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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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  • 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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  • 141 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32230

    Located in an elevated position on Sky Road, just 1 mile from the busy Connemara capital of Clifden, this spacious, detached, single-storey property provides wonderful panoramic views of the area and is close to the sea. It has a large enclosed garden, and the surrounding area has lots of scenic walks and drives to enjoy. Clifden is a busy town with a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is golf at Ballyconneely, beaches to be explored, fishing and pony trekking all nearby, as well as Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    10 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floors. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (October-May by meter reading). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Large, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Parking (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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  • Cuan Beag

    New Quay, Co. Galway

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YHL

    Enjoying stunning views over Galway Bay, this beautiful property is set in its own garden just 50 metres from the water’s edge. Fitted and furnished to a high standard throughout, it makes an ideal base for exploring the Burren, Aran Islands, Clare, Galway, Ailwee Caves, Cliffs of Moher and Dunguaire Castle. Wonderful walks, boat trips, fishing, swimming, golf, scuba diving and hill climbing from the doorstep. Oyster/lobster bar and pub, 150 metres, in New Quay.

    Ground floor: Spacious living/dining room with wooden and slate floor/kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate shower room and toilet (wheelchair accessible). First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Gallery/studio. All bedrooms with wooden floors.

    Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV. Video (small library). DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wireless Broadband. Futon (for alternative sleeping only). Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Welcome grocery pack. Ground floor facilities. NB: 3ft drop from the front garden wall to the road, as shown in photo.

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  • Strand Lodge

    Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31200

    Village location.

    Townhouse for 6/8.

    This fabulous townhouse is set in a small exclusive development in Ballyliffin, one of Donegal’s premier resorts. The house is decorated with panache and style reflecting the artistic flair of its owner.

    Renowned for its scenic splendor of mountains and beaches this area also has international acclaim as a golfer’s mecca, with two 18 hole golf courses to its credit, one designed by golfing legend Nick Faldo.

    Its close proximity to the golden Pollan Strand makes it ideal for beach lovers. There is plenty to do in this area, including visits to the Isle of Doagh, horse riding, angling and many restaurants to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (€20per week). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Castlequin

    Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32159


    Just off the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday cottage enjoys the perfect location for discovering all the wonders of Kerry. Just 2.5 miles from a sandy beach, Castlequin is also surrounded by the historic Ballycarbery Castle, Leacanabuile and Cahergal Ring Forts, and the Old Barracks in Cahirciveen are also worth a visit. Located at just 1.5 mile walking distance, Cahirciveen boasts wonderful seafood restaurants, cafes, traditional pubs and Irish music. Take a boat trip to hauntingly beautiful Skellig Islands. Just 3 miles away is a ferry trip to Valentia Island, where a visit can be made to the sub-tropical gardens. Take a trip around the Ring of Kerry to Killarney, to delight in the beautiful lakes and National Park, and drive along the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Discover Kerry’s Dark Side in Cahirciveen the only internationally recognised Gold Tier Dark-Sky Reserve in the whole of the Northern Hemispere - stunning by day - sensational by night. This area is a haven for walkers, golfers and fishermen; angling and boat trips can be arranged by the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 double bedroom with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Games room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 27" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi (initial 2GB included). Large, lawned garden. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Games room with table football, board games and books.

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  • Moor House

    Kilmuckeridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: W32266


    This charming holiday property lies just 1¼ miles from the fabulous beach in Kilmuckeridge (Morriscastle), a long stretch of unbroken sandy beach that connects Cahore to Raven Point. It’s said to be one of the longest stretches of beach in Europe and is known as the ‘Golden Mile’. The area is popular with swimmers, walkers, horse riders and anglers. This family friendly house has a large enclosed garden and a beautifully landscaped sitting-out area for capturing the morning and evening sun. Kilmuckeridge makes an ideal base from which to explore the towns of Wexford, Gorey and Enniscorthy, as well as the historic villages of Blackwater, Curracloe, Boolavogue and Cahore. There’s a wildlife reserve near Curracloe, where a part of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ was filmed on Ballinesker Beach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 200 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Satellite TV, DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, CD player, wooden floor and patio doors leading to the garden.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, movable shower seat and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, Saorview TV, wooden floor and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Oil central heating and electricity €20 per week. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled patio and rear decking area. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Meadows

    Saltmills, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W32070

    Within walking distance of Saltmills village, 100 yards, and the scenic Bannow Estuary, 600 yards, this detached, single-storey holiday home is in an idyllic spot surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens. Historic Saltmills village is aptly named after the renowned Iron Age salt mills and is home to Tintern Abbey, founded in 1200 and well worth a visit. The Meadows is spacious and bright inside and is an excellent base for exploring the Hook peninsula which offers a beach a day for a fortnight, pretty fishing villages, bird watching, deep sea angling and snorkelling. Historic sites are numerous and include Hook Lighthouse (winner of a ‘Lonely Planet’ award), Dunbrody Abbey, JFK Homestead and the restored Loftus Hall, reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland! Shop within a 10-minute drive. Pub ¾ mile and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility/shower room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, two with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with bidet and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating €30per week. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Castaways

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W31866

    With sea views from nearly every room, this detached holiday property, set in 1 acre, is within strolling distance of the stunning coastline, 0.4 miles away, and 10-minute walk to 2 beaches. There is a spacious upstairs living room complete with a balcony taking advantage of the sea views as well as a downstairs sun room. The house is just under a mile from the little resort of Fethard-on-Sea (The High Wood) with its shops, restaurants pubs and children’s playground. This eastern side of the Hook Peninsula boasts glorious scenery and is convenient for many fine sandy beaches. A trip to Hook Tower, probably the oldest lighthouse in Europe (12th century) is a must, and amenities include all types of sea fishing, sub aqua and water sports. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.9 miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, all with tiled floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor, dressing room and en-suite bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and sun room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 1-acre lawned garden and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Bartregaum

    Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W32152


    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday property offers beautiful views across Castlemaine Harbour. The house has great living space, with a large living room with cathedral ceilings, a spacious dining room/kitchen and an attractive sun room which overlooks the wonderful gardens, which makes a perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty of the softly tinted mountain and glorious sea views. The house is just 7½ miles from Inch Beach, with its miles of golden sands. Besides easy access to the spectacular scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, the house is also the perfect base for exploring the magnificent panorama of the Ring of Kerry. There are many fine golf courses in this area, along with opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, surfing and horse riding. Beach 8 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 2½ miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room. Dining/sun room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. 41" freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. NB: Steps from sun room to garden. 6 steps in garden.

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  • Meadow Cottage

    Aughadown, nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31999

    With lovely views of Roaring Water Bay and Kilcoe Castle and a few hundred yards from a charming inlet and pier, this holiday cottage is located close to the owner’s home in the heart of the beautiful West Cork coastline, along the Wild Atlantic Way, 6 miles from Skibbereen. The open-plan living area has a cathedral-style wooden ceiling and an attractive spiral staircase leading to an overhead mezzanine. Within a short drive Baltimore, Union Hall, Glandore, Castletownshend and Schull, offering water sports, opportunities for whale and dolphin watching trips or ferries to the islands. From nearby Cunnamore Pier you can take a rewarding day trip to Heir Island. Visit the Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas, Bantry, Glengarriff, Garnish Island and Gougane Barra Forest Park. Shop ¼ mile, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and breakfast area. Tiled floors throughout. Second living room with double sofa bed. Utility room. 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite wet room and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to mezzanine.

    Woodburner in living area (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity €50per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Gravelled area to front. Barbecue. Ample parking. Wheelchair access.

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