Guide to country cottage holidays in the South East of Ireland

Do read through our guide on what the South East of Ireland has to offer for country cottage holidays.  Those who wish to experience the thrill of being amongst rugged scenery, clear waters and expansive mountain ranges can head towards Ireland's south east for a self catering cottage break. Encompassing Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, the south east of Ireland promises unrivalled natural beauty, rich historic & archaeological treasures and abounding natural amenities.


Country cottages in Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

Promising a wealth of variety, this region offers tourists ample opportunities to indulge in athletic activities along the lush coast or experience pampering in world renowned spas. From rejuvenating to experiencing varied attractions, there is a vast array of leisure and recreational activities to enjoy in this part of Ireland during a stay at a self catering cottage.

During a country cottage stay, you can experience superlative scenery in the awe-inspiring south east of Ireland. This area promises a memorable self catering holiday.  There are innumerable opportunities to indulge in water sports along the long stretches of golden sand beaches.

Waterford is one of the oldest cities nestled in Ireland's south east. The famous Waterford Crystal Store is a spectacular attraction in Waterford and highly popular among those visiting the city. The meeting point of three sister rivers, this alluring city boasts a mesmerising coastline and several magnificent mountain ranges, which run from east to west. During a self catering holiday, there are many lively towns and villages to explore and several shopping venues and some restaurants with real gourmet delights.

You can explore the Copper Coast, which is among the 17 Geoparks in Europe and a prominent attraction. There are also a number of spectacular festivals where you can get a flavour of culture and tradition of Ireland.

In addition, you can wonder at the remarkable beauty of the gardens nestled in this region of unadulterated beauty. The adventure centres, surf schools and water parks offer plenty of opportunities to thrill seekers to get their adrenaline running.

Famous for its romantic stretches of golden beaches, Wexford is tucked in the sunniest corner of Ireland's south-east. This peaceful and picturesque place provides ample opportunities for activities such as fishing, angling, cycling and gravity extreme adventures. From bizarre festivals to fascinating historical sites, there is plenty of choice for every visitor.

Whilst on a country cottage holiday you can find out about the history of south east Ireland through top attractions such as Hook Head lighthouse, The Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Famine Ship.  These are some of the spectacular historical highlights of the area.

Wexford Festival Opera and New Ross Piano Festivals, which depict the culture of Ireland, prove to be a welcome change for many visiting this destination. Besides, you can attend the Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival and the Strawberry Festival, which provides visitors with an amusing chance to reconnect with their inner child.

During a self catering cottage holiday, there are several historical and archaeological sites to visit such as the South Tipperary Monaincha Church, Redwood Castle, Saint Cronans Church Cross and Round Tower, Leap Castle and Tipperary Christian Fellowship. There are also many lush green gardens, such as Killurney Garden, Celtic Planatarum Dundrum, Camas Park Garden and the Turtulla Garden, among other natural attractions.

Those seeking a peaceful relaxing holiday can head towards Kilkenny. During a country cottages getaway to the south east of Ireland, you can explore many pretty little villages near Kilkenny, which are dotted around and near the tranquil River Nore. Also, whilst in Kilkenny don’t miss the chance to enjoy exploring the narrow medieval side streets of the area.
There are various adventure activities to enjoy, such as golfing, fishing, angling and horse racing. The Gowran Park is a spectacular site for horse racing. Moreover, Kilkenny is bestowed with several shopping venues, which will appeal to those who love a bit of retail therapy. Among several landmarks and natural attractions, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens, The Potter's Yard, Rothe House & Gardens and Nore Valley Park-Pet Farm are some of the prominent tourist attractions.

With the picturesque beauty of the sunny south east, Carlow offers a multifarious mix of lively festivals, along with magnificent historical sites and rejuvenating countryside. Awe-inspiring visitors, the River Barrow and dramatic Blackstairs Mountains are perfect for walking, angling and boating venues.

Depicting the cultural heritage of the historic Carlow town, Brownshill Dolmen, Ballyloughan Castle, Carlow Cathedral and Triple Bullaun Stone are some of the spectacular historical buildings to visit.   Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre, Ashlawn Garden Centre and Arboretum Inspirational Gardens are other prominent points of interest offering innumerable opportunities to gardening enthusiasts enjoying country cottages getaways.

Endless opportunities for sightseeing, adventure and outdoor activities amidst picturesque landscapes are some of the real delights for tourists on a self catering holiday in the South East of Ireland.   Enjoy browsing on Country Cottages Online for family self catering, pet friendly cottages, romantic retreats or luxurious country houses.  We trust that you will have an enjoyable time in this part of Ireland.


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