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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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  • Bourkes Cottage

    Ardagh, nr. Newport, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W32052


    This beautifully restored, 200-year-old cottage stands detached within 2 acres of landscaped gardens at the shore of Clew Bay and at high tide you can step over the fence straight into the sea for a swim. It is situated just 1 mile from the Great Western Greenway cycling and walking trail, and is less than 1 mile from the Wild Atlantic Way. Carefully decorated to a good standard, with a woodburner, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, sea views to the front and the Nephin Beg Range as a backdrop. The holiday cottage is just 5 minutes’ drive from Newport town with its castle, abbey, cycle hire and boat trips. Discover the beach and breathtaking scenery at Mulranny a few minutes further along the Wild Atlantic Way, or Westport, a bustling Georgian town, home to Westport House and Gardens. This is the perfect base from which to explore Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick or Connemara. The area offers walking, climbing, fishing, golf and cycling in stunning surroundings. Visitors are sure to be impressed and delighted by its outstanding beauty. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utiilty room. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet. Steep ladder-style stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double), one with double sofa bed (reduced head height).

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity included, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with patio. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). NB: No children under 5 years.

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  • Woodlands Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31895

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

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

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with furniture. 3-acres of shared woodland. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. NB: Access from property to jetty.

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  • Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry

    Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31420

    Excellent golfing close by.

    Semi-detached cottage for 6.

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this spacious holiday cottage is part of a custom-built development of 30 cottages, occupying a delightful location on a very large, thoughtfully planned site in Ballybunnion town, just ½ mile from the glorious miles of sandy beaches. Ballybunnion golf links and club house are nearby. Enjoy the delights of a seaweed bath, or take a stroll along the breathtaking cliffs. Sample the delights of the heritage town of Listowel with literary connections, restaurants and traditional pubs, or take a trip to Tralee with activities including swimming at the aquadome, trips on the steam train or simply enjoy the many shops and restaurants. There are fine historical and archaeological sites in North Kerry such as Ratoo Round Tower and Ardfert Friary. Enjoy a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula; the Ring of Kerry, or Killarney National Park. Killarney also has many interesting historical sites such as Muckross Friary and Ross Castle. Closer to home, Ballybunnion is a real Irish seaside town, with an abundance of activities such as fishing, horse riding, surfing and hill walking.

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

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH and electricity by meter reading September-May (€5 per day June-August). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • 118 Cleggan Cottage, Connemara

    Cleggan, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32217

    Sitting peacefully in tranquil surroundings with great views, this detached cottage is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is just a short stroll away from the village of Cleggan. Enjoy your breakfast overlooking Cleggan Bay or sit out in the evening and watch the sunset. There are daily boat trips to Inishbofin or visit the busy market town of Clifden, 7 miles, with a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants, many with regular traditional music sessions. There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area as well as various water sports and amenities. Fishermen are spoilt for choice with both sea and lake fishing available locally. Enjoy miles of looped walks and cycle routes, or for those who like golf, there is a links course in nearby Ballyconneely. Clifden hosts many festivals including an arts festival, the Connemara Pony Festival, traditional music festivals and many more. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a short scenic drive. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with games room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (October-May by meter reading). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. No smoking.

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  • Copper Coast Cottages - Seaspray

    Bunmahon, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W32091

    These detached, single-storey holiday cottages (refs W32091 and W32092) enjoy stunning sea views, and are set in an elevated position above the seaside village of Bunmahon on the Copper Coast. This area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and an UNESCO supported Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last Ice Age. There are many beautiful, secluded coves and beaches to enjoy, some suitable for surfers or divers or for exploring the islands and caves along the coast by kayak. It is approximately 11 miles to Tramore, which has many activities for all the family, an ideal beach for surfing and also has an amusement park. Visit Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford, 15 miles, and the many public gardens including Ballymoat and Littlewood (by appointment) and Bog of Fenor. The Copper Coast has evolved over 460 million years, take your time to visit and explore! Kilmacthomas Village is approximately 5 miles away. Beach 1.1 miles. Shop and restaurant approximately 3 miles, pub 1.1 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Freezer. Gravelled garden with furniture.

