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Make a holiday rental cottage or self catering accommodation in County Galway, Ireland your home away from home

Glorious Galway, the gateway to the west of Ireland, is the epitome of the Ireland many of us think of; wild, windswept landscapes, delightful villages and colourful festivals. Staying in County Galway accommodation means that you have a superb base to relax and soak up the atmosphere, with many of Ireland’s most famous locations within easy striking distance.

Things to do on holiday in County Galway, Ireland

There is so much to see here that taking self catering County Galway accommodation is the only way to really experience the stunning scenery and enjoy the way of life in absolute freedom. You never know what might happen during day or what sights will suddenly temp you into changing your plans, so having the freedom of staying in a self catering property is a real luxury. Internationally renowned sites of Ireland like the Connemara, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher are all perfectly accessible as a day trip from any of the accommodation in County Galway.

As well as natural attractions, there is a rich historical heritage here too. The Medieval town of Athenry, the Iron Age Turoe stone near Loughrea and the battlefield of the Aughrim are all fascinating places to visit, which has helped turn County Galway into a tourism hotspot.

If you would like to enjoy the great outdoors, there are endless chances for horse riding and walking through a staggering amount of unique scenery, and if you need a break, you can always stop off in one of the glorious country pubs or restaurants which appear in every rural village. Some of the best marked trails leave from Portumna Forest Park and Coole Park.

County Galway has some excellent golf courses too, and it has been the destination for golfing holidays for many years. There are a huge range of challenging 18 hole courses dotted around County Galway, from the undulating park courses to the scenic, windswept links courses of the coast. Wherever you decide to take a cottage in County Galway, there is almost certainly a golf course within few minutes drive.

Along the coast of County Galway, entertainment is plentiful. The sea provides chances for sailing, windsurfing, fishing, water skiing and swimming, as well as mouth watering seafood. The Clarenbridge Oyster Festival which marks the beginning of the oyster season marks a magnificent time to rent a self catering County Galway property.

In fact, there area many fine festivals to enjoy. The traditional boat festival or ‘Crinniu na Bad’ in Kinvara, and the traditional music festivals throughout the region are great fun, and if you have an interest in horses, the Ballinasloe Horse Fair will interest you, as will a day racing at the Galway Races.

Places to holiday in County Galway, Ireland

Galway city is known as the arts capital of Ireland, hosting many colourful festivals which bring the old, narrow shopping streets in the centre of town to life at various times throughout the year. If it is your first time visiting County Galway, taking accommodation in Galway city is a great base for exploring the whole county.

The Connemara region in the far west of County Galway is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. A combination of wild mountains, a rugged coastline and unforgiving marsh land mean that there is an untamed beauty which strips you of any stress which might still be lingering. A holiday rental cottage in County Galway is the perfect base for exploring this stunning region for a few days, whether you are walking or riding.

The Aran Islands lie just off the coast of County Galway, and offer a taste of traditional Irish culture like nowhere else in Ireland. Comprising of three separate islands, visiting the Aran Islands from County Galway accommodation is like taking a step back in time.

Flights to County Galway, Ireland

You can either fly to Shannon (SNN) or Galway Airport (GWY), or get a ferry from Swansea to Cork and drive into County Galway. It is advised that you take a car or car rental whilst staying in County Galway accommodation in order to get the most out of your holiday, because unless you stay in Galway City, this is a rural area.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Cottage #1132995
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      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      Apartment #3796746
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        Exceptional! 5/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Sleeps 7
        Bungalow #1653645
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          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Barn #497959
          53
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            Exceptional! 5/5
            (45 reviews)
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            • 3 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            House #1152029
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            Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.5/5
              (17 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Cottage #14748
              17
              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.7/5
                (24 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 5
                Cottage #1410308
                24
                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (12 reviews)
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 11
                  House #1807851
                  12
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                    Exceptional! 5/5
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 6
                    House #406932
                    34
                    Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (23 reviews)
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                      • 4 BR
                      • 3 BA
                      • Sleeps 9
                      Cottage #1355698
                      23
                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (112 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Bungalow #60311
                        112
                        Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (9 reviews)
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 8
                          Apartment #6962845
                          9
                          Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                            (34 reviews)
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                            • 4 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 10
                            House #96592
                            34
                            Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                              Very Good! 4/5
                              (8 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Chalet #4178548
                              8
                              Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (22 reviews)
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                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 8
                                House #324330vb
                                22
                                Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (18 reviews)
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                                  • 4 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 9
                                  Bungalow #1410095
                                  18
                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (13 reviews)
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                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Bungalow #801800
                                    13
                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (38 reviews)
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      House #870158
                                      38
                                      Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (12 reviews)
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                                        • 6 BR
                                        • 3 BA
                                        • Sleeps 12
                                        Chateau / Country House #1346
                                        12
                                        Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                          (19 reviews)
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 7
                                          House #8154711
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                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Apartment #8258291
                                            3
                                            Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Cottage #1652211
                                              3
                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                • 4 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                Cottage #605085vb
                                                9
                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (6 reviews)
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                                                  • 5 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  House #6724629
                                                  6
                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (15 reviews)
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                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                    Cottage #6864991
                                                    15
                                                    Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                      (11 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                      Apartment #4039873
                                                      11
                                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        House #8087733
                                                        4
                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (13 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                          House #6535057
                                                          13
                                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #1151992
                                                            12
                                                            Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (7 reviews)
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                                                              • 4 BR
                                                              • 5 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                              House #3897042
                                                              7
                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                (28 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 3
                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #50766
                                                                28
                                                                Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                  • 4 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                  House #6750249
                                                                  4
                                                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                    (27 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #450972
                                                                    27
                                                                    Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (14 reviews)
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                                                                      • 5 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                                      House #404193vb
                                                                      14
                                                                      Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                        (5 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 10
                                                                        Apartment #6182005
                                                                        5
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 6 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 13
                                                                          House #1274419
                                                                          3
                                                                          Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (64 reviews)
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                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                            Multiple rentals House #50766
                                                                            64
                                                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (7 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              House #865984
                                                                              7
                                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Cottage #6917830
                                                                                3
                                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                                  House #6782602
                                                                                  4
                                                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (31 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #50766
                                                                                    31
                                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (64 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #6179154
                                                                                      64
                                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (9 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Bungalow #422668
                                                                                        9
                                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                          (10 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          House #1728975
                                                                                          10
                                                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                            (15 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                                            House #1980183
                                                                                            15
                                                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (34 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                                              Multiple rentals Apartment #50766
                                                                                              34
                                                                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (44 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                Bungalow #1025703
                                                                                                44
                                                                                                Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Cottage #6971908
                                                                                                  Viewed 62 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                    (33 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Chateau / Country House #2044510
                                                                                                    33
                                                                                                    Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Cottage #6918137
                                                                                                      3
                                                                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      ticked all the boxes

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      excellent central position,clean tidy,homely accommodation
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      A beautiful house with spectacular views

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We received a very warm welcome on our arrival. This beautiful 5 star house offers every comfort. The views from the kitchen diner are truly mesmerizing and we spent most of our evenings watching the sun set over the ocean with a nice glass of wine. We all enjoyed our time in this beautiful area of Ireland and would love to come back again. Our top tip; bring a camera and have it to hand, as the weather changes at a moments notice and so do the views. This house is a real gem!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017