Discover the Most Amazing Holiday Rentals 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 into one of the best holiday rentals in Ireland, from secluded country cottages to centuries-old estates – bookable with Culture Trip.

Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments, Galway

Spacious and bright bedroom decorated in pale pink furnishings at Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments in Galway.
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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.

Portbeg Holiday Homes, Donegal Bay

Spacious kitchen and dining area with wooden furniture and scenic views at Portbeg Holiday Homes in Donegal Bay.
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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.

Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Type B, Dingle

Spacious and bright twin room with scenic views at Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Type B in Dingle, Ireland.
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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’.

Carrig Beag Holiday Home, Kenmare

The quaint exterior and garden of Carrig Beag Holiday Home in Kenmare.
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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.

Baybridge House, Clifden

Spacious and contemporary kitchen and lounge area at Baybridge House, Sky Road in Clifden - featuring a large counter island, television and panoramic views of Streamstown Bay.
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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.

Atlantic Sunset Holiday Cottage, Aughris More

Warmly-lit double bedroom with scenic views at Atlantic Sunset Holiday Cottage in Aughris, Ireland.
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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.

Gorgeous Howth II Holiday Apartment by Sweet Inn, Howth

Lounge and dining room at Gorgeous Howth II Holiday Apartment in Howth, Ireland - decorated with vibrant colours, hardwood floors and plush furnishings.
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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.

Spacious Grand Canal Holiday Apartment by Sweet Inn, Central Dublin

Stylish lounge with plush, contemporary furnishings at Grand Canal by Sweet Inn, holiday home in Central Dublin.
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This peaceful collection of urban-stylish holiday 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.

Contemporary Charlotte Quay II Holiday Apartment by Sweet Inn, Dublin

Bright and modern living room with a television and plush furnishings at Contemporary Charlotte Quay II Holiday Apartment in Dublin.
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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.

The Coach House, Lismullin

Double room with wooden floors and furnishings at The Coach House holiday cottage in Ireland.
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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.

Ardmullen 3 Bedroom Holiday Home, Kenmare

The exterior of Ardmullen 3 Bedroom Holiday Home in County Kerry, Ireland.
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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.

Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes, Killarney

Modern queen room at Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes in Killarney, Ireland.
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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.

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

Looking for more holiday rentals in Ireland? Whether you’re planning a trip to lively Dublin, ancient Waterford or the Wild Atlantic Way, we’ve got you covered. Discover our guide to the best holiday apartments the Emerald Isle has to offer, bookable with Culture Trip.

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

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