Guide to Country Cottage Holidays in Ireland

Ireland is a country with some magnificent scenery.  Many places in Ireland are shrouded in myth and folklore, adding to the magic of Ireland.  The Irish landscape includes farmlands, lakelands and mountains.  Ireland also has a rugged coastline with some stunning natural phenomena such as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland which is reputed to be Northern Ireland’s top attraction. The Irish themselves are known for their keen sense of humour, good music and friendliness.  Isn’t it time you discovered what Ireland has to offer?

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When it comes to self catering accommodation Ireland offers quaint Irish country cottages, crofters cottages and farm cottages.  There are many options when it comes to rural retreats in Ireland.  For the full range of choice enjoy browsing:

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A quick overview of self-catering holidays in Ireland

Would you like to escape to one of the most beautiful parts of the world?  A holiday cottage is the ideal base from which to discover stunning sights, eat and drink like a Celtic king, and learn about the heritage of the abundantly green land of Ireland.  Here’s just a small sample of what you could be experiencing when you go self-catering in the Emerald Isle…

Belfast self-catering city breaks

Belfast Titanic MuseumTaking a holiday cottage near Belfast will allow you to explore all that this lively city has to offer.  Pack up a picnic and head to Shaw’s Bridge, where you can enjoy a walk along the Lagan towpath in a stunning setting – there’s even a pub along the way if you get thirsty! 

Learn about the history of the most famous ship in the world, the Titanic, which was built in Belfast, and which has inspired the construction of the Titanic Visitors Centre.  Because Northern Ireland is quite small, you will be able to travel from your holiday cottage to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter in a matter of minutes – and it’s rich in historical significance that’s bound to be of interest to holidaymakers of all ages.

Stop off at St. George’s Market to pick up some fresh, locally sourced fish, meat and vegetables, and you’ll have the perfect ingredients for a feast at your holiday home at purse friendly prices.

Waterford holiday homes

waterford outdoor activities on holidayGo self-catering in Waterford to see some of the most spectacular sights that Ireland has to offer.  The Comeragh Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, and there are lots of ways to immerse yourself in this gorgeous countryside.  Go hiking, cycling or climbing, and embrace all that pure mountain air – you’re sure to work up an appetite for some tasty morsels in one of the friendly eateries nearby!

Learn about the history of Waterford in medieval times at the Waterford Medieval Museum, this fascinating slice of Ireland in the past will make you appreciate the modern conveniences and luxuries of your holiday cottage all the more!

One of the advantages of going self-catering is that it’s cost effective, which means that you’ll have money left over for a spot of shopping!  Impress friends and family with a gift of the world famous Waterford Crystal, or pick up a special piece for your own home.

Galway breaks

GalwayA holiday cottage in the Galway area is a great base from which to explore the lively city of Galway and its surrounding countryside.  Head to the Galway races to try your luck at a bet or two on the horses – and why not prepare a flask of tea or coffee at your holiday home before you head out, so you can concentrate your spending on having a flutter!

Pack a picnic at your holiday rental and head off to explore the Connemara Loop, a beautiful circle of Irish countryside that you can enjoy at whatever pace you like.  Go for a walk or boat cruise if you want a relaxing trip that will invigorate and inspire.  More adventurous types will enjoy the convenience of getting ready at the holiday cottage before going abseiling, body boarding, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving or clay pigeon shooting.

Going self-catering in Ireland means that you and your partner or family can enjoy a much more flexible break.  You have the choice of eating in or out, and there is so much to explore that there will never be a dull moment!  The Irish craic is legendry, so you’ll find the pubs, cafes and restaurants are lively places of fun – offering an unforgettable experience that you are sure to treasure for years to come.


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