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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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  • Killure House Cottages - Killure Lodge

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: W31917

    These 200-year-old limestone holiday cottages are set around an enclosed, paved quadrangle in the heart of Kilkenny countryside. Both have been lovingly restored and have retained many traditional features. The owners live on site where they run an arable farm.
    Killure Wilde Retreat (ref W31918) offers romantic accommodation for 2 with a traditional half door, spacious living room with multi-fuel stove and patio doors leading to a stone-walled garden with patio and lawn. A particular feature upstairs is the vast master bedroom which boasts a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a spacious bathroom complete with roll top bath.
    Killure Lodge (ref W31917) is full of character inside and out and has a pretty railed, lawned garden to the front with views over the rolling countryside. Inside this spacious property there are attractive stone walls, beamed ceilings and a cosy living room with multi-fuel stove.
    Within easy reach are the villages of Goresbridge and Paulstown (2½ miles) whilst the beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny, with its ancient laneways and magnificent castle, is a mere half an hour’s drive away and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance (level access to rear). Ground floor: Living room with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 single (4ft) bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 single, one (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Multi-fuel central heating included (partial underfloor, £25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in external building). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue (on request). Parking (3 cars).

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  • Seascapes

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: YUZ

    In an idyllic location on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking the sea, this comfortable, detached single-storey property enjoys stunning mountain and sea views from most rooms and lies 100 yards from the water’s edge, and 5-minute walk from a secluded beach (see photograph). The small villages of Castlecove and Caherdaniel, 3 miles. Derrynane, 5 miles, has attractions for all the family, with its sandy beaches, activity centre and sea sports. Horse riding can be arranged on the sands at Derrynane, surrounded by sea and mountain views. Along the beautiful beaches are sandy and rocky coves with rock pools for the children to explore, full of interesting sea life. Well worth a visit is Derrynane House and Gardens, with sub-tropical plants which thrive here in the temperate climate. Located in a Dark Sky Reserve, the night skies over this part of Kerry are incredibly clear and star filled, due to the effects of the Gulf Stream. Stiague Fort also worth a visit and is within easy reach. A boat trip to the Skellig Islands makes a wonderful day trip. Waterville, 10 miles, with two golf courses, one a championship links course. Shop 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). NB. Three steps to entrance, one step at rear.

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  • Crovroghan Heights

    Kildysart, Co. Clare

    Grade
    6
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: W31856

    This modern, detached holiday property is furnished to a very good standard. Set along the road at the entrance to the picturesque village of Kildysart on the banks of the Shannon Estuary, it is a great spot for coarse/trout fishing. Just 22 miles from Shannon Airport, this makes an ideal base to explore Kerry, Clare and Galway. It is a 40-minute drive to the beautiful coastline resorts of Kilkee, Lahinch and the famous Doonbeg Golf Course. Further on up the coast are the Burren National Park, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ailwee Caves. Kildysart is just 14 miles from the Killimer ferry, with regular trips to and from Kerry. Shops ½ mile, restaurant and pub 1 mile. There are beds for 11 but capacity is restricted to 6.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room equipped for the disabled. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 double bedrooms: (three 5ft, one 4ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, two with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower cubicle.

    Oil burner in dining room/kitchen, oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Tubrid Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32176

    Tubrid Cottage enjoys a wonderful location just 1 mile from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare which offers a host of fantastic restaurants, cafes, traditional pubs and some great shops. This 150-year-old detached cottage has been restored, with great care taken to retain the character whilst ensuring style and comfort and overlooks Kenmare Bay and Caha Mountains with an uninterrupted view of the water. The Kenmare area offers some wonderful opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast with water sports, horse riding, golf and fishing. There are spectacular walks in the area, or try some sea life watching on the Seafari. Killarney National Park and lakes are 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - One

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32188

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Wooden floors throughout. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Butterchurn Farm

    Bridgetown, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W32128

    Approached by a private tree-lined driveway, this lovingly restored detached farmhouse simply oozes character and offers total seclusion in a tucked away, sunny spot for a truly relaxing holiday. A mere 11 miles from Rosslare Harbour, and just 4½ miles to the popular fishing village of Kilmore Quay with its colourful marina, from where boat trips can be organised, sandy coves and the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, originating from the last Ice Age and extending to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. There is plenty to do and see within a 15-minute drive from this charming 200-year-old holiday home, including the magnificent Johnstown Castle Estate (6 miles) with its spectacular ornamental gardens and lakes, home to the popular Irish Agricultural Museum, and of course vibrant Wexford town and quay, with its opera house and art centre (11 miles). Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen/breakfast room with tiled floor. Utility. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one 5ft. Shower room (no toilet). Separate 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. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Aga (provides hot water in winter). Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed gravelled courtyard and furniture. Ample parking. NB: 1 step in courtyard.

