*NEW - 'Teach Mhici' - Miki's Cottage

Dooey beach, Traighenna Bay, West Donegal, North-West Ireland
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

about the property

Traditional Donegal cottage by the shore with access to private sandy beach. Sleeps 4, dogs welcome.

"We walked outside to a scene that electrified the senses: the distinctive smell of seaweed drying in the inlet below; a wondrous vista out to a long bay that looked like it was lit from within. The only sound was a distant tractor on the single-track lane.

It’s for elemental experiences like these that people venture to this part of Ireland." The Guardian reviewing Teach Mhici

A traditional Irish vernacular cottage, completely refurbished for 2017, and sitting on the shore of the Atlantic with access to our private, sandy beach. 

Teach Mhici (Irish for Miki's Cottage) is the result of a substantial renovation and restoration project by Under the Thatch...but, we feel, worth it as it has the most wonderful location...and location is everything. 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. 

There's one (Kingsize) bedroom, and a small (double) loft over the main living space. We've added a large comfortable bathroom, and insulated everywhere before we lined it in wood from the loal forest. It's a simple, but wonderful place. Come and enjoy one of the most remarkable and unspoilt coastlines in Europe...and start with your own. See our lovely video of Miki's here



latest review

This was everything we hoped for and more. The location is stunning, whatever the weather. We enjoyed many walks on our own beach (which was fairly extensive when the tide was out) plus visiting many...

Claire B, 14 August 2017

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£538.00 (based on two staying)
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£866.00 (based on two staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double

facilities at *NEW - 'Teach Mhici' - Miki's Cottage

wifi broadband available
farm or rural location
young children welcome
beach (within walking distance)
open fire / woodburner
cleaning services
washing machine

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

Fly to:

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

The cottage has WIFI included free. Although we expect it to always be available, like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee it. Phone signal on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

Ground Floor:

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, two sofas.
  • Kitchen - with oven, hob, microwave, fridge (small icebox), toaster, kettle
  • Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
  • Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).
  • Utility room with washing machine 

Loft: - with double bed


  • Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
  • Parking 
  • Picnic bench and other bench
  • Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach 


local area

Your'e 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!
  • 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 *NEW - 'Teach Mhici' - Miki's Cottage

This was everything we hoped for and more. The location is stunning, whatever the weather. We enjoyed many walks on our own beach (which was fairly extensive when the tide was out) plus visiting many of the picturesque bays and coastlines of Donegal. The cottage is immaculate and furnished to a very high standard with lots of space. It fuses the traditional with modern home comforts - great shower. There is absolutely nothing to fault. Thanks for sharing this very special Irish cottage.

- Claire B,
14 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our break in Donegal. From walking on Dooey beach to exploring the surrounding area - we even spotted a seal from the cottage! Nancy's in Ardara completely met our high expectations with a seafood lunch followed by a browse through the great craft shops in town. Elliot's Bar (just 5 mins away) provided a very entertaining evening with traditional music and craic! Valerie & Robert, Rosemary & Gavin (County Down)

15 July 2017

We absolutely loved this place!!!!! UTThas done an amazing job restoring this old cottage, it's spotless clean, warm and very comfortable and really nicely decorated. The location is perfect! beautiful quiet area, at night all you can hear is the ocean. The location is great for exploring all the amazing sights that Donegal has to offer and the cottage is only a short stroll from beautiful Dooey Beach. 10/10 for this little cottage! We will be back! - Lonneke (Wicklow)

12 July 2017

What an amazing stay! Very chilled and relaxing, and such a beautiful cottage. Enjoyed walks here at Dooey beach and over at Portnoo as well as trip up to Dunfanaghy beach. Good pubs all over - all dog-friendly. Didn't want to come home! - Kelly & Paul McFadden (Glasgow/Belfast)

8 July 2017

The Cottage is really excellent and in such a beautiful place. We were delighted to be the first to stay after UTT's renovations and had the most relaxing and enjoyable weekend here. Cannot emphasise enough how relaxing this place is - if you are looking for a complete getaway it would be hard to beat. Beaches nearby (Dooey in particular) are up there with the best you'll find. Couple of good pubs nearby and a 20 min drive takes you to some really nice wee towns (Ardara amongst them). The cottage itself has been done to a really high standard and has everything you need. Owner was a very friendly and helpful host, when he came down to say hello. We will be back! P.

4 July 2017
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