Cró na Trá - 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

Cró na Trá - The Beach Byre

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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.

Note - Bookings in November 20 (as everywhere in all of Ireland) only for "non-touristic purposes". 

BOOK with CONFIDENCE - if there's a 'lockdown' (with you, or us) at any UTT property we'll allow you to MOVE DATES to any in 2020/21. Different seasons may be different prices. 

Cró na 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. New for 2020 - Smart TV with Netflix account to keep you entertained whatever the weather!



latest review

Many thanks for our stay we thoroughly enjoyed our charming stay and very convenient to Dooey beach. - Stephen

August 2020

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£679 (based on 2 staying)
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£1717 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 3 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at Cró na Trá - The Beach Byre

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 5G signal on 'Three' and very good 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, sofa and window seats. Smart TV with Netflix account included (no terrestrial). 
  • 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 Cró na Trá - The Beach Byre

Many thanks for our stay we thoroughly enjoyed our charming stay and very convenient to Dooey beach. - Stephen

August 2020

The best features of the house are probably its big windows, overlooking constantly changing, dramatic Irish shore. We have seen all kinds of weather in one day there, and enjoyed even the rain, but the most beautiful were sunsets. We also loved the turf burner! It’s a beautiful and comfortable place. Our only regret is that we couldn’t stay for longer. - Monika

July 2020

We have just returned home from another wonderful week staying in The Byre and have to say it reached all our expectations and more! It was so relaxing and both our dogs had a ball! The house was cosy, clean and perfect for our break! Can’t wait until our next visit!

- Wendy B,
July 2020

This cosy cottage was the retreat we'd been needing these last few months. We took our paddle board out on the water at sunset, woke early for a sunrise walk on the private beach and then spent a rainy day by the stove, watching the rain sweep across the mountains and reading by the fire. The scenery is stunning no matter what the weather is like. We already can't wait to go back! - Alex

July 2020

Fantastic 4 nights, Greg was brilliant on the info and was very understanding when we had to run out of the cottage before we had a chance to clean it! Will definitely be back, 5 stars. - Paddy

July 2020

We had a an absolutely fabulous stay at Greg’s place. We can’t fault one thing from our stay. The beaches are amazing and we couldn’t get enough of Dooey which was a short walk from the house. Greg provided us with enough info on the local town and where to get everything we needed. We even managed to see a seal, twice! Thanks for everything again, we can’t wait to return! - Kelly

May 2020

What amazing hosts. What an amazing spot. I really would like to keep this place a secret.....but that would be selfish. A special corner of the world. You don't need to do the touristy sh#t just be drop in the sea walk watch the tide go in and out and rest beside the fire. Soul Food x - Ruth

April 2020

Amazing space. The building was a perfect mix of old and new. Stunning interiors with unreal views. Went for a swim each day down to the private beach. Unreal! Seen loads of wild life too! Geese, a pine marten and loads of other birds. Just amazing. - Michael

March 2020

A fantastic home in a fabulous location. If is most definitely the perfect place for a relaxing break. - Sara

March 2020

Beautiful place to stay. Everything was very clean and well thought out. We had a great time and enjoyed the private beach. - Celina

March 2020