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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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  • Doon Farmhouse

    Ballinamult, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W31927

    Dating back to 1860, detached Doon Farmhouse is a holiday getaway in a secluded setting with stunning views towards the Comeragh Mountain range. Situated on the owners’ 90-acre working farm with 4 acres of natural unspoilt woodland, and adjacent to their home, guests are free to wander and fish in their river 200 yards from the house. Plenty to see within a short drive, including the beautiful Heritage town of Lismore (11 miles), seaside town of Dungarvan (15 miles), vibrant Clonmel Town (19 miles) and The Vee Drive (14 miles), one of the most picturesque routes in Ireland. Shop 3½ miles, pub ½ mile (limited opening times), restaurant 8 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Second living room/study with wooden floor. Utility room. Sun room. Games room. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, beams and wooden floor, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric coal-effect fire in study, electricity and oil central heating by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large lawned garden with patio. Barbecue. 90-acre working farmland with 4-acre natural unspoilt woodland. Ample parking. Games room with dart board, pool table and board games. Natural water supply from well. NB: Step in garden and river in grounds.

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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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  • Lake 1

    Blessington Lake, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31644


    Set in the beautiful grounds of Blessington Lakes, Avon Ri houses are perfect for a family holiday that caters for all tastes. They are very central for beautiful scenery, great shopping and fantastic activities on the lake and at the resort. Very spacious and equipped to a good standard, they have stunning views of the Blessington Lakes or the Wicklow countryside. The Avon Ri clubhouse has its own restaurant Il Lago with decking overlooking Blessington and the countryside, and has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Upstairs are the Avon Ri café bar and gym room. Whether on a holiday with friends or family, there is plenty to do outdoors as well: sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and power boat training. Five-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering are also on offer.
    The pretty town of Blessington is a 10-minute walk and the thriving town of Naas a 15-minute drive. Wicklow has great beaches, and the quaint village of Avoca is worth a visit, as well as the beautiful mountainside village of Glendalough. Dublin is 25 miles, there are racecourses at Punchestown and the Curragh, and excellent golf courses such as Tulfarris and the K Club. Shops 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with en-suite shower room with toilet and Velux window: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, electricity storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD on request. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Shared lawned grounds with lake. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, Jacuzzi and sauna. Outdoor activities including sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boat training, 5-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering. NB: Lake in grounds.

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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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  • An Caoran

    Connemara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31397

    Rural location.

    Modern, detached house for 6.

    Carna is situated at the head of the peninsula, a lobster fishing centre and an ideal place to explore the vast wilderness of Connemara with its hills, lakes and endless shoreline. The holiday property is fabulous with its spacious interior, vaulted ceilings, timber and tiled floor, and is furnished to a very good standard. Set in 8 acres of grounds, just 5 minutes from a sandy beach. The living room is on the first floor and has an open fire and views of the sea and the ’Twelve Bens’ mountain range. Visit Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Roundstone Village, The Aran Islands and the cultural city of Galway. Golf, cycling, fishing, hiking, horse riding and walking are all available locally. Shops, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Open fires in living room and dining room. Oil central heating (timed) and electricity included (€40per week September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking.

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  • 118 Cleggan Cottage, Connemara

    Cleggan, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32217

    Sitting peacefully in tranquil surroundings with great views, this detached cottage is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is just a short stroll away from the village of Cleggan. Enjoy your breakfast overlooking Cleggan Bay or sit out in the evening and watch the sunset. There are daily boat trips to Inishbofin or visit the busy market town of Clifden, 7 miles, with a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants, many with regular traditional music sessions. There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area as well as various water sports and amenities. Fishermen are spoilt for choice with both sea and lake fishing available locally. Enjoy miles of looped walks and cycle routes, or for those who like golf, there is a links course in nearby Ballyconneely. Clifden hosts many festivals including an arts festival, the Connemara Pony Festival, traditional music festivals and many more. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a short scenic drive. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with games room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (October-May by meter reading). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. No smoking.

