Self catering country cottage holidays in the border region of Ireland

From exploring the green isles to gazing at the majestic rolling hills, the Border Region of Ireland renders ample opportunities to tourists to make the most out of their self catering cottage holiday. The border region of Ireland, where the republic of Ireland borders Northern Ireland is one of the most popular areas of Ireland for country cottage holidays.

Together Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal make up the border area of Ireland and this region is famed for its beauty and solitary peace. If you are looking for somewhere for a remote country cottages holiday then why not consider going to the borders, one of the most romantic parts of Ireland. The historical highlights are also alluring to many.

To find self catering accommodation see:

Cottages in Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim & Sligo.


Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo are famed as the Lakeland area. Quiet lanes, towering mountains along with glassy loughs are characteristic of the Lakelands.  Wild and remote Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal marks the most northerly point of the Irish borders. The soaring peaks and cliff top vistas of Donegal charm numerous travellers on their self catering breaks.

Studded with magnificent mountain ranges and historical attractions, Donegal offers plenty of opportunities to just take in the scintillating beauty of the destination or engage in many activities if you prefer. Enjoy walking across the towering cliffs of Slieve League or visit stunning natural landscapes such as Glenveagh National Park & Castle where you will find mountains, rare raised bogland, lakes and woodland.

During a country cottage holiday in the North West of Ireland if you are feeling energetic why not head for Mount Errigal, which is not the highest mountain range in Ireland, but is the highest mountain that Donegal has to offer.  Donegal is a region of contrasts renowned for dramatic scenery. Bundoran Adventure Park, Inishowen Peninsula and Bundoran Blue Flag Beach are testimony to the evocative picture of a vibrant and unfolding past.

Apart from visiting these significant attractions, why not take part in some of the leisure and sporting activities on offer such as hill walking and horse riding. Amongst several other activities, hiking and walking are popular. Bluestack Mountains and St Johns Point are spectacular venues welcoming several walkers. Fort Dunree Military Museum, An tSean Bheairic and Four Masters Memorial also offer unique experiences. Ireland's Border Region also has innumerable art galleries such as Straid Studio-Gallery and Glebe House & Gallery, where you can appreciate and learn about the artwork of Irish artists.

Punctuated with distinctive limestone mountains such as Benbulben, Sligo stands apart from the neighbouring counties of the Border Region of Ireland. The greener and luxuriant appearance of Sligo makes this area particularly popular for self catering holidays.  Amongst numerous sites, one of the significant gems of Sligo is the Eagles Flying, which is Ireland's largest sanctuary for magnificent birds of prey and owls. This landmark is home to the National Raptor Centre, where you can view distinct bird species and attend bird shows.

Also in Sligo is the Sligo Folk Park in Riverstown, which is a fine surviving example of rural Irish heritage. Housing sites such as Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Drumcliff Church and Visitor Centre, Sligo Abbey makes for a great day out. From golfing and walking to cycling, Sligo offers visitors many enjoyable sights and activities to enjoy in a beautiful natural setting. If you like to be where it is all happening and enjoy evenings out don’t miss Sligo’s many musical festivals such as the Contemporary New Music Festival.  As with many parts of Ireland, Sligo is popular for self catering fishing holidays.  Moy Estuary in Sligo is known for excellent salmon fishing opportunities.

Adding a unique appeal to the atmosphere of Leitrim is the presence of Shannon-Erne Waterway, which helps makes this destination the cruising capital of Ireland. Enjoy relaxing with friends at one of the riverside pubs or do a spot of angling.  Drumkeeran Heritage Centre, Kinlough Folk Museum and Parkes Castle are amongst the highlights on offer in Leitrim

The romantic and charming destination of Cavan boasts a picturesque landscape. Speckled with drumlins, tranquil lakes and forest parks, this self catering cottages destination is ideal for long quiet strolls and cycling. Dun na Rí Forest Park, Killykeen Forest Park and Lakeview Gardens are other popular attractions that can restore spirits and offer peace of mind.

A break to Monaghan allows you to visit this rural idyll, which is home to a rich cultural heritage. The Patrick Kavanagh Rural & Literary Resource Centre and The Lace Gallery are places of interest in Monaghan.

If you are seeking a remote or secluded country cottage break and love the beauty of nature then the borders of Ireland may be a good choice for you.  The borders of Ireland are known for their tranquil countryside, soaring hills, spectacular attractions and bustling market towns.  There is so much to enjoy in this part of Ireland.  Wherever you stay in Ireland’s border region we trust that you will have an enjoyable time and hope that you will be smitten with Ireland.