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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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                                                                                  Lovely, peaceful retreat

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                                                                                  Lovely older home in Kinnitty. Great fireplace with wonderful peat fires. Took a little while for this dumb American to figure out the electric, toilets, but once we did it was easy. Wonderful pub next door run by Kieran. Just a warning, food is not served so if you are hungry when you get there plan on going to the little village grocer to buy something to cook or drive to a restaurant . James very graciously led the way to Birr and the County Arms Hotel where we had an excellent meal. The Kinnitty Castlewas wonderful for Easter Sunday lunch. Best night in Ireland was the evening at the pub when everyone brought instruments for their once a month jam session. We were so fortunate to see and hear this. The village would only be better by having some kind of take out service or small restaurant. Although we made breakfast it would have been great to be able to grab a sandwich without driving. Other than that I would not change a thing. Would love to stop back someday! .
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                  A perfect country idyll

                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                  Had a lovely week in this cottage! Knew it was going to be a good week when we were presented with freshly made scones and cream and jam on arrival! This cottage is in a perfect location, the family have very friendly pets wondering around - there were two lambs when we were there - making it a great place for kids. The family themselves have very friendly helpful children, who my son was mad to play with all week, as well as using their trampoline and playing with their other toys! The cottage itself is extremely well kitted out and every little detail has been thought of. We shall definitely be back to stay and can't recommend it highly enough.
                                                                                  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017