nr. Mallow, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W31980

    This splendid, detached, thatched holiday cottage comes with a baby grand piano, antique furniture, roll-top and Jacuzzi baths, and an inglenook fireplace. It is adjacent to the owner’s equestrian centre where riding tuition is available by arrangement. Golf enthusiasts are catered for, with a choice of courses within a short distance. Mallow, 7 miles, is a busy market town while Blarney Castle and Gardens are just 8 miles. The vibrant and diverse city of Cork is 11 miles. Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty and the heritage town of Lismore are all possibilities for day trips. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen with beams and stone floor. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite wet room with Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with additional pull-out single and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Pond and unfenced stream in garden.

  • Ballymac Village 2

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31251

    Set in landscaped gardens.

    Cottage for 6/8.

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity (by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Garden. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

  • Togher Lodge

    Finea, Co. Westmeath

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31334

    Rural location.

    Detached stone cottage for 6/8.

    This beautifully restored stone cottage is situated in peaceful countryside beside the famous trout fishing lake, Lough Sheelin. This property is 150 years old and has a wealth of history having even been a jail during penal times. It is situated by a main road but in its own grounds which are completely enclosed. Activities available locally are fishing, forest walks, 9-hole golf and horse riding, whilst Belvedere House and Gardens, Tullynally Castle and the megalithic site at Lough Crew are well worth a visit. Shops and pubs 2 miles, restaurants 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional double. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Cottage grounds with furniture. Parking (3 cars).

  • Waterville Holiday Homes - Cottage 2

    Waterville, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32183

    These holiday homes are located just a few minutes walk from the heart of this picturesque seaside village, beloved by Charlie Chaplin, with its pebbled beach, quaint pubs and good restaurants. The rugged coastline has a great variety of outdoor activities on offer such as horse riding, cycling and hiking, along with surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. Waterville is extremely popular with fishermen with the nearby Lough Currane being well-stocked with salmon and trout, and there are numerous fishing charters for both lake and sea angling. Waterville is home to one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs. It is a convenient base to take day trips to explore the beautiful lakes and National Park of Killarney, and the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Golf nearby. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 twin bedrooms, both with beams and tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by pay as you go meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with patio. Parking (1 car). Ground floor facilities.

  • Portnoo, Co. Donegal

    Portnoo, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31137

    Panoramic views.

    Detached house for 6/8.

    This architecturally designed holiday property really does have the ’wow’ factor. Gweebara Bay and Inishkeel Island are the focal view from the balcony accessed through the glass doors from the living area.

    The décor and furnishings complement the clean modern lines of the contemporary-style interior and the property boasts a spiral staircase to a ’den’, a perfect area for the children to play. Every window has a picture postcard view of the panoramic scene below. Amenities include golf, sea and fresh water fishing, mountain climbing, walking, cycling and horse riding.

    With its fabulous beaches this area is popular with water sports enthusiasts. It is also close to pubs and excellent restaurants. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Lower ground floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 bunk with additional bunk, shower room with toilet and basin. Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to children’s play area/den (no door).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. Private water supply. No smoking. NB: External stairs from balcony to garden.

  • Copper Coast Cottages - Radharc Na Farraige

    Bunmahon, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W32092

    These detached, single-storey holiday cottages (refs W32091 and W32092) enjoy stunning sea views, and are set in an elevated position above the seaside village of Bunmahon on the Copper Coast. This area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and an UNESCO supported Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last Ice Age. There are many beautiful, secluded coves and beaches to enjoy, some suitable for surfers or divers or for exploring the islands and caves along the coast by kayak. It is approximately 11 miles to Tramore, which has many activities for all the family, an ideal beach for surfing and also has an amusement park. Visit Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, 15 miles, and the many public gardens including Ballymoat and Littlewood (by appointment) and Bog of Fenor. The Copper Coast has evolved over 460 million years, take your time to visit and explore! Kilmacthomas Village is approximately 5 miles away. Beach 1.1 miles. Shop and restaurant approximately 3 miles, pub 1.1 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin, all with wooden floors. Wet room with spa bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    DVD. Fridge/freezer. Large, lawned garden with furniture.

    Electricity ’wood-effect’ fire in living room by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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