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Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland'
Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland, at Glencolmcille. You'll find more 'Blue Flag' (ie Europe's finest) beaches here than in any other part of the country. The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain.
Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake). Click to see extra photos of this Donegal cottage.
If you are lucky you'll see the golden eagles that nest locally or wild deer that roam the mountain around the cottage. The land about the cottage is preserved as a European Special Area of Conservation and you have free access to roam hundreds of acres of land. In this area you'll still see farmers thatching hay-ricks and traditional Donegal cottages, lobster-fishing from traditional boats, and you'll hear genuine (not touristey!) local music played live almost every night of the week in the local pubs. It's the kind of Ireland that the touristic areas lost decades ago. These photos show what Donegal is like in summer or this tourist video amuses. These guest photographs give you a feel for what a holiday is like at Croaghacullion including views on the walk down to the beach.
Although the cottage is private, and secluded, within a 15 minute drive you have a choice of two villages with great pubs, a Folk Village museum, shops, craft-galleries and cafe/restaurants. The cottage is one of a number of mostly traditional properties dotted around the lake, and Mary the housekeeper will surely invite you in for tea at her farm some 200 yards down the valley.
Considering a two-centre holiday? You may want to stay at one of our other Irish cottages en-route - thatched Geaglum and eco-conversion An Teach Eile. Or if driving over from UK we have a number of beautiful properties near to Fishguard and Holyhead in Wales.
The cottage is centrally heated throughout, and has Wi-Fi internet. Every window enjoys mountain or lake views.
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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
"Loved the cottage, really comfortable, and the local people so nice. The sea was surprisingly warm and the beaches won over my husband (from France!). The cottage seemed so much part of the local community - the nicest housekeeper and we got invited into the pub for some fiddle playing by people we met down the beach. We hope to be back next year!" Moira and Patrick
"Amazing few days, 5 nights not enough! The scenery here is stunning, and the beach (Maghera) is the most beautiful we have ever seen. Enjoy the tranquility and peace!' Michele & Nick
"A lovely cottage, we've had a fab. time and caught lots of mackerel! The beaches here were the highlight of the week - beautiful and breathtaking. Diolch yn fawr." Bethan, Huw & baby Megan
"Absolutely love the cottage, decor fab, wonderfully equipped and a great place to chill out! Walk down to Port beach and watch the seals, buy the 'Guinness Cake' down at Sheila's café...you'll soon be well rested." D & C
"Wow! What an incredible place! We've been in constant awe at the beauty of the majestic landscape around here. At times we were reminded of our travels through Iceland, the feeling of being on the edge of the world, in the midst of what seems like a lunar landscape. Our puppy has adored the huge, open sandy beaches, running wild for the first time." Keri, Paul & young Joe
Approached by a fairly bumpy council-maintained lane which is suitable for all but the lowest vehicles. Wi-Fi internet is provided free but is restricted to normal internet usage, not extraordinary downloads, as internet provided by satellite dish. Although we anticipate that internet will always be available we cannot guarantee this.
We do not accept one night bookings at our accommodation and will also not allow you to leave a single unsaleable night.
Prices include heating and electricity where it is installed, bed-linen, towels, and hot water. Guests may be responsible for purchasing extra baskets of logs/fuel if desired.