Louisburgh Holiday Cottages

Fishing, surfing, sea-swimming, cycling, golf, and hillwalking. History, heritage, tradition and culture. On the shores of the Atlantic, below Croagh Patrick and close to Westport. A gateway to Connemara and the off-shore islands. Louisburgh has it all.

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Recreation, Irish life and Activities

Just a stroll from Louisburgh village centre on the Wild Atlantic Way, the cottages are central to some of the most stunning scenery in the west of Ireland. They are surrounded by the unspoilt, untamed landscape of south Mayo, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Connaught’s highest mountains.
This is a simpler life, a world where everyone still knows each other and the visitor is welcomed like family. We look forward to seeing you soon in Louisburgh.


The magnificent unspoilt natural resources by which Louisburgh is surrounded are a paradise for anyone looking for outdoor recreation. No matter your level, you will find it here – from long beach walks to kayaking through deep sea caves. The winding roadways along this outstanding stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way also lend themselves to superb cycling, motorbike and vintage car routes.

This is the wonderful, wild, west of Ireland waiting for you to come and explore.

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Our Beaches

Two Blue Flag Beaches

From the Blue Flag beach at Old Head, travelling southwest the road through Louisburgh ends at the expansive strand at Thallabawn. Romantic-sounding names appear on the signs as you choose which stunning beach to visit next. Will it be the sandy dunes at Carramore, the rocky shoreline at Emlagh or the Green Coast-awarded beach at Carrowniskey? Or will you make it as far as Silver Strand and White Strand at the foot of Mweelrea? All this and only a short drive from your accommodation at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages.

The Islands

Day trips

Louisburgh also provides the connecting point to the offshore islands of Clare and Inisturk. The town has always been closely connected to the islands and their people. The ferries for both islands leave from Roonagh Pier, 7km from the town.

A daytrip to one of the islands is a fascinating way to experience their unique culture, scenery and way of life.

The History


Louisburgh is a market town planned and built at the end of the eighteenth century by the local landowner, the Marquis of Sligo. Many of the original buildings still stand. It is built around a central octagon known locally as ‘the square’ and has a long history linked with the ups and downs of Ireland and it’s people over the last two centuries.
Visit the Famine memorial at Doolough and the Lost Valley at Thallabawn for a haunting insight into the history of the area and its people.

Hikes & Trails

Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea & Connemara Mountains

Louisburgh itself is 21km southwest of Westport in Co Mayo, on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is flanked on its land-facing side by mountains including Ireland’s pilgrim mountain Croagh Patrick and Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. As you journey towards Connemara the Sheefrey Mountains, Ben Gorm and eventually the Twelve Bens will fill your skyline.
The area boasts endless walking from beaches to forests, mountain tracks to unmarked terrain.


Where else would you find mountains backed up against endless beaches, breath-taking scenery and the most challenging of natural resources? This is the Wild Atlantic Way at its wildest and every possible outdoor activity can be found just a short distance from the Louisburgh Holiday Cottages. Need to find your next epic challenge or dreaming of gentle strolls on white-sand beaches, then come to Louisburgh and prepare to be wowed.

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The Fishing


Louisburgh is surrounded by superb options for both the keen and the casual fisherman. River fishing for salmon and seat trout is available in the Bunowen River which flows through the village. Salmon and sea trout are also fished in the local Carrowniskey River, the Bundorragha River which flows through three lakes, and the Erriff River.
Shore angling is popular all along the coast and in particular at Cross Strand, Roonagh Pier and Old Head while deep sea angling is available through a number of local providers, in the waters of Clew Bay.


world-class swell year round

Surfing in the west of Ireland is in fact more popular in the winter months when conditions are at their best. The Louisburgh area has a number of excellent surf beaches which are suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. Local surf school Surf Mayo provides lessons and equipment for hire from Carrowniskey beach, just a short drive from Louisburgh Holiday Cottages. Surf equipment and clothing is also available to buy at Staunton’s Allcare Pharmacy on the Square in Louisburgh.


Links & Parkland courses

Louisburgh is ideally located for golfing holidays in the west of Ireland. It provides easy access to some of the top championship golf courses including the parkland courses at Westport and Castlebar and the 27 hole links course at Connemara Golf Links. Base yourself at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages and discover spectacular golfing in the west of Ireland with your golf group, society or your family and friends.


Three Loops close by

Whether you are interested in covering the mileage or just meandering for pleasure there is so much superb cycling around Louisburgh. These include three mapped loop cycles suited to families and casual cyclists. You can also cycle the Great Western Greenway during your stay at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages with bike hire and transfers available from Westport. Discover 42km of sheer pleasure as you make your way to the end point on Achill island. For the more avid cyclist and cycling groups or clubs the local area boasts incredible scenery, quiet roads, challenging mountain passes and so much more.

Our Louisburgh

At Louisburgh Holiday Cottages we have started our journey to provide a more sustainable and environmentally sound product to our guests. We are located in an area of great natural beauty and resources and we are striving to do what we can to safeguard both.

