Guide to self catering and country cottage holidays in the Mid West of Ireland

Let us guide you on country cottage holidays in Ireland's mid west.  Ireland's mid-west is defined by the majestic river Shannon, which is bordered to the west by the powerful Atlantic Ocean. Some consider this part of Ireland to be a magical place to visit on a self catering break.  Ireland is a country with a rich heritage and with a great number of myths and legends surrounding the mid west of Ireland, this is an area which truly fascinates many visitors.  Ireland’s mid west is carved by picturesque mountains and enchanting landscapes which offer excellent sightseeing opportunities.  There is a wealth of things to do, see and enjoy on a self catering country cottage holiday in the mid west of Ireland.

Ireland’s mid west comprises Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, where visitors can enjoy hundreds of historic, literary, artistic and fun-filled attractions. Many are attracted to this part of Ireland by virtue of the wild rugged landscapes. A beautiful gift of nature, the craggy countryside offers a fantastic setting for a country cottage holiday.


Self catering cottages in Clare and Limerick

From discovering spectacular cliffs and ancient landscapes, Clare is a good base from which to tour mid-western Ireland. Attractions here include the Cliffs of Moher and the mystical lunar landscape of the Burren. These inspirational natural wonders and the rich Celtic heritage can leave tourists awe-struck.

Clare is a hive of outdoor activities.  In Clare you can enjoy water sports, surfing, angling, playing golf, horse riding, walking and cycling. In particular, the dramatic Atlantic coastline and unspoiled greenery make this a perfect setting for self catering golf holidays.  Clare also attracts a good number of keen wildlife watchers.  The Cliffs of Moher are a veritable paradise for birdwatchers with their dramatic and picturesque beauty.   Many artists are drawn to Clare and are inspired by the stunning natural beauty.  Kilrush Marina is a sailing holiday destination and attracts a number of keen sailors. Many enjoy cruising in the Atlantic.  

Craggaunowen, which tells the story of the arrival of the Celts in Ireland, attracts a large number of people year-round. This highlight is home to an impressive collection of exhibits and replica dwellings that people lived in during pre-historic times, which allows visitors to learn more about the lives of people in truly ancient times.

If you simply adore Irish history then there should be lots to interest you during your self catering holiday.  There are innumerable castles and cathedrals to visit such as Aillwee Cave, Bunratty Castle, Caherconnell Stone Fort, Clare Museum, Doolin Cave and Knappogue Castle. Other attractions are Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre and Bunratty Folk Park.

Nestled in the glorious mid west of Ireland, Limerick is a scenic district, which offers many attractions. From alluring villages, majestic castles with archaeological wonder, every nook and corner offers something unique. Amongst these, the dauntingly beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains hog the limelight. Celtic Theme Park & Gardens are another ancient landmark and is visited by many during their country cottage holiday.

There are many activities to enjoy in this vibrant destination, ranging from golfing to horse racing. Tourists taking a country cottages break can visit the Curraghchase Forest Park, which enables them to get close to nature in its wild yet alluring form. Linked by curved paths and pretty borders, Boyce Gardens is another place to visit.  There are also long scenic walks along the Ballyhoura Way, which offer panoramic vistas of beautiful stretches of countryside along the way.

St. Mary's Cathedral and Hunt Museum are two of the most popular ancient attractions in the mid West. King John's Castle, Castle Lane, Adare Heritage Centre, Lough Gur, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Glenstal Abbey will also be of interest to those who love to learn about history.  

North Tipperary also boasts numerous scenic landmarks. In North Tipperary you can enjoy hill walking, fishing, boating, scenic drives, swimming and sightseeing. With its enthralling Lough Derg shoreline, North Tipperary is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Offering breathtaking sunsets, Garrykennedy is a picturesque spot, where tourists can enjoy boating and fishing.

Also in North Tipperary is Brú Ború is an ancient heritage centre located at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. Numerous tourists visit Brú Ború to acquaint themselves with native Irish music, song, dance, story telling and theatre along with Celtic studies. Monaincha Abbey and Holy Cross Abbey are also interesting monastic sites.

There is a wealth of places to go and things to see and do in the mid west of Ireland during a self catering cottage stay.   Whether you are travelling as part of a large group and seeking to rent a large country house or are travelling with your loved one and looking for a small romantic cottage we trust that you will be charmed by this part of Ireland.


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