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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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

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.

Where to stay around Ireland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,186 vacation rentals near Ireland. From 2,641 Cottages to 1,490 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: 648 vacation rentals
  • Galway: 216 vacation rentals
  • Cork: 122 vacation rentals
  • Killarney: 432 vacation rentals
  • Dingle: 206 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: 648 rentals
  • Galway: 216 rentals
  • Cork: 122 rentals
  • Killarney: 432 rentals
  • Dingle: 206 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): 72 vacation rentals
  • Dublin Airport (DUB): 677 vacation rentals
  • Kilkenny (KKY): 60 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: 633 rentals
  • Cliffs of Moher: 219 rentals
  • Dingle Harbour: 365 rentals
  • Cork City Hall: 106 rentals
  • Dublinia: 653 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
760 vacation rentals
County Kerry
999 vacation rentals
County Dublin
626 vacation rentals
Co. Clare
578 vacation rentals
County Donegal
403 vacation rentals
County Mayo
303 vacation rentals
County Wicklow
254 vacation rentals
County Sligo
218 vacation rentals
Co. Waterford
107 vacation rentals
County Kilkenny
56 vacation rentals
County Wexford
245 vacation rentals
County Limerick
139 vacation rentals
County Tipperary
97 vacation rentals
County Cavan
32 vacation rentals
County Meath
185 vacation rentals
County Laois
39 vacation rentals
County Roscommon
36 vacation rentals
County Westmeath
23 vacation rentals
County Kildare
20 vacation rentals