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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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  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Gannet

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32121

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room with TV, beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Sun room. 1 double bedroom with seating area, TV and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Curtained galleried area with twin beds, beams, Velux and wooden floor.

    Stereo/CD. Microwave. NB: 5 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. Wi-fi. 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.

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  • Mersheen Lodge

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: YBBJ

    Situated between the seaside villages of Arthurstown and Duncannon on the picturesque Hook Peninsula, this charming cottage dating back to 1830 and adjacent to the Dunbrody Hotel, was once a gate lodge of the Dunbrody Estate. It has been beautifully furnished making it an idyllic romantic retreat. Duncannon has a vast Blue Flag beach, a fishing harbour and a magnificent, historic fort. This sunny area boasts golden, sandy beaches, historic abbeys and ancient castles at Ballyhack and Fethard. Explore the beautiful sea views of the Wexford Coastal Path or drive to Slade Harbour (10 miles) and walk to Europe’s oldest lighthouse at Hook Head. Magnificent gardens at Kilmakee and the Kennedy Arboretum, and at New Ross, visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship and the Kennedy Homestead. Waterford is 9 miles via the ferry from nearby Ballyhack, Kilkenny Castle is 37 miles and Wexford is 25 miles. Boat trips, fishing, riding, golf and scuba diving are available locally. Pubs and restaurants within 2 miles. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Galleried hallway. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Beamed ceilings in some rooms.

    Open fire in living room (fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Video. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with gravelled area, lawned area, decking and sitting out area. Parking.

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  • The Kildarragh Cottage

    Creeslough, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31526

    Views of Muckish Mountain.

    Detached cottage for 4.

    Tucked away in the Donegal Hills, this little cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside, with the majestic Muckish Mountain dominating the foreground. Nearby is the beautiful Ards Forest Park on the edge of Sheephaven Bay with its landscape of trees, sandy beaches and way marked trails. A perfect place for watersports enthusiasts, Marble Hill and Portnablagh beaches are 3.75 miles away. Horse riding and golf are available in nearby Dunfanaghy. A very pretty area for hill walking and exploring the many lanes and byways. Nearby Creeslough provides shops, restaurants and pubs, 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/ kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with patio. Ample parking.

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  • The Gate House

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: ZA6

    Retaining lots of character, this 200-year-old house, with its own garden, was originally built as a gardener’s cottage and still boasts its external stone stairs. Set within the 3-acre landscaped grounds with another holiday home, it benefits from use of the hard tennis court of Muxnal Lodge (Bed and Breakfast). Guests also have use of free wi-fi in the owners adjacent B&B. With quiet walking from the doorstep, the property backs onto a country lane and is ideal for touring the Beara Peninsula. Wooded Gleninchaquin, with its lake and waterfall, nearby. Horse riding can be found close by. Kenmare with pubs and shop, 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with pine dresser. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €20per week June-August, €30per week September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in separate building). Dishwasher. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large landscaped grounds with sloping banks. Barbecue. Cycle store. Tennis court. NB: External steps lead from twin bedroom to garden.

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  • Fitzpatrick’s Cottage

    Ballacolla, Co. Laois

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W31424

    Central touring base.

    Detached cottage for 4.

    This charming thatched cottage is close to the border of counties Kilkenny and Tipperary and is well located for day trips to Dublin, Waterford and Limerick. It has been lovingly renovated into a cosy retreat complete with two bathrooms, timber ceilings and a woodburning stove. It is 23 miles from Kilkenny Castle and 40 miles from the Rock of Cashel, both World Heritage sites. Other notable attractions include the Dunmore Caves, Birr Castle, the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Dunmore Woods, Emo Court and many more. Shops 4½ miles, pub ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week, €15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Gravelled garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Carna, Co. Galway

    Carna, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6360

    In the heart of Connemara.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This traditional Irish cottage provides an excellent base from which to enjoy the delights of Connemara.

    On the Wild Atlantic Way, Carna is a wonderful place to visit, where the rugged mountains and clean beaches of the Connemara landscape abound. The area is a lobster fishing centre and culturally has much to offer. In the evenings enjoy some "Ceilidh" dancing and the atmosphere in the local pubs where you will receive a warm welcome.

    There is plenty to do in Carna such as lake and sea fishing as well as mountain walks, cycling and sightseeing. Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.9 miles, restaurant 1.4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • 179 Cashel, Connemara

    Cashel, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32245

    Peacefully located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with beautiful views of Cashel Bay, the Twelve Pins and the ever-changing landscape, this traditional cottage is perfectly located. It makes an ideal base for anybody wanting to tour Connemara or simply enjoy the countyside and maybe do a bit of fishing, hill walking or road rambling. The village of Cashel is less than a 10-minute drive from the cottage, and the area offers golden beaches, swimming, lake and river fishing, pony trekking, walking routes, hill walking and golf, as well as sea angling charters and coastal cruises. The market town of Clifden is a 30-minute drive away, while Galway city is 45 minutes. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and ponies or horses can be hired at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic drive from the cottage. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Mullinakill School

