Luxury Holiday Homes in Ireland

Home to majestic mountains, crashing coastlines and vibrant cities, Ireland is a country of wonders. While the rugged, wild landscapes are perfect for outdoor explorers, history lovers will be intrigued by the country’s exciting past and music fans are sure to join in a jolly singalong at the local pub.

Steeped in history and brimming in character, our holiday homes in Ireland range from cosy cottages to magnificent castles. We've got dog-friendly abodes with plenty of outdoor space, cottages near the beach and even homes with bubbling hot tubs.

Whether you're planning a short stay or a long holiday, Ireland's natural beauty is sure to soothe your soul and leave you feeling totally refreshed. Scroll down for our Ireland travel guide to find out more about what this beautiful country has to offer.

Why visit?

  • Known as the Emerald Isle, it's no wonder that Ireland is famed for its lush greenery and outdoor attractions. From medieval castles and bracing walking routes to the magical Aran Islands, you'll never be short of places to explore.
  • The Irish are well known for their friendly nature, making any visit feel like a home away from home. After a day of exploring, head to an Irish pub for a pint of Guinness, some hearty grub and a chit-chat with the locals.

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Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked holiday homes in Ireland have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking cottages that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our cottages are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.  

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Ireland Travel Guide

Why visit

The Emerald Isle certainly lives up to its name, offering a vast array of outdoor activities that are sure to win over adults and children alike. Whether you're exploring the lush, rolling hills, galivanting along cliffside walking routes or settling down for a lakeside picnic, Ireland's natural beauty is bound to soothe mind, body and soul.

But it's not just the rural side of Ireland that makes it a staycation favourite - the vibrant cities are brimming with exciting offerings. Boasting live music culture and a rich heritage, you'll never be bored in one Ireland's buzzing cities.

Want to find out more about Ireland? Read our Ireland Travel Guide.

Food and Drink

When it comes to Irish food, the main adjective we'd use is hearty. A popular comfort food is a boxty, a tasty potato pancake that often accompanies a traditional Irish breakfast. If you'd prefer a slightly lighter breakfast choice, soda bread can be found in most bakeries and cafes, and goes perfectly with a piping hot brew. For an evening meal, warming stews are served all over Ireland and are sure to satisfy even the hungriest explorers. Or if you find yourself in one of the pretty fishing villages on the coast, try the fresh seafood - you won't be disappointed!

What to wash it all down with? When we think of Irish drinks, Guinness is usually the first thing that springs to mind. This deliciously rich stout is the perfect treat after a day adventuring in the countryside. Fancy something stronger? Another tipple that the Irish are famous for is, of course, their whiskey. There's nothing like sitting by the fire in a traditional pub, sipping a local whiskey while a live folk band plays in the background.

Check out our blog on the best foodie experiences in Ireland.


Spanning 6200km, Ireland's coastline is generous in size and beauty. From hidden coves to open expanses of golden sands, you'll have your pick of beach days. No matter if you're travelling with little ones or looking for somewhere a little more rugged, you're sure to find a breathtaking beach on Ireland's coast.

For sheer natural beauty, head to County Mayo's Keem Bay. This Blue Flag beach is accessed by a steep footpath and is often privy to bracing winds, but the views are totally worth it. Stay until sunset and watch the horizon glow a rich orange, glistening over the dark bue waters.

Keen surfers can get their adrenaline fix at Inch Strand, County Kerry. The local surf schools can be booked for lessons, with waves reaching a mega 3 metres high! If you're not feeling a day on the waves, it also makes a great birdwatching spot - but maybe when the crowds have died down.

If you want to be close to the water, take a look at our holiday homes in Ireland near the beach.

Inch Strand beach

Things to do

From discovering secret beaches and pretty islands to exploring ancient castles and intoxicating nightlife, there's so much to add to your Ireland holiday bucket-list. Pack a good pair of walking boots and get out and about in the national parks, or stay in the cities and learn about Ireland's history at one of the fascinating museums.

