DescriptionTwo cottages to choose from!
While the two cottages are slightly different in size and structure, with one having three, and the other having four bedrooms; interior fittings and furnishings are very similar in style and decoration. For this reason, we have included them both on one listing, and for convenience, the photos, while actually of the larger cottage, could apply to either one. The cottages face south west, are in an enclosed property, and in a quiet, and peaceful location. They can be rented singly or jointly, and would be ideal for a large family or group (if rented jointly.)
The cottages are situated on Donegal's West Coast in the Lettermacaward area, more or less between Glenties and Dungloe, and on a small peninsula facing Gweebarra Bay in the west, with Trawenagh Bay to the north and the Gweebarra River estuary to the south.
Just a little under 2km away, within walking distance, lies the fabulous stretch of Dooey Beach; - a 3km long strip of sand facing due west onto the Atlantic. The natural formation of Gweebarra Bay seems to have the effect of concentrating the currents and waves entering the bay, making conditions ideal for surfing! Indeed the beach is a popular attraction for surfers from far and wide, and a Summer Surfing School is held in the area for those wishing to improve their skills.
Of course, those who are not into surfing, can still enjoy the beach, the sand, and foam, without having to use a surf board. Other water activities that come to mind include; swimming, snorkelling, - or scuba diving, sailing and other types of boating.
Fishing is very popular in West Donegal, whether fresh water angling in one of the 130 lakes in the area, or deep sea fishing by hired boat. The importance of the fishing industry in the area is born out by the number of competitions and festivals held at different times of the year, (but mainly between June and October.) sponsored by different angling bodies in the area.
The most popular of all is the "The Rosses Anglers, Mary From Dungloe Competition" held in late July. An extremely popular event, and one could say that it is an annual highlight for this part of Donegal. For this reason early booking for accommodation over this period is essential.
The festival is centered around a pageant to find a young lady who is crowned “Mary From Dungloe”. (She need not necessarily be called Mary.) The festival has grown in popularity over the years and now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the area. The creation of the festival was prompted by the release of an old ballad entitled 'Mary From Dungloe' in 1968 by a band called The 'Emmet Spiceland Ballad Group'.
Space does not permit one to list all the scenic attractions on offer in this unique part of Ireland.
Along the coast of West Donegal, one can drive from Dunkineely in the south to Dunfanaghy in the north, without leaving the N56, and will be amazed by all the scenic splendours along the way.
A shorter drive is along the R251 route between Gweedore and Letterkenny. See the imposing majesty of Mt Errigal, Donegal's highest peak; visit the Dunlewy lakeside Centre nearby, or continue further along the road until the turnoff to the Glenveigh National Park. A reserve of mountains, lakes, forest and glens. Visit the castle, with its wonderful gardens and tea room, or go for walks around the area, and possibly spot the herd of red deer kept there. The reception area has catering facilities and displays and models showing how the area evolved. There are also audio-visual presentations and guided tours of the castle itself.
Travelling a little further along the R251, at Lake Gartan; one can visit St Columba House and The Glebe Art Gallery, with its unique collection, including a ceramic by Picasso