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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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  • Old Creamery Cottage

    Ballyfinnane, Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    3
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    2
    Ref: W31876

    This pretty semi-detached holiday property enjoys a great location, being very close to Kerry airport, and situated mid-way between the towns of Killarney and Tralee, each of which offers a fantastic selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The house also makes the perfect base for touring around this most beautiful part of Ireland. Discover the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, which offers fabulous scenery and is rich with archaeological sites, or take a boat trip on the stunning lakes in Killarney National Park, where deer roam and waterfalls cascade. After a day’s touring, enjoy a pint in the local pub which offers regular traditional music sessions. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. Dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity €40per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Darragh Cottages

    Kilfinane, Co. Limerick

    Grade
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    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6019

    Good base for touring.

    Terrace stone cottage for 4.

    Situated on the borders of counties Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, in an area of green pastures, woodlands and rolling hills, this holiday property is in the grounds of the owner’s residence, and has won a ’Best Wildlife Garden’ award in 2008. Set in a walled garden, it has original stone walls and exposed wooden beams which retain the character of the interior, tastefully combined with all modern conveniences. The cottage has waxed floors and makes a cosy retreat at any time of year. Excellent touring base for Killarney, Limerick, Cashel, Lismore, Cork and Blarney, with Dublin city and the scenery of West Cork within easy reach, as is the beach. Golf, horse riding and local fishing also available. Shop 4 miles and pub ½ mile.

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

    Storage heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • The Cottage

    Clonbur, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W6706

    Splendid views of valley, lakes and plains

    Detached cottage for 2/4

    This charming holiday cottage, on the side of Mount Gable, has breathtaking views over the noted fishing lake of Lough Mask whilst Lough Corrib, famous for fishing is close by.

    One can walk directly to the summit of Mount Gable and savour mountain, lakes and ocean views. The stable door entrance, small windows and thick walls are reminiscent of yesteryear, whilst cosy furnishings complement the simplicity of the property and its surroundings.

    The attractions of the Connemara National Park and the buzz of Galway city centre are within easy driving distance. Shop, pubs and restaurants 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 galleried with double futon.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car).

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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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  • Longfellow’s Cottage

    Cloghbolie, nr. Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W31870

    Built over 100 years ago, Longfellow’s Cottage was originally a fisherman’s croft. On the Wild Atlantic Way, it has now been lovingly restored to a holiday cottage of character retaining many original features. Just a short distance away is Creevy Pier where visitors can enjoy fishing from the pier and the hospitality of the local hotel. Nearby is the historical town of Ballyshannon with its wealth of pubs, music and restaurants. Beautiful Rossnowlagh’s Blue Flag beach is only 2 miles with water sports for the enthusiast. Bundoran is 6 miles with golf, surfing and horse riding all locally. Shops 2 miles, hotel with bar and restaurant 330 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and stone flag floor. Dining area/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom in loft with Velux.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Lackaroe

    Portroe, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: ZUF

    Set on the eastern shores of Lough Derg at Castlelough, this charming traditional cottage, with its own private garden, has been lovingly restored to retain its old-world character. Furnished in old pine, with quarry-tiled floors and two loft-style bedrooms much loved by children, and a first floor living/TV room, it makes a delightful holiday base for families, fishermen, or those who simply want to get away from it all! There are fascinating historical sites to visit, lovely forest walks and pony trekking on the Lough Derg Way, while the nearby villages and towns offer plenty of pubs and restaurants for evening entertainment. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 loft-style single bedrooms with low ceiling (alternative sleeping for children).

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Bannow Bay Cottages - An Tigín

    Wellington Bridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W31890

    In a stunning setting overlooking Bannow Bay, these 200 year old detached holiday cottages offer a comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful part of Wexford.
    Each cottage has a private gravelled garden and inside An Tigín (ref W31890) offers many original features including traditional half door, exposed stone wall and beamed ceiling whilst Carraig Dubh (ref W31889) has a spacious living room with a cosy fire.
    Just 100 yards from the cottages are the pebble shores of the estuary where sea bass fishing, walking, bird watching (estuary and woodland birds) and pony trekking can be enjoyed.
    The owners who are on site, own the Horse and Pony Trekking Club and offer discounts to the guests.
    There are many attractions in the area including Hook Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Europe, 8 miles, Tintern Abbey, JFK Aboretum and Wexford Town, 16 miles. Rosslare ferry port 45 minutes away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 steps down to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Fridge/freezer.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. NB: 100 yards from estuary.

