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A Very Special Kind of Holiday !
CRUIT ISLAND - KINCASSLAGH - CO. DONEGAL
At Donegal Thatched Cottages, Ireland, we offer traditional Irish cottages for rent as vacation rentals right on the seafront/beach

This year turn the clock back ! Seek out a traditional Irish thatched cottage for rent in Donegal, Ireland, and savour the olde-world charm of a bygone era. Discover the magic of sleeping under a real thatch roof. Waken to the roar of Atlantic breakers and marvel at the magnificent seafront setting of these charming holiday cottages.

Tra Dhearg beach with the cottages in the background
Tra Dhearg beach with the cottages in the background
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Stunning island setting
Stunning island setting
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Cottage 4 with Arranmore Island in the background
Cottage 4 with Arranmore Island in the background
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Cottage 9 with Arranmore Island and Owey island in the background
Cottage 9 with Arranmore Island and Owey island in the background
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Cottage 3 with Owey island in the background
Cottage 3 with Owey island in the background
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Rainbow over cottage 5
Rainbow over cottage 5
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Cottage 2. Bring your own bicycles or hire them locally
Cottage 2. Bring your own bicycles or hire them locally
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Tra Dhearg beach with the cottages in the background
Tra Dhearg beach with the cottages in the background
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Views from loft bedroom of Cottage 6
Views from loft bedroom of Cottage 6
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Living room with open hearth turf fire
Living room with open hearth turf fire
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Double bedroom with small en-suite
Double bedroom with small en-suite
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Twin bedroom
Twin bedroom
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Quaint loft bedroom, a children’s favourite
Quaint loft bedroom, a children’s favourite
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Main bathroom
Main bathroom
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Cruit island Golf Links, with Owey Island in the background
Cruit island Golf Links, with Owey Island in the background
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Summer storm at the cottages
Summer storm at the cottages
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Mystical sunset at the cottages
Mystical sunset at the cottages
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Safe pier and sandy beach opposite Cottage 10
Safe pier and sandy beach opposite Cottage 10
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Children’s Paradise
Children’s Paradise
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Endless fun on Tra Dhearg, adjoining the cottages
Endless fun on Tra Dhearg, adjoining the cottages
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More family fun on Tra Dhearg
More family fun on Tra Dhearg
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Top of Errigal, clearly visible from the cottages
Top of Errigal, clearly visible from the cottages
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Owey Island Harbour, well worth a visit
Owey Island Harbour, well worth a visit
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A red gunard off Owey island
A red gunard off Owey island
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We invite you to warm your toes at a blazing turf fire; taste the salt spray on the sea breeze; experience the warm welcome of West Donegal, where time meets eternity and the old ways linger on. At Donegal Thatched Cottages we offer a very special kind of holiday for all the family and a perfect setting for a quiet out of season break, a honeymoon to remember, or a family based get-together. For personal service from the owners make your enquiry/reservation through this site.

Donegal Thatched Cottages is a cluster of ten traditional Irish thatched cottages, nestled snugly into the Donegal landscape, in a setting of near perfect peace and beauty. Each cottage has been designed to combine the very best of olde-world charm with the full conveniences of modern living.

The whole concept has been designed to turn the clock back, help slow you down, leave you in the right mood to savour, once again, the simple pleasures in life - like an early morning stroll on a deserted beach, a red sunset over Owey Island, or shared memories around a blazing turf fire.

Each cottage accommodates up to seven persons in rustic, cottage style comfort and comprises porch with traditional half-door, large living/dining room (20' x 14') with old fashioned high ceiling, open hearth turf fireplace, fitted kitchen, back hall, bathroom and toilet, one double bedroom with small en-suite, one twin bedroom, and the charmingly quaint loft bedroom with three single beds……a children’s favourite. Side by side with the traditional you enjoy the full comfort of oil-fired central heating, washer/dryer, dishwasher and microwave oven.


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Special features
  • Spectacular island setting, joined by bridge to the mainland
  • On the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Nestled snugly into the granite rockscape
  • Fronting directly onto a beautiful sandy beach
  • Eleven other beautiful sandy beaches on Cruit Island
  • Open hearth turf fire
  • Turf on site
  • E.U. designated "Special Area of Conservation"
  • World class local walks on Cruit Island
  • Perfect setting for a variety of water sports; bring your own canoe, wind sail, wetsuit
  • Thoroughly refreshing golf just down the road at widely acclaimed Cruit Island golf links.
  • Beginners welcome. Telephone : 074 9543296
  • Anglers paradise, with excellent shore, deep-sea and game angling
  • Superb rock climbing directly adjacent to cottages
  • Profusion of wild flowers
  • Rare bird life
  • Artist’s and photographer’s delight
  • Twice daily connecting flights from Dublin to Donegal International Airport, only 10kms from cottages. Telephone : 074 9548284
  • Local car hire. Telephone : 074 9548469
  • We regret no pets


Available locally
  • Traditional music; old style pubs; local taxi service; fresh seafood; excellent restaurants; island trips....Tory, Arranmore, Gola, Owey; pony trekking; bicycles for hire; mountain climbing; Glenveagh National Park; Dunlewey Lakeside Centre; Glencolumbkille Folk Village; Grianan Ailigh Visitor Centre; Doagh Visitor Centre; Mount Errigal; Slieve League; Gaeltacht areas where Irish is the spoken language.