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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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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Innish Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32005

    Situated just one mile from the picture postcard fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, these attractive stone cottages offer an excellent holiday base. Adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, each cottage enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants with the fresh daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Satee Islands as well as the stunning Ballyteige Burrow Nature Reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to 9kms of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford town and Rosslare Harbour are within an easy 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack.

  • The Granary

    Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31407

    Good touring base.

    Semi detached cottage for 4.

    This charming property is on a cattle, sheep and fruit farm surrounded by glorious countryside and overlooking fields leading down to the River Bride. The historic town of Lismore, 4 miles, and Tallow, 2 miles. Meet Rosie the donkey, watch the animals grazing or wander through the fields to the river where you can fish for trout. Lismore is a a former winner of Ireland’s tidiest town and has a fairytale castle, millennium park and walks by the river and in the woods. West Waterford boasts picturesque mountains, forests, the lush Nire Valley and the scenic Blackwater estuary. There are numerous beaches including the Blue Flag beach at Clonea Strand - Dungarvan, and the 5 mile long beach at Youghal. Day trips include Blarney Castle and the famous stone, the Jameson Whiskey Centre, St Declans Tower and Waterford Crystal. Bride Valley Farm is just 1.5 miles from the N72 making it ideal for touring Cork, Waterford and Tipperary. Cork Airport, 40 miles. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    This charming cottage adjoining the farmhouse (ref W31576) has panoramic views of glorious countryside. It has been completely renovated and features wooden ceilings and floors, an open fire in the living room and TVs in the bedrooms.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€5per day June-August, €6per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Paved sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Can be booked with W31576.

  • Durrus Holiday Homes

    Durrus, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32066

    At the heart of the picturesque village of Durrus, this terraced holiday home is ideally situated close to the shops, pubs and restaurants in the vicinity. Your location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way, gives a choice of exploring the spectacular Sheep’s Head (awarded European Tourist Destination of Excellence title) or Mizen Peninsulas. The Sheep’s Head Way has many loop walks, there’s a cycle route, a private garden open to the public and a cookery school. Horse riding, sailing and kayaking are also available within a short distance. From Schull get a ferry to Cape Clear Island or a Fastnet Rock tour. Visit the glorious beach at Barley Cove close to Mizen Head. Bantry, 6 miles, has 18-hole golf, cinema, leisure centre, and Bantry House which is the venue for internationally renowned music festivals. There are many local artisan food and craft products. Shop and pub serving food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (2ft 6in for child) with Velux, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

  • Old Creamery Cottage

    Ballyfinnane, Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31876

    This pretty semi-detached holiday property enjoys a great location, being very close to Kerry airport, and situated mid-way between the towns of Killarney and Tralee, each of which offers a fantastic selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The house also makes the perfect base for touring around this most beautiful part of Ireland. Discover the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, which offers fabulous scenery and is rich with archaeological sites, or take a boat trip on the stunning lakes in Killarney National Park, where deer roam and waterfalls cascade. After a day’s touring, enjoy a pint in the local pub which offers regular traditional music sessions. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shops and restaurant 3 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. Dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity €40per week. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

  • The Courtyard 1

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: W31603

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including a magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (All golf fees and tuition at extra charge). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and sitting-out area.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths) and salt therapy room. No smoking.

  • Clooneigh Cottage

    Gurteen, Co. Sligo

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32135


    This cottage is beautifully set overlooking the rolling hills of Co. Sligo. It has been totally renovated yet retains an old world feel with its wood burning stove in the kitchen and open fire in the lounge. On fine evenings you can sit out on the deck to enjoy the sunset over the west of Ireland. The village of Gurteen, when translated, means ’little garden’, and that is just what this area is. For walkers, the nearby Curlew mountains offer challenging walks. Lough Garra and Lough Derg offer boating, fishing and other water activities. Golfers are also spoilt with several golf courses within easy reach. Gurteen is home to the Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre. Exhibitions, concerts, workshops and summer schools are just some of its activities. Regular "ceili nights" and music sessions are held here and in the local pubs. Lough Key Forest Park is a fabulous day out with many beautiful walks and an activity park. Sligo and Carrick on Shannon are only 40 minutes away, with Strandhill, renowned for its excellent surfing, dunes and wide sandy beach is only 30 minutes. Further afield Westport, Galway and Connemara are all worth a day trip. Ireland West Airport in Knock is 40 minutes away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms (one accessed from one side only), both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi (pay as you go). Gravelled garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

  • Cara Cottage 1

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W6892

    Lovely countryside.

