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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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  • Collarus House

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: YRF

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoing a peaceful location and some wonderful coastal scenery, this lovely detached house commands spectacular sea and mountain views from its elevated position. With quality furnishings, it provides a good base for touring and walking amid the unspoilt Beara Peninsula. Within easy reach is Kenmare, gateway to the Ring of Kerry and West Cork. The Dereen Tropical Gardens are a must for garden lovers, while anglers can pursue their hobby at Glanmore Lake, 3 miles. Golf, boat trips and riding at Kenmare. Lovely sandy beach in Allihies, 11 miles, on the Ring of Beara. Shops 3 miles. Pub and restaurant in Lauragh (4 miles), and in Ardgroom (under 3 miles).

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and French door/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open-tread, spiral staircase to first floor: 1 single bedroom with sloping ceiling (for alternative sleeping).

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €25 per week. Bed linen and towels included. Double oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Natural grounds of 4 acres. Ample parking. Natural spring water supply from well.

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  • Goulan Cottage

    Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: W5102

    Beautiful long distance views.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This cosy detached holiday cottage has beautiful, long distance sea views of the Dingle Mountains and Dingle Bay across its lovely enclosed garden. The living/dining room maximises the spectacular sea and mountain views through the panoramic window and patio doors. There is free fishing at owner’s lough, 8 miles (trout season June to September) and salmon fishing in season is available (licence details available from owner). The cottage is a good base to explore this beautiful area, the Kerry Way, with walking from the door, Rossbeigh’s ’Blue Flag’ beach is 2 miles and the Dooks golf course is only 3 miles away. Glenbeigh is on the stunning ’Ring of Kerry’ and the Wild Atlantic Way, while Killarney, the Caragh Lake District and the Dingle Peninsula are close by. Horse riding nearby. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (fuel available locally). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: 8ft drop at rear of house.

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  • Spanish Cove Apartment

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W32172

    Kilkee is a fantastic family holiday destination. In addition to its fantastic beach, Kilkee is home to Waterworld, an indoor aqua park open during summer, and a ‘Pitch and Putt’ in the town centre, which has a great selection of restaurants and pubs.
    There are plenty of outdoor activities for all ages on offer in the immediate area, such as diving at the local Oceanlife Dive Centre, which holds courses for all levels of ability, surfing at Kilkee Surf School, a variety of watersports at Nevasail Watersports, which include sailing, powerboating and fishing, both shore and deep sea. Golfers can enjoy some breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean while playing at Kilkee Golf Club. The famous Doonbeg Golf Club is only 10 minutes away and Lahinch Golf Club is 30 minutes away.
    Kilkee is a long established seaside holiday resort. In the Victorian era, seaweed baths were very popular, these have since been replaced by the Thalasso Therapy Centre, which offers a variety of treatments ranging from the traditional to state of the art.
    This part of the Clare coastline is particularly dramatic and there are some really stunning walks along the cliffs. The area is popular with bird watchers, and nearby Loop Head is particularly scenic with the added advantage of being slightly off the main tourist trail. For a change from the sandy beach, why not head to the Pollock Holes, three naturally enclosed rock pools which are ideal for bathing.
    Spanish Cove self-catering accommodation in Kilkee is a really great base for exploring both Co. Clare and North Kerry, made accessible by the Tarbet Ferry. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    14 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Ocean 440 yards away.

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  • Ferry Lodge

    Fossa, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W5921

    Ideal touring location.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This detached holiday cottage, which is decorated, furnished and well-equipped to a very good standard, is situated on its own private grounds on the famous Ring of Kerry route 4 miles from Killarney. This cosy, inviting little gem is en route to the scenic Gap of Dunloe, the famous Kate Kearney’s cottage and the majestic McGillycuddy’s Reeks, which includes Ireland’s highest mountain peak, Carrantuohill. It is convenient to Killarney’s lakes, many golf courses and leisure centres and is ideally situated for all outdoor activities including walking (The Kerry Way), hill walking, mountain climbing, horse riding, pony trekking and fishing with permits available nearby. 30-minute drive from Kerry County Airport. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Mullinakill School

    Mullinakill, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W32265


    This beautifully restored, detached former village school dates back to 1895 and offers a unique and interesting base from which to enjoy the stunning south Kilkenny countryside. Oozing character and charm inside, whilst outside the terraced gardens and seating areas boast stunning panoramic views stretching for miles. Saint Moling’s Holy Well, an area of natural and stunning beauty, is close to the cottage. It is a peaceful retreat and its holy water has been known to cure in the past. Within a 10-minute drive is the picturesque riverside village of Inistioge, known as the ’Jewel of the South East’ and where many films have been made, including ’Circle of Friend’, ’Widows Peak’ and ’The Secret Scripture’. The cottage lies 15 minutes from the main Waterford to Dublin motorway, and Mount Juliet with its fine golf course. The neighbouring counties of Waterford and Wexford can be reached within 20 minutes. New Ross is close by with its famous Dunbrody Famine Ship and visitor centre, and of course the John F. Kennedy Monument and Memorial Park. Wexford has some beautiful beaches to explore, or visit Reginald’s Tower Exhibition Centre and a crystal factory with guided tours at Waterford. For hill walking, the South Leinster Way is nearby, and for fishing, there are great fishing villages on the River Nore. A little further a field is vibrant medieval Kilkenny city, where numerous festivals are held throughout the year, including Cat’s Laugh Comedy, Roots Music and art festivals to name but a few. It offers fine dining and traditional music including one of Ireland’s most haunted pubs! Shop and pub 3½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    2 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With multi-fuel burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Lawned front garden. Terraced rear garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a water supply from a well, and there are several steps in the rear garden and a unfenced drop.

