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Destination guide

Enjoying holiday homes in Ireland

A land of myth and legend and vibrant humanity, the fabled Emerald Isle has long inspired poets and painters and travellers. Rising like an ancient relic between the frothing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, it's home to bucket-list cities like Dublin and Cork, where traces of fearsome Vikings mingle with foot-stomping Gaelic pubs. Leaving the slosh of Guinness behind, you can also delve into the wild hinterland by opting for Ireland holiday lettings that are more off the beaten track. They dot the salt-washed cliffs of the rugged Ring of Kerry or nestle in the folds of the Wicklow Mountains, where mystical stone circles inspire spine-tingling tales of faeries and wizards.

History

Exploring rich history near Ireland holiday lets

The sheer length of Ireland's long history is enough to flabbergast and amaze. Some of the relics found studding the wild Irish hills were there even before the pyramids of Giza were built. You can see those mysterious Neolithic relics in County Meath, where the UNESCO-attested Bru na Boinne and its haunting rough-stone tombs and monuments go back more than 5,000 years, by some estimations. Vikings also helped to forge this land. The Dublinia and Viking Ireland Exhibition in the capital can help to immerse you in their world of swords and daring seafaring. And that's not even mentioning the lichen-spotted castles that cling to the countryside fells. The sumptuous Kilkenny Castle and the half-ruined remains of Blarney Castle – home of the famous Blarney Stone, the Stone of Eloquence – are 2 of the most popular to visit.

How to get around

How to get around Ireland

Trains, planes, cars, buses and boats all combine to make hopping around the Emerald Isle nice and easy. Renting your own wheels is a great way to go if you really want the freedom to explore the wilder reaches of counties like Kerry and Wicklow, or have booked Ireland holiday rentals in more off-the-beaten-track places. Getting from Dublin to other major cities can be done on the national railway network, which has modern carriages and, most of the time, truly beautiful routes that weave through mountains and along wave-splashed coastlines. More adventurous travellers might like to hit the long-distance greenways on a bike – they run for 100s of miles to connect the north, south, east and west of the country.

Food & drink 

The must-try foods of Ireland

Irish cuisine is synonymous with hearty, filling comfort food. You'll never be short of potatoes on an island that's been famed for the rustic veg since time immemorial. Creamy colcannon is a must-try, a medley of homegrown spuds mashed together with cabbage or wild kale and oodles of Irish butter. You should be sure to sample the fish in towns like Sligo and Galway during the spring and autumn salmon runs. And don't miss the celebrated shellfish of the Atlantic coast. Irish stouts and whiskeys are staples on the drinks front. Those staying in Ireland holiday lettings in Dublin can visit the very source of those tipples, whether at the Guinness Brewery, or the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street.

Essential info

Facts to know when staying in an Ireland holiday let

  • Ireland drives on the left-hand side of the road, so you won't have to change sides if you're passing across the UK border from Northern Ireland
  • The currency in Ireland is the euro
  • It's normal to leave a 10% tip in Irish restaurants
  • You can call 112 or 999 in case of an emergency in Ireland
  • Ireland experiences changeable weather for much of the year, so it's always wise to pack a raincoat and something warm
Events

Ireland: An island of festivals

Thousands of years of heritage and a local passion for having a good old time combine to make Ireland a top place to let loose, party and hit a festival or 2. The obvious choice is St Paddy's Day, which turns the whole capital of Dublin, and countless other towns and cities, into a sea of Leprechaun green come early spring. Folk music rollicks in the pubs then, while parades bring energy to the streets. A smaller festival in little Clonmellon celebrates the nation's favourite food – the humble potato. Hit that to taste spuds in all forms, mingle with locals and watch peeling competitions. And then there's the centuries-old Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, which draws more than 60,000 people with the promise of traditional dances, processions and love-finding rituals.

How many holiday rentals are available around Ireland?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,316 holiday lettings around Ireland. From 2,755 cottages to 2,755 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Ireland?

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Ditch the hustle and bustle and discover the glamour and attraction of rural living. HomeAway has 1,128 countryside rental properties in this destination. Alternatively, you might like to try a different setting. HomeAway has a wide range of properties to pick from, including:

  • 1,062 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 543 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 494 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Ireland in a large group?

Nothing beats reuniting with your old friends or spending a few weeks with your family in a terrific new locale. And the best thing is HomeAway has places big enough for the whole crew. The most popular choice for larger groups here are cottage holiday rentals, and you'll find 715 available. The holiday properties that are on offer for large groups in this area include:

  • On the hunt for rentals that can sleep 6 guests? We have 3,040 that will be ideal. Prices begin from just £33 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your group, you'll be thrilled to find out that there are 1,552 holiday rentals that are suitable. You can book one for as little as £55 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with 5 guests? We have 1,406 rental properties that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £35 per night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring your dad, your sister and all your friends to Ireland.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Ireland?

HomeAway is here to help you make memories with the people you hold dear. With plenty of cost-efficient holiday rentals, you're sure to discover an incredible hideout that caters to one and all. Limerick is a fantastic area to consider if you want to keep your budget under control. HomeAway has 23 holiday rentals, and the average price is an affordable £109 per night. There are another 154 HomeAway holiday rentals waiting to be booked in or around Galway. The average price here is £121 a night.

Explore destinations around Ireland

County Donegal
408 holiday rentals
Galway
749 holiday rentals
County Cork
519 holiday rentals
County Kerry
1,023 holiday rentals
County Wicklow
282 holiday rentals
County Clare
690 holiday rentals
County Offaly
29 holiday rentals
County Mayo
326 holiday rentals
County Sligo
236 holiday rentals
County Wexford
284 holiday rentals
County Dublin
550 holiday rentals
County Waterford
117 holiday rentals
County Meath
165 holiday rentals
County Limerick
198 holiday rentals
County Laois
49 holiday rentals
County Kildare
21 holiday rentals
County Leitrim
183 holiday rentals
County Tipperary
101 holiday rentals
County Louth
26 holiday rentals
County Roscommon
49 holiday rentals