Cottage Holidays in Ireland’s National Parks

Connemara National ParkThinking of taking a cottage holiday in one of Ireland’s National Parks?  Read our guide for information and inspiration on what each of Ireland's National Parks has to offer for self-catering breaks.

What Ireland’s National Parks offer for Cottage Breaks

There are a total of 6 National Parks to discover in Ireland, each with its own unique landscape and character including:

•    Ballycroy National Park

Nestled in County Mayo, Ballycroy National Park is a large expanse of peatland and boglands, and a Special Area of Conservation.  The park is popular with birdwatchers (as rare birds are found here) and with keen walkers too. 


•    Burren National Park

This national park in County Clare is largely made up of a rocky landscape, interspersed with grasslands, lakes, scrublands and fenlands.  There is a peaked ridge; the Knockanes in the park, as well as a limestone pavement.


•    Connemara National Park

Found in County Galway, Connemara National Park with its stunning landscape of boglands, mountains, heaths and woodlands is a memorable place to visit and one of Ireland’s most impressive national parks. 


•    Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh is Ireland’s second biggest national park.  Found in the heart of the Derryveagh mountains in County Donegal, this park with its landscape of mountains, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands is bound to enchant and delight visitors.


•    Killarney National Park

Set in County Kerry, Killarney National Park was Ireland’s first national park.  The park is a dedicated UNESCO Biosphere, and covers an impressive mountainous landscape which includes the McGillcuddy Reeks, the lakes of Killarney, as well as woodlands and waterfalls.


•    Wicklow Mountains National Park

Visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park and discover the mountains and the Glendalough valley with its woodlands, heathlands and lakes.  The park is popular with walkers and keen wildlife watchers.

Whichever of Ireland's National Parks you choose to discover on holiday, we hope you've found our guide on some of the best sights to discover helpful.

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