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

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

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 crackin...

October 2017

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arrival at
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7 nights from
£470 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£941 (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

wifi broadband available
farm or rural location
young children welcome
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
open fire / woodburner
cleaning services
washing machine

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:

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


  • Kitchen  - with fridge freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, kettle, coffee maker, microwave
  • Dining Room - with large table to seat 10
  • Lounge - with open fire and comfortable sofabed (sleeps 2 if required)
  • Master Bedroom - Kingsize bed with sea view
  • 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!)

Travel cot, high chair, baby gate all available on request (no charge, but ask in advance as we share them between properties). 

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 - 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 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

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
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