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Explore Ireland's South West 

Self Catering Accommodation by County in the South West of Ireland: CorkKerry & Limerick.

Cork

Cork County has a unique abundance of historical interest as well as contemporary flare. In fact, this thriving county of nearly a half a million residents is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s cosmopolitan cities. Bordered on its west by the Atlantic Ocean, and on its south by the Celtic Sea, Cork City is built on the River Lee and this city centre has some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums on offer. Visit this charming area and you can experience its fascinating culture as well as its living past.

Holiday in Cork, home of the Blarney Stone! During difficult times, emigrants leaving Ireland would kiss this stone on their way to other countries. Today, visitors can visit Blarney Castle and kiss the stone themselves. The kiss endows one with ‘the gift of the gab’ or the gift of storytelling. West Cork is home to countryside and many small villages and countrysides as well as gorgeous little islands like Sherkin, Cape Clear and Dursey Island. Nature lovers can enjoy the area's distinctive Headed Crow and the algae herbarium housed at University College Cork. Cork City is both ancient, founded in the sixth century CE, and also a modern lively city with museums, music and night clubs.

The culture of Cork County is very distinguished and it must be experienced firsthand. A dedicated county to GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) both hurling and football, why not catch a game at the local GAA park. Other events to watch out for in the Cork region are the Kinsale International Vintage Car Rally, Cork Races, Guinness Jazz Festival and the Cork City Marathon. Make County Cork your holiday home and experience this rich diverse culture.

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Kerry

Abundantly beautiful and steeped in history, County Kerry is located in Ireland’s southwest region. One of Ireland’s original traditional counties, Kerry is part of the Munster province, and covers 1,815 square miles in area. Kerry looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and has many scenic peninsulas, including the Dingle, Beara and Iveragh. The legendary River Shannon forms Kerry’s north border. The northern part of the county is known for its verdant green hills as well as miles of sandy beachfront. Kerry’s southern and western areas are famous for the rugged mountains and the lakes that comprise the Ring of Kerry. The Blasket and Skellig Michael Islands off the coast offer rare glimpses into Ireland’s history. Kerry is home to Ireland’s highest mountains, including Carrauntuohill, the country’s tallest peak. Some 125,000 people live in Kerry, making it the fourteenth-largest county in Ireland. Its county capital is Tralee, but Killarney is its most-visited town.

Holiday homes in Kerry offer guests a wide array of accommodation that range from quaint to palatial. From these lodgings, visitors can find a huge variety of activities. Kerry is home to some of the world’s most challenging golf courses in Ballybunion, Waterville and Killarney. Along the coast, visitors enjoy fishing and angling. As Kerry is positioned along the Gulf Stream, it attracts an uncommon array of marine animals, many of which can be seen at the Dingle Marina and Aquarium. Tours along the Ring of Kerry offer magnificent views of Kenmare and Dingle Bay. Kerry offers a variety of trails for bicycling or scaling its hills. The county celebrates Irish culture and heritage with its many pubs, as well as Tralee’s National Folk Theatre. 

Tourists will find their holiday homes in Kerry to be welcoming and well-appointed. Whether the lodgings are cottages by the sea or sophisticated apartments in Killarney, they offer everything needed for a memorable visit. Kerry’s many attractions ensure that guests will never run out of things to do. Whether it’s for fishing, golf, touring, shopping or just friendly Irish conversation, a holiday in Kerry lets visitors discover the magic of Ireland.

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Limerick

Limerick is a county in Ireland's Munster Province, which stretches across the southern portion of the country. The county is situated along the Shannon Estuary, which feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the countryside is lush with green flatlands, which clearly define the county, though the western portion of Limerick is marked with the Mullaghareirk Mountains, which offer impressive vistas over the land. Overall, Limerick is the seventh most populated county in all of Ireland with over 180,000 inhabitants. Its largest city is Limerick City, for which the county was named, though the most historical port of the county is located at nearby Foynes.

When considering a holiday home in Limerick, it is a good idea to know what recreational opportunities are available in the county. There are a variety of sporting activities that are popular in the area, and Limerick is especially well known as the home of the Irish branch of the Rugby Union. There are also plentiful opportunities to play and enjoy sports such as Gaelic football and hurling. Beyond sports, there are a number of historical attractions, including Castle Oliver, Glenstal Abbey, and King John's Castle. These structures stand as pieces of the sometimes tumultuous history in Limerick, which has seen its share of battles, even up through the Irish Civil War. To appreciate the natural beauty of the area, the picturesque lake at Lough Gur is another must-visit along with the beautiful wooded walkways around Clare Glens. Many attractions are dotted throughout the county including Adare Heritage Centre on Adare’s main street, possibly the prettiest town in Ireland, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, where Irish coffee was invented; Curraghchase Forest Park and Lough Gur an important archaeological site. Renting a holiday home in towns such as Ballyhoura, Kildimo, Adare and many others allow guests to explore this picturesque county.

With all of this, choosing a holiday home in Limerick is clearly a very smart choice. The spectacular vistas allow guests to enjoy a quiet and simple life, with rest and relaxation aplenty. However, a trip to a thriving city such as Limerick can offer shopping, culture, and pure entertainment. This perfect balance is hard to replicate, and many holiday-seekers can find just the right Irish cottage to rent, whether it be in the city, on the open plains, or along the water.

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