Eye of the Mountain

Glencolmcille, SW Donegal on Ireland's 'Wild Atlantic Way'
Guests: 2       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

Eye of the Mountain

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An amazing Irish underground home in a wilderness location on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way. A luxury escape for architects, designers, writers and those who love nature

  • Irish Times - No. 1 in their list of Top 50 Amazing Places to Stay in Ireland 2019
  • The Times (of London) - Top 20 European places to Get Away from It All (and the only place in UK or Ireland on the list!)
  • Irish Independent - Top Places to Stay in Ireland 2018  and  Top Unusual Places to Stay in Ireland 2018

"There’s something very Bilbo Baggins about this new two-person pod, found close to the Wild Atlantic Way driving route in Co Donegal, northwest Ireland. An oak-lined shelter built into empty hillside, it comes with a good bed, ample light, a kitchen with oven, a lounge area and shower. You come here primarily to walk — to beautiful Glenlough Bay, inaccessible by road, to sea cliffs where golden eagles nest, to the remote cottage where Dylan Thomas once summered and through enough moorland to stir the glummest of souls." The Times


'Eye of the Mountain' is a newly constructed underground shelter flooded with light, and lined with oak, overlooking a beautiful coastal mountain lake.  The inspiration for the design was the ancient archaeology of Ireland. We designed it to look like a simple glass eye looking out from Croaghacullion across its lake. 

EOTM - sleeps two with huge open mountain views to the lough below and beyond. It sits next to, but private from, our cottage 'The Escape' in case you've friends who'd like to stay near.

The village (with sandy beach, folk museum, some of the best 'trad. music' pubs in Ireland) is under 15 minutes away, but most come for the relaxing, and the walking. Treck down the beautiful valley to Port beach, with fantastic bathing on good days, or up the hill of 'your' mountain to find the hidden seven lakes. Ours is the only property in the townland, and you can walk for miles across open moor and mountain without fences.

A favourite walk is to the remote mountain cottage where Dylan Thomas wrote and Rockwell Kent painted (you can only reach it on foot), or to amazing seacliffs where golden eagles nest. It really is a remarkable location, which is why it was the main home of Greg, UTT's founder for many years. It's a special place - visit and you'll feel why. 



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BOOK THIS PLACE! YOU WONT REGRET IT! This home is not only unique, and beautiful, it's a great break from the busy outside world. It's remote, but still plenty to do in nature. We stopped at a local s...

March 2020

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£415 (based on 2 staying)
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£940 (based on 2 staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double

facilities at Eye of the Mountain

beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband available

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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 (3 hr. away)
  • Larne via Fleetwood (3 hr. 20 mins.)
  • Dublin via Holyhead/ Douglas (4 hr. 30 min.)
  • Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead (4 hr. 35 mins.)
  • Rosslare via Fishguard/ Pembroke Dock (6 hr.)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

EOTM is small, but cleverly designed to be comfortable. So nothing is 'caravan size' - but full size. It is better insulated than almost any modern home, and easily heated by an electric heater and warm all year round - though in this coastal location warmed by the gulf stream sub-zero temperatures are rare. 

  • Fullsize double bed with a remarkably comfortable mattress
  • Sofa (actually a sofabed if you want to sleep separate - ask for bedding if so)
  • Table and chairs 
  • TV and small DVD library - note no TV aerial connection
  • WIFI - suitable for normal internet use, not major downloads
  • Kitchen - fullsize oven/grill, toaster, kettle, fridge with icebox. Suntube to bring in even more light. 
  • Shower room - heated towel rail and fullsize shower
  • Outside - picnic bench and parking for one car - access across an open landscape. CroPod and The Escape are 'end of track' and gated. 

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customer reviews for Eye of the Mountain

BOOK THIS PLACE! YOU WONT REGRET IT! This home is not only unique, and beautiful, it's a great break from the busy outside world. It's remote, but still plenty to do in nature. We stopped at a local store and brought food to cook there. Enjoyed a long walk toward Port, plenty of sheep to keep us company along the way. The town closest was about 25 min away and had great places to eat or grab a pint. Do yourselves a favor and sit outside on a clear night as well, the stars are breathtaking!!!! 10/10 we will be back as soon as we can!!!! Marcus

March 2020

I booked this as a surprise for my mum and step dad, they enjoyed every minute of their stay. The views were amazing and they said the bed was the comfiest they had ever splet in. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking something a little bit different - Zara

March 2020

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at your little slice of the Shire. Needless to say we are both big fans of the Lord of the Rings . To have our own private middle earth to ourselves was something completely special and something we will never forget.... to waking up to that beautiful view and trying out the local cuisine we would both be very happy to return and continue the journey. - Dean

March 2020

Peaceful, tranquil beautiful location no wi fi available but this was so not a problem. Perhaps a CD player? Perfect for that get away from it all break. Totally loved it. Perhaps directions from Glencolumbkille although I had previously driven up via Ardara and back down to Glencolumbkille so I went that way as I visited Slieve Liag en route, and found it easily enough. Thanks so much PERFECT.

