The Beach Byre

Dooey beach, Traighenna Bay on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way, NW Republic of Ireland
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 3 dogs), fee applies

The Beach Byre

about the property

Contemporary cowshed conversion for 4 (pets welcome) with access to our private shoreline and sandy beach, on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way.

The Beach Byre sits on the shore of a sheltered Atlantic bay with access to our private, sandy beach. It sleeps four between two bedrooms, and is newly renovated for 2018.  It sits up on the slope behind Miki's Cottage (also sleeps 4) with huge sea and beach views. Neither property looks 'into' or disturbs the privacy of the other. It's very nice. 

Spend your days fishing or crabbing, or reading in your private cove, then home to the turf fire and fall asleep listening to the sound of the waves. Every room (apart from the luxury shower room) has a sea or beach view. 

There's one (Kingsize) bedroom, and a twin, both of a good size. See our lovely video of Miki's Cottage (filmed while The Beach Byre was being renovated), as it shows the beach and loation well.  You've a small sandy beach immediately in front, or larger sandy coves within a five minute walk. Go a mile round the bay and you're on Dooey strand - one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in Ireland. 



latest review

A beautiful cozy scenic space in a unique environment a stone throw from the beach! We adored our stay. The large windows allow nature to light up the house , even more beautiful at night when the sky...

January 2018

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£567.00 (based on 2 staying)
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£866.00 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 3 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at The Beach Byre

wifi broadband available
farm or rural location
young children welcome
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea

map - location

travel info

You can easily fly by lowcost carrier but we prefer the greener (and nicer) route by ferry with your own car. Ireland is such an amazing country, and you'll find so much to do and see 'en route'.

Note Aer Lingus often have deals as cheap as Ryanair/ Easyjet and fly to 15 UK airports

Flights? Note that Northern Ireland is nearer than say Dublin. 

Sail with either Stenaline or Irish Ferries to:

  • Belfast via Liverpool/ Stranraer (2 hr. 35 mins. away)
  • Larne via Fleetwood (2 hr. 40 mins.)
  • Dublin via Holyhead/ Douglas (3 hr. 30 min.)
  • Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead (3 hr. 35 mins.)
  • Rosslare via Fishguard/ Pembroke Dock (5 hr. 15 mins and and an amazing drive)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

The property is centrally heated throughout and has a large turf-woodburner (first basket of turf included). Every room (apart from bathroom) has a sea view. 

We expect to install WIFI early in 2018. There is phone signal on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, sofa and window seats.
  • Kitchen - with oven, hob,  fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher
  • Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
  • Twin bedroom - two fullsize single beds suitable for adults. 
  • Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).


  • Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
  • Parking for up to 3 cars.
  • Picnic bench and other bench
  • Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach 
  • Note the garden is not enclosed if bringing a pet. 

local area

You're right on one of the most beautiful shorelines in the world. Most people spend  their days discovering the many beaches (there are hundreds, literally), the great local food and welcome in the pubs, and walking across wilderness landscapes. 

  • Miki's Beach - on your doorstep - it's yours. You share it with the cottage in front. 
  • White Strand Beach - 2 minutes walk - great bathing, turquoise waters
  • Dooey Beach - 5km of sandy beach (also walking distance) - known for surfing  
  • Lettermacaward - 5 minute drive - your village with 2 shops, petrol, hairdressers, pubs
  • Dungloe town - 14 minute drive - 'Capital of the Rosses' with supermarkets (Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu, The Cope), pubs (10) and the Daniel O'Donnell Visitor Centre
  • Maghery Beach - horse-riding on the beach - 20 mins. drive
  • Sliabh Liag - Europe's highest sea cliffs (amazing) - 45 mins. drive
  • Horse Riding at Dunlewey - 40 mins.
  • Glenveagh National Park/ National Park  - 45 mins
  • Belfast city - 2hr 35 mins. 
  • Ardara 'Heritage Town' (cafes, pubs, tweed/weaving) - 20 mins.
  • Donegal County & Events Guide
  • Local angling, boat trips & local walking (video)
  • Glencolmcille Folk Village & beach & pubs - 55 mins.
  • Ulster Folk Park - one of best open air museums in Europe - 1hr 20 mins.
  • Derry ('Londonderry') - fascinating UK City of Culture 2013 -  1 hr. 20 mins. 
  • Giant's Causeway - 2 hr 10 mins - or also see Derry on the way

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customer reviews for The Beach Byre

A beautiful cozy scenic space in a unique environment a stone throw from the beach! We adored our stay. The large windows allow nature to light up the house , even more beautiful at night when the sky is clear and the stars shine through. A lovely fire , comfortable beds and a fully equipped kitchen meant we had everything we could have wanted . Owner was so quick to respond and made everything so smooth. Will definitely be hoping to be back in the near future! Thank you so much for letting us stay at this beautiful space - Naomi (Dublin)

January 2018
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