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  • Apartment One

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W31631

    In the heart of the seaside village of Duncannon, this delightful home is ideal for a relaxing break and is just a 100 yard stroll down to the vast golden beach, pubs, restaurant, quaint fishing harbour and historic fort. This scenic area boasts numerous attractions including the Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, the Dunbrody Famine Ship plus the JFK Arboretum and Kilmakee Gardens. Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Castle are also recommended. Shops and pubs 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room both with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity storage heaters, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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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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  • Dublin Park Court

    Sandymount, Dublin

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: ZQ1

    Ideally situated for a visit to the vibrant and colourful city of Dublin, this attractive townhouse is situated in the sought-after area of Sandymount, a short stroll from Sandymount Strand, promenade and coast and only 3 miles from the city centre. One of a little row in a courtyard setting, it is tastefully furnished and equipped, with its own enclosed patio, and is perfect for small families or couples. This is Dublin’s most prestigious residential and corporate area where you will find embassies, international hotels and office headquarters. With its little village green about half a mile away, Sandymount has a great selection of restaurants, shops and pubs to choose from. Nearby, the Dart fast train runs to the south of Dublin as far as Greystones, County Wicklow, opening up to the whole east coast. Stop off at Dun Laoire on the way, and ’walk the pier’, and pass Killarney known as the Irish Bay of Naples! Once in Dublin, visitors will find a wealth of cultural attractions, fine Georgian architecture, bustling street markets and shops, as well as pubs and restaurants.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity €12 per day. Bed linen and towels included. Cable TV. Cot and high chair on request. Microwave. Washing machine (in outside utility room). Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Patio. Parking (1 car).

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  • 176 Roundstone, Connemara

    Roundstone, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: W32244

    This quaint, traditional holiday cottage stands detached, and is located on the beautiful island of Inishnee on the Wild Atlantic Way. The island is accessible via a bridge. There are many awe-inspiring views in the immediate area, from the coastline of the island, across the bay to Roundstone. The cottage boasts a thoroughly relaxing and quiet seaside location, and is less than a 10-minute drive from Roundstone village, 25 minutes’ drive from Clifden town, and a 60-minute drive from the city of Galway.

    The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) is a charming fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic Ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. The village and surroundings boast many scenic routes for both walking and cycling, with the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh and the Bog Road Loop.

    Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand. Pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers. The bay is also a treasured place for geologists and archaeologists alike. The remains of many early Christian settlements have been found on many of the islands on the coast and sea fishing and boat tours are available from the harbour. Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park are just a short drive away. Local activities include sea angling, lake and river fishing, walking trails, hill walking, pony trekking, golf, boat trips and much more. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 double with single bunk over. Wet room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Please note: The property is 200 yards from the shore.

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  • Courtyard Cottages, Rosnastraw - 2 Courtyard Cottages

    Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31985

    These fantastic stone-built, terraced holiday cottages have been painstakingly restored to a very good standard. They are south facing on a quiet and tranquil road, adjacent to the owner’s home, only 5 minutes from the historic village of Tinahely. Each cottage has 2 bedrooms, a woodburner and central heating. They enjoy the most beautiful views of Croghan Mountain and the Logan Valley. Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny are all close enough to explore. Golf, horse riding and walking are all available locally and Coolattin Golf Club is only 10 minutes away. The 6th-century monastic site of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most famous heritage sites, is close by. There are plenty of other attractions to visit including historic houses, gardens and heritage attractions such as Ballybeg House and Avondale House. Shops and restaurant 8 miles, pubs 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms, both with Velux: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux. Wooden floors throughout.

    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. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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