An Teach Trá - The Beach House

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

An Teach Trá - The Beach House

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about the property

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

An Teach Trá  - The Beach House - sits on the shore of a sheltered Atlantic bay with access to our private, sandy beach. It sleeps four between two bedrooms.  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. We rescued and renovated this granite stone cottage, bringing it back into habitable condition, and back making a contribution to its community. 

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. You've got a small sandy beach immediately in front, or larger sandy coves within a five-minute walk. Go a mile around the bay and you're on Dooey strand - one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in Ireland. 



latest review

This is a wonderful and very peaceful place. We mainly spent the week in the local area, walking along the coast and beaches and to Dooey Beach. A few little trips out, including Fintown Railway, the...

P norris , August 2018

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arrival at
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£481 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£877 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 3 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at An Teach Trá - The Beach House

farm or rural location
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

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. 

  • Donegal -  flights to Dublin and Glasgow with Flybe (25 minute fabulous coastal drive to cottage)
  • Derry (Londonderry) via Glasgow, Liverpool (with Ryanair), Manchester and London City (BMI) 1hr. 25 mins. away) - good for Giant's Causeway
  • Belfast International via these departure airports & Easyjet & Ryanair (2 hr. 25 mins.) - good for Giant's Causeway 'en route'
  • Belfast City via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr. 35 mins.) - good for Giant's Causeway
  • Knock via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr. 15 min.)
  • Dublin via these departure airports & Ryanair (3 hr. 25 min.)

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. It is formed from a traditional Donegal stone cottage (now insulated) with a contemporary extension. 

  • Note that although well-behaved pets are welcome (fee applies) the garden is not enclosed. 
  • Travel cot kept at the property (no need to request) - but bring own bedding for cot.
  • High chair usually available on request, as is baby bath.

Wifi provided. There is good 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).
  • The utility area has a washing machine and line for clothes (under cover).


  • 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. 

  • Mickey'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 An Teach Trá - The Beach House

This is a wonderful and very peaceful place. We mainly spent the week in the local area, walking along the coast and beaches and to Dooey Beach. A few little trips out, including Fintown Railway, the Rosses and Dungloe. The incorporation of the old Byre into the new build is inspired and I’m sure others could learn a few lessons from this great design. The cottage is very well equipped for a week’s stay and the lack of a TV is a definite bonus. It was really good to meet you Lucasz. Thanks for making things so comfortable.

- P norris ,
August 2018

This a truly wonderful place. The views are incredible from the property and sitting in the sun, on the red wooden bench looking out on the water, was a simple but amazing pleasure. Our kids loved it - swimming in the bay and flying kites on Dooey Beach. We hope to visit again.

- Charlotte T,
July 2018

The house was beautiful and in a fantastic location overlooking the beach. We were a party of 4 but arrived to find beds made for only 3 guests. A quick panic as we rooted through drawers and eventually found some bed linen so we were able to make the 4th bed ourselves. The kitchen had everything we needed and the living area was bright and spacious and very comfortable. We missed the WiFi as the data had been used by previous guests but we had brought games and books to occupy ourselves in the evenings. We used the private beach to discover lots of marine life and the bigger beach a few minutes away for a swim. We were able to drive to other beaches and landmarks with ease. All in all, a brilliant weekend in a beautiful house.

- Ross N,
May 2018

The cottage was beautiful, with the most stunning view from the windows in the lounge area. The place has been tastefully restored and is comfortable. It is in a wonderful location and just lovely sitting in the evening and watching the sun go down across the bay with the mountains beyond. Cant fault it. It has lots to see and do within easy reach. Just walking to Dooey beach is lovely I would love to go back.

- Jane C,
May 2018

We didn't want to leave... The Beach Brye is a haven of beauty and heavenly tranquility from which to enjoy the magic and wonder of Donegal. A truly special place to which we hope to return when a recharge and renergise is required. The views from the living space and indeed the whole property are mesmerising. The interior has a funky factor blended in with the traditional elements most beautifully. We feel most fortunate to have been able to stay.

- Esther o'keefe ,
May 2018

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