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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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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W5247

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are adjacent to the owner’s residence. Situated in their own paddock, they are semi-detached with whitewashed stone walls, each with its own separate entrance. They are full of character with beams and open fires.
    Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its thatched pub, traditional stone fronts and a 19th century church, set at the gateway of the beautiful Connemara Mountain area. Its many shops, pubs and restaurants make it the ideal location to experience a small Irish village and a base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.
    The lovely Owenriff River runs through Oughterard, starting in the Connemara mountains and ending its journey, at the edge of town, into Lough Corrib, which runs alongside Oughterard, and is the largest lake in Ireland. It offers some of the most spectacular views around and is a renowned fishing location. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck or to savour it in the Oughterard restaurants.
    There are many lovely drives around the area as well as trails for walking and hiking. Famous tourist spots within close driving distance include Aughnanure Castle, Kylemore Abbey and Inchagoill Island. It is also only 23 miles from Galway City, the third largest city in the Republic, offering souvenir shopping as well as a taste of European styles.
    The Connemara Mountains, just west of town, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery with rocky landscapes, scattered lakes and sheep dotting the mountainsides.
    Rose and March Cottages are semi-detached cottages situated adjacent to the owner’s residence and paddock, each with its own separate entrance and parking areas. They are full of character, treating the visitor to the country life delights of open fires and wooden beams. Set in a pleasant rural location, one mile down a lane from the main road and 3.5 miles from the lovely historic village of Oughterard by the shores of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. Oughterard hosts shops, pubs, restaurants and two churches, and makes the ideal location to experience an Irish village, and a base from which to explore the surrounding, breathtaking scenery. The area is a renowned fishing location, its rivers and lakes sporting trout and salmon, attracting fishermen from all over the world to try their fishing skills. Famous local tourist spots are Aughanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, or the summer boat trips to Inchagoill Island and Cong, and the Bridgits Gardens all just a few minutes’ drive. Oughterard is rightfully known as the gateway to Connemara, an area of the most outstanding and unforgettable beauty. Whether it’s the quiet coastal drives or mountain valley roads, visitors are truly impressed and delight in seeking out remote beaches or quiet walking lanes, and the Wild Atlantic Way is close by. Horse riding and golf is also available locally. For the sea hardy, a visit to one of the coastal islands is a must - next stop is Newfoundland! Other day trips undertaken by most visitors to the cottages are to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and the delightful town of Westport and south Mayo. Also only 15 miles away is the old seafaring town of Galway, nestled at the head of Galway Bay. Known as the ’City of Tribes’, it is now a bustling place well worth a visit to sample its abundant shops, and cuisine to cater for all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity by meter reading. Small garden with furniture.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

  • Killure Wilde Retreat

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W31918

    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.

    Ground floor: Ramp to living/dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom/second living room. Bathroom with shower over roll top bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Multi-fuel central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external building). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking.

  • St Anthony’s Cottage

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W31369

    Picturesque countryside

    Semi-detached cottage for 3

    Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this scenic beautiful area on the Beara Peninsula in this well kept, semi-detached, coastal holiday cottage, offering compact and comfortable accommodation. The cottage adjoins the owner’s home but is completely separate and boasts its own small pretty garden blooming with flowers. Enjoying a great location with picturesque countryside, beautiful Glanmore Lake, 1½ miles, and 14 miles from lively Kenmare with golf and riding facilities. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this is also a perfect base for touring the Ring of Kerry and West Cork which offer spectacular views at every turn in the road. Closer to home are the sub-tropical Derreen Gardens and wonderful arachaelogical sites, numerous scenic walks (many from the doorstep), mountain climbing, fishing and swimming nearby. The pubs in the area offer regular traditional Irish music sessions. Shop ¼ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities.

  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Heron

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32125

    These delightful whitewashed holiday cottages (refs W32121 and W32125) have a private flower-filled walkway with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy cove. Boasting magnificent sea views, these quaint cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, are just a 3-minute stroll to the picture-postcard village of Kilmore Quay, with its colourful marina and superb seafood restaurants offering the fresh daily catch. Take a boat trip across to the Saltee Islands or explore the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, which originates from the last ice age and extends to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, the vibrant town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in 800AD and venue to the International Opera Festival, is within an easy 30-minute drive and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Microwave. NB: 6 steps in courtyard.

