Gleann Leithin Cottage is a cosy converted byre situated in a very tranquil scenic area.
The view from the cottage looks towards the beautiful Glendowan mountains and Glenveagh National Park.
Ideal for a peaceful retreat or a great base to explore
The cottage consists of an open plan living, dining and kitchenette area with a double sleeping mezzanine above.
There is a small bathroom with an electric shower.
The kitchenette contains an electric hob, microwave oven and small fridge.
Guests have access to a washing machine in an adjacent outbuilding.
The space is heated by a wood-burning stove with fuel provided.
The guest cottage has a private garden, seating area and barbeque to the rear.
As the byre was originally part of a small farm, our own traditional cottage sits on the same site.
Glenleighan Cottage shares the site with our own house but guests have use of their own private garden at the rear.
There is access to a washing machine and dryer in an adjacent outhouse.
If guests wish they are free to borrow our bikes.
Interaction with Guests
On arrival we will welcome you ourselves.
On the rare occasion that we will not be available to greet you, we will arrange for someone else to be there.
As we live close by, we will be on hand to help with any queries you may have but we aim to ensure that you have privacy while staying with us.
We will be happy to help with arranging tours and providing information on the many varied local activities.
We are centrally located in a beautiful part of Donegal, close to most of its attractions.
The cottage is nestled in a valley 3km from the scenic village of Fintown.
The river Finn is known widely for its salmon and trout fishing and permits are available locally for fly-fishing.
In Fintown village, you will find the only operational narrow gauge railway in Donegal. It runs for
5 km beside Lough Finn, which is overlooked by Aghla and Scraig mountains.
The local village has a shop, pubs, church, school, health centre and library.
The towns of Glenties, Dungloe, Ballybofey and Letterkenny are 15 minutes, 15 minutes, 25 minutes and 30 minutes drives respectively. There you will find restaurants, pubs and supermarkets.
There are many stunning beaches within a 30 minute drive, offering beautiful walks and a choice of sports such as kayaking, surfing, golf and horse-riding, all of which we can help you to organise.
If you choose to explore the county, by car is the easiest way to do so.
However the following bus companies operate services to and within Donegal
John McGinley Coaches
If you arrive in Letterkenny by bus, McGeehan Coaches operate a service to Fintown village and we can pick you up from there.
Alternatively Doherty Coaches run a bus in the afternoon from Letterkenny which passes by the end of our short lane. This leaves a 3 minute walk to our cottage.
Donegal airport (40 minutes) is served by Flybe with flights to and from Dublin and Prestwick.
We are 70 minutes drive from Derry airport also.
Other Things to Note
While a car is a great way to see the county, if you visit without one and enjoy hiking or cycling, there is much exploring that you can do from our doorstep. We can provide bikes and maps of the locality to get you started.
We live in a Gaeltacht area rich in traditional Irish culture such as language, music and the arts. There is a wide choice of traditional music available in local pubs
Donegal also has a wealth of festivals throughout the year such as the Errigal Arts Festival, attracting many renowned Irish and International artists to the area.
If you would like to bring an element of pampering into your holiday we have a trained Neuromuscular Therapist who can pay a house call to the cottage and provide treatment for a specific injury or a general massage.
We can also recommend a visit to The Maghery Bay Salon to enjoy a seaweed bath overlooking the
beautiful Maghery beach. This is less than a 30 minute drive from us.
Taking a 15 minute drive from our house will connect you with The Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive.
As we used to live in the cottage ourselves and it is essentially like an extension of our home, we ask that you please respect the building and contents and leave it as you found it.
If you would like to smoke we ask that you please do so outside and use ashtrays provided.
We recycle as much of our waste as we can and ask that you please follow our simple recycling system which we will explain to you on arrival.
Anna and Pete's little cottage was incredible. We couldn't have possibly been more at home! The first day we arrived, all we wanted to do was stay in and enjoy the cosiness. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings. Anna and Pete were so welcoming and gave great advice when we asked. The cottage was perfectly situated to explore the very beautiful Slieve League cliffs and Glenveagh National Park, but that's sadly all we got to explore in our short stay! We will most definitely be back, thank you so much Anna and Pete!
This cottage was amazing, Anna and Peter were both so friendly , welcoming and helpful. On arrival, there was a fire going in the wood stove, and there was bread, coffee, milk and tea there waiting for us. The views from the cottage were incredible as well. I would definitely love to stay there again.
our hosts anna and peter made us feel very welcome. they give us lots of local knowledge and nothing was a bother to them. the cottage is awesome, set in a beautiful location. its in a great location for hill walking. the cottage itself is bigger than it looks from the pics, we had our baby with us, who slept in a travel cot downstairs and there was more than enough room. we really enjoyed r stay here!!!
Absolutely perfect experience, we loved the cottage's setting and interior. The hosts were very friendly and helpful when we needed them. The cottage itself is bigger than what we had expected from the picture, with everything you need to create a cosy home away from home. There is also plenty of literature and guide books to inspire you to venture forth and visit the many scenic spots throughout the county. This part of Donegal is ideally situated near the Glenveigh national park and is stunningly beautiful. We can't recommend this listing enough!
This cottage is just perfect for a getaway! We arrived on a wet miserable day to a warm cosy fire and beautiful setting! Anna is a wonderful host- the cottage had everything we needed. The location is breathtaking- even in the rain- a perfect place to spend reading books or climbing hills-We went exploring in Glenveagh and got engaged!! Thanks Anna for letting us share your very special place- we will be back!
Pete & Anna are wonderful hosts. They are really making sure everything is well, going more than the extra mile. The cottage is even bigger than it looks on the pictures and the surrounding is stunning and perfect for a nature retreat. I returned home completely serene, which is exactly what i wanted. There is also lots to explore around, like the hills and ruins and trees and lakes. The Cottage was simply beautiful, very clean and had everything I needed. You can make your own fire, and there is no Wifi or TV, which makes the retreat adventure complete. I am sure this is one of the best listings in Ireland and I am hoping I will be able to return one day.
The cottage is a very special place. Fun, romantic, luxurious, a bit rustic, and unforgettable. Anna and Pete were those most gracious hosts ensuring our maximum comfort as we stayed during the weather bomb. Two of the nicest people we have ever met. They live on site but the cottage is completely private. It is a wonderful retreat. There are a handful of nearby villages with good food and nice people. It's perfect.
I have a background in textile design.
Moved to Donegal nearly ten years ago and converted our traditional
stone cottage and byre with my husband Pete where we now happily live
with our two young children.
We look forward to welcoming you to the most beautiful unspoilt part of Ireland!