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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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  • 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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  • Drishane Cottage

    Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: ZCC

    Standing alone on a secluded headland, with views and direct access to a sandy beach below, this cosy old holiday cottage has been sympathetically renovated to a very good standard, retaining all of its considerable charm and character. It lies within the Loch Hyne Special Area of Conservation, and has its own natural garden, with lovely coastal walks from the doorstep. Lough Hyne, 4 miles, is an inland sea lake with marine nature reserve and forest walks. There are delightful coastal villages along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way, such as Baltimore, Castletownshend, Union Hall and Glandore, where you will have numerous opportunities to take part in watersports. From Baltimore, you can get ferries to Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, or take a trip to Fastnet Rock. Skibbereen is just under 4 miles away and has a very good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops, along with an 18-hole golf course, heritage centre and farmers’ country markets on Friday and Saturday. Shop and restaurant 3¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with rugs on quarry-tiled floor/kitchen. Separate toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with rugs on wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. No TV (no reception). CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Natural garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Lake View Cottage

    Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31425

    Stunning lake and mountain views.

    Bungalow for 4.

    From its elevated site this renovated bungalow offers truly spectacular panoramic views over Caragh Lake. The detached holiday property is located 5 miles from Killorglin and 8 miles from the long, golden beaches of Rossbeigh. Situated on a working sheep farm, the bungalow offers a sense of tranquillity. Soak in the views while listening to the babbling of the small stream which runs at the side of the property. Alternatively you can curl up with a book from the small library available in the property. There are numerous golf courses in the surrounding area. Ireland’s highest mountain is close by, offering ample opportunities for mountaineering and hill walking. Free trout fishing is available on a private lough. Located just off the Wild Atlantic Way, this makes the perfect base for day trips to the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and beautiful Killarney with its lakes and national park. Take a horse and trap through the Gap of Dunloe or visit the incredible Skellig Islands. Horse riding nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced stream and drop in garden.

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  • The Courtyard 1

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32058

    On the outskirts of Whitechurch village and a 600-yard stroll from the river Barrow, these beautifully converted former barns enjoy a peaceful, rural setting, yet they are only a few minutes’ drive from the quayside town of New Ross (7 miles), with plenty of interest including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a galley cruising restaurant! The owners are on site where they run an arable farm and have managed to retain the holiday cottages’ period charm with beamed ceilings throughout, original stone walls and cosy wood or electric burning stoves. Each has its own private patio garden as well as a large lawned area for guest use, as well as one being wheelchair friendly (Mill Cottage, ref W32056). Just 2 miles down the road is the Kennedy Homestead and Aboretum (over 4500 plant varieties) which are well worth a visit. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and coves to explore, including the vast sandy beach at seaside Duncannon (9 miles) and numerous activities, including coarse fishing at Oaklands Lake, 3-par golf course, horse riding and sailing, all within a 10-mile radius. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Patio and furniture.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared play area. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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  • Cloongullaun Cottage

    Cloongullane, nr. Swinford, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31979

    This pretty holiday cottage has been lovingly renovated with a modern kitchen added to it, making it comfortable and cosy, yet retaining its original charms. It boasts a wonderful location with the grounds backing onto the River Moy (salmon fishing available) and there is a riverside picnic table for those who enjoy outdoor dining. Swinford 2 miles, and Foxford, 6 miles, both with restaurants and pubs with traditional music sessions. The pretty town of Westport, 30 miles, is worth a day trip and Galway is only 60 miles for those wishing to visit. Achill Island, 50 miles, has wonderful unspoilt scenery and there are lovely beaches in Enniscrone, just outside Ballina,18 miles, as well as a championship golf course. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft), 1 bunk both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The cottage backs onto the River Moy via a gated walkway, 110 yards. Drop in garden.

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  • Longfellow’s Cottage

    Cloghbolie, nr. Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W31870

    Built over 100 years ago, Longfellow’s Cottage was originally a fisherman’s croft. On the Wild Atlantic Way, it has now been lovingly restored to a holiday cottage of character retaining many original features. Just a short distance away is Creevy Pier where visitors can enjoy fishing from the pier and the hospitality of the local hotel. Nearby is the historical town of Ballyshannon with its wealth of pubs, music and restaurants. Beautiful Rossnowlagh’s Blue Flag beach is only 2 miles with water sports for the enthusiast. Bundoran is 6 miles with golf, surfing and horse riding all locally. Shops 2 miles, hotel with bar and restaurant 330 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and stone flag floor. Dining area/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom in loft with Velux.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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