Find the best place to stay — County Offaly

Where to stay around County Offaly?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 41 holiday lettings near County Offaly. From 29 cottages to 5 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near County Offaly is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in County Offaly?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in County Offaly. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Laois: 22 holiday homes
  • Irish High Cross Kinnitty: 38 holiday homes
  • Castlecomer Golf Club: 42 holiday homes
  • Abbeyleix Heritage House: 27 holiday homes
  • Slieve Bloom: 34 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in County Offaly! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in County Offaly?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in County Offaly with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Kilkenny: 35 holiday lettings
  • Birr: 22 holiday lettings
  • Nenagh: 46 holiday lettings
  • Trim: 31 holiday lettings
  • Portumna: 33 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in County Offaly?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in County Offaly. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Irish High Cross Kinnitty: 38 holiday rentals
  • Castlecomer Golf Club: 42 holiday rentals
  • Abbeyleix Heritage House: 27 holiday rentals
  • Slieve Bloom: 34 holiday rentals
  • Ballaghmore Castle: 32 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around County Offaly listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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County Offaly is perfect for families, especially when you rent a holiday cottage or holiday rental home

County Offaly is situated in the heart of the Republic of Ireland and is known as King's County. Counties Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath, Laois, Kildare, Meath and Tipperary border Offaly and the main town is Tullamore. The northwest part of this region consists of bogs (Boora Bog and Bog of Allen) and flood plains of the Shannon River, whilst the south is home to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Places to holiday in County Offaly, Ireland

County Offaly has lots to offer holidaymakers in its friendly towns and villages, with unrivalled sacred sites, a rich musical heritage, wild bog lands and a thriving nightlife. Although there are hotels and guest houses for visitors, one of the best ways to explore all that this county has to offer is to rent self-catering accommodation or holiday cottages.

Offaly is a haven for golf enthusiast, walkers, cyclists, anglers and nature lovers. You can hire whatever equipment you need for your particular sport locally to your holiday cottage. Irish cottages vary from an elegant period mansion, rural cottages with equestrian features, riverside cottages or a holiday rental besides the sea.

Offaly is the ideal place for birdwatchers, as its climate makes it a customary stop of point for migrating birds and from March onwards birdsong fills the hedgerows and woodlands. In April and May migrants from Africa can be seen all along the south border. Choose a holiday cottage close to Lough Boora Parklands, Shannon Harbour and Callows, Ashton's Callow, Birr Castle, Slieve Bloom Mountains, and Charleville Estate if this is your reason for visiting Ireland.

Things to do in County Offaly

Offaly is perfect for the fisherman or boating enthusiast, as it has a tapestry of unpolluted waterways with the River Shannon bordering the west of the county, the River Boyne at Edenderry and the Brosna, Clodiah and Silver (Kilcormac) rivers flowing through the heart of the county. The Grand Canal flows from Edenderry through Tullamore to Shannon Harbour.

County Offaly is a great place for families and attractions include the Bog Train Tour on the Clonmacnoise railway. This is a trip right through Blackwater Bog with turf cutting demonstrations. Then there is Birr Castle and Science Museum, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Birr Outdoor Adventure Centre, waterways trips and for when the weathers not that good, Jumping Jacks Fun Factory.

At certain times of the year holiday cottages will need booking early as County Offaly festivals attract many visitors. There is Bealtaine in May, the one day ShakeFest at Charleville Castle and the Shannonbridge Midsummer Music Festival at the end of June. The Tullamore International Summer Organ Series runs from June to September, the Phoenix Community Festival for three days in July and the Castle Palooza is a two day arts and music festival in Charleville Castle at the beginning of August. Others not to be missed include Birr vintage week, All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, Hullabaloo and Slieve Bloom Storytelling festival.

Weather in County Offaly, Ireland

County Offaly has a mild and somewhat unpredictable climate. It can also be very windy, which makes it feel cooler.

Travel to County Offaly, Ireland

Dublin Airport and Port serve County Offaly and the nearest railway station is Tullamore. The towns of Cloghan, Tullamore, Ferbane and Birr are on Bus Eireann main routes.