Plan ahead, and secure one of these holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland for the Halloween break.
It seems we have found a new found love for Ireland’s beaches, so much so that holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland are like hens teeth in July and August! With that in mind, I have compiled a list of our most popular holiday homes that are available over the Halloween break – so you can secure your holiday home in plenty of time.
All properties are highly recommended from previous guests – so you should receive a warm welcome and great service. Most of the holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland are fully booked during the summer months, so if you fancy a staycation over the October mid term break, I suggest you book one now to avoid disappointment.
Note, many of the links below are affiliate links where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
1. Airbnb with spectacular sea views, Lahinch, Clare: €190 per night
If you are looking for the holy grail of holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland, look no further. This modern two-bedroomed home has a 270 degree view of the sea, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking Liscannor bay and the Cliffs of Moher.
The open plan living area has polished concrete floors and there is a rotating stove in the middle of the living area. This has to be one of the best Airbnbs along the Wild Atlantic Way, and it is one that is firmly on my own Irish bucket list!
2. The Dunes Thatched Cottage, Wexford: €203 per night
Located just 70 steps from an unspoilt beach, this remote 300-year old thatched cottage is the perfect choice for a quiet beach holiday in Ireland. Enjoy beach and forest walks, or pop into Wexford Town (15 minutes drive) if you fancy a change of scene. Note, there is a minimum stay of seven nights.
3. Beachcombers Cottage, Killybegs, Donegal: €99 per night
Beachcombers Cottage is a modern two-bedroom house located beside the fabulous Fintra Beach in Donegal. The fireplace and a modern 50-inch TV with Netflix, are perfect companions if you fancy cosy nights in, or the town of Killybegs is just 3km away if you want to venture out. If you like hiking, Ireland’s tallest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs, are just a 20 minute drive away.
4. Doonbeg Beach Cottage, Clare: €99 per night
Located just 500 meters from the magnificent Doughmore Beach and adjacent to Doonbeg International Golf Club & Resort, this cottage is the ideal choice if you want to mix beach time with a little golf thrown in.
Its central location on the Wild Atlantic Way means you can explore the Cliffs of Moher, the Loop Head Peninsula, and the Burren, all within an hours drive. This stylish cottage has two bedrooms and an open plan living area with sliding doors that lead out to a garden with BBQ and sun loungers. Note there is a minimum stay of seven days.
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5. Oyster Bay 4-bedroom holiday home in Connemara, Galway: €225 per night
This large family home is beautifully situated beside the sea, and offers panoramic views over Ballinakill Bay and Leitir Hill. It is located close to the village of Letterfrack and the entrance to the Connemara National Park, and Kylemore Abbey is just 4km away. Minimum stay seven nights.
6. On the beach in Enniscrone, Sligo: €240 per night
This three-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the beach, and the sun sets right in front of the living room. Located in heart of Enniscrone, with direct access to the beach, this must be one of the most popular holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland. The house is very well equipped, with two bikes, a surf board, body boards, spades and buckets and a fishing rod are also supplied.
7. Achill Atlantic House, Mayo: €140 per night
You only have to look at the image above to see the unobstructed views that lay in store if you stay at the three-bedroom Achill Atlantic House in Mayo. You will also have private access to Cloughmore Beach, which is just 50 meters away, Achill’s Atlantic Drive is just five minutes walk from the house and you can find your own ‘catch of the day’ at the local harbour.
8. Inch Beach House, three-bedroom cottage, Kerry: €160 per night
Overlooking one of the best beaches in Ireland, this delightful cottage has all the modern conveniences, without loosing its traditional charm. You will be located only steps away from Inch Beach and its wide selection of water sports, and just a short drive from Dingle town. This holiday home beside the sea ticks all boxes.
9. Whiterocks 3-bedroom villa, Portrush, Antrim: €350 per night
With private steps down to the famous Whiterocks beach, and overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Course, this luxurious villa is one of the finest holiday homes beside the sea in Northern Ireland. The outdoor terrace offers superb views of the beach and is ideal for outdoor dining, and the Causeway Coast’s top attractions are right on your doorstep.
10. Tigh Thor, 5-bedroom luxury home in Dingle, Kerry: €264 per night
The newly renovated Tigh Thor is arguably one of the most luxurious holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland – I’m having serious interiors goals just looking at it. There abundance of light, contemporary furnishings and open plan living area with views of Dingle Bay make it extremely inviting. There is also a snug lounge if you want to sneak off somewhere quiet with a good book, and let’s not forget the outdoor hot tub…
12. Oystercatcher Seaside Cottage, Connemara, Galway: €130 per night
This traditional two-bedroom cottage enjoys panoramic sea views from its outside decking area, and is close to many of Connemara’s beautiful beaches. It has been fully renovated, but still maintains it’s rustic charm. The cosy sitting room has a TV, Xbox, DVDs games and plenty of books for you to enjoy, and there is also free WiFi.
Its idyllic location is paradise during the summer time, but I’m sure lighting the wood burning stove and watching the Atlantic Ocean outside, would be pretty special during the winter months too. This must be one of the most popular cottages to rent in Connemara, so best to book it early to avoid disappointment.
13. The Coach House, Apartments with private sea access, Westport, Mayo: €160 per night
This unique Coach House has two luxurious two bedroom apartments that can be rented together or separately. With panoramic views over Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, as well as private sea access, these are the holy grail of apartments on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The original stone coachhouse is beautifully furnished and both apartments can sleep up to six people. Guests have their own private access to the shore, and with an outhouse available for storage, it is an ideal choice if you wish to bring kayaks, SUP boards and wetsuits.