    Electric woodburner in living room by €2 meter. Oil central heating (4 hours in evening), NSH included (bedroom heaters by €2 meter). Bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 meter. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared walkway to steps leading down to beach. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Mountain View Lodge

    Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32153


    This detached holiday property, close to the owners’ home, lies nestled amongst the 5-acre landscaped grounds of a 4-star caravan park, right in the heart of one of the most picturesque valleys in Ireland. This beautiful, secluded area is known as the Glen of Aherlow and lies between the dramatic Galtee Mountains, Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, and the wooded slopes of Slievenamuck on the edge of Golden Vale. Located within easy driving distance of 4 heritage towns of Tipperary, Cashel, Lismore and Cahir, the latter often referred to as the ’crossroads of the South of Ireland.’ Its location is a walkers’ paradise, with a 4-mile circular walk beginning at the park entrance and two national loop walk trail-heads in the Glen of Aherlow, as well as lake walks and unlimited trekking in the Galtee Mountains. Other attractions include Tipperary Excel Heritage Centre, Rock of Cashel, Brú Ború Heritage Centre, Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage and spectacular Mitchelstown Caves. Shop 11/4 miles, pub 300 yards, restaurant 1/2 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out are and furniture. Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis.

  • Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31651

    Self-contained and with a cosy feel, this single-storey holiday annexe has its own entrance and side garden for the holidaymaker. Centrally located and set along a main road, it is ideally placed for any type of holiday, particularly as a touring base and within walking distance of the village. Mountbellow has a weekly market presided over by the memorial statue of Bobbyjo, winner of the Grand National. The festival city of Galway, ‘Gateway to Connemara’, is about 1 hour. Water sports and boat hire are available at Athlone, 30 minutes away. Locally there is an 18-hole golf course and woodland walking. Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are an easy drive. Fishing is available locally on the River Suck and other rivers. Shops, restaurants and pubs with music ¼ mile.

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

    Oil burner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with furniture. Shared enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

  • Gortrusheen House

    Connemara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: YCCC

    Nestled between the hills and lakes of Connemara, this wonderful stone cottage is surrounded by natural gardens and wild, colourful flowers. There is endless walking and climbing with Connemara National Park on the doorstep. The holiday cottage is located along the Wild Atlantic Way and within easy driving distance of beautiful beaches at Letterfrack and Renvyle. You will find an 18-hole golf course on the coast at Ballyconneely. Kylemore Abbey and Gardens are a must, and are just across the road. The lake outside the door is suitable for fishing with boat hire available. Other scenic day trips include Lough Inagh, a drive along the Sky Road, the village of Cleggan with boat trips, and the vibrant city of Galway. Killary Fjord is just down the road along the Wild Atlantic Way. Riding within 5 miles. Shop 3 miles, pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating by flow meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. CD and small library. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (initial 2.5GB included). Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. NB: A private track of approximately 1.3 miles leads to the property.

  • Island View Cottage

    Bantry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: ZBC

    In an elevated position which has views over beautiful Bantry Bay, this cosy and comfortable detached cottage is in the grounds of the owner’s home enjoying shared use of a 4-acre, well-tended garden. An ideal touring base along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is just 1½ miles from the town amenities of historic Bantry. Gougane Barra Forest Park, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and the sub-tropical Italian gardens on Garinish Island are within a half-hour drive. The spectacular Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas can easily be explored from here. Golf ½ mile. Wonderful walking, fishing, sailing and riding locally. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom (5ft) with additional single, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor. External utility room.

    Central heating from solid-fuel stove (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio with furniture. Shared 4 acre garden. Barbecue. Ample parking.

  • The Hideaway

    Clonbullogue, nr. Edenderry, Co. Offaly

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6637

    Good touring base

    Single storey apartment for 3.

