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Visit Ireland, a beautiful country with much to offer

If you are looking for a country full of breath-taking landscapes, a fascinating history, and a vibrant culture, then search no further than Ireland. This island nation has a history stretching back thousands of years, with evidence pointing to the existence of human beings in Ireland as early as 10,500 BC. Gaelic Ireland emerged as far back as the first century AD and lasted until the beginning of the 17th century, helping to create the framework of Irish culture and language.

Another big part of Ireland's past can be seen in its Pagan roots. Prior to becoming a Christian country, Ireland was polytheistic, meaning they honoured multiple gods and goddesses. Though Ireland became Christianised starting in the 5th century, many of its Pagan traditions were passed down into the present day. You can also visit ancient burial sites to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of the island's Pagan beliefs.

After the Norman Invasion, the English claimed sovereignty over Ireland, though English rule did not spread to the entire island until the Tudor conquest in the 17th century. Ireland officially became a part of the United Kingdom as a result of the Acts of Union in 1801. It remained a part of the UK until the beginning of the 20thcentury. It was then that a war of independence resulted in the partitioning of the island with Northern Ireland staying in the United Kingdom and the rest of the island forming what is today known as the Republic of Ireland.

Things to do in Ireland: city by city

With so many places to visit in Ireland, it's difficult to pinpoint the wide variety of activities and places of interest. Below you'll find a brief description of what to expect in various cities in Ireland and information about what you can do.

Dublin: Dublin is the capital of Ireland and a must see for anyone travelling to the island for the first time. Architectural gems such as Kilmainham Gaol, the Cester Beatty Library, and St. Patrick's Cathedral bear testament to the building prowess of the Irish. The city is also home to numerous museums such as the National Museum of Ireland, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and the GAA Museum, which also pairs nicely with a tour of Croke Park Stadium. Naturally, visitors to the city should try the local whiskey and the world renowned Guinness beer.

County Kerry: County Kerry tends away from the urbanity of Dublin and really shines through its sea views and majestic landscapes. Head to Derrynane Beach for some fun in the sun by the sea. Let your inner historian out to explore the stone forts of Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, fascinating ring-shaped forts from a bygone era. Other highlights in County Kerry include the Killarney Lakes and National Park, the Wild Atlantic Way - the only long-distance driving path in the country designed specifically with tourists in mind - or the Aquadome, where every member of the family can enjoy the refreshing pools and waterslides.

Cork: A bustling and thriving city in its own right, Cork boasts many points of interest and tourist attractions. Head to the English Market to mingle with the locals while enjoying the beautiful architecture of this indoor market, or meander down St. Patrick's Street to scratch your shopping itch. Fitzgerald Park is a quiet, relaxing park and an ideal location for a picnic or a stroll in the fresh air. Another must in Cork is Blackrock Castle Observatory; it was built in the early 19th century and now offers a fabulous view of the surrounding area.

Galway: Galway is very young at heart; enjoy its unique charm as you explore the many avenues and streets of the city. This is a great place to acquire traditional Celtic jewellery, and the numerous restaurants catering to a variety of tastes ensure you get your fill of local cuisine as well as international delights. Galway is also a fantastic music epicentre; head down to Mainguard Street and pop into one of the many venues which offer live music. Meander through the Latin Quarter to delve into local life, or head to Galway Bay to breathe in the sea air. If in doubt, simply walking around the city and through the parks is a fantastic way to relax.

County Clare: Simply put, County Clare is breath-taking. From the Cliffs of Moher to the Aillwee Caves, or the Aran Islands to the Poulnabrone Dolmen, those who love the great outdoors will not lack for exceptional activities. County Clare a great place to book one of our cottages in Ireland if the goal of your holiday is to escape the city with your loved ones and really get in touch with nature. Other points of interest include Bunratty Castle, the village of Doolin, and seaside Lahinch, where you can surf, swim, and golf to your heart's content.

Limerick: Limerick is known for a style of poetry of the same name, but there is much more to Limerick than poetry. King John's Castle is an excellent option for the entire family, and the many museums in the city - such as the Hunt Museum, Frank McCourt Museum, and Limerick City Museum - cater to a wide variety of interests. Head to Lough Gur for a relaxing day outdoors complete with a lake, or head to the sea for some paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing.

