Summer is almost on us! Are you one of the organised folk who has already planned the perfect getaway? Imagine having a place of your own in Ireland, that you can easily pop to, and which allows you to avoid the rigmarole of trailing the internet searching for affordable accommodation. If you regularly holiday over in Ireland, it’s possible to save yourself money overall by buying a property to enjoy your holidays in.
There are bargain Irish properties to be found in some of Ireland’s most popular summer, and year-round, destinations. Plus, such a purchase could provide regular rental income from holiday lets when you’re not in town. Last year tourism to Ireland shot up, particularly with tourists from the USA, UK and Europe. You could be capturing that increasing tourist footfall! With that in mind, today, we’re taking a look at the 10 best places to buy property in Ireland, factoring in tourist attractions, how easy it is to get there, and how good the weather can be during summer.
1 – Killarney, County Kerry
Buy property in Ireland in Killarney if you want to be in a bona fide holiday destination. This is a stop on the famous Ring of Kerry – one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and for good reason – Killarney is a charming Irish town, surrounded by spectacular landscape, making it an ideal choice for outdoor types. Plus, there’s a lot to do when you visit your summer holiday home with the whole family.
Activities: Drive the Ring of Kerry. Visit Muckross House, Gardens and Farm, the Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, and Carrauntoohil. Around town you can enjoy boating on lakes, cycling or hiking. Play golf, go fishing, go to the races. And should you be in town for Killarney Summer Fest, you and the family will be treated to concerts, street entertainers and family activities galore.
Should you be in town for Killarney Summer Fest, you and the family will be treated to concerts, street entertainers and family activities galore.
Summer weather: Expect sunny days of 15-18 degrees.
Property prices: For-bed detached houses start from €230,000.
Getting there: Flying into Kerry International Airport is your best bet, and return tickets from the UK start from £29.
2 – Connemara, County Galway
For direct access to some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, consider Connemara when you buy property in Ireland. Not only are you a short distance from Galway City but you’re on the doorstep of Connemara National Park where you can meet the famous wild ponies. Also, you’re on Ireland’s west coast with its beautiful beaches and hiking trails. This is just the spot if you want to be in the fresh air every time you holiday in Ireland.
Activities: Visit Glengowla Mines, Clifden Castle, Kylemore Abbey or the Station House Museum. Climb Benbaun – Galway’s highest peak – or Diamond Hill for a more challenging hike. Connemara National Park is a walker’s paradise.
Summer weather: The best time to visit Connemara is from early June to early October.
Property prices: Three-bed detached houses start from €195,000.
Getting there: Shannon and Knock (Ireland West) Airports are both an hour from Connemara. Return tickets shouldn’t cost more than £40.
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3 – Lahinch, County Clare
Lahinch is a lovely town on Ireland’s west coast. It’s crowning glory is its sweeping beach, which are perfect for water activities during warmer months. Golf fanatics will have heard of Lahinch Golf Club – one of the country’s most revered courses, and home to the Irish Open.
Lahinch’s location makes it perfect for beach days and day trips to some of the west coast’s biggest attractions, including The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher.
Activities: Lahinch’s location makes it perfect for beach days and day trips to some of the west coast’s biggest attractions, including The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher.
Summer weather: The average temperature in July is 20 degrees, and 19 degrees in August.
Property prices: Four-bed detached houses start from €185,000.
Getting there: Shannon Airport is the closest to Lahinch. Return flights start from £38.
4 – Westport, County Mayo
Westport is one of County Mayo’s super-friendly towns, and is particularly good for families who want to buy property in Ireland. Westport offers great activities for little ones, especially the Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House. Westport is considered the ‘Adventure Capital of Ireland’. Try surfing, cliff jumping, kite surfing, kayaking or horse-riding. Or, if that sounds too much like hard work, check out the wealth of nearby Blue Flag beaches.
Activities: At the adventure park your kids can enjoy log flumes, bouncy castles and riding pedaloes on the lake. Also, you can go zorbing, enjoy swan boats and zip-lines, or have a crack at archery. Westport is spoilt with the surrounding countryside. The Great Western Greenway starts here, a scenic hike and cycle track offering superb views.
Summer weather: Expect pleasant summer temperatures of 18-20 degrees from June to August.
Average property price: Snap up a four-bed detached bungalow from €249,000.
Getting there: Knock Airport is 60km from Westport.
5 – Dingle, County Kerry
Dingle is a small but delightful port town on south-west Ireland’s Dingle peninsula. Enjoy sandy beaches, rugged scenery – both along the coastline and in the countryside, and a range of hiking trails. The village is known for its narrow, cobbled streets, colourful buildings and excellent selection of shops, restaurants and pubs.
Dingle is a small but delightful port town on south-west Ireland’s Dingle peninsula.
Activities: While Dingle is just a nice place to ‘be’, should you have the grandkids in tow, you’ll be able to take them kayaking, climbing or hiking. You can also meet Fungie the local dolphin, or get up close and personal with otters and penguins at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium. The Dingle peninsula is perfect for relaxed, scenic drives, culminating in pub lunches. You can visit the Blasket Islands, or go surfing or sailing. Furthermore, keen hikers can check out The Dingle Way – a nine-day hike through the region.
