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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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Beautiful surroundings, super clean holiday let and wonderful hosts! Will go back again and again!

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From the moment I booked this holiday let, I knew I was in safe hands! Tom and Lisa are fantastic hosts who ensured I was given the keys personally and shown around, even though my ferry was more than three hours late and my arrival/get in time was severely delayed. The surroundings are superb and tranquil. Fields of gold and fantastic views of the surrounding hills. The furnishings and fittings are to an extremely high standard. I have even asked Lisa for tips on redecorating my own short term holiday let in Hitchin in Hertfordshire as she clearly has a creative flair for interiors. The let was clean throughout. Stradbally/Port Laois is a fantastic vantage point from which to explore Ireland. We visited the Athy Museum (a must for the lovely team there with their wealth of local information and advice) and the Loch Gur Visitor Centre too. Philip at Loch Gur gave us the outline of where to visit and what to do, I highly recommend all visitors ask for him personally when they get to the Visitor Centre. We had a disabled wheelchair user in our group and the owners were extremely accommodating and helpful. There is a large shopping centre 8km away in the main town of Port Laois with a Tesco Extra, Aldi, Lidle, Dunnes and more, where you can get absolutely anything your heart desires. The house is only an hour's drive from Dublin Airport and the Dublin Port too. It has fantastic motorway access to Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, absolutely all of the Southern and Northern Irish landmarks. Lisa advised us to visit the Stradbally Steam Festival and of particular gems we just had to go and visit which ensured we had plenty to see and do while in Port Laois. If you simply want peace and quiet, this is the best spot for you to do exactly that. There is no noise from traffic and if you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle but still want to be close to motorways to travel, then this is the place for you and your family/group to stay!
  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Wonderful house in a wonderful location

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Six of us (all adults - some more senior than others) stayed in this lovely house for a week in June. It's a lovely, homely property which felt comfortable from the moment we walked in. Sure, there were some quirks (no wi-fi, limited TV channels, noisy shower) but, to be honest, these all added to the charm. We loved it and it was a great place to come home to at the end of a day exploring Ireland. Birr itself is a charming town. Plenty to do in the area, nice restaurants and pubs, and some quirky little shops. The weather was gorgeous which made the holiday all the more enjoyable and the people were all unfailingly friendly and courteous. An excellent choice!
  • Review Submitted: Jul 05, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017