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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.

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                                                                            Perfect stay!

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                                                                            Excellent value for money, we are from the area but this cosy cottage suited our needs perfectly. It was warm, clean and tidy. We travelled with two small kids and found it spacious enough for them and all the paraphernalia that came with them. Chris is very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely stay here again.
                                                                            • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
                                                                            • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                            A week at the Pump House in late winter

                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                            We stayed as a couple in the Pump House the second week of March, Spring was just arriving with daffodils, blossom and leaf buds just starting to open. The weather was fairly kind to us all week, although clearly there had been a lot of rain previously as the river was very full at the start of the week. We arrived just after dark and Claudia was very welcoming and showed us the cottage. It is exactly as described. We loved it, just right for us, and cosy especially with the log fire going in the evenings (unlimited wood is supplied along with firelighters). We didn't need to use the sofa bed on the mezzanine, but it looked good, probably for children rather than a second couple. Being on a working farm the drive was a little muddy, but that is only to be expected and as we are both from farming backgrounds that didn't bother us at all, and we loved having the donkey, cows, cats and dog around us. The location of the cottage is ideal for exploring all over Ireland as the road links fan out well from there, we visited Dublin, the Wicklow mountains (Glendalough, Sally Gap...), New Ross & Wexford (tracing family history) & Hook Head lighthouse, unfortunately we ran out of time to visit other places that we wanted to see. We recommend exploring Athy itself, it is a lovely town. The museum is lovely, and Clancy's on a Thursday night is a must for lovers of trad-music. Food shopping is easy as there is a large Aldi very close and Lidl slightly further into town. A petrol station (very cheap fuel) is near the property. The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom very well laid out, and with the under-floor heating, very warm on the toes ! The kitchen is well-equipped with a washer-dryer (used once), dishwasher (didn't use) and all the necessary paraphernalia for cooking and eating with. If I had to make any suggestions they would be the following : Put a sign up at the entrance to the lane as we missed the turn (it was dark). Secondly maybe widen the gravel area in front of the cottage to enable parking the car on the gravel (as it had been wet it was a little muddy), and thirdly put up a large wall mirror in the bedroom (for hair drying purposes). We loved staying at the Pump House and would definitely stay again, both Claudia and James (and the children we met) are just lovely, very friendly. Suzy & Charlie
                                                                            • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
                                                                            • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                            A miniature palace of comfort and delight

                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                            I realised this thatched cottage was a jewel of surprise when I saw the carved front door. We entered to a warmly glowing stove and found ourselves in a treasure house. Every aspect of it is a delight, a cornucopia of art and treasures to engage the eye and comfort our senses. All the needs of the modern traveller have been catered for. Treat yourself to this oasis of luxury and delight in the pleasure provided for you by Denise's hospitality and her soda bread.
                                                                            • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
                                                                            • Date of Stay: Oct 2016