- Meryl D,
October 2018

Wow! What a stunning place. I know the area well but had never been to this part of the Glencolmcille area. The Cropod was a perfect place for me and my son to visit my old childhood home. When you are seven years old being able to climb on the roof and have sheep come to watch you eat your breakfast is a dream come true. For me the facilities were just right, the bed was comfortable and the views were stunning. Many thanks

- Donna S,
August 2018

Unusual accommodation but spacious with everything you need. However, it is the view from the bed, the stillness and the open friendliness of the people that is the draw, going back to a simpler, slower time

- Jane K,
July 2018

What an amazing few days we have had in this place. Donegal is breathtaking and having sheep on your roof, a view that makes the soul sing and blessed with Spring sunshine we have come home nourished and wishing to return again to the simple life. Thanks so much. Linzi

- Linzi E,
April 2018

The perfect hide away (you really need to follow the directions given to find it :-) WIFI wasn't great, but that only added to the experience. The peacefulness in this part of Ireland is incredible and view from the house is astonishing. Such a romantic place. Really big enough for two. I was surprised about the shower, which provided really a lot of space and the kitchen was very functional. We will keep this place as one of the best memories ever! Hope to find more places like this. Places we visited: Port, Silver Strand (nice cafe), Silver league, Glenveagh Castle (beautiful) and the coast up there. - Evelyn (Vogt, Germany).

November 2017

Wow! This was a fantastic find in a beautiful part of Ireland. The pod is small but the space is used so efficiently that it felt much larger. Communication with owner was super efficient and the housekeeper is one if the nicest people you could wish to meet. Catching the low light before sunset is worth going down to the beach for. Everything was good - a large and comfy bed, a sofa by the window to enjoy the view, and sheep on the roof. The internet was a little unreliable, but although no phone signal registers the occasional text did get through. Much of the hill land is very boggy in places and needs wellies rather than boots. An excellent place to stay, highly recommended.- David

November 2017

What a quirky place to stay - the pod has everything you need (just don't take too much luggage!) and the setting is beautiful. The location is pretty remote, there is lots of walking to do and plenty of time to relax and watch the hills from the window. A perfect escape.

- Hannah G,
July 2017

The Pod is a special place. Incredibly designed and nestled into the hill side, this is one of the coolest places I've ever had the opportunity to stay. The space is small but well designed and very comfortable - definitely big enough for a couple. The location is secluded - 10km outside of the small town of Glencolumbkille - but I found that to be one of its many assets. The Pod and cottage are close (but not too close) together so you don't feel completely out on your own and the kind and generous housekeeper Mary and her sweet husband Columba (sp?) are just up the way. I can't really explain how incredible, peaceful, and aesthetically stunning this part of the world is - I felt fortunate to experience it. I woke up to sheep on the grassy roof and went for beautiful runs to the port. Life is good at the Pod. I'd definitely stay here again. - Tammie (Berkeley, California)

July 2017

We had a fantastic break and would definitely return. Amazing location, very quiet & peaceful. - Sean (Dublin)

June 2017

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights. The Pod itself is fantastic, compact but has everything you need. There is something quite magical about it. The views are beautiful, especially first thing in the morning. It's so quiet and peaceful and is in the perfect spot for walking. The walk down to the Port is great, some lovely views and wildlife along the way. Mary the housekeeper is a gem, so helpful and friendly. We will definitely book again. - Catherine (Belfast)

June 2017

This is a superb Pod in a fantastic location in South West Donegal, perfect for exploring the surrounding countryside and all that it has to offer. Mary (the housekeeper down the lane) is a lovely lady and was very helpful in advising on anything in the Pod and again in relation to the area that it is located. No hesitation in recommending the place to anyone, you won't be disappointed. - Chris (N.I.)

June 2017

To put it short: a great place! Thanks to Greg's instructions, there is no problem at all to find the spot. The Pod is equipped with everything you might need, a full kitchen and bath, and we really enjoyed our daily breakfasts and dinners outside with the stunning view. A little lake, blue sky and, of course, roaming sheep. Keep in mind: It is a little remote (so do your shopping before) but this actually does the trick. It is quiet and peaceful and just the right place to get some rest. Thanks to Greg and Mary, who are always happy to help or to have a little chat, you will most definitely be very welcome to CroPod! - Franz (Berlin)

June 2017