Twig and Heather Cottage

Inishowen, Co. Donegal
+353 831 484 854
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The cottage looks down over Lough Swilly, idyllic for boats and safe swims... and the neighbours are friendly, just sheep and cows


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Built in the 1930s on the footprint of an older cottage, this dreamy house is filled with rugs, books, flowers, art, and breathtaking views. Pick blackberries in the rambly garden. Stroll to the beach at Dunree.

Prosecco, chocolates, and eggs from local hens greet you. Feather duvets, patchwork quilts, books, magazines and old fishing hats make you feel at home; as does Andrea, whose love for Ireland’s most northerly point, the wind-whipped Donegal coast, is infectious. Scan the surfers from the white sands of Ballyliffin (18km); treasure the view to Glashedy Island. Dive for ancient wrecks off Inishowen Head (an hour’s pootle) or take the coastal route to Inch Wildfowl Reserve, 30 minutes. For restaurants and shops head for Buncrana, an old seaside town with a ferry to West Donegal, and Irish music in the pubs.

Return to the comfort of armchairs by the wood-burner – and watch the weather roll in over the sea.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking down the hill for a wild swim early in the morning
  • Watching the drama unfold outside while you sit cosily by the wood-burner - winter stays are fabulous
  • Discovering the countryside, studded with pubs and live Irish music
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You should know

  • No dogs
  • No children
  • Don't forget anything! It's a long way from anywhere


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4.30pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 6 nights in high season. Children over 17 welcome. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €128
Weekly price
from €895
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From €1281 bed1 bedroom


We’ve stayed twice in this cottage and hope to return. The cottage is much more spacious than the photos show and decorated and furnished to a high standard. It was well equipped and very clean. The house is in a quiet location with great views. It’s a nice walk down to the Fort but is also within driving distance of many great places. Andrea is a great host and gave us plenty of information on places to walk and eat.

Barbara, Dublin

Twig and Heather cottage is such a special place. The cottage is spotlessly clean and equipped with everything that you could possibly need. It is so comfortable and has many lovely interior design features that makes it feel like home from home. The views from the cottage are amazing and there is a beautiful beach within walking distance. It was so good we didn’t want to leave.

Linda, Liverpool

I found Twig and Heather cottage when looking for a place to retreat by myself. It couldn’t have been more perfect. So tastefully and creatively decorated,a beautiful table to eat or work at with gorgeous view,every comfort thought of…a walk down the country lane there is a beach and the sea and a gorgeous wild swimming spot at the pier…a short drive away are some beautiful hill walks. I slept well, swam in the sea,walked the quiet country roads many times,spent many hours at the table by the picture window…so lovely and restorative and Andrea is a kind and attentive host.

Lynda, Coleraine

We had the best week at Twig and Heather Cottage, which is in the most beautiful location – it's tough to tear your eyes away from the view over the water. Andrea, the host, is a brilliant and communicative host who was happy to help with any queries, but the cottage is set up to make it as easy and comfortable for guests as possible, and we had no problems during our stay. We could not recommend Angela's place more and hope to be back soon!

Hannah, London

Love Twig & Heather, and we’ve visited 5 times this year! It’s the ideal spot to relax and refresh with stunning views over Dunree Beach and Head and its quiet, which we love living in busy Dublin. The cottage is beautifully restored and decorated and so comfy, and just a short walk to the beach and Dunree Head. We’ll keep coming back!

Roisin, Dublin

Twig & Heather.Our first stay was just so amazing and Andrea really did make us so very welcome and comfortable.Immaculate and beautifully finished inside while the entrance your guided through a 300 year old stone walled lane and the remains of origional outbuildings all add to a truly beautiful stay with stunning views over Fort Dunree and Lough Swilly with Rathmullan beyond.Great location for hill walking and beach walking/swimming and great choice of places to eat.You really do deserve to treat yourself with a stay at Twig & Heather,You'll not be dissiapointed we have been back twice since

Noel, Belfast

We enjoyed a very relaxing and comfortable week in the cottage. Great location for exploring the Inishowen peninsula’s stunning scenery and culture. Lovely beach within walking distance. Very cosy furnishings and fires for the evenings. An oasis of quiet escape, we are returning again this year!

Gary, Dublin

Writers, artists, dreamers and peace seekers will love it here. The views, the big skies, and the ever-changing light on the water will be an inspiration and walkers, birdwatchers and wild swimmers will be outside all day. Even if the weather is too wild you'll feel incredibly cosy and happy indoors.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Inishowen Peninsula, known for its beaches and majestic beauty, is home to amazing sunsets and wild winter storms. You're on the headland so join the coastal path and hike, bike, surf, swim. Birdwatch from the cottage... oyster catchers, hooper swans, not a house in sight. Buncrana, 10km, is your nearest shopping town, while the village of Clonmany holds a farmers' market once a month.

Local points of interest from Andrea Shaw

  • Try the Seafood Chowder at Nancy’s Barn winners of the World Chowder Champions in Rhode Island USA. They out chowdered the best of them!
  • Walk the rugged coastline at Malin Head, Ireland’s most Northerly point where the producers of Star Wars shot The Last Jedi. Eat Crab claws right off the boat at Ireland’s most northerly restaurant. Walk with Alpacas at the highlands of Knockamany .
  • Head up the mountains to the many stunning and empty hill walks around Inishowen. Walking guides supplied by the cottage. Sea swim, pier jump, go fishing or just walk the many beautiful beaches that skirt the Inishowen Peninsulas coastline, arguably Irelands most stunning beaches are here.
  • Walk from the cottage to the Fort Dunree Military museum, a defensive site since Napoleonic times and now a military museum with one of the best collections of coastal artillery guns in the world.
  • Visit the Inch Wildfowl reserve to watch the Graylag Geese or Whooper Swans grazing, sometimes in their thousands or witness their return at dusk, one of the most impressive displays of bird watching you are likely to witness. Then visit the nearby ancient Hill Fort at Grianan of Aileach. (2500 BC
  • Daytrip to the Antrim Coastline, Bushmills Distillery & the Giants causeway, Glenveigh National Park, Castle and Gardens. Join the excellent and award winning walking tours of Derry city Walls. (Just 20 km away)


Andrea Shaw

Andrea, in the fashion industry for years, came home from Hong Kong to help care for her father. In 2015 she found this dilapidated, single-storey cottage, owned by two sisters who left Ireland long ago, and brought it back to life. Now it shines. Andrea lives nearby, and enjoys sharing her great local knowledge.