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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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  • Teach Cuas Gorm

    Kells Bay, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W31965

    Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, in a rural and coastal area, this traditional farmhouse has been converted to offer great space and comfort, and enjoys stunning views of Dingle Bay and the surrounding Kells area. The dining room with its many windows boasts panoramic views of the constantly changing sea and mountain views, as does the garden and patio. The beautiful beach of Kells is just a short walk away (0.5 miles), and there are some lovely walks in the area. Or visit the Kells sub-tropical gardens. Take a drive on the Ring of Kerry and discover the beauty this part of Ireland has to offer. Golf, fishing and horse riding opportunities nearby. Cahirciveen and Glenbeigh with restaurants, 8 miles. Shop, pub (seasonal) and restaurant (seasonal) 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, (one 5ft) with access to wet room, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wet room with toilet First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity and oil central heating by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Doagh Cottage & The Calf House

    nr. Portsalon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32118


    This coastal holiday property comprises a traditional cottage and separate apartment known as The Calf House. Originally a farm house, the cottage has been lovingly restored by the owners and retains many elements of the past giving the cottage a magical feel. Positioned on the eastern bank of Lough Swilly, the cottage has amazing views right down the lough as far as the eye can see and across to Dunaff Head on the Inishowen Peninsula. On the Wild Atlantic Way, the Fanad Peninsula has a myriad of attractions to delight the visitor, from beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches, hills and glens to explore and occasionally the Northern Lights ’Aurora Borealis’ puts in an appearance. Visit Glenveagh National Park, Tropical World, Lurgybrack Open Farm and Ballymastocker Bay. Water sports can be enjoyed at the pier, and the sandy beach at Portsalon is worth a visit. Golf and fishing nearby. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (access also from living room). First floor: Landing with single bed (2ft 6in, for child). 1 twin bedroom. Some internal steps throughout. Apartment: All on ground floor: Living/kitchen/bedroom area with twin beds. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (pay as you go dongle, on request). Sitting-out area and 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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  • The Waterfront

    Dromod, Co. Leitrim

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32173

    Located 85 miles west of Dublin and 80 miles from Galway, this excellent holiday home is in a complex of similar properties, overlooking the marina and lake. It is a very short drive to the local village where you will find a convenience store and pubs serving good food. There is also a bistro right beside the entrance to the complex which is open all summer and at weekends out of season. Carrick-on-Shannon is a 15-minute drive away and has a selection of restaurants, pubs and good nightlife. Local activities include fishing, cycling and walking trails, golf and a trekking centre. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court. No smoking. NB: One step to garden. Lake 50 yards."

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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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  • Bunhovil

    Bundoran, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32199

    With its backdrop of stunning scenery and fabulous beaches and its location on the Wild Atlantic Way, Bundoran is Donegal’s premier seaside resort. Bunhovil is an attractive, semi-detached holiday property conveniently located just a short walk from the seafront with its variety of restaurants, shops, bars and cafes. Bundoran has many attractions to suit all ages, including Waterworld, surfing, equestrian activities, Bundoran Golf Club, music sessions, and many festivals and concerts held throughout the year. Beach 500 yards. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 450 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, one with additional double, one with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Economy 7 central heating and electricity €7 per night. Bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. 32" TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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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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  • Inisfallen

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: W32187

    Inisfallen is a bright, comfortable semi-detached property located just 1 mile from the heart of Killarney town, which offers a dizzying array of great restaurants, shops, cafés and traditional pubs, many with live music. Take a walk or bike ride around the famed Lakes of Killarney, or hike along some of the many trails in the surrounding hills of the Killarney National Park. This area abounds with historical buildings such as Ross Castle and Muckross House, and there is excellent golfing and fishing in and around Killarney. There is a riding stables close to Inisfallen, or take a horse-drawn jaunting car to the stunning Gap of Dunloe. Further afield are the glories of the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet and 1 single. Shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity by pay as you go meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. 26" TV (Irish terrestrial channels). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed rear garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: 2 steps 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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  • Uncle Michael’s Cottage

    Blacklion, Co. Cavan

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32268

    Located on the borders of Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh, this beautifully restored, detached stone cottage is decorated and fitted out to a very good standard. Approximately 20 miles from Sligo and 15 miles from Enniskillen, it is ideally situated to explore this picturesque area. Located on a working farm, close to the owner’s home, it enjoys wonderful panoramic views of lakeland and countryside. There are a wide variety of activities available in the area, including walking and cycling trails, golf, angling and wetland exploration. Visit Florence Court House and gardens, Glencar Waterfall, Marble Arch Caves and the Global Geopark. Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With wood burner, Saorview TV and French doors to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Farmhouse-style with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, single bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for wood burner included. Large natural grounds with sitting-out area. Garage parking for 2 cars. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). No smoking.

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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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  • 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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