Traighenna Bay

Traighenna Bay, West Donegal on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Traighenna Bay

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about the property

Traditional Donegal holiday cottage on its own waterfront, overlooking Traighenna Bay in the Rosses, on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Traighenna Bay is a house of two halves - a traditional thatch Irish cottage to the front, and yet with a contemporary glass and wood extension to the rear where there are fine, open views over Traighenna Bay. This traditional Donegal cottage was the former home of Greg, the architectural historian who founded Under the Thatch. It's a simple place, full of light, and comfortable year-round. The chief delight is the panoramic view over the bay and the fact that it's ideally placed for exploring the best of Donegal.

The 'modern rustic' cottage has two good-sized bedrooms (and a double sofabed in the lounge), an open fire (as well as central heating), wifi and plenty of land. There's a huge dining table from where you can eat or work. You can walk to the shore or drive (5 minutes) to a choice of sandy beaches, good pubs (traditional music) or the village. In less than 15 minutes you can be in town (Dungloe - the heart of the Rosses), in the Glenveagh National Park, in real wilderness mountainside or on a choice of truly amazing beaches. The property is down a short, gated drive so ideal for dogs, or continue down the track to Lakeside Luna if you'd like to have more accommodation at this location. 



latest review

We had such an enjoyable time in Traigheanna Bay. The changing colours of the bay were so beautiful. The cosy evenings in the cottage and the stunning beach, sand dunes and rock pools gave us the perf...

Sorcha C, June 2019

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arrival at
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£404 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£727 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor), Sofabed (double) (ground floor)

facilities at Traighenna Bay

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
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

Fly to:

  • Donegal - flights to Dublin and Glasgow with Flybe (25-minute fabulous coastal drive to the cottage)
  • Derry (Londonderry) via Glasgow, Liverpool (with Ryanair) 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
  • 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 an amazing drive)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

The house is centrally heated (included in price) and there is an open fire (first basket of turf supplied). WIFI (free) and very good phone signal on Three (and probably most networks).


  • Kitchen  - with fridge freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, kettle, coffee maker, microwave
  • Dining Room - with a large table to seat 10
  • Lounge - with open fire and comfortable sofabed (sleeps 2 if required) 
  • Master Bedroom - Kingsize bed with sea view. Hairdryer.
  • Twin Bedroom - Two (adult size) single beds
  • Bathroom - Freestanding contemporary bath and large walk-in shower with powerful shower. 


  • Small pool and picnic bench alongside
  • Enclosed front garden
  • Parking for up to three cars
  • Utility Room with washing machine
  • Outdoor loo with a view (note there's a full bathroom with toilet inside!)

Cot and High Chair kept at the property - bring own cot bedding. 

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), the great local food and welcome in the pubs and walking across 'wilderness' landscapes. ​

  • Dooey Beach - 5km of sandy beach (also walking distance) - known for surfing  (5-minute drive).
  • Lettermacaward - 5-minute drive - your village with 2 shops, petrol, hairdressers, pubs
  • Dungloe town - a 12-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 the 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 Traighenna Bay

We had such an enjoyable time in Traigheanna Bay. The changing colours of the bay were so beautiful. The cosy evenings in the cottage and the stunning beach, sand dunes and rock pools gave us the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor relaxation. The cottage had everything we needed and was warm and comfortable after our days in the outdoors. Thanks for the wonderful space to base ourselves, it made the weekend much more enjoyable.

- Sorcha C,
June 2019

Wonderful cottage. Traighenna Bay from all the lounge windows. Peat fire Cosy comfortable and Donegal. Enough said.

- Brian H,
May 2019

We enjoyed a lovely few days in Dumhaigh. From sunny spells to galeforce we explored the wider surroundings knowing that a warm welcome in the spacious cottage was awaiting us.

- Elisabeth K,
February 2019

A wonderful 12 nights at Traighenna Bay where apart from getting out walking and exploring also spent hours just watching the scenery change in accord with the weather. Also got to experience the equinox high and low tides and it was fascinating watching the water creep ever further up the creek and listening to the sea in the distance. This was the fifth UTT cottage we've stayed and as usual offers something different, interesting, cosy and comfortable with a dash of practicality thrown in. Was certainly worth the long drive from Dublin (just for the views) and hoping to be back soon.

- Gill walters ,
September 2018

We had a wonderful few days in south Donegal. The best bit was returning to Traighenna Bay at the end of each day, watching the tide rise and fall and the constantly changing colours of the landscape.

- Rory Q,
August 2018

We had a wonderful stay here. The views from the window were a joy to wake up to every morning and watch the sun set every evening. The beaches nearby were fantastic. We found the open plan living space was great for our kids and the space was great to hang out in.

- Susan jones ,
August 2018

Wow! Gorgeous, comfortable and the perfect location for exploring the north-west coast. All credit to UTT for mixing old and new in such a beautiful and considerate way. Bring luxury bath products for that sumptuous bath with instant hot water. We were there in August and the roads were awash with colour - golden yellow ragwort, purple loosestrife, scarlet fuscia and the creamy froth of lammas flowers - wow. It really is four seasons in one day on this coastline so be sure to bring sunwear and rainwear and head out whatever the weather.

- Jonathan shaw ,
August 2018

Myself and my 88 year young mother have just spent 4 days in this beautiful part of Donegal. Greg's house played a huge part in such a pleasurable trip.The house is in a wonderful setting with cracking views and the use of picture windows enhances that view. Lovely to sit with a cup of tea watching the changing weather of Donegal .Even better with the fire lit and a glass of wine. It is a very cosy house,comfy beds,powerful shower and everthing a kitchen should have. I had no problems with wi-fi connection. It is only a 5 minute drive to the N56 which will bring you to anywhere in Donegal but the road is narrow so no speeding. Had a wonderful walk every morning on the deserted beach listening to the crashing waves and standing in awe of the power of nature. Owner was extremely helpful and had a couple of great chats about his current projects. Restoring Irelands past and blending it with modern building techniques.Great vision.Will be back. Thanks - Fergal & Bernie

October 2017

Fantastic cottage, amazingly done, perfect mix of old and new. Looks even better than in the photos! Surroundings are beautiful and peaceful. Owners were super welcoming and friendly. On our next trip back to Donegal this will definitely be the place we'll stay! Paul (Lisburn)

September 2017