Summer weather: Average summer temperatures are 18-21 degrees.
Average property price: Three-bed detached homes starts from €215,000.
Getting there: Kerry Airport is an hour from Dingle. Return flights are around £38.
6 – Galway, County Galway
Described as ‘young, vibrant and distinctly Irish’, Galway is one of the most popular places for people to buy property in Ireland. This is a student town, known for sporting teams, live music, and culture. In fact, in 2020 it will be a European Capital of Culture, in addition to its current status as a European Region of Gastronomy.
Activities: Visit Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch or Galway City Museum. Lounge in the sunshine in Eyre Square or take a stroll by the River Corrib. The most enjoyable pastime is to sample the culinary delights of the city, or to attend one of their many festivals including the Galway International Arts Festival or the Galway Film Fleadh (both in July), or time your (late) summer holiday to coincide with the Galway International Oyster Festival, dubbed one of the ‘best events on Earth’!
Summer weather: July is Galway’s hottest month, with average temperatures just below 20 degrees.
Average property price: The average price of a house in Galway is €300,547.
Getting there: Shannon and Knock (Airports are both within an hour’s drive of Galway. Prices start from £38 return.
7 – Cork City, County Cork
For a summer holiday in the city, Cork is a wonderful mixture of vibrant and affordable, plus its location means you can easily nip into the countryside to enjoy a more peaceful and picturesque side of Ireland. The city also hosts a range of great events you’ll want to nip over to enjoy.
Activities: As well as the sights of the city itself, The English Market, Fitzgerald Park, Cork Public Museum, Cork City Goal and Blarney Castle, you can enjoy day trips to places like the Copper Coast, Garnish Island, The Blasket Islands, Limerick and the Ring of Kerry. Also, Cork boasts some of Ireland’s finest dining, so enjoy eating and drinking your way around the city.
Summer weather: June, July and August all average between 18-20 degrees. Also, September can be a lovely time to visit the city.
Average property price: The average cost of a house in Cork is €282,518.
Getting there: There are nine flights from London to Cork every day. A return ticket can cost as little as £17.
8 – Dunmore East, County Waterford
Dunmore East is located in the country’s ‘sunny south east’ on Waterford Harbour and is a seaside village for all seasons. Keen sailors and fisherman will find plenty to keep them occupied along the coast, and the region has a rich Viking and Norman history to delve into.
Keen sailors and fisherman will find plenty to keep them occupied along the coast, and the region has a rich Viking and Norman history to delve into.
Activities: Spend your summer holiday’s on Dunmore East Beach, Councillors Strand or Lawlor’s Beach, all of which have Blue Flag status. The village is easy to get around on foot, you can enjoy coastal walks, and then revive yourself in one of the many local pubs or eateries. Learn to sail at Waterford Sailing Club, go deep sea fishing, learn how to scuba dive, or take in 18-holes at Dunmore East golf course. There are a number of highly-rated golf courses all within 10 miles of the village.
Summer weather: May is Dunmore East’s sunniest month. Summer temperatures are usually around 20 degrees.
Average property price: Two-bed apartments start from €77,000 and three-bed homes from €180,000.
Getting there: Dunmore East is one hour from Cork Airport.
9 – Strandhill, County Sligo
For Ireland’s best beaches, Strandhill is pure perfection. The kids can learn to surf, or stand-up paddleboard, while you lounge on the beach – or learn with them! The town is wellness-focused, so there’s healthy food to be found, yoga classes and spas, should you be in the market for a relaxing seaweed wrap. Strandhill’s pubs are some of Ireland’s most lively.
Activities: Climb Knocknarea Cairn for the physical challenge and phenomenal views of the Atlantic coastline. Strandhill Golf Club is beside the ocean, and a dreamy place to teach your children to play, or to revive your favourite hobby.
Summer weather: Summer temperatures average around 16 degrees.
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Average property price: Apartments start from €153,000 and four-bedroom detached houses from €339,000.
Getting there: Knock Airport is 45 minutes from Strandhill.
10 – Beara Peninsula, County Cork
The physical beauty of this Irish peninsula will never get old. Plus, there are two impressive mountain ranges, Caha Mountains and Slieve Miskish Mountains, running down its centre, making it perfect for keen hikers. This is the unspoilt Ireland of 20 or 30 years ago. Tourists tend to focus their sightseeing on the nearby Ring of Kerry, which leaves the Beara Peninsula’s roads gloriously free of traffic. In fact, the peace and quiet of this region could be the biggest draw for those wanting to buy property in Ireland.
The peace and quiet of this region could be the biggest draw for those wanting to buy property in Ireland.
Activities: Enjoy scenic road trips around the peninsula, or to popular West Cork towns like Clonakilty, Kinsale and Baltimore. There are always festivals and events going on during summer, but if that doesn’t work out, you can simply explore the shops, seafood restaurants and pubs. The peninsula is home to many peaceful beaches perfect for sunnier days.
Summer weather: Temperatures hover around 15 degrees, but can get up to 18 degrees during July and August.
Average property price: Four-bedroom detached houses start from €120,000.
Getting there: From the UK to Cork Airport takes 1.5 hours, and the drive the other end is two hours. Prices for a round-trip start at £45.
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