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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.

    Exceptional! 5/5
    (27 reviews)
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    • 3 BR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    Bungalow #1653645
    27
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      Wonderful! 4.8/5
      (43 reviews)
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      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      Apartment #3796746
      43
      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5/5
        (44 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Barn #497959
        44
        Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5/5
          (41 reviews)
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          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 6
          House #1152029
          41
          Viewed 34 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 8 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.7/5
              (22 reviews)
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              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 5
              Cottage #1410308
              22
              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (18 reviews)
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                • 4 BR
                • 3 BA
                • Sleeps 9
                Cottage #1355698
                18
                Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (14 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 4 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 9
                  Bungalow #1410095
                  14
                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                    (20 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 4 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 15
                    Apartment #1006608
                    20
                    Viewed 148 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5/5
                      (21 reviews)
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      House #324330vb
                      21
                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                        (31 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 4 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 10
                        House #96592
                        31
                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                          (14 reviews)
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                          • 4 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 7
                          House #8154711
                          14
                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (11 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 6 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 12
                            Chateau / Country House #1346
                            11
                            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                              (4 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Chalet #4178548
                              4
                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (32 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 6
                                House #406932
                                32
                                Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (36 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  House #870158
                                  36
                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (11 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Apartment #3752504
                                    11
                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                      (7 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Apartment #4039873
                                      7
                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (12 reviews)
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Bungalow #801800
                                        12
                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                          • 5 BR
                                          • 3 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          House #6724629
                                          2
                                          Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (14 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Cottage #6864991
                                            14
                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 8
                                              House #8087733
                                              3
                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (11 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                House #6535057
                                                11
                                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (12 reviews)
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                                                  • 5 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                  House #404193vb
                                                  12
                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (7 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 4 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                    Cottage #605085vb
                                                    7
                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      Cottage #1652211
                                                      2
                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        Apartment #6962845
                                                        2
                                                        Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (22 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Apartment #450972
                                                          22
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (30 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Apartment #1125967
                                                            30
                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (109 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Bungalow #60311
                                                              109
                                                              Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                (6 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 5 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                House #3897042
                                                                6
                                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                  (10 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 11
                                                                  House #1807851
                                                                  10
                                                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (26 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #50766
                                                                    26
                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                      • 6 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 13
                                                                      House #1274419
                                                                      3
                                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                        (32 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #50766
                                                                        32
                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 9
                                                                          House #865984
                                                                          6
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (8 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                            House #1980183
                                                                            8
                                                                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 7
                                                                              House #6782602
                                                                              2
                                                                              Viewed 16 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 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                  (15 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #6544358
                                                                                  15
                                                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (64 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    Multiple rentals House #50766
                                                                                    64
                                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (43 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      Bungalow #1025703
                                                                                      43
                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                                        Cottage #6917830
                                                                                        1
                                                                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (28 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          Cottage #815598
                                                                                          28
                                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (63 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            Cottage #6179154
                                                                                            63
                                                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                              (8 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                                              House #1728975
                                                                                              8
                                                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (30 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Chateau / Country House #2044510
                                                                                                30
                                                                                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                                                  Apartment #6182005
                                                                                                  3
                                                                                                  Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                                                    House #1932833
                                                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Cottage #6918137
                                                                                                      2
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Excellent location and cosy little house. We loved our stay here.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed for a week and were made to feel very welcome. The location was ideal and very close to the local village, where we enjoyed drinks and live music in local bars. During the day, we made the short journey into Galway for shopping and also boarded the boat to Inis Mor, which is also nearby. Patsy made sure we were stocked up with peat for the fire and treated us very well. The only problem is that our stay had to end. If we can get the time off work again, we intend to revisit this cottage.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 07, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely property, great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Spacious, quiet, warm and excellent location for just looking out to sea or exploring the local area. The house was like a home from home and can't really think of anything that I would change about it. Enough space for 2 adults and 4 children, including 3 teenagers, to be together and apart when required.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 02, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017