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Make a holiday rental home or holiday cottage in County Donegal, Ireland your home away from home

The north western corner of Ireland is County Donegal, Ireland’s most beautiful and windswept county, with towering mountain peaks, wild bog land and serene lakes all open to the battery of the elements coming off the Atlantic Ocean. Famous as a destination for walking, fishing and golf, a holiday cottage in County Donegal is the perfect base to enjoy the majesty of the Irish countryside. County Donegal has retained much of its culture, with Gaelic being the first language in many areas. If you are looking for a relaxing retreat in windswept, wild surroundings, a delightfully cosy holiday home in County Donegal is for you!

Things to do on holiday in County Donegal, Ireland

County Donegal is home to some of Ireland’s oldest and most interesting ancient sites and monuments. The Kilcooney Dolmen and the round fort at An Grianan Aileach are possibly the most attractive places to visit from a holiday cottage in County Donegal, Ireland, but there are a huge number to explore.

The Glenveagh National Park is one of the best places to walk, mountain bike and kayak from a County Donegal cottage or holiday home, offering vast areas of woodland, lakes and peaks of the Eastern Derryveagh Mountains. These mountains are also the ideal location for mountain climbing if you are renting a County Donegal property.

The Atlantic coastline is lined with glorious sandy beaches too, especially around Ardara. Nairn Beach is located in a sheltered cove, and has been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety. Along the back of the beach you can find a range of shops, restaurants and pubs. Slightly further around the coast is Maghery Beach, which offers visitors the change to explore its huge cave network during periods of low tide. The coastline also offers great surfing, diving and fishing. Fishing in County Donegal is well known in angling circles, offering magnificent sea fishing, both from the shore and from a boat, as well as excellent facilities for coarse and game fishing.

Golf is an extremely popular past-time in County Donegal, and as a result, there are some excellent courses to play from the wide park golf courses to the 12 windswept links courses which surround the Atlantic coast.

In the evenings, after a long day of walking, mountain climbing, golf or fishing, visit the local pub, which is likely to be very close to your County Donegal accommodation. There is always a great atmosphere, and due the very strong traditions in County Donegal, there is likely to be a small band or fiddler playing the evening away.

Places to holiday in County Donegal, Ireland

Letterkenny is County Donegal’s capital town, and is the main commercial and cultural centre in the county. It is also the ideal location to take a Donegal holiday home for those wishing to catch salmon whilst on holiday.

Donegal Town, famous for its traditional tweed industry is a delightfully peaceful town on the shore of Donegal Bay. Most visitors to the country will visit Donegal Town, if only to explore the magnificently impressive Donegal Castle.

Weather in County Donegal, Ireland

Due to its location, County Donegal receives some very mixed weather, which is quite hard to predict. Summer temperatures average around 18?C, and winters around 5?C, although exact conditions can change quickly. As long as you take a jumper and a jacket when you pack for your self catering Donegal accommodation, you will be fine!

Flights to County Donegal, Ireland

If County Donegal were less remote, it would undoubtedly be one of the most visited regions of Ireland, but its peaceful, unspoilt nature is well preserved and well worth the effort of reaching a County Donegal cottage. Connecting flights from Dublin (DUB) to Donegal Airport (CFN) take under an hour, and are very reasonably priced. Alternatively, you can take your car on one of the many ferries to Ireland and drive.

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Donegal Self-Catering Cottages (222)

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    Multiple rentals Cottage #8158693
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    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (32 reviews)
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      • 4 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Sleeps 8
      House #406363
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        Excellent! 4.5/5
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        • 4 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 9
        House #3781635
        12
        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Cottage #8167050
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            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            House #786467
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              Excellent! 4.7/5
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              • 4 BR
              • 3 BA
              • Sleeps 8
              Cottage #69650
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                Excellent! 4.6/5
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 5
                Cottage #454847
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  Apartment #4132080
                    • 3 BR
                    • 3 BA
                    • Sleeps 7
                    Cottage #4237500
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 5
                      Multiple rentals Apartment #8094412
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                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
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                        Multiple rentals Apartment #8094412
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                        Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 4 BR
                          • 1 BA
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                          Cottage #1966795
                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                            Good! 3.8/5
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            Cottage #3815228
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                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Cottage #6707053
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                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                • 4 BR
                                • 3 BA
                                • Sleeps 8
                                Cottage #426222
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                                  • 5 BR
                                  • 3 BA
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                                  • Sleeps 10
                                  House #1960237
                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 10
                                    Cottage #272963
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                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                      • 6 BR
                                      • 6 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 14
                                      House #894641
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                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
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                                        Cottage #6623913
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 3 BA
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                                          Multiple rentals House #8158693
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
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                                            Cottage #6569624
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                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 7
                                              Cottage #75706
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                                              Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #846730
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                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
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                                                  Cottage #885293vb
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                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Cottage #1578032
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                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                      • 3 BR
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                                                      Cottage #408185
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                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                        • 3 BR
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                                                        House #8027414
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Cottage #6507829
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                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                            • 3 BR
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                                                            House #1839062
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                                                              • 3 BR
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                                                              Cottage #1966732
                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                Apartment #854298
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                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                  House #887330vb
                                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                                    Bungalow #890214vb
                                                                      Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 9
                                                                      House #846855
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                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #1969388
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Cottage #6771939
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                            Cottage #1044909
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                                                                              • 5 BR
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                                                                              Cottage #1966252
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                                                                                Cottage #1967847
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                                                                                  Cottage #1965378
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                                                                                    Bungalow #832450vb
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                                                                                      Bungalow #1889484
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                                                                                        Cottage #6128502
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                                                                                          House #3558217
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                                            Apartment #1969506
                                                                                              • 3 BR
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                                                                                              Cottage #1967751
                                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                                • 4 BA
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                                                                                                House #6509915
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
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                                                                                                  Cottage #1964853
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                                                                                                    • 4 BR
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                                                                                                    House #8153748
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                                                                                                      Cottage #1965973
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                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Beautiful place. Magical x
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Cozy cottage in a beautiful area

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I was looking for a quiet place where I could spend a relaxing few days. And it turns out: I chose correctly! The cottage is very comfortable and provides everything one could ever need. I would recommend the Wild Rose Cottage to everyone that would like to spend time in a very quiet and beautiful area to do some hiking, sightseeing or just do nothing.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Fabulous stay in wonderful home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Our extended family stayed in this beautiful home for an all-too-short weekend. The house certainly lived up to expectation and was even better than presented on the website. It was very well-equipped, spotlessly clean and the additional welcome pack of Kate's home-made shortbread, cake and wine did not last very long with our extended group! We were travelling with 2 small children and my father who has mobility problems - we were all very well catered for and the house provided ample space for everyone to enjoy huge breakfasts in the large kitchen and living space. The views are absolutely amazing and the area is lovely, very close to Greencastle and Moville for local restaurants (Kealey's and Rosato's especially of note), and one of the highlights of Inishowen, the fabulous Kinnego Bay. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are already planning our return visit! I would highly recommend Tara's House as somewhere to stay whilst visiting the many attractions of the Inishowen peninsula.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016