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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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  • Sweetbriar Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32003

    Situated just one mile from the ’picture postcard’ fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, this attractive, stone terraced cottage offers an excellent holiday base. Forming part of a barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, Sweetbriar enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views out towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants fresh from the daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Saltee Islands and enjoy the stunning Ballyteige Burrow nature reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to some 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford Town (founded by the Vikings 800AD) and Rosslare Harbour are within an easy 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Coach House 1

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32278

    Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, just 10 miles from the busy town of Enniskillen, 80 miles from Belfast and 45 miles from Sligo, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. Belle Isle Estate is made up of a selection of apartments and cottages, some of which are offered here. Belle Isle Castle is a stunning Irish castle situated on its own private island in the centre of Lough Erne. It has been home to generations of noblemen and has now been extensively refurbished to be the backdrop to your most fantastical break. Modern amenities are mixed with antique furniture and stunning spaces to make sure each visit has that good, old-fashioned, wow-factor. Belle Isle Estate has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and the castle itself is a fantastic 17th-century country house. The strong stone walls, huge solid wood doors and sculptural window surrounds are encased in a sea of ivy leaves and traditional planting. The sunken garden makes the perfect space for gatherings, impromptu or otherwise.
    The castle is made up of two wings, the Hamilton Wing (ref W32275) which has eight bedrooms and the Abercorn Wing (ref W32274) which has five bedrooms. The property may be booked in its entirety incorporating both wings or individually for smaller groups. It is ideally suited for weddings or other large parties and catering can be arranged on request or may be done by guests themselves. The banqueting hall accommodates up to 60 guests. Garden Cottage (ref W32276) is a lovely detached cottage situated in a walled garden, which is a cosy retreat with wonderful views over the lakes and surrounding countryside. The Oak Cottage (ref W32277), Chestnut Cottage (ref W32280), and Lime Cottage (ref W32281) are three of eight terraced cottages in a courtyard setting close to the castle and the lake shore. Each cottage has its own grassy outside area with barbecue available and a picnic table. Indoors you will find all amenities and plenty of space to relax in, and are decorated to a good standard with unique period furnishings and a wood burner. Built in 1856 the coach house is a beautiful stone building which now accommodates the spacious Coach House 1 apartment, (ref W32278). It is located close to the lake shore with peaceful woodland walks on the doorstep. Cath Cart Lodge (ref W32279) is a spacious detached property located on the lake shore with direct access to the lake and with wonderful views over the water.
    The grounds are peaceful and extensive and on site is also a children’s playground, tennis courts, cookery school, sailing/boating and coarse fishing. Local attractions in the area include Belleek Pottery, Florence Court House and Forest Park, Marble Arch Caves, golf, horse riding and National Trust properties. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. The properties can be booked together to sleep up 52 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and tiled floor.
    Dining area. With tiled floor.
    Kitchen area: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard with sitting out area. Garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared natural grounds with woodland and forest walks. Coarse fishing on-site (at cost, licence required). No smoking. Please note: There is a lake in the grounds 100 yards away.

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  • Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo

    Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W6605

    Idyllic setting.

    Detached barn conversion for 4.

    This refurbished barn in the grounds of the owner’s home is situated in one of the hidden parts of Ireland and boats wonderful views of Lough Mask from the rear garden. The delightful holiday home has timber floors, exposed stonework and a wood burner. It stands on an elevated site with wonderful views of Lough Mask in the distance. Less than an hours drive away lies the National Parks Kylemore Abbey and Connemara. Ideal for walking enthusiats, this area of Mayo has some of the most amazing scenery and walks around the quiet roadways, woods, hills and mountains, which the owner has thoughtfully made a booklet together for guests to take advantage of. Joyce Country, the Connemara National Park and Westport are all within easy reach, whilst the county town of Castlebar, with its range of amenities, shopping and restaurants, is 18 miles away. A lovely lake beach with picnic area is nestled just a mile away and is perfect for a family day out with your children. Fishing, boat hire and gillies available locally. Shop and restaurant 1¼ miles, pub 2 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Rockwell Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32041