    Mullinakill, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32265


    This beautifully restored, detached former village school dates back to 1895 and offers a unique and interesting base from which to enjoy the stunning south Kilkenny countryside. Oozing character and charm inside, whilst outside the terraced gardens and seating areas boast stunning panoramic views stretching for miles. Saint Moling’s Holy Well, an area of natural and stunning beauty, is close to the cottage. It is a peaceful retreat and its holy water has been known to cure in the past. Within a 10-minute drive is the picturesque riverside village of Inistioge, known as the ’Jewel of the South East’ and where many films have been made, including ’Circle of Friend’, ’Widows Peak’ and ’The Secret Scripture’. The cottage lies 15 minutes from the main Waterford to Dublin motorway, and Mount Juliet with its fine golf course. The neighbouring counties of Waterford and Wexford can be reached within 20 minutes. New Ross is close by with its famous Dunbrody Famine Ship and visitor centre, and of course the John F. Kennedy Monument and Memorial Park. Wexford has some beautiful beaches to explore, or visit Reginald’s Tower Exhibition Centre and a crystal factory with guided tours at Waterford. For hill walking, the South Leinster Way is nearby, and for fishing, there are great fishing villages on the River Nore. A little further a field is vibrant medieval Kilkenny city, where numerous festivals are held throughout the year, including Cat’s Laugh Comedy, Roots Music and art festivals to name but a few. It offers fine dining and traditional music including one of Ireland’s most haunted pubs! Shop and pub 3½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    2 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With multi-fuel burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Lawned front garden. Terraced rear garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a water supply from a well, and there are several steps in the rear garden and a unfenced drop.

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  • Angela’s Farmhouse

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W5041

    Breathtaking views.

    Detached farmhouse for 4.

    On an elevated site with a breathtaking view of Kenmare Bay, and the Caha range of mountains. The detached farmhouse has a charm of its own, having been skilfully renovated with excellent furnishings and fittings ensuring a very comfortable holiday stay. On the Wild Atlantic Way, the area offers a peaceful retreat for anyone, yet still within 16 miles of the historic town of Kenmare with its great selection of cafes, traditional pubs and wonderful restaurants. Local attractions include numerous scenic drives, fabulous walks and hikes, and swimming at the local pier, 3 miles. Horse riding, water sports and golf are available at Kenmare. Killarney with its glorious lakes and national park is 37 miles. Angela’s Farmhouse also makes a great base for discovering West Cork- the Healy Pass to Glengariff (18 miles) is a scenic wonder. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas (€7per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Outdoor furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Lough Avaul Cottage

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31748

    In a wonderful setting overlooking Bantry Bay, along the Wild Atlantic Way, this charming detached holiday cottage has pine floors and an open fire. Set back from the road leading to the stunning Beara Peninsula, it is 3 miles from Glengarriff with its lovely wooded valley and harbour, good craft shops, restaurants and pubs. It offers excellent walking - Seal Harbour, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the nature reserve and Barley Lake are all close by. Lake fishing within 500 yards and good golf courses locally. A highlight of Glengarriff is the glorious Garnish Island Gardens. Take a trip over the Healy Pass or across the Caha Mountains to Kenmare. Bantry (13 miles) has cinema, leisure centre and Bantry House and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms both with wooden floors: 1 double (access from one side only) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room. Oil central heating and electricity €35 per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Oil Stanley range. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole.

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  • Heir Island Holiday Homes - The Old Barn

    Heir Island, nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W31991

    These detached holiday properties are located on beautiful Heir Island, in Roaring Water Bay in West Cork, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way route, and are perfect for those seeking a unique holiday experience. The Old Barn (ref W31991) is a fantastic barn conversion sleeping a maximum of 4 people, and Timmy’s Cottage (ref W32124) was named after the owner’s grandfather and sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Your unique holiday experience begins with setting aside the car on the mainland (free parking) and taking the four-minute ferry crossing to the island (small charge). From here you can explore the island on foot or on bicycle. There is a grocery delivery service available, by prior arrangement, 3 times a week. There is a sandy beach, a sailing school, a bakery and bread school, and resident artists’ studios. There is no pub but there is a restaurant that’s widely known. There are fishing opportunities, boat trips to other islands or a pizza and pint evening in Baltimore. With ferries running every two hours from 8am until 6pm (sometimes later in summer), you can experience the delights of the mainland. Skibbereen is 8 miles. Shop 8 miles (on mainland), pub 2½ miles (on mainland), restaurant ¾ mile (open mid-June to mid-September, no children).

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floor.

    Cot. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Terrace and furniture.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: From the pier it is approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the cottage. By arrangement you can be driven to the cottage.

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  • Corner Cottage

    Hook Head, nr. Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32127

    Located at Hook Head, close to the very tip of The Hook Peninsula, this former school, built in 1880, offers a superb family holiday location, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One particular feature of this detached cottage, is its exquisite flower-filled cottage gardens surrounding it, and boasting three separate lawns and patio, all with plenty of seating to relax and enjoy the sea air. There are spectacular cliff walks from Slade village harbour, ¼ mile, leading all the way in a loop to Hook Lighthouse and back to the cottage. At certain times of the year, whales can be spotted for a once in a lifetime experience, and nearby Loftus Hall, ¾ mile, reputed to be the most haunted mansion in Ireland, offers a coffee shop, guided walks throughout the year and in summer, themed nights such as tapas/wine. Beach 550 yards. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beam. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors/step down to kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 2 shower rooms with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned gardens to front and rear with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps to garden.

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