Discover the Most Amazing Holiday Homes to Rent in Ireland

Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Irish countryside at Baybridge House
Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Irish countryside at Baybridge House | Courtesy of Baybridge House / Expedia
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18 August 2021

Ireland’s lyrical landscapes, lively cities and delightful rural villages invite slow exploration, and a self-catering stay is the perfect way to get stuck in. Whether you’re keen to get lost in Dublin’s literary corners, roam the wilds of Killarney National Park or soak up the unbelievably beautiful Connemara coastline, check in to one of Ireland’s best holiday rentals, from secluded country cottages to centuries-old estates – now bookable with Culture Trip.

Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments

4.8/5 (225 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $91 per night

Get away to Galway and find everything you need within reach at these self-catering apartments. Each one- or two-bedroom apartment has its own kitchen, and available babysitting and childcare if you need a night out on the town. Hail a cab and you’ll be in Eyre Square in 10 minutes. Wake up the next morning with coffee, breakfast and a blissfully restful afternoon by the seaside. Claude Toft Park’s playground, right around the corner, is an especially pleasant choice for families.

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Portbeg Holiday Homes at Donegal Bay

Apartment, Homestay
4.6/5 (8 Reviews)
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Sit by the window and let the sea engulf your senses at this Donegal holiday home. Fill all 12 guest rooms with your friends and family, with plenty of extra room to relax on the terrace or in the garden. Hiking and biking trails, along with Bundoran Beach, are a short drive away. If cooking for a crowd isn’t your idea of vacation, Bundoran’s Main Street is less than 2km away and has a cafe, restaurant and pub for every palate.

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Dingle Courtyard Cottages – Type B

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Price Drop
Now from $179 per night

A holiday full of leisure and longing awaits at the holiday home of Dingle Courtyard Cottages. Up to five of your closest mates can join you for a stay in this cosy one-bedroom cottage. The living room and adjacent kitchen will naturally be your go-to hangout spot when waiting for any sleepy stragglers to freshen up. Walk right out of your cottage to tour the town’s many nearby churches, including An Diseart, St. Mary’s and St. James’.

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Carrig Beag

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Price Drop
Now from $129 per night

You’ll rarely have a need for the kitchen in Carrig Beag’s vacation home, though the kitchen and separate sitting area make it feel extra homey when you’re making a cup of tea. Carrig Beag is right around the corner from dozens of local pubs and restaurants. Take in the views from the garden, and you can all but see the Kenmare Stone Circle and Cromwell’s Bridge on either end of Market Street.

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Cottage style: a chic Connemara retreat

Baybridge House, Sky Road
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Price Drop
Now from $317 per night

The natural setting is a dream at this design-led, three-bedroom cottage, surrounded by rippling inlets and rugged greenery, on Western Ireland’s knockout-pretty Connemara Peninsula. Marble surfaces, pastel palettes and splashes of nautical navy create a soothing look. Each double has its own bathroom – one with a roll-top bath – and the sprawling kitchen-lounge makes a statement with floor-to-ceiling windows and a curving island bar. It’s perfectly placed for exploring Victorian-era Clifden, the sweeping local beaches and the wild island-dotted coastline.

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A coastal escape on the Connemara Peninsula

Apartment, Cottages
Atlantic Sunset, Aughris
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Price Drop
Now from $135 per night

You’re wedged between the crashing Atlantic, the spectacular Connemara coastline and miles of rolling green fields at this delightful stone-walled cottage in County Galway. With a bright, cream-washed double, two twin rooms, two bathrooms and a wonderfully cosy lounge with a log fire, it has space for six guests. There are wrap-around ocean views – and the Victorian town of Clifden and the dramatic 2000ha (4940 acres) of Connemara National Park, known for its rewarding hikes and glinting bogs, are both within 30-minute drives.