    Rockwell Cottage enjoys a wonderful location on the Wild Atlantic Way on the beautiful Beara Peninsula with spectacular sea and mountain views from its elevated site. Situated 12 miles away from the heritage town of Kenmare, near the borders of Cork and Kerry, this single-storey holiday cottage offers access to the glorious scenery of both these counties. Airy and spacious, the views are maximised from the floor to ceiling windows. Locally, enjoy fabulous walks, cycling, water sports, fishing, golf and horse riding. Visit the subtropical gardens at Dereen House or the beautiful lakes and waterfall at Gleninchaquin. Take some time to discover the magnificent scenery of the Healy Pass, the Iveragh Peninsula, Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula. Shop 2 miles, pub 2½ miles and restaurant 8 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. NB: Small water run-off drain and unprotected drops in garden.

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  • Bun Cill Athat

    Killaha West, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W32213

    Just 2½ miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way, and surrounded by gently sloped mountainside where wild deer roam, this attractive detached holiday home offers lovely views of Kenmare Bay and the distant mountains. With spacious living areas which offer access to the patio and views, this house makes a very comfortable base to discover the beauty of this part of the country. Kenmare offers a great selection of fine restaurants, great cafés, many craft shops and traditional pubs. Watersports, horse riding, golfing and fishing are all available locally and this area abounds with wonderful walks. Further afield, discover the beautiful lakes of Killarney, the majestic Dingle Peninsula, the monastic settlement on the Skellig Islands and the rugged landscape of West Cork. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet (also accessed from hall).

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small unfenced pond in sloping garden.

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  • Cloongullaun Cottage

    Cloongullane, nr. Swinford, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31979

    This pretty holiday cottage has been lovingly renovated with a modern kitchen added to it, making it comfortable and cosy, yet retaining its original charms. It boasts a wonderful location with the grounds backing onto the River Moy (salmon fishing available) and there is a riverside picnic table for those who enjoy outdoor dining. Swinford 2 miles, and Foxford, 6 miles, both with restaurants and pubs with traditional music sessions. The pretty town of Westport, 30 miles, is worth a day trip and Galway is only 60 miles for those wishing to visit. Achill Island, 50 miles, has wonderful unspoilt scenery and there are lovely beaches in Enniscrone, just outside Ballina,18 miles, as well as a championship golf course. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft), 1 bunk both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The cottage backs onto the River Moy via a gated walkway, 110 yards. Drop in garden.

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  • Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Carraroe, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6563

    Sea views.

    Single storey detached cottage for 4.

    This two bedroom cottage is perfectly located between two sandy beaches which are within walking distance and overlooks Galway Bay with sea views from the garden.

    With handmade furniture in the kitchen and bedroom it has been attractively renovated and furnished and is situated adjacent to the owner’s home. Carraroe is 25 miles from the lively city of Galway, famous for its shops, pubs, restaurants, theatre and festivals.

    Closer to home and within walking distance there is the Coral Beach where the clear Atlantic water is an irresistible invitation to the swimmer and scuba diver. Access to the Aran Islands, by air or sea, is a short drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by €1 and €2 coin meters. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Outdoor furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Fishermans Cottage

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W31536

    Beautiful sea views

    Single-storey cottage for 4

    In a superb setting, overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay, and a few hundred yards from a sandy beach, this charming 150 year old fishermans cottage has undergone tasteful renovation. From the rear patio a flight of steps leads to a large lawned garden affording panoramic views. You are on the ’Seven Heads’ walking route, and just one mile from Courtmacsherry village. Sailing, canoeing, horse riding and angling locally. The colourful town of Clonakilty, 9 miles, offers golf, cinema and a model railway village. Excellent touring, including Kinsale, Blarney, Cork city, and the entire spectacular coastline. Fishing available nearby. Shop 1¼ miles and pub serving food (open at weekends all year, and full time June-Sep) 1 mile. Restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Tiled floor throughout.

