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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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  • 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.

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  • McCready’s Cottage

    Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W31500

    Just off the N56, on the edge of the picturesque village of Lettermacaward, you will find this charming traditional holiday cottage. Surrounded by lakes and hills this peaceful setting is the ideal haven to enjoy the tranquillity of this scenic area. This is a great area for walking, as there are many waymarked trails through the mountains and hills. With its nearby lakes and the majestic Gweebara River there are lots of opportunities for the avid fisherman. The long golden strand of Dooey Beach is a definite must for beach lovers and is popular with surfers. For an enjoyable day out visit Glenveagh National Park and Dunlewy Lakeside Centre. Nearest shops, pubs and restaurants are in Lettermacaward, 2km.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double bedroom with additional double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (fuel included). Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 coin meter. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB. Fenced stream at bottom of drive.

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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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  • Darragh Cottages

    Kilfinane, Co. Limerick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6019

    Good base for touring.

    Terrace stone cottage for 4.

    Situated on the borders of counties Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, in an area of green pastures, woodlands and rolling hills, this holiday property is in the grounds of the owner’s residence, and has won a ’Best Wildlife Garden’ award in 2008. Set in a walled garden, it has original stone walls and exposed wooden beams which retain the character of the interior, tastefully combined with all modern conveniences. The cottage has waxed floors and makes a cosy retreat at any time of year. Excellent touring base for Killarney, Limerick, Cashel, Lismore, Cork and Blarney, with Dublin city and the scenery of West Cork within easy reach, as is the beach. Golf, horse riding and local fishing also available. Shop 4 miles and pub ½ mile.

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

    Storage heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Fishermans Cottage

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31536

    Beautiful sea views

    Single-storey cottage for 4

    In a superb setting, overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay, and a few hundred yards from a sandy beach, this charming 150 year old fishermans cottage has undergone tasteful renovation. From the rear patio a flight of steps leads to a large lawned garden affording panoramic views. You are on the ’Seven Heads’ walking route, and just one mile from Courtmacsherry village. Sailing, canoeing, horse riding and angling locally. The colourful town of Clonakilty, 9 miles, offers golf, cinema and a model railway village. Excellent touring, including Kinsale, Blarney, Cork city, and the entire spectacular coastline. Fishing available nearby. Shop 1¼ miles and pub serving food (open at weekends all year, and full time June-Sep) 1 mile. Restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Tiled floor throughout.

    NSH, power, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Friday to Friday. No smoking. No children under 7 years. NB: Low front doorway. 10 steps in garden.

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  • Lackaroe

    Portroe, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: ZUF

    Set on the eastern shores of Lough Derg at Castlelough, this charming traditional cottage, with its own private garden, has been lovingly restored to retain its old-world character. Furnished in old pine, with quarry-tiled floors and two loft-style bedrooms much loved by children, and a first floor living/TV room, it makes a delightful holiday base for families, fishermen, or those who simply want to get away from it all! There are fascinating historical sites to visit, lovely forest walks and pony trekking on the Lough Derg Way, while the nearby villages and towns offer plenty of pubs and restaurants for evening entertainment. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 loft-style single bedrooms with low ceiling (alternative sleeping for children).

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Knockchree Cottage

    Cromane, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32263

    Enjoying a lovely location on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, makes a wonderful base from which to discover the glorious scenery. The cottage is bright and airy with a private garden to the rear. The local area has tranquil lakes, beautiful long golden beaches, and hidden coves and harbours. There are some wonderful walks and hikes, along with opportunities for fishing, golf and horse riding on the beach. Killorglin has some fine restaurants, with an award-winning restaurant in Cromane. Take a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula with its incredible coastal scenery, or along the Ring of Kerry to Killarney with its lakes and National Park. Alternatively, take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. Beach 1½ miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room, electric heaters and electricity by €2 meter. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 26" Saorview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Bannow Bay Cottages - An Tigín

    Wellington Bridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W31890

    In a stunning setting overlooking Bannow Bay, these 200 year old detached holiday cottages offer a comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful part of Wexford.
    Each cottage has a private gravelled garden and inside An Tigín (ref W31890) offers many original features including traditional half door, exposed stone wall and beamed ceiling whilst Carraig Dubh (ref W31889) has a spacious living room with a cosy fire.
    Just 100 yards from the cottages are the pebble shores of the estuary where sea bass fishing, walking, bird watching (estuary and woodland birds) and pony trekking can be enjoyed.
    The owners who are on site, own the Horse and Pony Trekking Club and offer discounts to the guests.
    There are many attractions in the area including Hook Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Europe, 8 miles, Tintern Abbey, JFK Aboretum and Wexford Town, 16 miles. Rosslare ferry port 45 minutes away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 steps down to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Fridge/freezer.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. NB: 100 yards from estuary.

