Twig and Heather Cottage

Inishowen, Co. Donegal
+353 831 484 854

The cottage looks down over Lough Swilly, idyllic for boats and safe swims... and the neighbours are friendly, just sheep and cows


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


  • Swimming pool
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • 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 bedroom


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.