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  • Hollyberry Cottage

    Beaufort, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W6830

    Stunning mountain views.

    Single storey detached farm cottage for 4.

    Looking over to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrantuohill in the rugged beauty of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, this detached holiday cottage dates back to the 1900s. Delightfully restored with many of its original features, such as sash windows, open fireplace and pine flooring, it also boasts two en-suite bedrooms. Tastefully decorated it makes a wonderful romantic getaway from city traffic and the noise of life. Relax and listen to the gentle sounds of the nearby stream. Enjoy the scenery on lovely walks, or go pony trekking at the Gap of Dunloe. Take a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula or discover the glories of Killarney National Park. It is also an ideal base for climbing Ireland’s highest mountains. The owner is available to take guests on guided walks in the Killarney National Park and the nearby Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, including Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. For golfers there is a 18 hole parkland golf course closeby. It has stunning views, enjoying the backdrop of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: Stream close by.

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  • Ballyconneely Holiday Cottage

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W32209

    Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach of Bunowen Beach, this detached holiday cottage is situated on a small site with other similar properties. Nestled between the hills of Connemara and within walking distance of Connemara Golf Club, it is perfect for those who like outdoor persuits. While there is a bar and restaurant in the golf club, the closest pub is in Ballyconneely village, together with a small grocery store, just 3 miles away. Clifden, 10 miles, is a market town with major supermarkets and many lovely shops, art galleries and a tremendous choice of wonderful restaurants serving freshly caught fish. Traditional Irish music and dance is very vibrant in the area, with many sessions in pubs and community centres. The Connemara Pony Show is held every August and the Arts Festival every September, both being very popular attractions. There is a pony trekking centre in Ballyconneely, where bike hire is also available. For those wishing to explore the area, the beautiful Kylemore Abbey in Renvyle, with its magnificent gardens, is a lovely trip. Visit the Connemara National Park with fantastic walking routes, or take a trip to Galway city. Beach ½ mile. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Shared grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Granary

    Nobber, Co. Meath.

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: YGG

    Just one hour from Dublin, this beautifully converted mill stands on 300 acres of farmland overlooking the river. Four delightful cottages have been created, two of which are offered here. Set in a courtyard, they are spacious, airy and well equipped, each with a wood-burning stove, lending them a cosy atmosphere. This is an ideal rural location (no bus service) to get away from it all, with fishing and long country walks on the doorstep. There are plenty of activities to enjoy locally, including horse riding, an 18-hole golf course at Ardee, and horse racing at Fairyhouse, while Meath’s fine sandy beaches offer good swimming and windsurfing. The Neolithic sites of Newgrange and Lough Crew are also within easy reach.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.

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  • Drishane Cottage

    Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: ZCC

    Standing alone on a secluded headland, with views and direct access to a sandy beach below, this cosy old holiday cottage has been sympathetically renovated to a very good standard, retaining all of its considerable charm and character. It lies within the Loch Hyne Special Area of Conservation, and has its own natural garden, with lovely coastal walks from the doorstep. Lough Hyne, 4 miles, is an inland sea lake with marine nature reserve and forest walks. There are delightful coastal villages along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way, such as Baltimore, Castletownshend, Union Hall and Glandore, where you will have numerous opportunities to take part in watersports. From Baltimore, you can get ferries to Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, or take a trip to Fastnet Rock. Skibbereen is just under 4 miles away and has a very good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops, along with an 18-hole golf course, heritage centre and farmers’ country markets on Friday and Saturday. Shop and restaurant 3¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with rugs on quarry-tiled floor/kitchen. Separate toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with rugs on wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. No TV (no reception). CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Natural garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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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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  • 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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  • Cara Cottage 1

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W6892

    Lovely countryside.

    Semi-detached bungalow for 4.

    With a delightful stream running through the garden, this wonderfully scenic location of this semi-detached cottage creates an ideal holiday base for discovering the beautiful Kenmare area. As the ’Kerry Way Walking Route’ passes to the rear of the cottage, the walker is well catered for and the winding, country route will take you right into the lovely heritage town of Kenmare (2½ miles). The Ring of Kerry golf course is close by, with another in Kenmare itself, and just a few of the other local activities on offer include horse riding, watersports, fishing or the ’Seafari’ experience on the Kenmare Bay. Apart from the local scenery, the Ring of Kerry route (½ mile) will take you through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery including Killarney (20 miles), with its world famous lakes and mountains to be explored. The Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff and Garnish Island make wonderful outings, as does a trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Shops and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 2¾ miles.

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

    Oil central heating and electricity (€25per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced stream in steeply sloping garden, children must be supervised.

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