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Rent Cottages in Northern Ireland

Compared to Ireland, the choice of self catering holidays in Northern Ireland is fairly limited, yet the region has so much to offer. Northern Ireland is unquestionably beautiful in its own rugged and windswept way. At its heart, the largest lake in Britain, Lough Neagh is perfect for water sports, fishing and nature lovers, as are the locks and water ways of Country Fermanagh. The Antrim Causeway Coast is a marvel to behold, while County Down has the amazing Mourne Mountains. For urbanites, there are the historic cities of Belfast and Derry to explore.


Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Tyrone (Photo: Wikipedia: Kifster)County Tyrone The rural County Tyrone enjoys some inspiring scenery. In the east, Lough Neagh is Britain’s largest lake. With its adjoining peatlands it’s a heaven for wildlife and popular with nature lovers. In the north, hikers ramble through the windswept Sperrin Mountains along the Ulster Way. Exploring Irish emigration, the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh is worth a visit. Nonetheless, options for self catering in Tyrone are limited.

Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Londonderry (Photo: Wikipedia: Kenneth Allen)County Londonderry County Londonderry (Derry) has a bit of everything. The northern Causeway Coast gives way to lovely sandy beaches around the seaside resort of Portstewart. There’s the bustling walled city of Derry sitting proudly at the head of Lough Foyle. Further south the Sperrin Mountains are popular for hiking and biking and Lough Neagh for water sports and fishing. A great selection of holiday rentals in Derry is all that’s really missing.

Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Antrim (Photo: Wikipedia: Kenneth Allen)County Antrim County Antrim is the most popular holiday destination in Northern Ireland. Visitors are attracted to Antrim’s stunning Causeway Coast of dramatic cliffs and charming fishing villages and home to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. There are the Glens of Antrim with its nine beautiful valleys, and Belfast, the vibrant capital city of Northern Ireland of RMS Titanic fame. The few holiday rentals in Antrim are mainly around Ballycastle.

Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Fermanagh (Photo: Wikipedia: Chris Downer)County Fermanagh Fermanagh is a rural county of lakes and waterways surrounded by gently rolling hills. It’s a popular holiday destination for water sports and fishing, as a third of the county is water. Sitting between Lower and Upper Lough Erne, the county town of Enniskillen is an ideal base from which to explore the locks’ enchanting islands, coves and inlets. However, the choice of holiday cottages in Fermanagh is currently disappointing.

Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Armagh (Photo: Wikipedia: JohnArmagh)County Armagh County Armagh has some lovely countryside from the flatlands along Lough Neagh in the north, through rolling glacial drumlins to the rugged mountains of the Ring of Gullion in the south, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The historic city of Armagh, with its impressive cathedral is where St Patrick setup his church in the Middle Ages. Sadly, holiday cottages in Armagh are hard to find, perhaps because of its troubled past.

Self catering villas, apartments and cottages for rent in County Down (Photo: Wikipedia: Mark83)County Down Down is a beautiful county. The Ards Peninsula protects the tranquil Strangford Lough from the rigors of the Irish Sea. The loch is great for water sports and an important marine reserve teaming with wildlife. In the south, the Lecale region has excellent sandy beaches around Dundrum and Newcastle. It’s here at the foot of the mystic Mourne Mountains where some of the few holiday cottages in County Down can be found.


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