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Where to stay near Ireland?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 4,447 vacation rentals near Ireland. From 2,509 cottages to 1,000 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ireland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

The luck of the Irish

A small country with a big heart, the "Emerald Isle" needs little introduction. If the wonderfully rugged landscape or the centuries of history doesn't draw you in, the warm people will. Raconteurs and storytellers, you can't fail to be charmed by the Irish. Most fly into Dublin, now listed as a UNESCO City of Literature. You shouldn't just stick to the capital, though. Ireland vacation rentals are found throughout this green and pleasant land. Ready to explore Ireland? The wild coastal drives, ancient castles and cozy pubs are waiting for you.

Gallop along beach or hike the rugged coastline in Ireland

Those looking for outdoor adventures should look no further. Ireland is awash with coastal hiking trails and cycling routes. One of the most beautiful is the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo. Here, you can follow the old railway tracks to Achill Island passing flocks of sheep and flower-filled fields. If that's not your thing, consider hiring a car to drive along the 1,500-mile Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal route in the world. Ireland has a long heritage of horseback riding. With vast stretches of empty and remote beaches, you can saddle up to ride along the water's edge kicking up sand as you gallop.

Ireland is the inspiration behind many a film and TV show

The perfect introduction to Ireland is Grafton Street in Dublin, home to many Ireland vacation rentals. The colorful walkway buzzes with street performers, curb-side cafes and flower stalls. If you're interested in history, swing by Trinity College to see the wood-vaulted Long Room, a library filled with a staggering number of rare books. Once you get out of the city, things become decidedly more wild and windswept. Take the Cliffs of Moher for instance. Like a scene from Game of Thrones, the towering eroded rock formations simply can't be put into words. You'll also want to visit the Rock of Cashel, a 12th-century castle steeped in history.

Don't let the rain dampen your spirits

Ireland's oceanic weather is notoriously fickle. One moment you could be basking in sunshine, the next the heavens open. Well, the Emerald Isle wouldn't have its name without the odd spot of rain. Saying that, the country rarely receives any extreme weather fronts, and typically the winters are mild and the summers warm. When the sky is bright, the countryside gets bathed in sunshine, when it's not, you can dive into an old country pub to warm up by a log fireplace with a pint of Guinness and hear the laugher of the locals.

See the golden eagle in Ireland

Ireland isn't the first country that comes to mind when thinking of wildlife, but dig around a little and there's plenty to be found. The best place to start is the wetlands and waterways in the free national parks, which are home to bounding herds of deer, badgers and foxes. Golden eagles were successfully reintroduced and can now be spotted circling above with the peregrines and falcons. The coast sees a whole new set of species. Cheeky little puffins play on the cliffs, while crabs scamper along the sandy shores.