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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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  • Lakeside 1

    Killaloe, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31896

    This cluster of lovely modern holiday homes is located adjacent to Kincora Harbour on the shores of Lough Derg, a 10 minute stroll from the cathedral town of Killaloe. This town is the birthplace of Ireland’s famous 10th century High King, Brian Boru and hosts the Brian Boru Festival every year in mid-July with traditional music, dancing and festivities. Killaloe has many fine craft shops and great pubs with traditional music, restaurants and coffee shops. On Sundays there is an organic farmers market. In addition to having a toddlers’ play area on site, there is a public playground (suitable for older children) in Killaloe itself and also a public, natural outdoor swimming pool for open use during the summer months. The lake is ideal for water sports and UL Activity Centre, located just 10 minutes along the lake shore from the holiday homes, offers a fantastic choice including sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Take leisurely boat cruises on the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ and enjoy the tranquillity of Ireland’s largest lake or go further afield to visit many of Co. Clare and Limerick’s famous attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Region, Limerick city and castle. There are many golf courses in the region. Shop 1 mile.

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

    Economy 7 electric heaters and electricity €5 per day (May - August), meter reading (September - April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with patio and childrens’ play area. Shared 4-acre lawned grounds. Parking (1 car). NB: Fenced lake 100 yards from the properties.

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  • Upper Patrick Street

    Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32158


    This elegant, three-storey, terraced townhouse lies right in the heart of medieval Kilkenny city and is just a 5-minute walk from its magnificent castle and the beautiful River Nore. This holiday property is superbly appointed to a very good standard throughout, its interior features include high ceilings, exquisite antique furnishings, chandeliers galore, solid marble flooring to ground floor and a unique internal courtyard garden, offering total privacy for al fresco dining! Kilkenny city, awarded ‘Tidy town of Ireland’, offers a treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, a flower filled, cobbled and winding walkways, fine dining, theatre, traditional Irish pubs, many with live music nightly, tours by bicycle, foot and bus, as well as numerous world-renowned festivals throughout the year, such as Cats Laugh Comedy, Kilkenny Arts, TradFest, Roots, Savour Food and the European Film Festival. There is something for everyone right on your doorstep! Shop and restaurant 30 yards, pub 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with shared en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in second living room and gas central heating by meter reading. Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by meter card. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking (9am till 6pm at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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. This beautiful cottage on the Wild Atlantic Way 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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  • Bridge House

    Callan, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W31938

    Bridge House enjoys a romantic setting on the banks of the King’s river yet is in the heart of historic Callan town. This spacious holiday townhouse has a riverside, south-facing terrace and stone walled garden, whilst many of the sunny rooms have lovely views of the river as it meanders under Callan Bridge (circa 1800). Callan has an excellent choice of traditional pubs (some with music), restaurants, shops, a children’s playground, golf, horse riding, fishing and great road and bus links to other major towns and cities. A mere 10-minute drive takes you to the medieval ’marble city’ of Kilkenny. Locally there is plenty of historic interest including The Moat just off Bridge Street, one of Ireland’s best preserved Motte-and-baileys, The Workhouse in Prologue and also Augustinian Priory a few yards from the house. Shop 20 yards, pub 30 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Reading room. Dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor and breakfast bar. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by prepay card meter. Bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed riverside terrace, patio and lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. NB: 6 steep steps from terrace to lawn and patio. Low railings on river terrace. House adjacent to river.

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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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  • 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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  • Ardmullen Cottages - Ardmullen Oak

    Ardmullen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32210

    Ardmullen Oak is a semi-detached property, part of an architect-designed residential development of 33 houses located on the outskirts of the pretty heritage town of Kenmare with its array of great restaurants, clothes and craft shops, traditional pubs and cafés. On the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare offers the outdoor enthusiast great opportunities for golfing, fishing, horse riding and watersports. There are some wonderful walks and trails through this beautiful part of Ireland with lakes, waterfalls, woods and coastal scenery at every turn. This comfortable house offers spacious holiday accommodation and makes the perfect base for discovering the beauties of Kerry, such as the glorious Dingle Peninsula, the beautiful Killarney Lakes and National Park, the haunting Skellig Islands and the rugged scenery of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Please note, this property can be booked together with Ardmullen Walnut (ref W32211) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Small step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • Woodlands Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31895

    Overlooking beautiful Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday property (similar property shown in photograph) is set in 3 acres of pretty woodland in a small holiday home development, along with four similar properties. The house is bright and spacious with French doors from the living room, dining room and bedroom, leading to its own south-facing natural garden and patio. A gently sloping path leads to the nearby sea shore and private jetty. The charming market town of Kenmare is just 1¼ miles from the house. Renowned for its lively pubs, seafood restaurants and craft shops, Kenmare boasts two 18-hole golf courses, as well as two championship courses nearby. Take a day trip around the fabled Ring of Kerry and go fishing or marvel at the beauty of the Killarney lakes. Horse riding and watersports can also be found nearby. Shop 1¼ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, each with wooden floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    NSH 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. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with furniture. 3-acres of shared woodland. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. NB: Access from property to jetty.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Chestnut Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32280

    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 with the owner 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 and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and velux window.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and velux window.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area and 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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  • Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W6571

    Superb views over Galway Bay.

    Thatched cottage for 4/6.

    This thatched holiday cottage is situated on the coast road on the outskirts of the seaside resort of Spiddal.

    With breathtaking views of Galway Bay, the Clare Hills and the Aran Islands, this is an ideal holiday base on the Wild Atlantic Way. From the back of the cottage you can walk by the seashore to the Blue Flag Beach in Spiddal.

    The historic and vibrant city of Galway is only 11 miles away and the Connemara National Park and a trip to the Aran Islands are just some of the day trips, which are a must from here. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned rear garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Castle Quay

    Kinsale, Co. Cork

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31538

    Overlooking the River Bandon, this property, one of sixteen detached holiday homes with its own private decking, enjoys a rural setting, close to the ruins of 16th-century Kilgobbin Castle. Kinsale with its quaint winding streets, restaurants, cafes, galleries, craft shops and marina is 6 miles. Ballinspittle village, 3 miles. The Blue Flag beach at Garrettstown, 5 miles, offers water sports. Activities include deep-sea angling, sailing, horse riding and golf. Fota House, gardens, arboretum and wildlife park, the Jamieson Whiskey centre, Blarney Castle and Stone are worth a visit. Enjoy the colourful towns, fishing villages, hidden coves and islands or go on a whale and dolphin trip! Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles. Please note - house allocated on arrival.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door/dining room, both with wooden floors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with wooden floors: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electricity and NSH €6 per day (June-August), by meter reading (September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared, lawned garden with decking area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced river, 30 yards.

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