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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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  • Ballymac Village 3

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32051

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • 171 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: W32235

    This wonderful detached, single storey cottage is located just outside the town of Clifden on the famous Sky Road, close to the location of Clifden Castle. It is on an elevated site, offering unrivalled views of Clifden Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding countryside. The cottage boasts an idyllic location and is close to all activities and attractions. White sandy beaches are just a short distance away and the property is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling routes. Clifden is within walking distance and here you will find a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.
    There is golf at Ballyconneely, 7 miles, fishing and pony trekking, while close by you can visit Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 3 double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms with toilet, one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Swallows

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31545

    With sandy coves and beaches all around, this beautifully converted Kerry detached farmhouse is in a wonderfully peaceful setting. A cathedral ceiling, wooden floors and attractive furnishings create a charming, old world atmosphere and a secluded country-style garden makes it ideal for children. Relax on the decking and enjoy views to the sea at Westcove. There are lovely walks from the door and Derrynane beach and harbour, 5 miles offer water sports and horse riding, while Derrynane House and Gardens are well worth a visit. Waterville boasts two golf courses and is a short drive away. The Ring of Kerry is within a mile. Shops 2½ miles, pubs and restaurants (seasonal) 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. 7 steps up to living room with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft) with additional bunk over (for child). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburning stove. Gas, gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Landscaped garden with decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Clonee Fishing Lodge

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W31992

    With a lake to the front of the house and the sea to the rear, Clonee Fishing Lodge enjoys a wonderful location just 10 miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. This detached holiday lodge offers stunning lake views and makes a wonderful holiday base for discovering the incredible beauty of the Ring of Kerry driving route which offers breathtaking scenery at every corner. The Beara Way, which meanders into County Cork, also offers spectacular scenery. The local pub is just around the corner and offers regular traditional music and dancing sessions. Fishing boats can be hired from the local pub and there are some great golf courses in the Kenmare area, along with horse riding, water sports, sea-safari and some fabulous walks, including Gleninchaquin Amenity Park. Sample freshly caught seafood at the pub in nearby Kilmacaloguepier or buy fish fresh from the sea to cook at home. Shop 1 mile, pub and seasonal restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. 2 shower rooms (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity €30per week June-August, €40 September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. NB: 6 steps in garden, lake to front, sea to rear.

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  • 192 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W32236

    This very attractive and extremely spacious dormer cottage is set in a seaside location and is just 2 miles from Ballyconneely and 8 miles away from Clifden. The downstairs living room has a large open stone fireplace and there is also a galleried living area on the first floor. The property boasts wonderful sea, mountain and countryside views, and is located on a quiet road. Ballyconneely offers shops, bars and restaurants, and also has a good golf course too. There are several local beaches, coastal walks and sandy coves to be explored. Other local attractions include Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: Galleried second living room. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating and electricity (€50per week, €10 per night). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Tom’s House

    Kilmovee, near Ballaghaderreen, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32284


    This detached, single-storey cottage is ideally located for anyone wanting to tour the area or to simply take some time out in the clean country air. The owners breed horses, and they are often in the field beside the cottage. Tom’s House is less than 10 miles from Knock Airport, and Knock Shrine is 15 miles away. Kilmovee is a quiet village with a church, pub and shop, but Ballaghaderreen is only 5 miles and has a larger choice of shops, restaurants, pubs and a golf course. Castlebar and Sligo are only 30 miles away, with Westport 40 miles. Céide Fields, Connemara, Achill Island and Strokestown Park House all make great day trips. Walkers are spoilt for choice in the immediate area, with miles of quiet roads and boreens to stroll along, as well as hills and mountains a short drive away. There is a beach at Enniscrone, near Ballina, for those looking to spend time by the coast, and there are also sandy lakeshore beaches near Foxford on Lough Conn. Beach 40 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With open fire, 30" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With wood burner, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire and wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Patty’s Cottage

    Portmagee, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    4
    2
    Ref: W32029


    This holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, is 1.3 miles from the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee, which was awarded Tourist Village of the Year 2012. It is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with free access to Kerry Cliffs. The local pubs have regular traditional music and Irish set dancing sessions. Patty’s Cottage is comfortable and inviting, with a woodburner and TVs in all bedrooms. Guests can also enjoy the beautiful sea views from the large, private seating area. The cottage is just half a mile from a small beach, 4 miles from a great surfing beach and spectacular cliffs a short stroll away. Opportunities for golf, horse riding, fishing and boat trips are all available locally. Take a short voyage to the breathtaking Skellig Islands, or sample the wares at the local chocolate factory. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with access from one side only and additional single, one with access from one side only. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric woodburner in dining room. Electricity by meter reading. Solid fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Travel cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Wheelchair access.

