Cycle your way to fun places this Summer with Rent an Irish Cottage

Routes Featured: Great Western Greenway, County Mayo & Slea Head Loop, County Kerry

One great way to get to Achill Island is by cycling from Westport to Achill Island. The 42km long bike path and footpath makes this journey safe and with a few hills accessible to everyone. The stretch of 42 km can be completed in one go or in stages with scenic breaks along the way! To read here! 

image of greenhills Sleahead, County Kerry, Ireland     image of people cycling on Mayos Greenway County Mayo


Explore Connemara and Achill Island with Rent an Irish Cottage

Stay at one of Rent a Cottage’s fabulous self catering holiday homes and enjoy endless options for walking based holidays in the fresh air and stunning scenery. There are so many walks both near the Wild Atlantic Way and inland, visitor are spoiled for choice.

 Starting in County May on Achill Island there are gentle walks on Keem and Keel beaches. When walking in Achill the first thing that one notices is the ever changing colours on the protective hills nearby the beach. This is one reason Achill Island is a favourite amongst landscape painters and read more....

image of hill walking on Achill Island     image of Kildavnet castle on Achill Island with Rent An Irish Cottage


Explore Spring Flowers and Wildlife with Rent An Irish Cottage 

The past week has seen a huge change in the weather across Ireland. The countryside is full of activity, both with plant and animal life and we at Rent An Irish Cottage are always excited by a change of season, a reason to celebrate. Delightful spring flowers are starting to dot our landscape and remind us to get out an enjoy the fresh air and stunning countryside! Even in urban landscapes daffodils and potted flowers herald a new season bringing joy with finer weather. . The first signs of spring are the daffodils and magnificent more


Winter Walking with Rent An Irish Cottage 

The clocks have gone back we have colder evenings and winter is definitely here! These reasons are enough to put the outdoors on the back burner until next spring. However, we at Rent An Irish Cottage know it can be a wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy fresh air and great walking trails Ireland has to offer. Refreshing country walks this time of year have bonuses – lack of summer crowds, ease of parking and peaceful sunsets in magical locations. And the light is different making for amazing winter more



Traveling Around Beautiful Connemara




Clifden is a bustling hamlet in very West of Ireland in County Galway. After driving 80km from Galway City though the mountainous terrain when you land in Clifden you know you are far away from any urban area. This old traditional small town has lots to offer the visitor. Clifden is famous for its friendly locals and lively atmosphere both during the day and the night. The night life is great here. Clifden has many award winning restaurants and almost every pub has live traditional music most evening so it is easy to relax and hear local more


Ring of Kerry - A Day Out




All the Peninsulas on the Kerry coast line are well worth a full day out or two if you can afford the time. One of the best things to do or see at least once from this peninsula is to go and experience the Skelling Rocks. Kilorglin or Knightstown are ideal places to stay the night before. Kilorglin is a short drive and offers the visitor a lively atmosphere and a choice of restaurants. This charming market town has a rich history and is famous for Puck Fair, a popular festival that draws crowds from all over the world, it usually runs the first or second weekend of August more


The Burren and Coastline




There are great day trips in county Clare that don’t require much effort but maybe some stopping along the way. One of the best ways to see Clare is on a day trip. The route we will embark on here is to go up through the Burren towards Ballyvaughan and then to head south again by the Burren and along the coastline.

First we will stopping at the Burren Centre in Kilfenora, Co. Clare. This is a great quick visit museum and gives lots of information on the history of the Burren, information on the rock formations and is a hive of information for what is ahead! more