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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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  • 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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  • The Granary

    Nobber, Co. Meath.

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: YGG

    Just one hour from Dublin, this beautifully converted mill stands on 300 acres of farmland overlooking the river. Four delightful cottages have been created, two of which are offered here. Set in a courtyard, they are spacious, airy and well equipped, each with a wood-burning stove, lending them a cosy atmosphere. This is an ideal rural location (no bus service) to get away from it all, with fishing and long country walks on the doorstep. There are plenty of activities to enjoy locally, including horse riding, an 18-hole golf course at Ardee, and horse racing at Fairyhouse, while Meath’s fine sandy beaches offer good swimming and windsurfing. The Neolithic sites of Newgrange and Lough Crew are also within easy reach.

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

    Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.

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  • Cappacurry Lodge

    Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31685

    Cappacurry Lodge is a totally restored and refurbished farmhouse only 2 miles from Ballinrobe with views of Croagh Patrick and is only 500 yards from Ballinrobe Golf Course. The holiday property has been restored to a very good standard yet maintains the cottage feel. Ballinrobe makes an ideal holiday base with mountains to be walked, Lough Mask to be fished (ghillies and boats available locally), several golf courses in the area and Connemara, Westport, Galway, Ashford Castle and Cong all within easy access for day trips. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with high beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms with wooden floors, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating. All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Carrig Beag

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32212

    Situated in an historic side road in the heart of the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare, this pretty stone-faced end of terrace cottage enjoys a quiet and tranquil location, yet is just a stone’s throw from the many restaurants, craft shops and traditional pubs of this beautiful town. This cottage has been lovingly restored and offers great character, as well as spacious and comfortable living spaces, with a little garden to the rear. On the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare makes a fantastic base for discovering the beautiful scenery of Kerry and West Cork. Take a day trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula or drive over the corkscrew roads through Healy Pass into West Cork. Golfing, fishing, watersports and some wonderful walks are available locally. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 31" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Atlantic View House

    Killybegs, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32033

    Situated in an elevated site, overlooking Killybegs’ harbour, this ground floor holiday apartment, close to the owner’s home, has patio doors leading from the living room to the paved garden area, ideal for relaxing and surveying both fishing and leisure craft as they manoeuvre in beautiful Killybegs’ harbour. This area offers some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, with a visit to Sliabh Liag, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, at the top of most visitors must-sees. Killybegs is Ireland’s busiest fishing port, and also has the reputation for its abundance of gourmet restaurants both in the town and the locality, many offering fabulous seafood. Beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts will not be disappointed, with so many beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. For outdoor sports this is an area worth visiting, with sea angling, dive charters and sightseeing boat trips locally. Visit the Folk Village Museum at Glencolmcille and the traditional weavers and hand knitting centres for which this area is known. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchenette. 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in garage). Wi-fi. Large garden, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared unspoilt grounds, patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Courtyard Cottages, Rosnastraw - 1 Courtyard Cottages

    Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31984

    These fantastic stone-built, terraced holiday cottages have been painstakingly restored to a very good standard. They are south facing on a quiet and tranquil road, adjacent to the owner’s home, only 5 minutes from the historic village of Tinahely. Each cottage has 2 bedrooms, a woodburner and central heating. They enjoy the most beautiful views of Croghan Mountain and the Logan Valley. Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny are all close enough to explore. Golf, horse riding and walking are all available locally and Coolattin Golf Club is only 10 minutes away. The 6th-century monastic site of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most famous heritage sites, is close by. There are plenty of other attractions to visit including historic houses, gardens and heritage attractions such as Ballybeg House and Avondale House. Shops and restaurant 8 miles, pubs 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area and patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms, both with Velux: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux. Wooden floors throughout.

    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. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo

    Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W6605

    Idyllic setting.

    Detached barn conversion for 4.