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  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 2

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31598

    These modern holiday homes are set within the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Resort - once owned by the Wolseley family, now redeveloped to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by the stunning countryside and mountains of Wicklow and Carlow, guests have use of the on-site facilities which include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground, indoor toddler soft play area, family room, 18-hole golf course, gym and spa. There is also a ’kiddies club’ during the school holidays at extra cost. Locally, walking, cycling, angling and horse riding are all available as well as many other outdoor pursuits and attractions. Within 20km are historic houses and gardens, whilst a little further afield is the city of Dublin with its galleries, museums, theatres and numerous amenities. Beaches at Courtown and Brittas Bay, can be reached in under an hour’s drive. Shop 1km, pub and restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity €10 per day May-August, €12.50 per day September-April. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Shared, landscaped grounds. Balcony. Shared swimming pool available all year with Jacuzzi and sauna. Parking (2 cars).

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  • 101 Moyard, Connemara

    Moyard, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W32226

    Perched on the waters edge with its own private sandy beach and surrounded by lawned garden, this property is the perfect romantic getaway. It has spectacular sea and mountain views and is well-equipped and cosy. It is close to the busy local town of Clifden which has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants.
    Clifden is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area as well as various water sports and amenities. Fishermen are spoiled for choice as there is river, sea and lake fishing in the area.
    There are miles of looped walks and cycle routes in this beautiful area. The Twelve Bens mountain range are magnificent and are very popular for hill walking with miles of routes both gentle and challenging. Places to visit locally include Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey and golf is available at Ballyconneely. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 double bedrooms, one with additional single, two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: 50 yards from sea shore.

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  • Ivy Bridge Lodge

    Mourne Abbey, nr. Mallow, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W31980

    This splendid, detached, thatched holiday cottage comes with a baby grand piano, antique furniture, roll-top and Jacuzzi baths, and an inglenook fireplace. It is adjacent to the owner’s equestrian centre where riding tuition is available by arrangement. Golf enthusiasts are catered for, with a choice of courses within a short distance. Mallow, 7 miles, is a busy market town while Blarney Castle and Gardens are just 8 miles. The vibrant and diverse city of Cork is 11 miles. Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty and the heritage town of Lismore are all possibilities for day trips. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen with beams and stone floor. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite wet room with Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with additional pull-out single and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Pond and unfenced stream in garden.

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  • Ti’ Una Seaview

    Lettermore, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W32261


    Boasting uninterrupted views of the Aran Islands, this detached property is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is less than ½ mile from a pretty beach. The area is called Trá Bháin, which is translated as ’White Beach’, and there is also a coral beach in the area. Sit on the patio or in the conservatory and watch the sun go down on the Atlantic Ocean or snuggle down in front of the open fire in the living room. This detached, contemporary house has all the comforts of home, yet is totally removed from everyday living as the ocean and the hills are your neighbours, and is accessed by a rough track.
    The name Lettermore means ’great rough hillside’, and certainly when you drive into the area you are greeted by very unusual looking countryside, giving one the feeling of ’getting away from it all’. There are miles of walking routes in the area and a little further are afield many unspoilt hills to climb. Galway city, home to numerous festivals is only 30 miles away, as is the fishing mecca of Oughterard, and Clifden is 40 miles away. This holiday property is ideally located to tour Connemara, and trips to the Aran Islands are available from Rossaveal and water activities and fishing are available locally.
    The Féile an Dóllin is one of the west of Ireland’s premier festivals and takes place annually on the shores of Carraroe during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The golf enthusiast is also catered for with the Connemara Isles Golf Club, 8 miles away. With its coastal location, it’s a challenging but very memorable golf experience! Ballyconneely Golf Links and Oughterard Parkland Golf Club are a little further afield. Beach ½ mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 2½ miles, restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory with French doors. Utility room. 3 Bedrooms: 2 kingsize, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room and wood burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Sloping bank at back of house. 200 yards from seashore.

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  • Kate’s Cottage

    Adrigole, Glengariff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: W5039

    Breathtaking views.

    Detached property for 6/7.

    Set on the Cork and Kerry border on the Wild Atlantic Way, a mile from the spectacular Healy Pass, this detached, 2 star, traditional, old-style farmhouse lies tucked away along a narrow winding road in the rolling landscape of the Caha Mountains. Old fashioned in style, it is set amid peaceful and quiet surroundings with a lawned garden and mature trees, and offers sweeping views of the majestic mountains and beautiful Bantry Bay. This makes a good base to enjoy the attractions of the area. There is a water sports centre and pebble shore close by, and the area is ideal for walking and hiking. Glengarriff, 12 miles, has a 9-hole golf course, and from here you can visit the lovely Garnish Island Gardens or enjoy the nature reserve. The Ewe Sculpture Garden is also a special place to visit. From the holiday home on the Beara Peninsula, you can take a ferry from Castletownbere to Bere Island, a cable car to Dursey Island, ramble through the streets of Bantry and visit Bantry House, just over 20 miles away. Both the heritage towns of Kenmare, 20 miles, and Killarney, 40 miles, make great day trips. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 4ft), 1 single (2ft 6in for child).

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV (for DVD playback only). DVD. Microwave. Garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Property accessed via a 1 mile single track.

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