Drumbarron Cottage, Ardara, Co Donegal

Drumbarron Cottage

Ardara, Co Donegal

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Whether it’s for a romantic escape for two or a family gateaway, Drumbarron Cottage offers the perfect retreat to relax and unwind.


Bought and lovingly restored by My Donegal Escape in 2012, the almost 100 year old Drumbarron Cottage is full of country charm and was the first of our self-catering properties to welcome guests to Donegal. With its cream sash windows, beamed ceilings and touches of Laura Ashley, the cottage has a very inviting, cosy and relaxed feel throughout. The three individually designed bedrooms comfortably sleep up to 6 guests. Each room has an original feature fireplace, these were discovered during the extensive renovations. With a little love and care they have been restored back to their former glory.


The kitchen in Drumbarron Cottage oozes country charm. With its beamed ceiling, hand painted furniture, wood burning stove and even a rocking chair, this is a room you won’t want to leave in a hurry. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cozy night in. You will also find a Sitting Room with an open fire, Shower Room and Utility on the ground floor. The 3 bedrooms in the cottage are located on the first floor. The deep windows sills in each room allow you to sit and enjoy the mountain views. The master room has a king size bed and a en suite shower room. The twin and double bedrooms share a beautifully decorated bathroom with a luxurious free standing bath.


Drumbarron cottage sits in a small cul-de-sac of houses which enjoy views over the heritage town of Ardara, which is a short 5-minute walk away, and the mountains that surround it. The outside space at the cottage is private and enclosed. It has a concrete area to the rear which is perfect for kids to play and a stoned street to the front which can park up to 3 cars. A picnic bench and outdoor seating area offers the perfect spot to dine alfresco. There is also a communal grass area directly in front of the house.


From €500 to €750 per week, €250 per short break


Up to 6 people

Bedrooms & bathroom

3 Beds, 3 Bathrooms


Open Fire, Wood Burning Stove, Off street Parking, Mountain Views


Pets allowed (with prior consent)

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, please refer to your booking.


Child friendly with travel cot, stair gate and high chair


Oven, Gas Hob, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge-Freezer, Washing Machine, Dryer, Coffee Machine, Bluetooth Speaker

Your stay includes

Smart TV & DVD player with a collection of DVDs, Netflix, Internet, Information Guide, Logs and Kindling, Bed Linen, Towels, Shampoo & Shower Gel.  We also provide basic dry goods for the kitchen which inculde – Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Cooking Oil, Salt & Pepper.

Other information

Walking distance to Ardara. Near by local attractions include, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach & Caves, Glengesh Pass, and Kilclooney Dolmen.

Nearest Beaches

Maghera 10km Narin-Portnoo 10km


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Max occupancy: 6 guests


The heritage town of Ardara is a vibrant and bustling place which makes it very popular with visitors. It’s easy to see why the Irish Times named it the “Best Village to live in Ireland”.

One of only five heritage towns in Donegal, these towns have been designated Heritage Towns due to their uniqueness and the diversity of their location, history, architecture, and people.

It really is the people that make Ardara such a wonderful place to visit and the reason why so many make a return trip to the area.  A warm and friendly welcome will greet you here.

Renowned for its Donegal tweed and traditional music, Ardara is also known as the Festival capital of Donegal. The town hosts over a dozen festivals each year, with its most famous being the “Cup of Tae” Festival.

The Ardara Heritage Centre, formally the town Courthouse, profiles the development of the tweed industry. To this day several shops in the town still sell high quality tweed and knitwear.

For beach lovers who want some family fun or a breath taking location to walk your dog, check out Maghera and Narin beaches.

Donegal’s number one visitor experience Slieve League Cliffs is a 50 minute drive away.






If you would like to experience a small section of the stunning Blue Stack Way, this 7km loop walk, which you start at the cottage, will bring you along what is known locally as the Old Bog Road. Stroll through the bog land towards the Owenea River where you will cross bridge and then follow the river banks till you reach the main road back into Ardara.




If you’re a fan of home cooking and baking then a visit to Sheila’s is a must. This popular cafe is located inside the Market House in the heart of the town. They open for breakfast and lunch, but be sure you leave room for a slice of Sheila’s amazing cakes, especially her Apple Pie!!




No visit to Ardara would be complete without a visit to one of its many Arts & Crafts shops. Especially its very talented tweed weavers. These include the wonderful Eddie Doherty pictured above, Campbell’s, Bonners, Triona, and Molloy’s. Make sure to also visit the Donegal Designer Makers studio in the heart of the town, which features crafts from a number of wonderful Donegal crafters.




Glengesh Pass mountain road guides you from Ardara to the historic Glencolmcille area and is one of the most scenic drives in the county. You will feel like you’re travelling back in time as you take in the unspoilt beauty of this magical valley. When you reach the summit there is a viewing point to stop and take in the breath-taking views back towards Ardara.


Glencolmcille Folk Village is a thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland’s most north westerly county and offers a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries. The Folk Village Museum is a cluster of several small cottages, called a ‘clachan’, perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of South West Donegal. Designed, built and maintained by the local people, the Folk Village is one of Ireland’s best living-history museums.

The Kilclooney Dolmen is a portal-tome or dolmen, prominent on the skyline north-west of Ardara. It well displays the classic features from which this type of monument derives its name.

Maghera Beach & Caves – while traveling the road to this stunning beach make sure to stop off at the magnificent Assaranca Waterfall, which tumbles down into a rock pool and is the perfect backdrop for a family photo. Maghera beach itself is just as impressive, with mountains all around and huge caves to wow both you and the kids.

The Bluestack Way is a 65km walking route that begins in Donegal Town and ends in Ardara. Walking this route is one of the most memorable ways to discover and embrace the true wildness of Donegal. It is a linear three-day trail that reveals all the sweeping scenery the Wild Atlantic Way is best known for. Consisting mainly of bog roads, open and often wet moorland, 21km of the total 65km are on quiet local roads.

Sandfield Pitch and Putt is a wonderfully challenging 18-hole pitch and putt course with spectacular views of Loughros Bay and the hills of Donegal.

Tor Mór Charter Boat is a Kingfisher 31 sport, sea angling charter vessel. Available to charter for angling, diving, whale, shark, dolphin and bird watching, sightseeing and private parties. Available from Rosbeg and Portnoo pier, County Donegal.