Walks in the picturesque Irish countryside are best enjoyed when broken up with the odd refuelling pit-stop, and many of our Ireland luxury cottages are conveniently located within a short distance of some of the finest watering holes and gastropubs Ireland has to offer.

1. Kenny’s Bar, Main Street, Lahinch, Co Clare

The small town of Lahinch lies just 1 mile away from Clare Country House, a majestic stately home with 15 acres of grounds and room to accommodate 18 guests. After a walk in the countryside, drop into Kenny’s Bar to catch a live music performance. The popular White Horse sessions run every Tuesday night and provide a showcase for musicians to perform original music. Rustic, tasty home-cooked food is also served 7 days a week.

2. The Blue Bull, South Square, Sneem

Mountains, lakes and woodland surround Sneem Lodge, a warm and welcoming luxury home with an open-plan layout, stunning vaulted ceilings and room for 6 guests. Stroll to nearby Sneem and enjoy a pub lunch at The Blue Bull. The menu offers a selection of fresh seafood as well as favourites like Irish Stew and Shepherd’s Pie. The family-friendly atmosphere is great for those with young children, whilst the roaring open fire will be welcomed by all after a brisk walk.

3. Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran Street, Kilkenny City

The Towerhouse Castle offers a truly historic accommodation experience, with all the luxuries of a modern property and space to host 12 guests. Boasting 5 storeys, opulent decor and charming original features like stone fireplaces, the 16th century Towerhouse is a short distance from medieval Kilkenny, where history remains equally alive in the many authentic pubs. Visit Kyteler’s Inn, established in 1324, and dine al fresco in its sunny courtyard.

4. Shank’s Mare, Collegeland, Moynalvy, Summerhill, Trim

Look out from any window at Clondavon House (set on a 60-acre private estate) to take in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, including the hill of Tara. Walk to the hill and make a route to Shank’s Mare, a family run venture which offers a courtesy minibus service – great after a long walk and indulgent meal! Sunday lunch, as well as a number of vegetarian options, are all available on their extensive menu.

5. The Poet’s Rest, Chapel Street, Slane

Beautiful Boyne Valley provides the setting for the spacious Irish Country Castle, which has room for 14 guests and a wonderfully homely interior furnished with charming antiques. Located just 40 minutes from Dublin, the surrounding countryside seems a world away from busy city life. Explore the village of Slane and stop for a bite to eat at The Poet’s Rest. Fairtrade and organic fare is central in this bar and restaurant, which offers modern cuisine and plenty of vegetarian options.

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