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A Howth stay with buckets of style

Apartment, Guesthouse
Sweet Inn - Gorgeous Howth II
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Price Drop
Now from $435 per night

Combine city thrills and seaside calm with a sunny, stylish base in the upmarket fishing village of Howth, a 40-minute train ride east of central Dublin. Tropical-print cushions, navy-blue feature walls and bunches of fresh flowers offset the neutral styling at this seven-person home. There’s three bedrooms, a bamboo-lined terrace and attentive details including a capsule-coffee kit. Enjoy Howth’s 16th-century castle, restaurant-packed port, excellent farmer’s market and divine views across Dublin Bay – not to mention the lovely walks around the headland.

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Canalside calm in central Dublin

4.3/5 (3 Reviews)
Sweet Inn - Spacious Grand Canal
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Price Drop
Now from $217 per night

This peaceful collection of urban-stylish apartments, just steps from the Grand Canal in central Dublin, was created in collaboration with local designers. Sleeping two to six people, all have hardwood floors, zigzag carpets, lots of natural light and balconies gazing out on the city, along with Nespresso machines and complimentary toiletries. You’re a 20-minute walk from must-see city-centre attractions such as 16th-century Trinity College, the standout National Museum of Ireland and lovingly landscaped St Stephen’s Green – plus there’s canalside dining on the doorstep, too.

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  • A Dublin haven by the Grand Canal

    Sweet Inn - ContemporaryCharlotteQuay II
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    Price Drop
    Now from $169 per night

    For a Dublin break with a tranquil retreat, hunt down this intimate one-bed apartment – perched in the desirable docks area around 20 minutes’ walk from the city-centre buzz. It’s a bright and cheery space, with thoughtful touches including potted orchids, a Nespresso coffee maker and toiletries from responsible French brand Nuxe in the smart marble-clad bathroom. Wander along the sparkling canal to unearth independent cafes, delis and restaurants, then hit Dublin’s lively pubs and exceptional galleries.

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    Cottage cosiness in the Boyne Valley

    The Coach House 14837
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    Price Drop
    Now from $174 per night

    Escape into Ireland’s history-rich Boyne Valley for rippling hills, Unesco-listed Neolithic tombs, and ancient castles and monasteries. These smart, stone-walled cottages, 40 minutes’ drive northwest from Dublin, are set around leafy courtyard gardens. The two-bedroom Coach House sleeps four, with a crackling log fire, a Lavazza coffee machine and underfloor heating. Extra perks include an in-house Dermalogica spa, gym, barbecue, kids’ den, bikes for borrowing and seasonally stocked welcome baskets. The team can arrange fresh-produce breakfasts and hampers, and even pets can tag along, too.

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    Home-from-home in wild County Kerry

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    Ardmullen 3 bedroom | Courtesy of Ardmullen 3 bedroom / Expedia
    Price Drop
    Now from $129 per night

    From this cosy three-bedroom, semi-detached house in pretty 18th-century Kenmare, you’ll uncover Ireland’s spectacular, surf-washed southwest. With a private terrace, lots of greenery and space for six, it’s ideal for families and groups – plus you can stock up on local produce at the town-square farmer’s market. Road trip around the Iveragh, Beara and Dingle Peninsulas, past untouched beaches and sweeping Atlantic views, and explore Killarney and the 10,000ha (25,000 acres) of Killarney National Park – Ireland’s original national park – which are both within 30 minutes’ drive.

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    A lap of luxury in Ireland’s spectacular southwest

    Apartment, Guesthouse
    4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
    Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes
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    Price Drop
    Now from $216 per night

    A prize-winning, family-owned, 19th-century estate surrounded by 2.5ha (6 acres) of gardens is the setting for a luxury escape in County Kerry’s buzzy Killarney. Whether you fancy a four-bedroom house with period features or a two-bedroom apartment in a fabulous Victorian-era building, all self-catering properties have access to the heated pool, sauna, hot tub and gym. Delicious spa treatments use Parisian Yon-Ka products, and fresh Kerry produce fires the creative restaurant – which turns out seabass with tiger prawns and goat’s-cheese mousse. Killarney National Park sits on the doorstep.

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    Josh Taylor and Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on August 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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