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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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  • Churchfield

    Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: ZX2

    Peacefully set in its own large, enclosed garden, this attractive property is right in the centre of the lively seaside village of Ballyvaughan just a 3-minute walk from the sea at the heart of the famous Burren region, on Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. A superb house and an excellent touring base, with fishing, canoeing, sailing, riding, golf and cycling available locally. Local sandy beach at Bishop’s Quarter, 1½ miles. Excellent walking in the Burren, a strange and fascinating limestone plateau, rich in prehistoric and medieval monuments, as well as an astounding variety of wild flowers. Close to Aillwee Caves and Cliffs of Moher. Good shops, pubs and restaurants in Ballyvaughan. Galway City only 35 minutes.

    Ground floor: Spacious living room. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 single bedrooms. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, 1 with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room. Full oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with lawns, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Cuilane

    Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31474

    This delightful property is bright and spacious, very tastefully furnished and very thoughtfully equipped. In a small development of 5 houses, in the rural village of Carraroe. The Carraroe Peninsula is surrounded by beaches with the coral beach, being the main attraction. It is ideally placed for touring Connemara and the bustling city of Galway is just 25 miles away. Access to the Aran Islands by air or sea is a short drive away. The area is beautiful, great for walkers, offering plenty of fresh air, sandy beaches, shore line fishing, swimming or cycling along the endless winding boreens. Alternatively, relax in the sun room and enjoy the sea views. Shop and restaurant ¾ mile, pub ½ mile.

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

    Open fire in living/dining room. Electric central heating and electricity by €2 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture.

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  • Marine View - Marine View B

    Bundoran, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W32203

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, these delightful townhouses (refs W32202 and W32203) are situated in the centre of Bundoran, just a short walk from the seafront. Renowned as Donegal’s premier resort, Bundoran is famous for its beautiful backdrop of mountains and sea. Popular with surfers’ and beach lovers alike, Bundoran has become something of a surfers mecca and holds its own annual ’Sea Sessions’ festival. There is something for everyone of all ages and interests: Waterworld, golf, amusements, concerts, restaurants, pubs and watersports. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with 2 Veluxes, one with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Small enclosed lawned garden.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity €7 per day. Bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at €10 per week or €5 per short break. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Doolin Holiday Village

    Doolin, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31920

    Located just 2 miles from the beautiful village of Doolin, this detached holiday property provides an ideal base from which to explore the coastline of County Clare. Doolin is a prime rural seaside location and is very popular among tourists for its incredible scenery, great music pubs, and good local food. Enjoy a trip to the Aran Islands with one of the Doolin ferries which provide a very good daily service to and from the islands. Doolin has its own 9-hole pitch ’n’ putt course and there is a choice of two golf courses in the nearby seaside resort of Lahinch, just 20 minutes’ drive. Just off the N67 coastal road, Doolin serves as an ideal base from which to visit the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Liscannor, and Ballyvaughan. You will be spoilt for choice in this part of County Clare with beaches such as Lahinch, Spanish Point and the lovely cove of Kilkee – all within a short drive of Doolin. Shop 105 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    NSH and electricity €5 per day June-August, €8 per day September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Patio and furniture. Garage (3-4 cars).

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  • 102 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32227

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this wonderful property overlooks the Coral Strand beach and Mannin Bay with fantastic views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. The property is well decorated and equipped and has a large garden with decking area. Situated just 1 mile from Ballyconneely village, 5 miles from the lively market town of Clifden, and just 1½ hour’s drive from Galway. It is a great area in which to relax with scenic drives, walks and cycling trails nearby. Connemara National Park is just 12 miles away, and locally there is golf at Ballyconneely, along with horse riding and pony trekking. There is a variety of restaurants and pubs in nearby Clifden. Beach 50 yards. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with patio door and tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-May). Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with decking and furniture. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. NB: Sea 100 yards.

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