Clare Holiday Cottages
A wide collection of Clare cottage properties and self catering holiday homes are offered
by the rental agents featured below. They've been sorted according to the number they offer although their databases are constantly updated with new properties. Check the sites for the latest news.
Holiday Lettings -
More than 60 Clare holiday cottages
located in places like Lahinch, Kilkee and Fanore. Many of their self catering properties are modern in style although a collection of traditional cottages are also available. Booking prices start at around £153 for week-long breaks.
- Another 60 Clare cottages
as well as country houses, beach-side holiday homes and luxury properties. Their situated throughout County Clare in picturesque locations such as Miltown Malbay and Killadysert.
Cottages 4 You
- 20 County Clare cottage properties, most of which have at least four star gradings. The properties, which are all inspected on a regular basis, can be found in places like Doonbeg, Spanish Point and Kincora. Many properties are available from £300 p/w, off-peak.
A small collection of Clare self catering properties located in Bunratty, Ennis and Quin. Booking rates are between £200 and £300 for off-peak, seven day breaks. Pets are allowed for some of the holiday cottages as are smokers.
County Clare is set between the vast Atlantic Ocean and the River Shannon and is a region of outstanding beauty. From the flatlands of the east to the dramatic cliffs of Moher, County Clare has much to offer the visitor, whether on a long holiday or a short self catering break.
The county town of Ennis, is set on the River Fergus
and consists of winding narrow streets. It dates back to the 13th century and boasts an impressive Roman Catholic cathedral, as well as a Franciscan friary. Flour mills and furniture manufacturers dominate the town.
Clare's coastline of majestic, sandy beaches is punctuated by small resorts such as Lahinch and Kilkee that perfectly capture the character and beauty of Ireland. And rising over 700 feet, the nearby Cliffs of Mohan
form a rugged natural defence against the Atlantic and offer some breathtaking views.
There are many reminders of an eventful past dotted all over Clare with over 2000 stone forts that date back to pre-Celtic times. The restored Bunratty Castle
offers a fine example of Norman Irish influences while the magnificent ruins of Lemaneagh Castle dates back to 1480. For further details about County Clare visitor attractions, see the guide below.
Clare visitor attractions
On Ireland’s west coast cottages holidaymakers in County Clare will find themselves in one of the most stunning locations in the country with a host of places to visit – the perfect location for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Sea, lake and river fishing, cycling, walking and golfing are all popular at Killaloe. There is a busy marina where you can enjoy various watersports, including cruises on the River Shannon. Try Loe Beach Watersports
which provides motor-boat hire, water-sports equipment and tuition for all ages and abilities. The fishing and sailing centre on Lough Derg
hires out boats and offers trips to Iniscealtra (Holy Island).
The Spirit of Killaloe is a luxury 50 seater vessel with bar facilities. Cruises operate from May to September. At the seaside resort of Kilkee, Moore Bay
has excellent beaches for swimming and cliff walks. The Burren Centre at Kilfenora National Park is a huge limestone plateau (200 square kilometres) with a labyrinth of underground caves. A paradise for bird watchers – puffins and kittiwakes.
Food and drink
Irish pubs are renowned for the warmth of their hospitality. Try Flanagan’s
at Killaloe which serves traditional meals and seafood and has attractive outdoor seating. Take the family out to eat in relaxed surroundings at O’Connor’s in Doolin which specialises in seafood and also offers vegetarian dishes. For entertainment, the Doonbeg International Jazz Festival
takes place the last week of May and in the county town of Ennis, visit the Irish Music Centre
for live performances.
History and Culture
One of the major historical attractions is the fifteenth century Bunratty Castle which has been restored and from time to time holds Irish banquets. There is a folk park and a walled garden. Open daily except Good Friday, December 24, 25 and 26. Another interesting place to visit is Kilfenora Cathedral founded in the twelfth century and three miles to the east is the ruined Leamaneh Castle
, an Elizabethan fortified manor house built in the seventeenth century.