    This cosy, detached, ground floor holiday apartment is ideally located in a country area adjacent to a working arable farm. The property has an attractive cut stone exterior and an open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. It is located in the midlands approximately 40 miles from Dublin and 80 miles from Galway. The nearby Bog of Allen offers bog walks. The Curragh Racecourse, 12 miles, the Japanese Gardens, National Stud and the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise are all places of interest for visitors to the area. There are 10 golf courses within 20 miles, a parachute club 2 miles away, and shooting and fishing can be arranged. Pony trekking and equestrian centre locally. Visit Kildare village retail outlet, or Dublin, easily accessed by train or bus. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles. These two detached holiday properties sharing a large garden area are ideally located in a country area adjacent to a working arable farm. The Hideaway (ref W6637) is a cosy two bedroom ground floor apartment with an attractive cut stone exterior and an open plan living/dining room/kitchen. Cloncrane Lodge (ref W6638) is a magnificent cut stone property comprising a living room with patio doors to the terrace, open fire in the kitchen/dining room and two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor. They are located in the midlands approximately 40 miles from Dublin and 80 miles from Galway. The nearby Bog of Allen offers bog walks. The Curragh Racecourse, 12 miles, the Japanese Gardens, National Stud and the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise are all places of interest for visitors to the area. There are 10 golf courses within 20 miles, a parachute club 2 miles away, and shooting and fishing can be arranged. Pony trekking and equestrian centre locally. Visit Kildare village retail outlet, or Dublin, easily accessed by train or bus. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 5 miles. The Hideaway (ref W6637) can be booked with Cloncrane Lodge (ref W6638) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

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

    Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (Sky sports package). Washing machine. Freezer. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking. Wheelchair access. NB: Pond in garden.

  • Southpark Cottage

    Ardfert, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32049

    Located just 6 miles from Tralee with its great selection of restaurants and shops, Southpark Cottage enjoys a great location on the Wild Atlantic Way with a choice of wonderful long sandy beaches close by. The property adjoins the owner’s home with its own entrance, parking and garden. Ardfert is home to a magnificent historical cathedral and this area offers great opportunities for further archaeological and historical discoveries along with golfing, horse-riding, water sports and walks. Perfectly situated to tour the wonderful sites of Kerry such as the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and the beautiful Killarney lakes. Take a day trip to County Clare to the intriguing Burren and Cliffs of Mohar. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant, 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Small garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 2

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W31922

    Oozing quality and character, these charming holiday cottages (refs W31921, W31922 and W31923) are set around a very pretty courtyard with central fountain. Valentine Cottage 1 (ref W31921), as its name suggests, offers a romantic hideaway for two - standing detached with stunning panoramic rural views. Spacious and well furnished inside, it has a bright sun/dining room leading to a vast lawned garden. Cottages 2 and 3 (refs W31922 and W31923) offer flexible accommodation and are also ideal for couples or can be combined (on request) to cater for a larger family or group. Each has its own enclosed private patio, large shared lawn and a delightful courtyard view to the front. All three cottages have the use of a superb games room and visitors are free to wander through the owners’ grounds which extend to 9 acres. Outside the grounds, there is an 8-mile trailed walk which takes in riverside (River Bride, 0.5 miles), woodland and hillside walking. If you can tear yourself away from this little oasis, the colourful, heritage town of Lismore (winner of many Tidy Town awards) with its magnificent castle, is just over 3 miles away and a little further the golden sands of Youghal (16 miles).

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and gas included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Gas cooker. Enclosed patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. 9-acre shared grounds. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking. Games room with pool table, dart board, TV and board games. Natural spring water supply from well. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in grounds.

  • The West Wing

    Enfield, Co. Meath

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W31588

    This holiday property is a converted barn situated in the very scenic area of Hill of Down and on the banks of the Royal Canal, across the road from the front gate of the property. The owners live adjacent and have thoughtfully renovated the property to sleep 3 comfortably. You can walk along the banks of the canal, ideal for fishing, and it is very central to many tourist attractions within Meath and Westmeath such as Slane, Newgrange, St Finians Monastery, Belvedere House and the many beautiful lakes in Westmeath. Dublin is just 35 miles away. The property is situated in a rural location and own transport is recommended. Shop and pub 70 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with additional single and Velux.

    NSH and electricity (€20per week). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with enclosed play area, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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