About This Listing
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.
This is a very special place - a one-room cottage with everything you need and a lot of details which give the place a special touch. It's a good starting point to discover Donegal - close to the main roads but still so remote that you can enjoy your p & q. Anna and Pete are lovely hosts who offer a very warm welcome and every assistance you might need.
Thank you Anna for a great time in your real irish cottage :) She was a lovely person. The description and comunication was always perfect. The view from the house is really beautiful! We had all stuff that we needed.
I can really recommend stay in Anna's house.
Thank you Anna! As soon as walked through the door we immediately relaxed! 2 nights was not enough! Idyllic cottage, stunning setting and very welcoming hostess! We will be back! Niamh & PJ
Anna was extremely helpful and welcoming. The cottage was very homely with the stove and traditional interiors. Enjoyed a lovely few days staying here. Having bread, milk and butter on arrival was an added bonus! If you are looking for somewhere with true quietness and serenity, this is the place to come.
Pete and Anna have created a magical space in a stunning setting. The vibe is just the right mix of rustic, romantic and rejuvenating. The cabin has everything you need, all thoughtfully laid out in an efficient and elegant design ( like the cabin of a well-crafted boat). Anna is approachable, attentive and full of great recommendations on local sites and activities. We'd stay here again in an Irish heartbeat.
Anna and Pete were fantastic hosts and neighbours. Their lovely cottage was something straight out of a magazine about idyllic country living! The perfect setting to really get a sense of the magic and beauty of Donegal.. so perfect that within minutes of arrival, we extended our stay! Thanks again for all your hospitality and help! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back again in the future... and good luck with your newest project!
About the Host, Anna
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!
A really beautiful walk known locally as The Honeymoon Walk. From our doorstep you can set off on the old road from Fintown to Doochary. Alternatively you can walk over the hills to Fintown village.Donegal
Fintown Railway. A lovely vintage carriage and the only narrow gauge railway in Donegal running beside the scenic Lough Finn and Aghla mountain
The little village of Doochary with its stone bridge over the Gweebara river offers a starting point for some licensed fishing, kayaking on the river or a stunning drive to Glenveagh National Park.
Climb to the top of Aghla mountain to take in the views of Fintown and further afield.Donegal
Drive this stunning route to Glenveagh National Park past Lough Barra and through the mountains that you see from our cottage. A nice loop drive home is via Gweedore, passing Errigal mountain.Donegal
The clinic of our fully quailfied Neuromuscular and Physical Therapist who makes house calls available to our guests. She can treat any existing injuries or just provide a relaxing general massage.Donegal
The little town of Glenties and surrounding area offers among other things great music. It also plays host to The Patrick McGill Summer School.Glenties Donegal
Spend a leisurely day fishing or kayaking on the river. Start in the village of Doochary two miles from our cottage.Donegal
Dungloe town situated on the coast is a 15 min drive from our cottage and is our main shopping town with a choice of four large supermarkets. Also part of The Wild Atlantic Way scenic coastal driveDungloe Donegal
Dooey Beach. A fabulous wide beach with impressively high sand dunes that stretches on and on. Even on a busy day you should have no problem finding a secluded spot all to yourself.
Such a lovely way to spend the day! The park offers woodland, mountain and garden walks in a most beautiful setting and the castle, coffee shop and visitors centre should you choose a slower pace.Donegal
Pamper yourself with a seaweed bath at The Maghery Bay Salon and relax with views onto the beach. Explore further with a drive up around Crohy Head. Maghery is a 30 min drive from our cottage.Maghery Donegal
Narin Beach. Another of Donegals spectacular beaches. Also has pub, cafes, restaurant, golf course and kayak trips available.When the tide is out there is walking access to the island just offshoreNaran Donegal
Ardara is known for its production of textiles and is a heritage town well worth visiting. It also has a great selection of pubs offering music and food and is a town which hosts many festivals.Ardara Donegal
Travel from Ardara through the Glengesh Pass to Glencolmcille. However, highly recommended is a stop as Maghera beach, which has a wild secluded feel to it and sea caves accessible at low tide.Ardara
Hop on the ferry to Arranmore Island at the little fishing port of Burtonport and explore the island. Electric and hybrid bikes are for rental on the island.Donegal