    This refurbished barn in the grounds of the owner’s home is situated in one of the hidden parts of Ireland and boats wonderful views of Lough Mask from the rear garden. The delightful holiday home has timber floors, exposed stonework and a wood burner. It stands on an elevated site with wonderful views of Lough Mask in the distance. Less than an hours drive away lies the National Parks Kylemore Abbey and Connemara. Ideal for walking enthusiats, this area of Mayo has some of the most amazing scenery and walks around the quiet roadways, woods, hills and mountains, which the owner has thoughtfully made a booklet together for guests to take advantage of. Joyce Country, the Connemara National Park and Westport are all within easy reach, whilst the county town of Castlebar, with its range of amenities, shopping and restaurants, is 18 miles away. A lovely lake beach with picnic area is nestled just a mile away and is perfect for a family day out with your children. Fishing, boat hire and gillies available locally. Shop and restaurant 1¼ miles, pub 2 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Garden Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32276

    Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, just 10 miles from the busy town of Enniskillen, 80 miles from Belfast and 45 miles from Sligo, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. Belle Isle Estate is made up of a selection of apartments and cottages, some of which are offered here. Belle Isle Castle is a stunning Irish castle situated on its own private island in the centre of Lough Erne. It has been home to generations of noblemen and has now been extensively refurbished to be the backdrop to your most fantastical break. Modern amenities are mixed with antique furniture and stunning spaces to make sure each visit has that good, old-fashioned, wow-factor. Belle Isle Estate has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and the castle itself is a fantastic 17th-century country house. The strong stone walls, huge solid wood doors and sculptural window surrounds are encased in a sea of ivy leaves and traditional planting. The sunken garden makes the perfect space for gatherings, impromptu or otherwise.
    The castle is made up of two wings, the Hamilton Wing (ref W32275) which has eight bedrooms and the Abercorn Wing (ref W32274) which has five bedrooms. The property may be booked in its entirety incorporating both wings or individually for smaller groups. It is ideally suited for weddings or other large parties and catering can be arranged on request with the owner or may be done by guests themselves. The banqueting hall accommodates up to 60 guests. Garden Cottage (ref W32276) is a lovely detached cottage situated in a walled garden, which is a cosy retreat with wonderful views over the lakes and surrounding countryside. The Oak Cottage (ref W32277), Chestnut Cottage (ref W32280), and Lime Cottage (ref W32281) are three of eight terraced cottages in a courtyard setting close to the castle and the lake shore. Each cottage has its own grassy outside area with barbecue available and a picnic table. Indoors you will find all amenities and plenty of space to relax in, and are decorated to a good standard with unique period furnishings and a wood burner. Built in 1856 the coach house is a beautiful stone building which now accommodates the spacious Coach House 1 apartment, (ref W32278). It is located close to the lake shore with peaceful woodland walks on the doorstep. Cath Cart Lodge (ref W32279) is a spacious detached property located on the lake shore with direct access to the lake and with wonderful views over the water.
    The grounds are peaceful and extensive and on site is also a children’s playground, tennis courts, cookery school, sailing/boating and coarse fishing. Local attractions in the area include Belleek Pottery, Florence Court House and Forest Park, Marble Arch Caves, golf, horse riding and National Trust properties. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. The properties can be booked together to sleep up 52 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom 2: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Large lawned courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden and a lake 500 yards away.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared natural grounds with woodland and forest walks. Coarse fishing on-site (at cost, licence required). No smoking. Please note: There is a lake in the grounds 100 yards away.

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  • Rainbow Cottage

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31824

    This charming, detched, single storey holiday cottage is set in a position of great natural beauty overlooking Glengarriff Harbour. Spacious, bright and tastefully presented, it also enjoys a mature garden with sloping lawns. You are just 1 mile from Glengarriff village, on the Atlantic Way, which is renowned for its setting amid harbour shore, wooded valley and hills. You are at the gateway to the spectacular Beara Peninsula, and within 20 miles of Kenmare via the Caha Pass. Other highlights include Gougane Barra National Park and the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsulas. Bantry is 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and beams. Dining room with wooden floor and beams/kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Sun room. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, each with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €50per week. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sloping lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Four

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32191

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • 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 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. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). 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. High chair. 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 (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • Strand Court

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: YTI

    With fine views over a sandy Blue Flag beach, this magnificent first floor apartment has direct access (via steps) on to the beach itself, where fishing can be enjoyed. Adjoining other holiday properties, it is a mere hundred yards or so from the village, with its traditional pubs and many restaurants. Duncannon is home to a maritime museum, which makes for an interesting visit, and there are also several activities locally such as swimming, boating, walking, scuba diving and golf. In a great location for touring the Hook Peninsula, this property makes a wonderful holiday base. Shops 50 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking.

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