Immerse yourself in the beauty of Ireland this year
Ireland - a short journey away from mainland UK, and yet a unique, diverse and other-worldly destination. There are so many things to see and do here, whether that's exploring the Giant's Causeway or enjoying a 'real' pint of Guinness. It doesn't matter whether you want to enjoy a cosmopolitan city break, or relax amidst breathtaking landscapes: you can do it all and more when on short breaks in Ireland.
We have a range of holiday rentals in the best Irish destinations, from cottages in Cork to apartments in Dublin. Wherever you want to start your adventure, you can be sure HomeAway will provide the perfect accommodation.
Top 5 Destinations in Ireland
Short Breaks in Dublin
As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is both a thriving and vibrant city. Colourful and cosmopolitan, short breaks in Dublin offer all you could ever want from a fantastic Irish getaway. There are dozens of chic restaurants, quirky boutiques and traditional pubs, but also fascinating historical sites, museums and galleries. There's so much on offer, you'll want to come back next year! Spend a day climbing to the highest pub in the city, or discover Ireland's largest medieval crypt at Christ Church Cathedral. You'll want to be part of the craic by the time the evening rolls round, but with over 1,000 bars to choose from, it won't be a difficult task!
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Short Breaks in Cork
Located on the south west coast, Cork is Ireland's largest county. Steeped in over 4,000 years of history, it's no surprise to find that this is a varied and fascinating region. Heritage sites include enormous estates such as Bantry House and Gardens, as well as military structures such as the 1677 Charles Fort. Wonderful landscapes also allow for activities: short breaks in Cork can include cycling along rugged coastlines, walking along woodland trails, or even trying out water-sports. Also considered one of the best whale watching spots in Europe, travel to Cork from June to January to observe Humpbacks, Minkes and dolphins. Of course, Cork City itself offers equally exciting attractions - its summer festival is one of the best in Ireland.
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Short Breaks in Donegal
Donegal is located at the very top of the Emerald Isle - it's more northerly than northern Ireland, and yet politically part of the Republic. Short breaks in Donegal are consequently cheaper and less crowded, and benefit from beautiful beaches (although they're a little chilly!). Murvagh and Rossnowlagh are two of the finest, and allow for fantastic surfing, walking and water-sports. Indeed, Donegal's rugged landscapes are ideal for hiking and climbing too, particularly around Poisoned Glen and the Bluestack Mountains. If you'd rather relax than go rambling in the countryside, Donegal's towns offer equally great activities. With a waterpark, theatre and myriad of shops, Letterkenny's the remedy if you get stuck on a rainy day!
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Short Breaks in Kerry
County Kerry is regarded as the most beautiful region of Ireland, home to its highest mountains and its most westerly coastlines. You can hike to highest peak, Carrauntuohill, or traverse the Ring of Kerry, an area of breathtaking natural beauty. Located around the Iveragh Peninsula, you'll take in ancient ruins, enormous estates and wonderful wildlife as you travel from Killarney to Kenmare. In Kenmare itself you'll find plenty to do, including the opportunity to dive off Kenmare Bay. The bay is home to dolphins, whales and sun fish during the summer, making a dive here a truly once in a lifetime experience. If you want to enjoy Ireland's beauty both above and below sea level, look no further than short breaks in Kerry.
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Short Breaks in Galway
County Galway is one of Ireland's most exciting spots - visitors are offered the sights and sounds of the city, but the tranquility of the countryside is never far away. You could even combine your holiday with a trip to the Aran Islands, located at the mouth of Galway Bay. Of course, if you decide to stay in the city you won't be disappointed - Galway is famous for its traditional Irish music, beautiful architecture and delicious cuisine. Aside from its dozens of churches, medieval houses and castles, Galway plays host to the International Oyster Festival. Held every September, it's heralded as one of the top festivals in Europe! For a holiday with a difference, look no further than short breaks in Galway.
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There couldn't be a better time to take short breaks in Ireland. You can find cheap travel options throughout the year, and budget-friendly properties with the help of HomeAway. From luxury apartments at the heart of the action, to quaint cottages overlooking the sea, we provide a range of fantastic properties which give you the space and privacy you need.
You can't fail to delight in this country's unique culture, friendly people and amazing sites, so why wait? Start planning the holiday of a lifetime by booking accommodation through HomeAway.
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