Wexford: Wexford is a charming town that is sure to delight every member of the family. History buffs should check out Selskar Abbey where Henry II did penance for murdering Thomas Becket. The Franciscan Friaryand St. Iberius' Church are just a few of the other fascinating architectural feats in Wexford. Of the six original gates leading into the town, only one remains: Westgate, which dates back to the 14th century. The Hook Lighthouse in nearby Fethard On Sea is another beauty worth visiting if you have a soft spot for history.

Cottages in Ireland: the ideal holiday accommodation!

Given the richness of Irish culture and the many different landscapes in the country, it should come as no surprise that we offer cottages in Ireland in many cities and villages frequented by tourists. Some of the places where you can rent family-friendly holiday cottages in Ireland include:

- Dublin - County Kerry - Cork - Galway - County Clare - Limerick - Wexford -

Whether you prefer booking a quiet cottage with a breath-taking view or a charming, family-friendly cottage in a bustling city, our cottages in Ireland are an excellent alternative to hotels. Our cottages in Ireland come equipped with all of the amenities you have come to love in our modern world, helping you transform your holiday accommodation into your home away from home. What's more, opting to stay in one of our cottages helps you further save money; with your own private kitchen, you can head to the market, shop like a local, and head back to your cottage to prepare delicious meals at a fraction of the cost of eating out.

The advantages of booking a holiday cottage in Ireland

Our selection of cottages in Ireland is big enough to ensure you find just what you're looking for. Choose from a charming, family-friendly house with a view, a private villa with a pool, cottages with gardens, a home on the sea, or anything else you can imagine. With multiple bedrooms, everyone in your family or group can spread out comfortably to make the most of their stay on the holiday property. Our selection of holiday accommodation caters to those looking for comfort, style, and accessibility and is sure to please even the most discerning holiday goer.

Ultimately, the best thing about booking holiday cottages in Ireland is that your choices are limitless. Each property is different from the next: some have more bedrooms than others, some boast a fantastic view, while another property might offer the right combination of nature and city. No matter what time of year to choose to book a cottage or the number of bedrooms you need, our holiday cottages in Ireland are a fantastic accommodation choice, whether you are on a tight budget or looking to spend your holiday surrounded by luxury. Browse through our selection of family-friendly holiday cottages in Ireland today. Get all the information you need to make a decision on the location of your next holiday. And rest assured, your search for a cottage will culminate in a holiday experience you and your family will cherish for years to come!

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                        House #871345
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                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                              Bungalow #1653645
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                                                                            Cottage #416305
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                                                                              Apartment #95843
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                                                                                House #3781635
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                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #1900142
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                                                                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #13370
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                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                            Cottage #6707053
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                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                              Cottage #1841221
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                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                                  Cottage #1067093
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                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                                    Cottage #90932
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Great location, Clean and Spacious

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Lovely, modern, clean, spacious apartment in quiet location. 7 ladies stayed and we had plenty of room. 25 minutes walk to temple bar with restaurants, cafes and shops very close by. Also lovely area around Quay. We also really enjoyed the views from the balcony. Communication with the owner was excellent and we were given an early check in and late check out to accommodate our flights. We struggled with the TV as every time we switched it off we lost all channels. We eventually found the button on the remote to sort this out but maybe some instructions placed near TV would be helpful. WiFi great. Hairdryer, towels, shampoo, conditioner, tea, coffee, sugar all supplied. Would definitely recommend this apartment.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Stunning location, superb house. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Beautiful house, ideal for our family gathering which involved 3 generations. Very homely and cosy. Breathtaking views. Well equipped with plenty extra bedding and air beds for small children. Even our teenagers loved it... that says it all! Didn't want to leave. Orla who met us on arrival was very welcoming and helpful. We asked for some outside catering for our party on the Saturday and Sam who was recommended to us by Orla prepared a delicious menu tailored to our requests. We would all love to return here. This has been our favourite holiday house so far and we have some fabulous memories of our time here. Don't think twice about booking this house. It's amazing.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Loved everythimg

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Beautiful place. Magical x
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016