    Electricity ’wood-effect’ fire in living room by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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  • Kilcloon Cottage

    Kilcloon, Co. Meath

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32237

    Set in a secluded courtyard, Kilcloon Cottage is one of 4 delightful properties less than 40 minutes’ drive to Dublin city centre, which makes this attractively decorated cottage an ideal base from which to explore Ireland’s ancient east or just relax and unwind. Kilcloon Cottage is just a short drive from the bustling, historic university town of Maynooth, where there are many excellent restaurants, bars and shopping centres. The historic Boyne Valley, Trim Castle and Newgrange are all nearby and for the sports enthusiast, the K Club and Carton House are famous for their championship golf courses. The racecourses at Fairyhouse, Naas, the Curragh and Leopardstown are within easy driving distance and host many race events. Dublin city, airport and ferry services can be reached within 30 minutes, and Kilcloon is 15 minutes from the M50 and national roads, making this location fantastic central base. Equine facilities are available by arrangement with the owner and a playground on site. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Holly Tree House

    Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31893

    From its elevated site, this impeccable, detached, single storey holiday property has a grandstand view of the Gweebarra river and its unique bridge all the way out to Gweebarra Bay. Whichever way you look, the views are amazing.

    This is a very modern property, with a lot of attention to detail paid to its contemporary interior. The large picture windows, with window seats, take advantage of the panoramic views. This is an area of mountains, lakes and golden sandy beaches.

    The nearest beach is Dooey (2 miles) a great favourite with surfers. There’s plenty to see and do, including a golf course at Portnoo, watersports, Glenveagh National Park and ferry trips to nearby islands. The nearest town is Dungloe, 7 miles away.

    Shops 0.6 miles, pubs 0.3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drop in front of house into garden.

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  • 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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  • Lodge No. 5

    Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W6478

    Seaside haven.

    Semi-detached single storey cottage for 6.

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, overlooking the miles of glorious sandy beach at Rossbeigh, this 18th-century stone cottage makes a wonderful base to discover the glories of this part of Kerry. 1.5 miles from the pretty village of Glenbeigh on the famed Ring of Kerry route, this charming, traditional stone cottage is on an elevated site above the beach, boasting breathtaking sea and mountain views. Oozing character, its interior is resplendent in stone and timber with large windows to appreciate the magnificent views, and the open fire is located in a cosy alcove of the living room. A brisk beach walk, an early morning swim, fishing, horse riding and mapped walking routes, including the Kerry Way, are on your doorstep. Take a day trip to Dingle which offers incredible coastal scenery, or to Killarney with its beautiful national park and lakes. Take a boat trip to the awe inspiring Skellig Islands, or just enjoy the tranquillity of the ever changing seascape from this lovely holiday home. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, NSH (in two bedrooms) and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • White Lea House

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: YAAW

    Just 30 yards from a sandy beach, this magnificent, spacious, split-level, detached house enjoys spectacular, uninterrupted views over farmland and Fethard Bay, towards the harbour and the Saltee Islands. Set on the edge of Fethard-on-Sea village, on the scenic Hook Peninsula, in an area recognised as the sunniest in Ireland, with a wealth of sandy beaches and coves. Ideal for walkers and bird watchers, with activities including sailing, fishing, golf, scuba diving and riding. Places of historical interest include Duncannon Fort, Tintern Abbey and Hook Lighthouse. Shop ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas underfloor heating (€30per week March to May and October). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decking, hammock and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Steps to the entrance and split level interior, beach and fenced cliff, 30 yards.

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  • Cois Chnoic

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32095

    Located on the outskirts of Dingle, this semi-detached holiday property enjoys a tranquil location with hill views, yet is just a 10-minute walk to the pretty fishing town. Dingle boasts a selection of fine restaurants, quirky cafes, craft shops and great traditional pubs. The house is attractively furnished and finished, and makes a wonderful base for discovering the beauties of the surrounding area which abounds with glorious scenery, beautiful beaches and intriguing archaeological sites. Take a trip to the stunning Blasket Islands, visit the aquarium and seal sanctuary, have a go on the climbing wall or take a boat trip to meet Fungi, Dingle’s friendly dolphin. Beach 5 miles. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €35per week September-May, €25per week June-August. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Bolams

    Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W31806

    Countryside views

    Set on a little hillside under a mile from Thomastown, this single storey, detached holiday property has beautiful views overlooking the countryside, the River Nore and a castle ruin. There is a seating area and sloped landscaped gardens to the front whilst inside the property is well equipped yet very homely. Thomastown itself boasts several pubs, some with live traditional music, several restaurants and takeaways, craft shops, supermarkets and a children’s playground. Within the Thomastown area is Jerpoint Abbey and the well-known Golf and Country Club Mount Juliet which offers a range of activities including clay pigeon shooting. Salmon and trout fishing can be enjoyed from the River Nore and the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a mere 10 miles away. Ideal for horse riding and golf. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezers. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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