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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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  • Clifden Cottage 139, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32219

    Located in the Clifden Glen Holiday Village, this renovated, 3 bedroomed, detached property is set within a magnificent natural environment of mountain, meadow and river with spectacular views of the renowned Connemara landscape. This is an ideal holiday cottage for those looking for a family break. It makes a peaceful getaway and a good base for exploring all that the Connemara region has to offer.

    Facilities in the holiday village include crazy golf, a children’s play area and tennis courts, and lovely sandy beaches are just a short drive away. The clubhouse bar is open in peak season, and other busy times.

    The market town of Clifden is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has a variety of fabulous restaurants, many serving the local fish, and music sessions are held in most pubs during the year. There is also a treasure trove of art galleries and lovely craft shops.

    There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area, as well as various water sports and amenities. Fishermen are spoiled for choice as there is river, sea and lake fishing in the vicinity.

    The Twelve Bens mountain range is magnificent and is very popular for hill walking with miles of routes both gentle and challenging. There are also many looped walking and cycling routes on the flat terrain.

    Connemara links golf course is in Ballyconneely nearby, and ponies and horses can be hired from various locations. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic, short drive, and Galway city is approximately 50 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with access from one side only, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-May). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Large shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court.

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  • Kilmore Quay Cottages - Beach House 1

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32194

    With stunning, uninterrupted views of the sandy bay and colourful marina, these beachside cottages are perfect for a relaxing holiday in the heart of one of the most picturesque villages in Wexford. The living room and master bedroom of Beach House 1, and the living room of Beach House 2, open onto a superb beachside terrace, where you can relax and watch the boats go by. Everything is literally on your doorstep, from the sandy beach below to the pubs and restaurants of picture postcard Kilmore Quay, home to the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, originating from the last Ice Age, and extending to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. Boat trips can be taken to the nearby Saltee Islands which have one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries, home to gannets, puffins and Manx shearwaters, as well as a colony of grey seals. Wexford is just 30 minutes away, a vibrant venue for many festivals throughout the year including the International Opera Festival. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    All on ground floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With open fire, Freeview TV and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and French doors.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Fuel for open fire and bed linen included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled courtyard, terrace, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are single steps between some rooms. This property has a security deposit of €100.

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  • Riverside

    Killorglin, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W31973

    This semi-detached house (similar property shown in photograph) is located on the banks of the beautiful River Laune in a small holiday home development, along with three similar properties. The pretty town of Killorglin, with its selection of fine restaurants and traditional pubs, is just a short stroll across the bridge. Enjoy the stunning river and mountain views from the large wooden deck and spacious living spaces. This area offers great opportunities for fishing, golfing, hill walking and mountain climbing. This holiday home makes a perfect base for discovering the beautiful Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney town and National Park. Shop 200 yards, pub 300 yards, restaurant 0.25 miles.

    3 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet: 1 double, 2 twin, one with sloping ceilings.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room, oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large wooden decking and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps to riverside decking.

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  • Bleachfield Cottages - Bleachfield Cottage 2

    Milltown, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32110

    Part of a small holiday home complex comprised of cottages with thatched, slate and corrugated roofs, these two similar terraced properties are situated in the heart of the pretty little village of Milltown. Both properties (refs W32109 and W32110) offer attractive, traditional style, spacious living areas with double height ceilings, feature fire surrounds and wooden beams. They offer a great base for touring the county of Kerry, with Tralee and Killarney just a 15-minute drive away and Dingle 40 minutes away. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this makes the perfect base for discovering the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry Driving Route and the Dingle Peninsula, or the miles of stunning beaches at Inch (10 miles) and Rossbeigh (7 miles), Fishing, walking, golfing, horse riding and mountain climbing are all available locally. Shop and pub and restaurant 100 yards, seasonal restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft 6in) bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric fire in living room by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi in on-site restaurant. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • 142 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32242

    This holiday home is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, less than one mile from Calla Beach. This single-storey, detached bungalow offers sea views to the front and views of the Twelve Pins mountain range to the rear. It is located between the harbour village of Roundstone, which is awash with restaurants, and Ballyconneely, where Connemara Golf Links is situated. Between both those villages lies an unspoilt landscape, ideal for walking or cycling, and the miles of coastline is great for anglers, pony trekking, swimming and water sports.
    The market town of Clifden is only a 10-minute drive away and is host to many festivals and has many restaurants serving freshly caught fish and pubs with traditional music. Ideally situated for those wishing to tour Connemara, the Connemara National Park, Kylemore House and Gardens, Diamond Hill, Galway City and much more all within a one hour’s drive from the property. Sea and lake fishing nearby. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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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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  • Innisfree House

    Annagry, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W5228

    Wonderful views, within the Gaeltacht area.

