DescriptionJust a few kilometres off the Wild Atlantic Way, nestled in a forest of Larch and Oak with a backdrop of Muckish mountain, lies Cosan An Carria, meaning The Stags Path. On occasions, Stags, deer and indeed the infamous Irish hare have been spotted metres away from the cottage. While buzzards soar and patrol the heathland looking for their next meal, they nest close by. A tranquil and peaceful romantic getaway for two, this traditional one-bedroom Irish stone cottage offers a warm and cosy hideaway from the bustle of the 21st Century. It boasts of a subtle blend of old-world charm and the comfort and luxury of modern facilities while remaining sensitive to the environment it's located in.
A World of Peace, Simplicity and Solitude
Located just over 3 kilometres from Creeslough (Throat Lake) village, an undulating lane meanders 2.5km from the N56, leaving the busy world behind, through free-to-roam common land and bog, to literally the end of the road a clearing revealing Cosan An Carria and a world of peace, simplicity and solitude.
A Secret Space for Creative Minds like Artists or Writers
You won’t fall out with your neighbours here, the idyllic location is perfect for hillwalkers, those who wish to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and those seeking a quiet retreat or tranquil getaway, a secret space for creative minds like artists or writers or simply for a few days break from the madding crowd.
If you’re longing for an internet and TV free zone whilst offering environmentally friendly services like solar hot water, rainwater harvesting and a wood-burning stove this is the place for you. (Internet access is available if required)
Traditional Kitchen of Cosan An Carria
The traditional kitchen features a Smeg cooker with gas hob and electric oven, kettle, built-in fridge, microwave, a Belfast sink built into a hand-made wooden kitchen, electric grill, mixer, toaster and all the cutlery, crockery and pans you require. A sink unit, washing machine, tumble dryer, a small freezer are housed in a separate utility room. Also, an outdoor clothesline and a housemaid pulley clothes airer in the bathroom.
The Local Area
The cottage offers direct access to hill walks from your doorstep complete with a near-by waterfall. You can ramble across bogland, stone tracks and railway hikes. It’s possible to follow ancient pathways past picturesque lakes and scenic landscapes to the foot of Muckish, Slieve Snatt, Muckish and Errigal mountains, Donegal’s highest peaks, are a short drive away waiting to be conquered.
Local amenities are 5 minutes’ drive and away include a supermarket and filling station, pharmacy, coffee shop, take away, two bars, one including a restaurant, hairdressers, beauty salon, hardware and builders providers, and a Church.
There are more than 10 beaches, Ards Forest Park, Glenveigh Castle and three golf courses within a 10 to 20-minute drive e.g. Marble Hill beach 9km 10 minutes from the cottage and Dunfanaghy 11km 12 minutes by car.
Wifi at Cosan An Carria
WiFi - mobile internet access is available on request.
Although Creeslough is well serviced by a direct coach from Dublin airport, a car is advised as the Cottage is approximately 2.5km off the Wild Atlantic Way (N56). The lane winds its way across the common bog land through the forest until you reach the end of the road - a clearing revealing Cosan An Carria.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches in the locality - Ards Friary, Marble Hill, Tramore, Portnablagh, Killahoey, (blue flag), Rosapenna beach and Donegal Boardwalk resort, Downings Bay (blue flag), the ‘Murder Hole’ (Boyeeghter Bay) beach and take in the fresh air.
Take a trip to Ards Friary and walk along Lady Isabella Bay beach, then take the coastal footpath to view the breathtaking views around Sheephaven Bay and Downings.
Keen golfers can enjoy golf at the superb championship links courses at Rosapenna - the Old Tom Morris course and the newer Sandy Hills course. There is also a fine 18 hole links course at Dunfanaghy and a par three course in Creeslough.
Visit Magherabeg Leisure Centre Downings with 20m swimming pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.
Go diving in the clear waters of Mulroy Bay and Sheephaven Bay
Keen divers can visit Mevagh Irelands largest purpose-built dive centre, in Carrigart and experience wreck, dives, scuba diving courses/ sea dives powerboat training, and children’s camp.
Enjoy a trip round the spectacular Atlantic Drive, Lough Salt Drive, or Horn Head drive with dramatic scenery and rugged coastline.
Visit the famous Glebe House and Gallery as well as Colmcille Heritage Centre on the shores of Gartan Lough near Churchill.
Visit the 16th Century Medieval Doe Castle.
Take a leisurely walk or cycle round the quiet country roads, and take in all the spectacular views.
Browse around the local shops, art galleries and craft shops.
Visit Gartan Outdoor Education Centre
The Lakeside Centre in Dunlewy has something for all the family including boat trips and activities for both adults and children.
For the more adventurous climb Muckish/Errigal Mountains Mount Errigal is a short steep walk with excellent views across many of the peninsulas and bays.
Visit the Dunfanaghy Workhouse Exhibition.
Enjoy all the water sports that are available, from Jaws Water Sports Dunfanaghy village windsurfing kite surfing, suitable for all ages and abilities- for groups or individuals, sea kayaking, and body-board. A speciality is their yoga sol and surf, a very popular sport in this area.
Horse riding stables are in the villages of Dunfanaghy and Carrigart which offers exciting pony treks across miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes. (For all age groups and abilities)
For the keen Fisherman - there are an abundance of beautiful lakes and rivers in the Creeslough area where you can go fishing. Lough Na Tooey, the Owencarrow River, Glen Lough, Purt Lough, Sessiagh Lake and New Lake. Permits are required and are available locally.
Climb Muckish, Errigal and Slieve Snaght mountains
Take a boat trip to Tory Island or Arranmore Island.
Visit Ards Forest Park, excellent for beautiful forest and coastal walks. There is also a children’s play park, beach café and bird sanctuary, a fabulous beach and is a great place for children to enjoy.
Take a day trip and visit the magnificent Glenveagh National Park, which lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains and offers 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, wood and bogs. It is home to many plants and animals. Browse around the famous Castle, visitor centre, tea rooms and beautiful gardens. It is the home of the largest population of red deer in Europe, and also home of the golden eagle. An excellent day out for all the family, well worth a visit.
Dine at the fabulous restaurants, The Cove at Portnablagh, The Glen Bar and Restaurant and also the award-winning Mill Restaurant overlooking the New Lake in Dunfanaghy. There are so many other wonderful restaurants, coffee shops and Irish pubs where you can enjoy true Irish hospitality.
Pamper yourself with a massage, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and hot tub at Shandon Hotel and Spa.
Discover numerous peaceful roads, country lanes, former railway tracks, bogs and mountain tracks.
Cosan An Carria is an excellent base to visit unspoilt beaches, ancient antiquities, excellent links golf courses and forest and mountain trails across the unique rugged landscape of norh Donegal... and it's all available on your doorstep.