Inside & Out

The Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal is world famous for its enchanting landscape and its wild majestic beauty.

But it’s the secret finds such as Twig & Heather Cottage that hold the real magic. Nestled at the foot of the Urris Hills, this rough luxe self-catering bolthole is a world away from the city rush and promises a restorative escape on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The cottage is perfectly placed for watching Atlantic summer sunsets or dramatic winter storms. The cinematic coastal views will take your breath away whatever the weather.

Originally built as a farmer’s cottage, it stood untouched for years before its transformation into the rough luxe self-catering bolthole it is today, a haven of tranquillity and a tonic for the soul.

The Fort Cottage Dunree - sitting room
The Fort Cottage, Dunree, Sitting Room
The Fort Cottage Dunree - sitting room
The Fort Cottage Dunree - sitting room
The Fort Cottage, Dunree, Writing Desk

The Cottage is available for up to 2 guests in one king-size bedroom.

Delightfully eclectic in every way; upcycled Irish furnishings keep company with Asian antiquities, local art , poetry and picture books, while simple white-washed walls run throughout.

The large living area is bright and spacious with deceptively high ceilings. All of the living space enjoys spectacular views of the undulating cliffs of rugged Dunree head and the beach below. Wake up and ease into the day with leisurely breakfasts watching the sea from the kitchen table window.

After wild swims and rugged hill walks cosy up by the roaring fire and in winter months watch for the Aurora Borealis when Mother Nature’s spectacular light show takes centre stage in the floor-length sitting room window.

Allowing you the chance to completely rejuvenate, this bolthole is truly a tranquil haven where relaxation reigns.

The Fort Cottage Dunree - bedroom
The Fort Cottage Dunree - bedroom
The Fort Cottage Dunree - bedroom

Inishowen is home to some of Ireland least explored beaches and most spectacular coastal scenery and is often referred to as Ireland in miniature.

Spend your summer days finding new wild swimming spots. Don your walking boots and head up the Uris hills or Step onto the Wild Atlantic Way right from the door step of the cottage.

Explore Dunree Fort and its walking trails on foot, watching for Dolphins on the rising tide around the headland. Nip to Mamore Gap to for summer sunsets and dramatic cloudscapes that whip over Lough Swilly with Fanad Lighthouse in the distance.

Take the drive to Malin head, Irelands most northerly point (and recently made famous as a Star Wars location) where Atlantic-pounded Sea stacks and navy deep waters create an awe-inspiring location. Take the wild but scenic mountain road through Ballymagan to the fishing village at Greencastle and get your own fresh lobster right off the pier!

Or travel further afield for a day trip to The Seamus Heaney Home Place, The Giants Causeway or The Dark hedges .

Front of Fort cottage and shed
The Fort Cottage, Dunree, Sea Views
The Fort Cottage, Dunree, Sunset
The Fort Cottage Dunree - kitchen
Orchids at the Fort Cottage