'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

Dooey beach, Traighenna Bay, West Donegal, North-West Ireland
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

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about the property

Traditional Donegal cottage by the shore with access to private sandy beach. Sleeps 4, dogs welcome.

"We walked outside to a scene that electrified the senses: the distinctive smell of seaweed drying in the inlet below; a wondrous vista out to a long bay that looked like it was lit from within. The only sound was a distant tractor on the single-track lane.

It’s for elemental experiences like these that people venture to this part of Ireland."The Guardian reviewing Teach Mhici

A traditional Irish vernacular cottage, completely refurbished for 2018, and sitting on the shore of the Atlantic with access to our private, sandy beach. See the location in this one minute video. 

Teach Mhicí (Irish for Mickey's Cottage) is the result of a substantial renovation and restoration project by Under the Thatch...but, we feel, worth it as it has the most wonderful location...and location is everything. 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. 

There's one (Kingsize) bedroom, and a small (double) loft over the main living space. We've added a large comfortable bathroom, and insulated everywhere before we lined it in wood from the loal forest. It's a simple, but wonderful place. Come and enjoy one of the most remarkable and unspoilt coastlines in Europe...and start with your own. See our lovely video of Mickey's here



latest review

What a marvellous cottage! We all loved it. We had some wild, wet weather and some glorious sunshine. We walked, swam (well, 2 of us did!) ate well, enjoyed the fire, laughed a lot, saw a couple of se...

Cheryl S, October 2018

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£448 (based on 2 staying)
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£941 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double

facilities at 'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

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 closer than, say, Dublin.

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 cottage is centrally heated throughout and has a large turf-woodburner (first basket of turf included). Every window (apart from bathroom) has a sea view. 

  • 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.

The cottage has WIFI included free. Although we expect it to be available, like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee it. Phone signal on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

Ground Floor:

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, two sofas.
  • Kitchen - with oven, hob, microwave, fridge (small icebox), toaster, kettle
  • Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
  • Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).
  • Utility room with washing machine 

Loft: - with double bed


  • Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
  • Parking 
  • Picnic bench and other bench
  • Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach 


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!
  • 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 'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

What a marvellous cottage! We all loved it. We had some wild, wet weather and some glorious sunshine. We walked, swam (well, 2 of us did!) ate well, enjoyed the fire, laughed a lot, saw a couple of seals and explored the local area. Marvellous!

- Cheryl S,
October 2018

We had such a blissful week at the cottage! We had almost everything we needed--a hairdryer would have been nice to have, but I made it through the week without one. The pictures were just as promised, but there's sadly no way you can truly capture both the beauty and serenity of the place. Thanks for a wonderful stay, and we enjoyed talking to Greg about his projects!

- Tara F,
July 2018

Breathtaking views from a traditional cottage with a cool, contemporary finish. Fantastic spot to take a young family, we forgot our busy lives and lived in the moment, watching the tides turning in a blissful, gently changing landscape. A sea view from every window. Rock pools, picnics, paddling and sandcastles on the private beach, our three year old cried when we had to leave.

- Elizabeth bone ,
June 2018

Fantastic cottage, brilliant, location on the beach, stunning Donegal scenery, and knockout wildlife. From the cottage and beach during our stay we have seen seals, a sea otter eating a catch, herons fishing, plovers and a we think a pod of porpoises. Fabulous and varied walks around County Donegal. What an amazing place. Highly recommended.

- Marilyn H,
May 2018

Gorgeous beach house in a beautiful secluded location. The weather was pretty rubbish but there was still loads to do - sea swimming, beach walking, mountains, waterfalls and castles nearby...back home to a turf fire and to watch the sun set over the water. Plenty to keep grown ups and children entertained. Would definitely recommend.

- Hilary stainsby ,
April 2018

Miki’s cottage is absolutely gorgeous. It’s cosy and fabulously insulated, so even better to hear and not feel the weather, which has been surprisingly good actually. Great location with beautiful views. Even swam off own beach. What’s not to like

- Anne O,
April 2018

We had a great time at 'Teach Mhici' - Miki's Cottage. Beautiful setting and excellent accommodation. The house was toasty warm all weekend. We loved walks on dooey beach then warming up beside the log fire in the evening. This is our 4th stay inside UTT property and they never disappoint. Thanks for another great stay and looking forward to the next.

- Tracy stewart ,
January 2018

What a fabulous cottage! We were fortunate to have serene weather with beautiful blue skies to the surprise of friends who said it rains all the time. Already planning to go back.....