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14. Granary Loft, Annestown, Waterford: €90 per night
Located in the grounds of historic Annestown house, this newly refurbished one-bedroom loft offers Atlantic views and has direct access to Annestown beach. It is located on Ireland’s stunning Copper Coast, a place I visited last year during my trip around the Munster Vales. It’s proximity to the Waterford Greenway, Dungarvan and Waterford city ensures plenty of opportunities for day trips.
15. Rock House, Malin Head, Donegal: €114 per night
Located just 2km from Malin Village on the Wild Atlantic Way, this modern, architecturally designed 2-bedroom holiday home beside the sea in Ireland offers stunning views, and is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. The house overlooks a bird sanctuary and there is an elevated bird hide at the bottom of the garden – binoculars and bird books are also supplied in the library.
The house is a short drive to Malin Head and bicycles are also available. There is an outdoor hot tub in the garden – you might get lucky and spot the Northern Lights, as they were previously sighted here.
16. Crones Cottage, Rossbeigh, Kerry: €120 per night
This charming two-bedroom cottage overlooks the famous Blue Flag Rossbeigh beach, near the beautiful village of Glenbeigh on the Kerry Way. The reviews from previous guests are excellent, with many loving its beachfront location and stunning views. I recall walking along Rossbeigh beach with my Mum a few years ago and loved it.
17. The Boat House, 4-bedroom Home, Baltimore: €380 per night
The Boat House location in West Cork is idyllic. This is one of ten properties on an island estate, reached by a stone bridge. It is ideal for a large family, or if there are a group of families or friends who wish to travel together, you can rent more of the properties on Inis Beg estate.
It is also located close to Baltimore and Skibbereen, so if you fancy a change of scene, you don’t have too far to go. Not only is this one of the best holiday homes beside the sea, but you also have access to an indoor heated swimming pool during your stay.
18. Water’s Edge, 3-bedroom Cottage, Clifden, Galway: €143 per night
This spacious ocean-front cottage is beautifully situated with views to Omey Island to the west, and the Twelve Bens of Connemara to the east. It offers all the benefits of a peaceful location with amazing sunsets from its sun room, but also has the advantage of being just fifteen minutes from the vibrant town of Clifden,
19. Dugort Cliff Edge, 2-bedroom cottage, Mayo: €65 per night
Perched on the edge of a cliff, this two-bedroom cosy cottage overlooks the Blue Flag Dugort beach in Achill Island. If you are looking for a seaside retreat in a traditional Irish cottage, I think I have found it.
20. Seashelter, 2-bedroom cottage, Clare: €151 per night
Seashelter’s colourful cottage offers stunning views over the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as a hot tub, wood burning sauna and a wonderful garden that children will love. There are swings, slides, a trampoline and goal post as well as a new toddlers area.
There is also a conservatory with comfy sofas if you just want to chill out want watch the waves. However if you fancy a change of scene, the town of Milton Malbay which has a selection of shops, restaurants and traditional music pubs, is just 3km away.
21. Four-bedroom Home in Connemara, Galway: €125 per night
This large Airbnb on the Wild Atlantic Way is an old building that has been converted into a four-bedroom home, and offers a large garden, a wood burning stove and superb sea views. Located on the edge of Spiddal Village in Connemara, yet only 30 minutes from Galway city, it offers the best of both worlds.
22. Five-bedroom log cabin, Kinsale, Cork: €500 per night
This five-bedroom log cabin offers superb sea views and is located just ten minutes drive from Kinsale. This holiday home beside the sea will house up to 11 guests, so it is ideal for an extended family or group of friends. There is a large garden, a balcony with views towards the Old Head of Kinsale, an office and a home gym.
There is a small beach at the end of the road which is ideal for canoeing, and there are plenty of sandy beaches a short drive away.
23. The Pier House, 2-bedroom cottage, Loop Head, Clare: €235 per night
Pier House is arguably ‘the nearest house to New York’, so if are looking Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way, it doesn’t get much wilder than this! With its own beach, rock pools and a garden, it is an ideal house for families. There is a playground and pub / restaurant just 150 metres away, and it is located beside the harbour so a fishing trip is a must.
The lounge has panoramic views across the bay and the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere. Its eclectic design has ceilings resembling an upturned boat, floors with ancient slate flags, a high-pitched ceiling with fisherman lantern lights, and two vintage leather club chairs that look like the perfect place to relax.
Did I mention the garden is purposely left wild with meadow flowers? – This place is now going on my own wish list!
24. Luxury detached home with sea-view, Dungarvan, Waterford: €285 per night
Dungarvan is an upmarket town with a great food scene, and this luxury detached house is a great place to stay if you want to explore it. Located beside Abbeyside Beach and just minutes from the Waterford Greenway, it offers the best of both worlds.
It is a large home complete with four bedrooms, two large sitting rooms and a library. The master bedroom has a large walk in wardrobe – you may not want to leave!
25. Award Winning Designed Home with Ocean Views, Enniscrone, Sligo: €470 per night
This modern award-winning four-bedroomed house offers stunning views of the Atlantic, with a road that leads down to a great sea swimming spot. It is just three minutes from Dromore West which has a pub, cafe and Chinese take-away, while the seaside town of Enniscrone and its stunning white sandy beach, are just 17 minutes away.See more here
I hope this post on holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland will help you plan a group getaway soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual accommodation owners for clarification.