Donegal, the fourth largest county in Ireland, has attracted the attention of many when it bagged the number one spot in the “Cool List” of National Geographic, UK. The beautiful landscape of this county makes it a rich source of inspiration and refreshment for travellers. You will be amazed at how vast and majestic their woodlands, lakes, and mountains are. Feel even more relaxed and at home by staying in Donegal’s most-loved accommodations. We’ve compiled the best Airbnb vacation rentals on this list for you!
Immerse yourself in a relaxing vacation by staying in this fabulous cottage located in a very peaceful and scenic area. It’s ideal for solo travellers or couples looking for a quiet retreat while being close to nature. The cottage features an open living area, dining, and kitchenette. There is one bedroom but the property is spacious enough for two guests. You will also have your own private garden and a barbecue in your backyard. The view of the lovely Glendowan mountains will take your breath away! The Glenveagh National Park is also a sight to behold from this quaint rental. Don’t miss the chance!
Idyllic cottage retreat in DonegalFintown, CO DONEGAL, Ireland
This cottage dates back to 200 years ago and was amazingly refurbished and renovated into a modern, fully-functional and comfortable home. It is located in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by great value shops, pubs, and restaurants. It’s approximately 6 minutes away from the Glenties and offers a constant panoramic view of the mountains and the coastal line. This is a perfect home for families who love their vacation slow, easy, and peaceful. There are two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a living room with a lovely fireplace.
Lough Anna Cottage, DonegalGlenties, Donegal, Ireland
Located in the Wild Atlantic Way, this 2-bedroom cottage is filled with a panoramic view of the seas and the cliffs of Sliabh Liag. If you want to get away from the noise and the bustle of the city, here’s a perfect home-away-from-home for you. The entrance is a shared driveway with a private parking available. Additionally, warmth and hospitality are guaranteed by the hosts upon your arrival! They are very much happy to give you recommendations on where to and what to do while in Donegal, Ireland.
Greenhills CottageKilcar, Donegal, Ireland
This 200-year old cottage has undergone a modern revamp, able to attract guests with the romantic and authentic cottage living it offers. A beautiful green meadow will greet you in the morning with hills in the background. It is recommended for couples who love to spend some quality time together. The cottage offers fresh linens, towels, basic toiletries, freshly-baked scones, and cooking essentials. You’ll have your own private driveway and entrance. You will surely enjoy spending some of your afternoons at the outdoor deck and barbecue nights with your loved one.
Traditional stone shed in DonegalGlenties, Donegal, Ireland
What makes this property unique is the way it was personally handcrafted and designed by the host to make it look modern, artsy, and refreshing to the eyes. The aesthetics are perfect, as well as the ambience it creates. It sits 15 minutes away from the Wild Atlantic Way. One of the favourite spots is the couch against the centre back that offers an amazing view of the mountains. You can also enjoy some quiet time at the private deck area with seating, table, and barbecue. The whole cottage is heated by the wood-burning stove with fuel.
Cosy cabin, stunning Glenveagh viewFintown, Donegal, Ireland
Between Donegal Town and Killybegs Fishing Harbor is a stone cottage that is a must-try for its luxury and comfort. It features an open plan space, patio, and a refreshing garden. The view gives you St. John’s Point. It used to be a traditional cattle shed and later on renovated to become one of the warmest, sophisticated, and relaxing cottages on Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll enjoy your own private courtyard and garden. Ideal for families or group of friends on a getaway. All essentials are provided, including a fully-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. There is also a 40-inch TV with Netflix and DVD for a much-deserved movie night with your loved ones.
Wild Atlantic Way Cottage -Classic Luxury- WIFIDunkineely, County Donegal, Ireland
If you’re the type who loves the authenticity and vibe of rural houses, this rental is not to miss! It lies in a rural setting amidst a peaceful environment with a nearby lake. Approximately 500 years old, this cottage has witnessed quite a lot. Most of its original features are kept intact up to this day, making it a unique home indeed. Not only will you learn about Irish architecture, you’ll also experience–or at least have a glimpse of–Irish living from decades ago. This cottage has two bedrooms and good for four guests.
Rural Romantic Thatched CottagePortsalon, Donegal, Ireland
How about staying in a quiet lane near Fintra beach? Fintra beach is one of the most beloved beaches in Ireland. The driftwood cottage will take you just a few minutes walk away from such wonder! The property was renovated by the hosts, adding some flair of modern style while preserving its ancient beauty. From here, you can also access famous attractions such as Slieve League, Ardara, and Killybegs for your market and grocery needs. The best way to end a day in this cottage is to simply relax on the big couch and have an open fire with your loved ones.
Driftwood CottageDonegal, Ireland
This cottage is privately located near a beach and a lake. It is built on a ¾ acre of land, with a magnificent backdrop of the landscape. It is no wonder this property is tagged by Sunday Times as one the Top 20 places for the Summer in Ireland last 2012. If you love communing with nature, you have to book this listing now. It has two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four guests. Pets are welcome, too!
The Times: Best Irish Cottage! Pets OK
This traditional Irish cottage is specially designed for travellers who love the charm of nature, landscapes, stunning views and scenic views you can only find on postcards. The property is newly-renovated and was given a modern look. At the same time, the ambience takes you to local, traditional living. There are no TV or Internet connection, thus making your stay more intimate and relaxing. It is also near one of the best villages in Ireland–the village of Andara. Another must-try is Nancy’s Bar for great seafood, and the Corner House Bar for a taste of Irish traditional music.
Wilderness dream cottage in Donegal
Traditional meets modern
Donegal, Ireland is one of those few places where you experience a fusion of ancient and modern. Not only in terms of the attractions but also in the houses you’ll stay in. These accommodations will definitely take you to a peaceful state, giving you a kind of vacation that is hassle-free, steady, and rejuvenating. Make sure to bring your loved ones with you when you plan your visit to Donegal. Nothing beats feeling the warmth of family and friends while you enjoy some stunning views, the refreshing green meadows, hear the sound of waves, and much more.
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