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Experience Ireland in vacation home rentals

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.

History

History and legend near vacation homes in Ireland

Ireland has a rich history that’s showcased in various historic sites throughout the country. Vacation homes are available near places like Ring of Kerry, a circular route that travels past historical landmarks and natural attractions, and Blarney Castle, a ruined castle with the famed Blarney Stone. You could also visit Titanic Belfast, a museum about the sunken ocean liner, with an underwater exploration theater and recreated cabins.

Things to do

Attractions near vacation rentals in Ireland

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.

Activities

Activities near vacation homes 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.

Weather

Local weather in Ireland for your stay in vacation homes

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.

Natural features

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.

Food and drink

Must-try foods near Ireland vacation homes

Irish cuisine reflects a variety of culinary cultures and features the crops and animals common in the temperate climate. Signature Irish dishes include Irish stew with mutton, lamb, or goat, bacon and cabbage, boxty, a potato pancake, and coddle, a dish of sausage, bacon, and potato. If you want to experience the unique culinary traditions of Ireland, visit a restaurant or eatery near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ireland?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,304 vacation rentals near Ireland. From 2,609 Cottages to 1,472 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.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ireland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ireland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dublin: 658 vacation rentals
  • Galway: 225 vacation rentals
  • Cork: 119 vacation rentals
  • Killarney: 440 vacation rentals
  • Dingle: 208 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ireland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ireland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ireland:

  • Dublin: 658 rentals
  • Galway: 225 rentals
  • Cork: 119 rentals
  • Killarney: 440 rentals
  • Dingle: 208 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Ireland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Ireland are:

  • Ireland West Knock Airport (NOC): 80 vacation rentals
  • Dublin Airport (DUB): 689 vacation rentals
  • Kilkenny (KKY): 59 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ireland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ireland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ireland's Eye: 642 rentals
  • Cliffs of Moher: 226 rentals
  • Dingle Harbour: 365 rentals
  • Cork City Hall: 106 rentals
  • Dublinia: 663 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ireland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Ireland

County Cork
505 vacation rentals
Galway
774 vacation rentals
County Kerry
1,019 vacation rentals
County Dublin
637 vacation rentals
Co. Clare
607 vacation rentals
County Donegal
413 vacation rentals
County Mayo
305 vacation rentals
County Wicklow
270 vacation rentals
County Sligo
236 vacation rentals
Déise
104 vacation rentals
County Kilkenny
56 vacation rentals
County Wexford
266 vacation rentals
County Limerick
158 vacation rentals
County Tipperary
99 vacation rentals
County Cavan
38 vacation rentals
County Meath
192 vacation rentals
County Laois
42 vacation rentals
County Roscommon
44 vacation rentals
County Westmeath
26 vacation rentals
County Kildare
20 vacation rentals