Traighenna Bay

Traighenna Bay, West Donegal on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Traighenna Bay

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

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

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

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' sleeps 4 in two good-sized bedrooms, enjoys an open fire (as well as central heating), good wifi and huge views. There's a huge dining table from where you can eat or work. Within 3.5km/ 5 min drive you can be at amazing sandy beaches, good pubs (traditional music on Fridays) or the village shops. 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 further choice of truly amazing beaches. The property is down a short, electric-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. For rainy days just light the turf fire and feast on Netflix (TV with Netflix account provided). 



latest review

Had a brilliant time!! The accommodation was really clean and brilliantly laid out. The outlook was stunning over the bay and hills beyond it. Greg couldn’t have been a better host. I will definitel...

Michael D, October 2020

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£481 (based on 2 staying)
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£1015 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor) and the Twin (ground floor) only

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). Good WIFI (free, at least 4G on average) and very good phone signal on Three (and probably most networks).


  • Kitchen  - with fridge freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, kettle, Dolce Gusto pod coffee machine and cafetiere), microwave
  • Dining Room - with a large table to seat 10
  • Lounge - with open fire. There is a TV (no terrestrial reception but NETFLIX included). 
  • 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 natural pool (take care with children) 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!)

Fullsize baby 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

Had a brilliant time!! The accommodation was really clean and brilliantly laid out. The outlook was stunning over the bay and hills beyond it. Greg couldn’t have been a better host. I will definitely be booking again.

- Michael D,
October 2020

We had a great weekend at the thatch cottage. It was a very clean, warm and cozy cottage that we hope to return to in the future. The beauty of the surrounding area only added to a memorable experience! - Majella

September 2020

We had a great time in the cottage. It has lovely views a brilliant living space and a very comfy bed! - Sarah

September 2020

My wife, my adult daughter and I stayed in this lovely cottage for 4 nights.The cottage is very spacious but has a cosy feel to it. Views are incredible, as there is a lot of windows at the front part of the cottage. Shower was powerful and water always warm. Washing machine was in utility room at the back of cottage and was a handy added feature. Would highly recommend this cottage. The nearest beach (Dooey) is only a few minutes drive away and is incredible. We were there every morning for walks/runs and had the whole beach to ourselves (3km long) - Daniel

September 2020

This is a truly unique, special place which offers real home comforts in a gated complex where you instantly feel secure in a most beautiful setting..... all our needs were met, the information booklet had all the necessary details to help make our stay very comfortable. The thatch cottage is wonderful, a mix of old, new and quirky.... great space for 2 or more, kitchen was well equipped with a fabulous view through the picture windows over the bay from the dining table and th3 sofa, the fire came in very handy when the evenings rolled in, the smell of turf burning just atmospheric...... I’d highly recommend staying, the location is perfect for exploring the coastal route - Wild Atlantic Way - Ross

August 2020

Outstanding location with the most beautiful views. In the ideal spot in Donegal. - Kerry

August 2020

We had a wonderful time at this beautiful cottage. Peaceful and relaxing with outstanding views! The cottage is a gem, thank you Greg and Lukas.

- Paul C,
July 2020

WOW! What an amazing spot! The cottage is absolutely gorgeous with a view you cannot get enough of. We lit the fireplace every night and watched the sun go down. 5* cottage, and we cannot wait to be back ❤️ - N.J.

July 2020

Had a lovely stay here for the weekend! Stunning location, don’t miss out on Dooey beach. Somewhere you would need a car for and dogs would absolutely love! Hannah

June 2020

Amazing location, beautiful architecture and such a romantic peaceful place to go off grid and spend couple time together. Thank You both - SallyAnne

June 2020