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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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  • Ballyconneely Holiday Cottage

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • 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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  • Spanish Cove Apartment

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Apartment 2

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31216

    Adjacent to beach in seaside village

    First floor apartment for 4

    This delightful first floor apartment has a stunning sea front location and boasts magnificent views of Duncannon Bay and beach, enabling you to relax on the sofa and watch ships sail by. There is a picturesque harbour and historic fort to explore nearby, and golf, fishing, riding and various watersports are all available locally. This area boasts many interesting attractions including the Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, the Dunbrody Famine Ship and both the J.F.K Arboretum and Kilmakee Gardens. A visit to Waterford Crystal via the Ballyhack Ferry is highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchenette. 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (for 1 car).

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  • Church View

    Ballymahon, Co. Longford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32151

    This semi-detached town house is located in a small town in the centre of Ireland. It is perfectly positioned for guests to explore this beautiful area and attractions. Explore Longford and Athlone, 14 miles, Dublin and Galway, 70 miles, or a little further Kilkenny, 75 miles. Church View is situated in a small estate 500 yards from the main street and conveniently close to shops, pubs and a restaurant. Local attractions include fishing on the rivers Shannon and Inny, walking in Newcastle wood, royal canal, nature trails at Lanesborough, Trackway at Corlea, Monastic site at Clonmacnoise, Belvedere House and Gardens, Locks distillery, Athlone Castle and many golf courses. There is off road parking, should there be more than 1 car, there is on road parking available close to the property. Shops 150 yards, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electricity NSH and electricity included (€15per week September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Strand Court

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: YTI

    With fine views over a sandy Blue Flag beach, this magnificent first floor apartment has direct access (via steps) on to the beach itself, where fishing can be enjoyed. Adjoining other holiday properties, it is a mere hundred yards or so from the village, with its traditional pubs and many restaurants. Duncannon is home to a maritime museum, which makes for an interesting visit, and there are also several activities locally such as swimming, boating, walking, scuba diving and golf. In a great location for touring the Hook Peninsula, this property makes a wonderful holiday base. Shops 50 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking.

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  • The Courtyard 1

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: W31603

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and sitting-out area.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W6008

    An ideal base for touring Connemara.

    Apartment for 4.

    Just seven miles from Galway City, this detached, white washed apartment is adjacent to the owner’s property, and located in the heart of Ireland’s Irish speaking region, ’An Gaeltacht’.

    Adequately furnished with a pine kitchenette and open plan living area and surrounded by mature gardens. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is an ideal base for touring Connemara with a wealth of activities and attractions nearby including Furbo Beach (one of many), and the Salthill and Spiddal Holiday Resort.

    Golfing, fishing and bog walks are also popular in the area. Pub and beach, 10 minutes walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room wth toilet.

    Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Washing machine. Mature gardens with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Forest View Cottage

    Carrowreagh, nr. Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32105

    This comfortable, single-storey holiday cottage has been lovingly restored by the owners, who have maintained the thatch roof. The cottage is set off the main road, resulting in peace and quiet, yet is only 1½ miles from the village of Ballinagare and close to Castlerea, Carrick-on-Shannon and Knock airport. The property is also wonderfully situated for anybody wishing to tour the west of Ireland, and certainly for those interested in outdoor pursuits, as the rivers and lakes offer watersports, boat hire etc. Lough Key Forest Park offers walking and an activity park. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, home of Celtic warrior Queen Medb, has an on-site cafe and Strokestown Park, which houses the Irish National Famine Museum, are both in the area. Golf is available at Castlerea, Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon. Beaches at Enniscrone or Rosses Point are 60 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities. NB: Stream in garden, 20 yards.

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  • Mountain View

    Louisburgh, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W31431

    Mountain views.

    Wing of property for 4.

    Wonderfully located, this comfortable single-storey property is close to mountains and the lovely village of Louisburg. This property adjoins the friendly owner’s home and is beside a working farm. This is a great location for surfing, walking, climbing and fishing with a local adventure centre offering water sports. There are music pubs, restaurants and shops in the village and craft shops and galleries in Westport, 12 miles away. This property is on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Great Western Greenway, which are fantastic walking and cycle routes which start at nearby Westport, with bike hire available locally, this property is ideal for cycling enthusiasts. Boasting views from the kitchen and sitting-out area, this property is also perfect if you wish to just sit back and relax in the haven of peace and tranquillity. Mountain View is also a perfect place to spend your day climbing. Shops ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. T/ cot. High chair. Video. DVD. microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Sugarloaf View

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32174

    In a beautiful position overlooking Glengarriff Harbour and Bantry Bay, this attractively furnished, detached holiday home is adjacent to the owner’s home just one mile from the village of Glengarriff on the Wild Atlantic Way. It offers walking trails at the perimeter of the 60-acre dry stock farm on which it is situated. Famed for a magnificent setting between its harbour and the Caha Mountains, Glengarriff has much to appeal to the holidaymaker. The superb Garnish Island Gardens, the Nature Reserve with fantastic walks and viewing points, the Bamboo Park, and, a short distance from the village, the Ewe Experience, are all well worth a visit. There is a good choice of craft shops, restaurants and pubs, and a 9-hole golf course. This is the gateway to the Beara Peninsula whose spectacular scenery and colourful villages are a must-see. Take a trip over the Healy Pass, or go via the Caha Pass to Kenmare. Bantry, 10 miles, has the delightful Bantry House and Gardens, cinema and leisure centre. Further afield you can explore the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsulas or take a ferry to one of the offshore islands for a very rewarding day trip. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

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

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32058

    On the outskirts of Whitechurch village and a 600-yard stroll from the river Barrow, these beautifully converted former barns enjoy a peaceful, rural setting, yet they are only a few minutes’ drive from the quayside town of New Ross (7 miles), with plenty of interest including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a galley cruising restaurant! The owners are on site where they run an arable farm and have managed to retain the holiday cottages’ period charm with beamed ceilings throughout, original stone walls and cosy wood or electric burning stoves. Each has its own private patio garden as well as a large lawned area for guest use, as well as one being wheelchair friendly (Mill Cottage, ref W32056). Just 2 miles down the road is the Kennedy Homestead and Aboretum (over 4500 plant varieties) which are well worth a visit. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and coves to explore, including the vast sandy beach at seaside Duncannon (9 miles) and numerous activities, including coarse fishing at Oaklands Lake, 3-par golf course, horse riding and sailing, all within a 10-mile radius. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Patio and furniture.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared play area. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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