The South East of Ireland is an area of rich heritage; a landscape dotted with Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Viking remains. This part of the country is a fantastic place in which to take your luxury self-catering break as the climate is temperate and sunny, the Coastline offers a number of unspoilt beaches, and inland you can find picture-perfect riverside villages full of country character and traditional, thatched cottages.
A Luxury Gaelic Break in Waterford
County Waterford is home to An Ring, a wild but lovely area on the western shores of Dungarvan Bay, which is also a Gaeltacht – that is, one of the few areas where the Irish language Gaeilge is spoken daily. This is an area which is perfect for taking a romantic luxury holiday for two. The charming town of Lismore is a wonderful place for a day out, with its beautiful medieval Cathedral and Castle.
Green and Gorgeous Tipperary
Tipperary is full to the brim with beautifully quiet valleys and natural, unspoilt greenery for the ultimate get-away. The Glen of Aherlow is a beautiful part of Tipperary; if you’re looking for an active luxury break, this is a place to explore the great outdoors, with fantastic long walks and cycle paths and charming towns like Cahir, which is home to Cahir Castle – one of Ireland’s best preserved castles, on the banks of the River Suir.
Creative County Kilkenny
County Kilkenny is the Creative Heart of Ireland, and is also the medieval Capital and so is a great place to explore unique ruins. If you’re visiting in August, don’t miss the fantastic exhibitions, attractions, plays and more put on the the fantastic Kilkenny Arts Festival. For a really fun luxury city break, the City of Kilkenny is a fantastic place to enjoy a day’s shopping, sample some gourmet food or just enjoy ‘the craic’ in one of the many traditional Irish bars and pubs.
Top recommended attractions in South East Ireland:
• The ‘Made in Kilkenny’ craft trail takes you to many of the sites which give Kilkenny its reputation as the Creative Centre of Ireland.
• County Carlow is a beautiful place to explore 3 of Ireland’s key national walking routes; the South Leinster, the Barrow Way and the Wicklow Way so if you’re a keen walker there’s no better place to follow your feet than Carlow’s hundreds of miles of scenic routes.
• The Wells House and Gardens in Wexford is a Victorian property and is a beautiful place for adults to explore, which also has great activities for kids.
In this area you can expect to stay in luxurious converted farmstays and barns; or if you’re nearer to the coast, attractive seaside cottages by miles of unspoilt sandy beaches will be your luxury rural retreat.