Ireland's culture is vibrant and unique and the friendly locals are always keen to celebrate it through their music. Experience traditional folk music at a live music bar or book one of the many music festivals throughout the year.

We've pulled together a jam-packed list of things to do in Ireland for grown ups - give our blog a read! If you're travelling with the little ones, check out the best family holiday activities in Ireland.

Best time to go

  • July and August are the high season months, when you can expect temperatures in the high teens to low 20s. It does rain (a lot), but during the summer the showers are brief.
  • April is the driest month and can often be less crowded than high season. Do pack a raincoat just in case!
  • December to January are the coldest and wettest months but you may catch some snow if you're hoping for a winter wonderland!

    Top tips

    • The weather can be very interchangeable, so pack wisely.
    • Make sure you pack insect repellent during the summer months. The clouds of midges, especially around the lakes, are relentless.
    • Don't forget to take euros!

    Why it’s perfect for families

    • Great for babies: Babies will be treated with the utmost affection in Ireland and are welcomed pretty much everywhere. Be ready for some doting locals!
    • Great for kids: Exciting castles, sandy beaches and acres of land to run around in - it's a child's dream! Plus, many museums and tours are aimed at children so they'll be easy to entertain.
    • Great for teens: Festivals, watersports and live music are just a handful of reasons teens will enjoy a holiday in Ireland.

    What Oliver loves

    No matter what's on the agenda, you're sure to have fun every step of the way. Amazing people, intriguing nightlife and stunning scenery - it's a magical combo!


    With 26 intriguing counties to choose from, it can be hard to know where to visit on your holiday in Ireland. We've handpicked our top 6 counties for outdoor activities, historical attractions and pretty coastlines, making it a little easier to plan your visit.

    Whether it's intriguing castles, vibrant cities or rural walking routes you're after, these are the ones to pick.

    The island’s largest county is known for its independent spirit. Enjoying warmer weather, it's home to a beautiful coastline dotted with colourful towns and picturesque beaches. The diverse county makes it a wonderful choice for visitors wanting to explore one of the most vibrant regions of Ireland.

    Situated on the picturesque west-coast and the setting for a number of Hollywood movies, County Clare offers captivating landscapes and friendly towns and villages. Visit the Aran Islands, wander along coastal walking routes or discover Doolin Cave!

    As the second largest and one of the most beautiful counties In Ireland, County Galway makes a fantastic holiday destination with its vast landscapes and lively namesake city. Think seaside adventuring, national parks, wild ponies and colourful buidlings. 

    As one of the least known counties in Ireland, County Mayo boast unspoiled landscapes and peaceful towns. You can expect rugged mountains, Georgian architecture, museums and historic castles.

    Located in Ireland’s south-west, County Kerry is home to some of its most iconic scenery. From exploring the sandy beaches of the Dingle Peninsula to conquering Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantoohill, there's no shortage of things to do.

    Set just north of Dublin, County Meath is one of the most ancient counties in Ireland, famed for its fascinating history and epic legends. Visit archaeological sites or take a day trip to the capital. Fun fact - it's Ireland’s top producer of potatoes!

    Getting there and around



    Flights to Ireland land in Dublin airport, Cork airport, Waterford airport or Donegal airport.


    We would highly recommend hiring a car if you're hoping to visit attractions off the beaten track. A smaller car is better as the roads are notoriously narrow and winding.

    Public transport

    The public transport is good in Ireland, with buses and trains running regularly. You'll be able to visit most of the major attractions by planning a route on one of these modes of transport.


    Exploring the countryside by bike is a glorious way to take in the more rural parts of Ireland. You'll need to book ahead or bring your own wheels though, as bike hire may not be too easy to come by.

    Top tips

    • Tipping. Service charge won't usually be added to restaurant bills so tipping 10-12% is recommended. This also applies to taxi drivers.
    • Pre-book your trains. They can be extremely expensive so it's best to book in advance to avoid steep charges.
    • Sunday is a day of rest so many restaurants, shops and cafes may not open until 2pm, if at all. Bear this in mind before you plan your weekend.

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