Ard Na Mara, Donegal Escapes

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Max occupancy: 6 guests

Ard na Mara House

Ballyliffin, Co Donegal


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If you’re longing to make an escape that captures all the wonderful elements that Donegal has to offer in one location, then look no further than Ard na Mara House


If you’re longing to make an escape that captures all the wonderful elements that Donegal has to offer in one location, then look no further Ard na Mara House. Perched high on a hillside in the popular coastal village of Ballyliffin, this exclusive home has uninterrupted views over Pollen Beach, Isle of Doagh, Malin Head and Ballyliffin Golf Course, which was home to the 2018 Irish Open. The large, private grounds surrounding the property enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding area and will ensure you enjoy a quiet to peaceful and tranquil escape.


Finished to a high standard and offering elegant décor, bright and large living spaces, Ard na Mara is the perfect place to gather and enjoy time with family and friends. The ground floor is a sociable space with double doors that lead from the kitchen to the family room and also from the family room to the sunroom. A wood burning stove makes for a cosy night in after a day spend exploring the stunning Inishowen peninsula. There is also a second sitting room and beautiful bathroom on the ground floor. All three bedrooms are on the 1st floor with two having an en suite shower rooms.


The large garden with its green lawns enjoys what has to be one of Ballyliffin finest views. Sit, relax and breathe in the fresh sea air from Pollen Beach or gather with family and friends to dine alfresco. There is plenty of outdoor seating for guests and a BBQ can also be made available for their use during a stay. With a large driveway, guests will have more than enough space to safely park their cars.


From €800 to €1400 per week, €450 per short break.


Up to 6 people.

Bedrooms & bathroom

First floor – Master Bedroom with King size bed, dressing room and shower room. 1 Double with King size bed and en-suite shower room – 1 Twin with 2 single bed


Sea Views, Wood Burning Stove – Private Site – Large garden – Off Street Parking


Pets allowed ( with prior consent )

Nearest Beaches

Pollen Strand (1km), Tullagh (7km), Five Finger Strand (18km)

Arrivals and departures

Arrival Day: Saturday during July and August.
Arrival Time: 4.30pm
Departure Time: 10.30am
Times may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.


Family Friendly


Range Master Cooker with Double Oven, Dishwasher, Microwave, Large American Style Fridge-Freezer, Washing Machine, Dryer, Coffee Machine, High Chair, Travel Cot

Your stay includes

Smart TV, Netflix, WiFi ( 4g sim hotspot ), Information Guide, Logs and Kindling, Bed Linen, Towels, Shower Gel, Shampoo & Conditioner. We also provide basic dry goods for the kitchen – Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Salt & Pepper.

Pollan Beach Ballyliffin


The small friendly coastal village of Ballyliffin on the Inishowen peninsula sits overlooking the stunning Pollen Bay beach with views over Glashedy Island and the Atlantic ocean. The beach also has a eco-friendly play park for the younger members of the family. The village is located on the Wild Atlantic Way route, which is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world at 2500km long. The Wild Atlantic Way winds its way all along the Irish west coast starting in the north here on the Inishowen Peninsula down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. Ballyliffin is also home to the world famous Ballylffin Golf Club, which hosted the 2018 Irish Open and is a must visit for golf lovers.

Inishowen is a perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors with kayaking, surfing and horse riding all available locally.

The Urris Hills are a hill walkers paradise with breath taking views and are also home to the family friendly Glenevin Waterfall walking trail with its magical Fairy Trail. We provide maps for our local walking trails for anyone who wishes to take to the hill.

With some of Donegal finest beaches on our doorstep, Tullagh Bay and Pollen Beach being the two closest, a fun family day out is never far away.

For golf lovers Ballyliffin Golf Course, hosts of the Irish Open 2018 is just 6km away.

Horse riding at Tullagh Bay





Ballyliffin Golf Club is a must visit for golf lovers and is widely regarded as the finest links complex in Ireland boasting two championship links courses. They pride themselves in having world class presentation standards all year round and for offering great hospitality, a spectacular setting and outstanding facilities.




Make sure you pay a visit to Nancys Barn when staying in Inishowen. It is home to a world award-winning seafood chowder. Opened for Breakfast and lunch all year round, they also extend their hours to include an evening bistro menu during the summer.

Rose Cottage Craft Shop



Rose Craft shop is located adjacent to the Glenevin Waterfall car park and offers a beautiful selection of Arts and Crafts from local crafters. They also serve coffee and a wonderful selection of Irish made ice creams. It’s a firm favourite with little and big kids alike.




Hiking the Urris Hills is a great way to appreciate the wonderful views of the surrounding area. There are walks to suit all levels of fitness from the family friendly Fairy Trail walk to the Glenevin Waterfall to the more challenging Urris Lakes Trail.


Horse riding with Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre is a wonderful way to spend some time with family and friends. With modern indoor & outdoor equestrian facilities, visitors of all ages & riding abilities can enjoy an amazing experience all year round! The firm favourite is a beach trek on Tullagh Beach.

Doagh Famine Village tells the story of Irish life from the Great Famine of the 1840s to the present day. A combination of informative story-telling and life size exhibits provides an informative, thought-provoking and at time humorous look at Irish life.

Malin Head is the location of Ireland’s most Northerly Point. It is a signature point for anyone doing a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. With breath-taking views, on a good day the Scottish Islands, Tory Island and nearby Inishtrahull Island are visible.

Arts and Craft lovers will find a wealth of local talent here in Inishowen. Some of our favourite galleries and workshops include, Mary Crowley Artist Studio, Glendowen Craft Studio, Silver Birch Gallery and Studio, and Ben Holmes Gallery and Studio.

Traditional Music. A number of our local pubs host music at the weekends. For a family friendly session visit The Rusty Nail every Sunday @5.30. Glendowen Craft Studio host theirs on the second Sunday of every month is a cute little tradition style cottage next to their studio.

Surfing on the shores of Pollen Bay is guaranteed to create special family memories. The long stretch of sandy beach looks out onto Glashedy Island and is one of the most scenic beaches in Inishowen. It is an ideal location for all types of water activities. Pollen Beach also has a children’s play park located near the car park.

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