- Jeremy W,
October 2017

Just returned from a fantastic 4 nights at Teach Mhici. What a little gem of a cottage, everything you need is there and it has been so beautifully done out and to a really high standard. A different view out of every window, and all stunning. We had mixed weather but that only added to the atmosphere and gave us the excuse to use the wood burning stove in the evenings. We will definitely return to Mikis to explore more of this lovely coastline and area. Marion & Glyn

- Marion H,
October 2017

We had a lovely 7 night stay at cottage. On our last day we had a wonderful swim from the nearby beach. The cottage was cosy and well equipped. We mainly cooked in house which was great. Visited Packies Bar and Elliots pub. Both worth a visit. The walk to Dooey beach and the walk along Dooey beach were great. A lovely place to stay and rest up.

- Pierce O,
September 2017

Despite my love of Donegal I confess to having had concerns about spending a week in a cottage with no television and the probability of limited or no wifi to act as distractions in the event of poor weather. Now back home after our holiday at Teach Mhici I am delighted to report that my concerns were unfounded. The cottage is exactly as described, comfortable and oozing with irish character. The location was perfect for what we wanted and allowed my husband and I along with our dog to walk from the door to the beach immediately below (at low tide), to walk 3 minutes around the corner to another beach which allowed for reasonable walking opportunities (again at low tide), or to walk 20-30 minutes to the extensive and stunningly beautiful Dooey beach. I found the online booking process to be efficient and straightforward and the ability to contact relevant staff, including the owner, to answer questions following arrival at the property excellent. We had a wonderful week at the cottage despite the challenges of Donegal weather and in fact, as a result of photographs we took and sent to our daughter in Germany, she has now booked a week at Teach Mhici next summer for her and her family. Super cottage, super location and super holiday!

- Mrs wendy B,
September 2017

We had a fabulous time at Miki's cottage. The location is spectacular with beautiful sunsets and beaches all within walking distance of the cottage. Easy access to all the sites and a comfortable cottage to return to. Greg was very welcoming and helpful with suggestions of places to visit. Donegal is a magical county to visit. I've come home fully refreshed for busy Autumn

- Emma mcfarlane ,
September 2017

Lovely cottage in a great location. Perfect for early morning swims and walks on the beach!

- Yvonne R,
August 2017

This was everything we hoped for and more. The location is stunning, whatever the weather. We enjoyed many walks on our own beach (which was fairly extensive when the tide was out) plus visiting many of the picturesque bays and coastlines of Donegal. The cottage is immaculate and furnished to a very high standard with lots of space. It fuses the traditional with modern home comforts - great shower. There is absolutely nothing to fault. Thanks for sharing this very special Irish cottage.

- Claire B,
August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our break in Donegal. From walking on Dooey beach to exploring the surrounding area - we even spotted a seal from the cottage! Nancy's in Ardara completely met our high expectations with a seafood lunch followed by a browse through the great craft shops in town. Elliot's Bar (just 5 mins away) provided a very entertaining evening with traditional music and craic! Valerie & Robert, Rosemary & Gavin (County Down)

July 2017

We absolutely loved this place!!!!! UTThas done an amazing job restoring this old cottage, it's spotless clean, warm and very comfortable and really nicely decorated. The location is perfect! beautiful quiet area, at night all you can hear is the ocean. The location is great for exploring all the amazing sights that Donegal has to offer and the cottage is only a short stroll from beautiful Dooey Beach. 10/10 for this little cottage! We will be back! - Lonneke (Wicklow)

July 2017

What an amazing stay! Very chilled and relaxing, and such a beautiful cottage. Enjoyed walks here at Dooey beach and over at Portnoo as well as trip up to Dunfanaghy beach. Good pubs all over - all dog-friendly. Didn't want to come home! - Kelly & Paul McFadden (Glasgow/Belfast)

July 2017

The Cottage is really excellent and in such a beautiful place. We were delighted to be the first to stay after UTT's renovations and had the most relaxing and enjoyable weekend here. Cannot emphasise enough how relaxing this place is - if you are looking for a complete getaway it would be hard to beat. Beaches nearby (Dooey in particular) are up there with the best you'll find. Couple of good pubs nearby and a 20 min drive takes you to some really nice wee towns (Ardara amongst them). The cottage itself has been done to a really high standard and has everything you need. Owner was a very friendly and helpful host, when he came down to say hello. We will be back! P.

July 2017


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