    Detached bungalow for 6.

    Situated on the hill overlooking Carrick Finn Bay, this spacious holiday home is decorated to a very good standard with quality furniture, pine flooring and solid wooden beds throughout.

    The property has wonderful long distance views across the bay. Miles of sandy beaches can be explored in the area. Golf courses can be found at Cruit Island and Bunbeg 10 miles. In August the salmon run in the Clady River 4 miles.

    The small Donegal airport (light aircraft) and Glenveagh National Park are 10 minutes drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Oil central heating and gas included (€30per week October-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Video. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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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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  • Cockle Lodge

    Carrick-on-Bannow, near Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: W32269

    Just 100 yards from the water’s edge, this superb detached holiday residence is set in an acre of private grounds, with magnificent sea views from almost every room. There is a large, first floor balcony, which can be accessed via the upstairs bedrooms, affording spectacular, far reaching views over the bay towards Saltmills. Cockle Lodge offers spacious accommodation, all the bedrooms are en-suite and the wonderful sun room opens onto a large, wrap around terrace, with an adjacent deck overlooking the well-kept lawns. Approached via electric gates, Cockle Lodge is in a quiet, secluded setting yet within easy reach of many interesting areas to explore, including Bannow Island Beach, where the ’buried’ city of Bannow is sited. It was here that the Normans first landed in 1169 and the area is of much historical interest, as well as having a great tradition of Irish music and dancing, including the Phil Murphy music festival which is held annually, plus numerous local activities such as shore fishing, golf, scenic drives and horse riding. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and tiled floor.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area:
    Farmhouse style with breakfast area, gas/electric range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Sun room: With doors leading to wrap around balcony.
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed, dressing area and en-suite with Jacuzzi shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wrap around terrace to ground floor and wrap around balcony to first floor. Large enclosed lawned garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a well and there are 3 steps in the garden.

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  • Kilcloon Cottage

    Kilcloon, Co. Meath

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32237

    Set in a secluded courtyard, Kilcloon Cottage is one of 4 delightful properties less than 40 minutes’ drive to Dublin city centre, which makes this attractively decorated cottage an ideal base from which to explore Ireland’s ancient east or just relax and unwind. Kilcloon Cottage is just a short drive from the bustling, historic university town of Maynooth, where there are many excellent restaurants, bars and shopping centres. The historic Boyne Valley, Trim Castle and Newgrange are all nearby and for the sports enthusiast, the K Club and Carton House are famous for their championship golf courses. The racecourses at Fairyhouse, Naas, the Curragh and Leopardstown are within easy driving distance and host many race events. Dublin city, airport and ferry services can be reached within 30 minutes, and Kilcloon is 15 minutes from the M50 and national roads, making this location fantastic central base. Equine facilities are available by arrangement with the owner and a playground on site. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Holly Tree House

    Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31893

    From its elevated site, this impeccable, detached, single storey holiday property has a grandstand view of the Gweebarra river and its unique bridge all the way out to Gweebarra Bay. Whichever way you look, the views are amazing.

    This is a very modern property, with a lot of attention to detail paid to its contemporary interior. The large picture windows, with window seats, take advantage of the panoramic views. This is an area of mountains, lakes and golden sandy beaches.

    The nearest beach is Dooey (2 miles) a great favourite with surfers. There’s plenty to see and do, including a golf course at Portnoo, watersports, Glenveagh National Park and ferry trips to nearby islands. The nearest town is Dungloe, 7 miles away.

    Shops 0.6 miles, pubs 0.3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drop in front of house into 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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