Last Updated on October 28, 2023

I love it when where I stay suites the area. It just feels right, and right from the get-go sets the stage for a wonderful vacation.

There are so many reasons to love Ireland from its craggy cliffs and remote beaches to its charming countryside, peat bogs, ruins, and prehistoric sites. Then there’s the beer, the whiskey, the lively pubs, and of course, the friendly, fun and life-loving locals.

I’ve gathered some traditional cottages throughout Ireland – because most travelers to this delightful country don’t stay in one locale – perfectly suited to the Emerald Isle. These all include water views – and for a darn good reason as you’ll quickly understand.

Cozy Cottage in Ballynacourty

This wonderful thatch-roofed cottage is situated just three miles from the lovely seaside town of Dungarven in the southeast coast of Ireland. It’s 300 yards to a swimmable beach, also good for fishing, and 200 yards from a cycling and walking track.

The two-bedroom, 1.5-bath can accommodate four guests and is close to stunning waterfalls, woods, unspoiled lakes, mountain ranges and some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

Restored 18th Century Coastguard Cottage in Castlecove

Restored 18th Century Coastguard cottage in Ireland.
Restored 18th Century Coastguard cottage in Ireland. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Located on the shore of picturesque Kenmare Estuary, this restored 18th century cottage can sleep up to four guests in its two-bedroom, one-bath space that includes a wood-burning stone fireplace.

The cottage is idyllically situated one mile west of Castlecove, just off the famous Ring of Kerry, and only 50 meters from its own shingle beach.

Horseback riding, golf, angling, boating, and walking are all popular activities in the area, providing an outdoor lover’s paradise experience.

Where Heaven Touches the Earth View in Dunquin

Heaven Touches the Earth Irish cottage in Dunquin.
Heaven Touches the Earth Irish cottage in Dunquin. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Situated in a small farming village about 15 minutes from the fishing town of Dingle, this waterfront view cottage is located in the area where films such as ‘Ryans Daughter’ in 1969, ‘Far and Away ‘ in 1989 and ‘Star Wars’ Episode VIII’ filmed during the summer 2016 on top of Sybil Head in front of cottage.

The two-bedroom, two-bath abode offers sweeping views and traditional Irish cottage ambience. The property is surrounded by hills, mountains, pastures where sheep and lambs graze, cliffs and the ocean.

In Dingle, you can enjoy its entertaining restaurants, pubs and traditional Irish music.

Sleep to the Sounds of the Sea on Kilbaha Bay

This gorgeous cottage is located in a direct waterfront rural area. Loop Head Lighthouse and Carrigaholt Castle are amazing nearby local landmarks.

Guests will enjoy stunning Atlantic panoramic views with ships and fishing boats passing right by the cottage.

Set in 10 acres off the Wild Atlantic Way, this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath cottage can accommodate up to six guests, and a popular loft room over the kitchen is a great place to read, watch a movie or a gathering spot for the children.

Ocean Blue Retreat in Ventry

This newly renovated semi-detached cottage just three miles west of Dingle on the Wild Atlantic Way, offers stunning views of Ventry Harbour and Mt. Eagle. It also boasts underfloor heating, perfect to ward off the chills of a brisk coastal Ireland day.

The cottage has two bedrooms and 1.5 baths and can sleep six guests. You’ll love the stunning ocean views, the waves, and the magnificent sunsets from this delightful vacation home.

Idyllic Cottage on the Bay of Tragumna in Skibbereen

When you stay at this two-bedroom, two-bath cottage that sleeps five, you’ll be looking directly out on the Atlantic Ocean.

An open fireplace is a highlight of this property where you’ll be happy to cozy in after strolling the nearby beach or spending some time out on the water. You’ll also love the traditional Irish pub near the cottage with live music on weekends.

The coast between Tragumna and Castletownshend is spectacular with ever-changing views, and this can be your home away from home to enjoy it.

Cross Seas House in Lahinch

Cross Seas House is Ireland’s closest house to the sea! The two-story home features stunning stone walls and architecture dating back 120 years.

Two bedrooms are located on the ground floor, and the upstairs includes an open plan kitchen/living/dining area with views over Lahinch Beach and an open loft overlooking the living room area.

The property offers three bedrooms, and two baths and can accommodate six guests. And oh my, the views, and the therapeutic sounds of those crashing waves.

Kineilty (Kathy’s) Cottage in Liscannor

Kineilty Cottage, Liscannor, County Clare.
Kineilty Cottage, Liscannor, County Clare. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Another cottage with breathtaking sea views, traditional Kineilty Cottage offers two bedrooms and one bath, sleeping four.

The cottage, along with its sister property Kitty’s Cottage, were built in 1880. The renowned Cliffs of Moher are within a 15-minute drive along with Doolin, providing daily trips from its pier to The Aran Islands.

The quaint village of Liscannor with its award-winning seafood restaurants and traditional venues is close by.

Fallowvee Cottage in Glenariff

If you’re into history, you’ll absolutely adore this two-bedroom, one-bath cottage perched along one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world and fronting the Mull of Kintyre.

The amazing property was once part of Lady Londonderry’s estate, and the weighbridge and pier were gifted to Sir Winston Churchill.

It requires a seven-night stay in high season, but other times of the year, guests can request a shorter stay at this amazing cottage awarded the Tourist Board’s “Rural Cottage of the Year.”

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