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Free Wi-Fi in both cottages!!

Free Wi-Fi in both cottages!!

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Free Wi-Fi in Cois Farraige Cottage from Nov 2013 and in Cois Daire Cottage from Mar 2014!

Coís Farraige Cottage and Coís Daire Cottage


Coís Farraige and Coís Daire cottages are two luxurious, four double-bedroomed holiday cottages located very close to Kinnegar beach and the pretty seaside village of Rathmullan in County Donegal. The holiday homes are available to rent separately or together at a reduced rate.

Coís Farraige, a self-catering holiday cottage is a mere 10 second walk to the beautiful sands of Kinnegar beach while Coís Daire is only a 30 second walk from Kinnegar’s golden sands. These two self-catering Donegal cottages are also only a brief walk from the award winning Rathmullan House Hotel, impressive Fort Royal Hotel and the popular local village with its traditional Irish music scene (with six pubs) and a good choice of gourmet restaurants (five restaurants). The fishing village has a range of convenience stores, a post office as well as a museum. The homes are an ideal base to tour the numerous attractions of County Donegal or simply a perfect retreat to get away from it all. Rathmullan is a small quiet traditional village on the shores of Lough Swilly and about 12 miles from Letterkenny.   

Rathmullan's marina serves as a pier and jetty for sailing boats, it is an instant draw for both sailing and angling enthusiasts. The peace and tranquility of the long soft sandy beach and surrounding woodlands will enchant even the most casual visitor. If you are a keen golfer, Ottway Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland is a mere 2 miles from Rathmullan. The prestigious Portsallon Golf Course, sometimes described as “the links of heaven” is less than a 20 minute drive. Portsalon itself is a renowned scenic area with beautiful views of the Fanad peninsula. It also has a glorious blue flag sandy beach.

There are numerous scenic drives within minutes of the holiday homes - including the spectacular panoramic Knockalla Coast Road with breathtaking views of Lough Swilly and the Inishowen Peninsula. The Atlantic Drive boasts dramatic and stunning views of the rugged cliffs of the Rosguill Peninsula.

Rathmullan is famous in history for the "Flight of the Earls" in 1607 and a visit to the Historic Centre near the pier is a must (see section at the end on history of Rathmullan for more information on this). 

Rathmullan has a unique atmosphere with many award winning restaurants, there is no shortage of places to eat. (Please consult section on eating out in Rathmullan for further information). There are also several friendly pubs for a pint of Guinness.

About Rathmullan, Donegal:

Rathmullan (Irish: Ráth Maoláin, meaning "Maoláin's ringfort") is a picturesque coastal and seaside village on the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland, situated on the western shore of Lough Swilly.  The village is of historical interest and makes a great base for touring North Donegal, which offers some of the best beaches and most beautiful scenery in Ireland. There is a wide selection of excellent restaurants and pubs to choose from and two beautiful hotels including the historic Rathmullan House Hotel, which is famed for its cuisine.


Rathmullan is an ideal location for those looking for a holiday location offering peace and relaxation.  The 3km long sandy beach at Rathmullan is classed as one of Europe's cleanest and is a truly beautiful golden sandy beach, extending as far as the eye can see. It is heaven just to sit on the beach and watch the sail boats go by or to see horse riders canter on the soft sands. The Golden Sands Equestrian Centre in Rathmullen enables   riding enthusiasts to explore less travelled treks through the beautiful rural landscape of Donegal. 

Rathmullan beach is popular with both tourists and locals. It is lined with trees for a 1km stretch. The main beach has lifeguards on duty during the busy summer season.  There are also quieter areas for those who just want simply to relax and sunbathe.

A short 10-minute drive along the beautiful Fanad Drive, will bring you to Ballymastocker Bay Beach, which according to the 'Observer' travel writer, Willy Newlands, is the second most beautiful beach in the world (just behind Anse Victoria in the Seychelles).

Like all Irish villages, you will find a warm welcome.  


Rathmullan, Donegal - The Past:

The Donegal village of Rathmullan is in an area with a rich history dating back to the Late Neolithic Epoch and is significant also for being the point of departure for The Flight of the Earls.

There are also the ruins of a medieval Carmelite Friary in Rathmullan which was built by Eoghan Rua MacSweeney in 1516. The Friary was sacked by the English garrison from Sligo in 1595. In 1607, Rathmullan was also said to have seen the last of the Gaelic Order, most notably the Clan Ó Néill and the Clan Ó Domhnaill, during the Flight of the Earls to the Continent. This 'flight' took place from Portnamurray on the southern edge of the town. In 1617 the Friary was occupied by the Protestant Bishop of Raphoe, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Andrew Knox, who turned it into a stronghold during the colonisation of County Donegal.  

In the 19th century there was a British battery situated near the pier to defend Lough Swilly from a possible French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars. This battery still stands and today serves as a heritage centre.

Rathmullan, Donegal - The Present:

However in spite of the tumult of days gone by, Rathmullan is now a peaceful village where residents and visitors alike watch the sun rise over Lough Swilly in the morning and take strolls along the beach at twilight.

There is something for everyone at Rathmullan....


Visitors can go horseback riding on the beach or along the many established equestrian trails. Fishermen can charter boats to fish in Lough Swilly from the marina or the beach.

Sailing enthusiasts, from the beginner to the more experienced, can take sailing courses at Rathmullan Sailing Club.  The avid water enthusiast can surf, kayak, or paddle board with local company Adventure One.  Children can avail of the playground and amazing sandy beaches to build their castles. Walkers can enjoy strolls along the beach or the roads in the gently rolling hills of Rathmullan. Golfers can tee off at Portsalon Golf Club which is 20 minutes away or Otway Golf Club just 5 minutes away or the 14 other golf courses within a 45 minute drive of the self-catering cottages of Coís Farraige and Coís Daire. For those who love scenic driving, there is the spectacular Fanad and Portsalon Coast Roads as well as the recently opened Fanad Lighthouse. Quad Safaring, indoor Karting, clay pigeon shooting and paintball shooting are all available close by.  

In addition, a trip to Northern Ireland including the City of Derry Walls, Giant’s Causeway, Causeway Coast and Bushmills Distillery is always an enjoyable outing.

The world renowned Glenveagh National Park with its famous castle and gardens is also worth a visit and next to it is the famous Glebe Gallery at Church Hill. The corn and flax mills, Ramelton Heritage Centre, the Rathmullan Flight of the Earl’s Centre and Ballydaheen Gardens should not be missed. County Donegal’s main town, Letterkenny, is only 20 minutes by car and has a 5 screen cinema, public swimming pool, urban park, an Grianán Theatre and of course, a wide variety of shops.

Specialising in sea food, visitors and residents alike sample the cuisine at some of Rathmullan’s fine restaurants. Whether you are looking for an established family run bar, or traditional music you are sure to find something to your liking. If you have never visited an Irish pub before then be prepared for a good night of craic, music, fun, and company.

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The sea is a large part of the lives of the people of Rathmullan and Lough Swilly Deep Sea Fishing Festival held in June every year, is evidence of this.

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