On the Wild Atlantic Way


Explore this magnificent stretch of the world-renowned Wild Atlantic Way by car, bicycle or boat while staying at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages. A landscape and seascape shaped by the power of the Atlantic Ocean.

Our Cottages

your private hideaway

Ten unique West of Ireland self-catering cottages, fully equipped for your convenience. You will have the option to remain connected with WiFi or to stay remote and switch off. Two-bedroom cottages sleep up to five people and three-bedroom cottages sleep seven guests. Each cottage is privately tucked into a mature green site making up this holiday rental hideaway. Make a break for rest and relaxation or gear up for outdoor action and adventure at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages.

In walking distance

Louisburgh, Co Mayo

You will find yourself just a 5 minute walk from the village centre of Louisburgh where there are a selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, services and tourist information. While several amenities are seasonal in Louisburgh you will always have the full self-catering facilities of your cottage at hand.
Two remote working hubs are also located in the village of Louisburgh. 

Local cuisine


You will always have the convenience of self-catering facilities at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages and superb local food producers. However should you wish to dine out there are several excellent options for dining and refreshments just a short walk away in the village of Louisburgh. Though some are seasonal, the village is seeing a steady growth in dining options in recent years and we expect this to continue.

Fish monger & Butcher

Local Fish and Meat

Enjoy quality meat and fish during your stay at Louisburgh Holiday Cottages and all only 5 minutes from your door.

Local, traceable, high quality meat is available at Durkan’s Butchers in the centre of Louisburgh while each Friday sees the arrival of the local fish monger to the Square in Louisburgh. There is a wide array of fresh fish sold here at very reasonable prices.

Book online now or if you cannot find the dates you are looking for contact us and we will do our best to help. Peak season stays are for 7 nights only but shorter breaks are available throughout the rest of the year. Follow us on social media for special offers and last minute deals.

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2 Bedroom Cottages


Ideal for individuals, couples and small family groups, our two bedroom cottages have a double room and a twin room with the option for a fold-out bed to sleep a 5th person at no extra charge. The high-ceilinged main room has many traditional features and provides a central location for gathering, relaxing and dining. The spacious bathroom has an over-the-bath electric shower. A fully equipped kitchen with laundry facilities completes this self-catering holiday cottage in Louisburgh village.

3 Bedroom Cottages


These larger cottages are where you will want to be with groups of friends, family or your club getaway. Accommodation consists of a triple room upstairs with bathroom ensuite, a double and a twin room both downstairs. The main bathroom has an electric shower. A fully equipped kitchen includes a washing machine and is located off the impressive main room. Traditional features abound including a large stone hearth and high beamed ceiling. This is a unique experience of west of Ireland living in a modern world.

What Guests have said about us

“I've travelled extensively but this still rates as the best holiday I've ever had.”
“We have had a lovely two weeks in the holiday cottages. Stayed here years ago and they were just as comfortable and convenient for Louisburgh village and Carrowmore beach as I remember. Lovely outdoor space for the children to explore around each cottage. We would definitely stay in again.”
“Beautiful traditional style Irish Cottages. Peaceful area near to many of the coastal beaches! The management was fantastic to work with. Thank You for a Brilliant Vacation !”
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Going Greener

Reduce consumption

Louisburgh Holiday Cottages use individual metering of both electricity and oil for each cottage for each stay. Therefore guests only pay for what they use. Not only is this a transparent billing system, it allows guests to reduce their energy consumption and enjoy the reward of paying less.

Long-life bulbs are being introduced to each cottage this summer; recycling of all waste is now standard and research into the long-term, sustainable heating options for the cottages is being undertaken. Join us on our journey to colour the cottages green.  

Why not choose public transport?

We are within a short walk of Louisburgh village centre.

  • From NOC Airport: Take the direct Bus Eireann bus to Louisburgh
  • From DUB Airport: Take the train from Dublin Heuston to Westport and the bus to Louisburgh or arrange a taxi transfer
  • From Galway: Take the bus to Westport and then transfer onto the bus to Louisburgh


Louisburgh Holiday Cottages are located in the village of Louisburgh, Co Mayo on the west coast of Ireland along the fabulous Wild Atlantic Way. They are accessible by public transport and by air via Ireland West International Airport. They are 21km from Westport, at the foot of Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick.

The simplest way to book is online through this website. You can also email your dates to the office at louisburgh20@gmail.com , call us on + 353 (0)9866380, send us a message via whatsapp on +353 (0)892583085 or send a message through Facebook or Instagram.

There are ten cottages in total and there are two sizes of cottages – two bedroom (sleeping 4/5 guests) and three bedroom (sleeping 7 guests).

Yes the Louisburgh Holiday Cottages regularly welcome families and groups, large and small. However they are equally suited to individuals and couples looking for a quiet break in the west.

Yes Wi-Fi is available in all of the cottages, at an extra charge of €25 per cottage per 7 day stay. Equally if you prefer not to be connected the Wi-Fi in your cottage can be switched off. You can choose to add Wi-Fi as an optional extra on booking.

Fuel use is charged extra to the rental of the cottage. Electricity and oil (for central heating) meters are read prior to arrival by the manager and again on departure before a bill is prepared.

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