    NSH, power, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Friday to Friday. No smoking. No children under 7 years. NB: Low front doorway. 10 steps in garden.

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  • The Kildarragh Cottage

    Creeslough, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31526

    Views of Muckish Mountain.

    Detached cottage for 4.

    Tucked away in the Donegal Hills, this little cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, with the majestic Muckish Mountain dominating the foreground. Nearby is the beautiful Ards Forest Park on the edge of Sheephaven Bay with its landscape of trees, sandy beaches and way marked trails. A perfect place for watersports enthusiasts, Marble Hill and Portnablagh beaches are 3.75 miles away. Horse riding and golf are available in nearby Dunfanaghy. A very pretty area for hill walking and exploring the many lanes and byways. Nearby Creeslough provides shops, restaurants and pubs, 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/ kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with patio. Ample parking.

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  • Honeywell

    Tramore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W5490

    One mile to golden beach.

    Detached bungalow for 4.

    This spacious bungalow, on a small residential estate, is furnished to a high standard with pretty bedrooms, polished timber flooring and patio doors leading from the dining area to a sunny, lawned garden. It is conveniently situated to avail of many excellent golf courses in the south east of Ireland. Tramore, Faithlegg, Waterford City and Waterford Castle golf courses are within a 6 mile radius. Many more including Mount Juliet and Dungarvan are less than an hour’s drive away, and combined passes are available on application to some of these golf courses.

    The racecourse, with 6 meetings a year, lies to the side with the long golden stretches of Tramore strand within 1 mile and the bustling little town centre with its leisure park, craft shops, restaurants and lively pubs just ½ mile.

    Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, with its bustling quays, excellent shops, cinema and world famous crystal factory is 6 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 4 guests.

    Open fire in living room. Oil central heating and electricity (€30per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Durrus Holiday Homes

    Durrus, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32066

    At the heart of the picturesque village of Durrus, this terraced holiday home is ideally situated close to the shops, pubs and restaurants in the vicinity. Your location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way, gives a choice of exploring the spectacular Sheep’s Head (awarded European Tourist Destination of Excellence title) or Mizen Peninsulas. The Sheep’s Head Way has many loop walks, there’s a cycle route, a private garden open to the public and a cookery school. Horse riding, sailing and kayaking are also available within a short distance. From Schull get a ferry to Cape Clear Island or a Fastnet Rock tour. Visit the glorious beach at Barley Cove close to Mizen Head. Bantry, 6 miles, has 18-hole golf, cinema, leisure centre, and Bantry House which is the venue for internationally renowned music festivals. There are many local artisan food and craft products. Shop and pub serving food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (2ft 6in for child) with Velux, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Heir Island Holiday Homes - The Old Barn

    Heir Island, nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W31991

    These detached holiday properties are located on beautiful Heir Island, in Roaring Water Bay in West Cork, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way route, and are perfect for those seeking a unique holiday experience. The Old Barn (ref W31991) is a fantastic barn conversion sleeping a maximum of 4 people, and Timmy’s Cottage (ref W32124) was named after the owner’s grandfather and sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Your unique holiday experience begins with setting aside the car on the mainland (free parking) and taking the four-minute ferry crossing to the island (small charge). From here you can explore the island on foot or on bicycle. There is a grocery delivery service available, by prior arrangement, 3 times a week. There is a sandy beach, a sailing school, a bakery and bread school, and resident artists’ studios. There is no pub but there is a restaurant that’s widely known. There are fishing opportunities, boat trips to other islands or a pizza and pint evening in Baltimore. With ferries running every two hours from 8am until 6pm (sometimes later in summer), you can experience the delights of the mainland. Skibbereen is 8 miles. Shop 8 miles (on mainland), pub 2½ miles (on mainland), restaurant ¾ mile (open mid-June to mid-September, no children).

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floor.

    Cot. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Terrace and furniture.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: From the pier it is approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the cottage. By arrangement you can be driven to the cottage.

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