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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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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                        • 6 BR
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                                                                            A lovely, warm and comfortable house.

                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                            This house was the perfect location for us as our son was getting married in Kinnitty Castle on 24th November. We were staying in the Castle for two nights for the wedding and needed somewhere to stay the few days before and a few days after the wedding so we rented the house for a week. Flying in to Dublin from the UK we rented a car at the airport and following the instructions from Connor O'Brien we found the house easily. Mr. Jimmy O'Brien was there to greet us and let us into the house. What could be more welcoming on a bitter cold November afternoon than a roaring fire? Yes Jimmy had one burning for us. The house was lovely. Larger than we expected and provided everything we needed. After exchanging pleasantries and letting us look over the house Jimmy left us to it after assuring us he was just next door should we need anything. With a basket of logs and a garage full of turf for the fire and central heating we were certainly not going to be cold. A trip to the local "newsagent" where the owner, Michael, was a joy to meet, provided us with everything we needed. Milk, coffee, eggs , bacon, sausage, mushrooms etc. He stocks almost everything. The house was just perfect. Plenty of room, 4 bathrooms, 5 toilets, a constant supply of hot water, a kitchen large enough to dance in and all the pots, pans and utensils etc you could possibly need. As we were in Ireland for the purpose of the wedding we did not get time for sight seeing which gives us an excuse to return and we would definately return to this house. It was lovely.
                                                                            • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2016
                                                                            • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                            Highly recommend . Very clean, very comfortable, very warm house.

                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                            Excellent value for money. Stayed for 3 weeks and really enjoyed it. The house was what we had hoped for and the area excellent, very quiet but very centrally located for driving around Southern Ireland. Christina was helpful and welcoming. Would definitely go back
                                                                            • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2016
                                                                            • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                            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