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  • Fethard Town Cottages - Katie’s Cottage

    Fethard, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31988

    These charming, terraced holiday cottages are within strolling distance of the medieval walled town of Fethard, with its many pubs, restaurants and shops. Knockelly Castle, a fortified tower house, is just one of the many historical buildings in the area, and for horse enthusiasts, Fethard is home to the internationally recognised Coolmore Stud.
    Hill walking is plentiful, with stunning Slievenamon Mountain, where at the summit ancient burial cairns can be viewed, the highest of which is said to mark the entrance to the mysterious Celtic underworld.
    The whole area is steeped in history and folklore, and with the town and its amenities on the doorstep, this property offers an interesting base from which to explore all that Tipperary has to offer. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed, beams and laminate floor. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher.

    Both Properties: Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack.

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  • Ring of Kerry Holiday Cottages - Cottage 3

    Nr. Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32168

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just 5 miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare which offers a large selection of wonderful restaurants, cafés, shops and pubs, these holiday cottages are part of a small complex of 30 holiday homes on a site beside the Ring of Kerry Golf Club. All properties (refs W32106, W32107, W32168, W32169) offer great living space with two living rooms, one with a woodburner and patio doors. They all stand detached, and make a wonderful base to discover the delights of this part of Kerry. It is an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists with plenty of marked walks and trails. The area is popular with fishermen with charters available at Kenmare. Other outdoor activities available in the area include horse riding, water sports, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, quad biking, pitch and putt and golf. Shop and restaurant 5.5 miles, pub 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Second living room with French doors. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floors. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. NB: River in grounds behind properties.

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  • 102 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32227

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this wonderful property overlooks the Coral Strand beach and Mannin Bay with fantastic views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. The property is well decorated and equipped and has a large garden with decking area. Situated just 1 mile from Ballyconneely village, 5 miles from the lively market town of Clifden, and just 1½ hour’s drive from Galway. It is a great area in which to relax with scenic drives, walks and cycling trails nearby. Connemara National Park is just 12 miles away, and locally there is golf at Ballyconneely, along with horse riding and pony trekking. There is a variety of restaurants and pubs in nearby Clifden. Beach 50 yards. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with patio door and tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-May). Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with decking and furniture. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. NB: Sea 100 yards.

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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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  • 112 Roundstone Apartment, Connemara

    Roundstone, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32216

    This spacious apartment is ideally located in the pretty village of Roundstone overlooking the harbour with views of the Twelve Bens as a backdrop. The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a charming and picturesque fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. There are a number of pubs, restaurants and cafe’s catering for all tastes, especially seafood dishes cooked from the fresh fish which is supplied by the fishermen when they return to harbour. There is a well equipped children’s playground in the village and ample outdoor seating for those who like to sit, relax, and watch the day go by. Sea fishing trips and tours are available from the harbour daily. Lake fishing is also available locally on the many inland lakes in the area, and also at nearby Ballynahinch Castle and Cashel village.
    Bike hire is available in the village for those who would like to spend some time exploring the area and all of its hidden gems. The village also hosts traditional Irish music and dance nights throughout the summer, and it boasts many scenic routes such as the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh, the Bog Road Loop and Errisbeg Hill, which is ideal for cyclists and walkers.
    Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand and pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers.
    Annual events in the village include a traditional boat regatta, the internationally renowned Roundstone Pony Show takes place in Farrells Field throughout the summer months. The Marconi marathon takes place in September of each year and offers the participants and spectators a unique sporting experience through the scenic Roundstone Bog Road.
    The market town of Clifden is a short drive and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has several restaurants many serving the local fish, and pubs, most with music sessions during the year. There are also art galleries and many lovely craft shops. Connemara Golf Links are in Ballyconneely, and pony/horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic short drive from the house and Galway city is approx 60 miles. Beach 2 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    7 steep, open-tread steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). NB: 20 yards to sea.

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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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