    Semi-detached bungalow for 4.

    With a delightful stream running through the garden, this wonderfully scenic location of this semi-detached cottage creates an ideal holiday base for discovering the beautiful Kenmare area. As the ’Kerry Way Walking Route’ passes to the rear of the cottage, the walker is well catered for and the winding, country route will take you right into the lovely heritage town of Kenmare (2½ miles). The Ring of Kerry golf course is close by, with another in Kenmare itself, and just a few of the other local activities on offer include horse riding, watersports, fishing or the ’Seafari’ experience on the Kenmare Bay. Apart from the local scenery, the Ring of Kerry route (½ mile) will take you through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery including Killarney (20 miles), with its world famous lakes and mountains to be explored. The Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff and Garnish Island make wonderful outings, as does a trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Shops and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 2¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity (€25per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced stream in steeply sloping garden, children must be supervised.

  • The Cottage

    Clonbur, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6706

    Splendid views of valley, lakes and plains

    Detached cottage for 2/4

    This charming holiday cottage, on the side of Mount Gable, has breathtaking views over the noted fishing lake of Lough Mask whilst Lough Corrib, famous for fishing is close by.

    One can walk directly to the summit of Mount Gable and savour mountain, lakes and ocean views. The stable door entrance, small windows and thick walls are reminiscent of yesteryear, whilst cosy furnishings complement the simplicity of the property and its surroundings.

    The attractions of the Connemara National Park and the buzz of Galway city centre are within easy driving distance. Shop, pubs and restaurants 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 galleried with double futon.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • 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.

  • Forest View Cottage

    Carrowreagh, nr. Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32105

    This comfortable, single-storey holiday cottage has been lovingly restored by the owners, who have maintained the thatch roof. The cottage is set off the main road, resulting in peace and quiet, yet is only 1½ miles from the village of Ballinagare and close to Castlerea, Carrick-on-Shannon and Knock airport. The property is also wonderfully situated for anybody wishing to tour the west of Ireland, and certainly for those interested in outdoor pursuits, as the rivers and lakes offer watersports, boat hire etc. Lough Key Forest Park offers walking and an activity park. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, home of Celtic warrior Queen Medb, has an on-site cafe and Strokestown Park, which houses the Irish National Famine Museum, are both in the area. Golf is available at Castlerea, Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon. Beaches at Enniscrone or Rosses Point are 60 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities. NB: Stream in garden, 20 yards.

  • Hollyberry Cottage

    Beaufort, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W6830

    Stunning mountain views.

    Single storey detached farm cottage for 4.

    Looking over to Ireland’s highest mountain Carrantuohill in the rugged beauty of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, this detached holiday cottage dates back to the 1900s. Delightfully restored with many of its original features, such as sash windows, open fireplace and pine flooring, it also boasts two en-suite bedrooms. Tastefully decorated it makes a wonderful romantic getaway from city traffic and the noise of life. Relax and listen to the gentle sounds of the nearby stream. Enjoy the scenery on lovely walks, or go pony trekking at the Gap of Dunloe. Take a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula or discover the glories of Killarney National Park. It is also an ideal base for climbing Ireland’s highest mountains. The owner is available to take guests on guided walks in the Killarney National Park and the nearby Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, including Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. For golfers there is a 18 hole parkland golf course closeby. It has stunning views, enjoying the backdrop of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: Stream close by.

  • 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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