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  • 190 Roundstone Cottage, Connemara

    Roundstone, nr. Clifden

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32224

    Situated on the island of Inishnee, which can be reached by road, 4 miles from Roundstone, this detached single-storey cottage is the perfect spot for a peaceful holiday in the heart of Connemara. The cottage overlooks the bay at Roundstone village, and has views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, Errisbeg Hill and the Atlantic Ocean. The island featured in the ’Monty Halls Great Irish Escape’ TV programme. The rustic traditional exterior of this cottage gives way to a wonderful bright and contemporary interior. Furnished to a very good standard, it provides the perfect base for visitors to experience all that Connemara has to offer. Sitting out in the garden watching the sun go down on the Atlantic ocean would be an ideal way to relax.
    The village of Roundstone (Cloch na Rón) on the Wild Atlantic Way, is a charming and picturesque fishing village, nestled at the foot of Errisbeg Hill, with the Atlantic Ocean lapping against its harbour and scenic coastline. There are a number of pubs, restaurants and cafe’s catering for all tastes, especially seafood dishes cooked from fresh fish, which is supplied by the fishermen when they return to harbour. There is a well-equipped children’s playground in the village and ample outdoor seating for those who like to sit, relax and watch the day go by. Sea fishing trips and tours are available from the harbour daily. Lake fishing is also available locally on the many inland lakes in the area, and also at nearby Ballynahinch Castle and Cashel village.
    Bike hire is available in the village for those who would like to spend some time exploring the area and all of its hidden gems. The village also hosts traditional Irish music and dance nights throughout the summer, and it boasts many scenic routes such as the Inishnee Loop Walk, Ervallagh, the Bog Road Loop and Errisbeg Hill, which is ideal for cyclists and walkers.
    Gurteen Beach and Dogs Bay are located close to Roundstone village and are renowned for their particularly white sand and pods of dolphins are a regular sight in the bay. The beaches are very popular with windsurfers, dinghy sailors and kite surfers.
    Annual events in the village include a traditional boat regatta, the internationally renowned Roundstone Pony Show takes place in Farrells Field throughout the summer months. The Marconi marathon takes place in September of each year and offers the participants and spectators a unique sporting experience through the scenic Roundstone Bog Road.
    The market town of Clifden is a short drive and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. It has several restaurants many serving the local fish, and pubs, most with music sessions during the year. There are also art galleries and many lovely craft shops. Connemara Golf Links are in Ballyconneely, and horses riding can be found at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a scenic short drive from the house and Galway city is approximately 60 miles away. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (can be double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Sugarloaf View

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32174

    In a beautiful position overlooking Glengarriff Harbour and Bantry Bay, this attractively furnished, detached holiday home is adjacent to the owner’s home just one mile from the village of Glengarriff on the Wild Atlantic Way. It offers walking trails at the perimeter of the 60-acre dry stock farm on which it is situated. Famed for a magnificent setting between its harbour and the Caha Mountains, Glengarriff has much to appeal to the holidaymaker. The superb Garnish Island Gardens, the Nature Reserve with fantastic walks and viewing points, the Bamboo Park, and, a short distance from the village, the Ewe Experience, are all well worth a visit. There is a good choice of craft shops, restaurants and pubs, and a 9-hole golf course. This is the gateway to the Beara Peninsula whose spectacular scenery and colourful villages are a must-see. Take a trip over the Healy Pass, or go via the Caha Pass to Kenmare. Bantry, 10 miles, has the delightful Bantry House and Gardens, cinema and leisure centre. Further afield you can explore the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsulas or take a ferry to one of the offshore islands for a very rewarding day trip. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

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

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W5812

    Overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay.

    Terraced house for 4.

    A delightful, charmingly furnished house with a small enclosed gravel garden and patio, is in an idyllic underwood holiday setting, on the edge of this picturesque seaside village with glorious panoramic views of Courtmacsherry Bay, and is ideally located for exploring Cork and Kerry. Only 8 miles away is colourful Clonakilty, with its lively shops and restaurants. The gourmet town of Kinsale is also within easy driving distance. The area has numerous sandy beaches making this the perfect place to relax and unwind. It is an ideal walking area and the upper harbour is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Water sports, sea angling, golf, horse riding and tennis are all available locally. The location, which is close to the Wild Atlantic Way, makes an ideal base for exploring wild and wonderful West Cork. Shop 2¼ miles, pub ½ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH and electricity included (€25 per week October-March). Open fire. Bed linen and towels included. Free to air TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Parking (2 cars). Small enclosed garden and patio.

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  • Rockwell Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32041

    Rockwell Cottage enjoys a wonderful location on the Wild Atlantic Way on the beautiful Beara Peninsula with spectacular sea and mountain views from its elevated site. Situated 12 miles away from the heritage town of Kenmare, near the borders of Cork and Kerry, this single-storey holiday cottage offers access to the glorious scenery of both these counties. Airy and spacious, the views are maximised from the floor to ceiling windows. Locally, enjoy fabulous walks, cycling, water sports, fishing, golf and horse riding. Visit the subtropical gardens at Dereen House or the beautiful lakes and waterfall at Gleninchaquin. Take some time to discover the magnificent scenery of the Healy Pass, the Iveragh Peninsula, Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula. Shop 2 miles, pub 2½ miles and restaurant 8 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. NB: Small water run-off drain and unprotected drops in garden.

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