Holiday home in Malin Head, Inishowen. Co Donegal, Ireland - Peaceful, Rural Location Looking Westwards Over The Ocean. 15 Min Walk To Beach
“Ocean view” is a beautiful modern house set in a peaceful, rural location overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way in Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. The house faces west and provides sublime views of the ocean and the West Donegal Headlands, it could be a romantic evening sunset, watching the sun dipping below the horizon in front of you or the waves gently lapping the coast and local fishing boats or an exciting storm which may blow up unexpectedly with large breakers charging ashore and an ever changing, panoramic sky.
Malin Head is located on the Inishowen Peninsula which is in the north east of County Donegal an area renowned for its ancient sites and monuments dating from pre Christian times, it’s rugged coastline and beautiful pristine sandy beaches, and it’s warm welcome in the many modern day visitor attractions, hotels and pubs.
Malin Head /Banba’s Crown (a couple of minutes drive from holiday house) famous for being the most northerly point in Ireland ,is an excellent place to start your Wild Atlantic Way journey, has spectacular scenery, with a stunning cliff top walk and views stretching for miles, to Inishtrahull island ( now uninhabited) with the lighthouse and on a clear day as far as the highlands of Scotland.
The “Tower” as it is known locally as was built by Lloyds of London and the commanding view from here has meant that the headland has been used as a lookout post since Napoleonic times. A remnant of much more recent times is the EIRE sign set out in stone nearby, which is said to have marked out the Irish territory for pilots during World War II. An important geological feature that can be clearly seen from the Tower is the raised beach. It is possible to access this beach from a roadway past the village and it is renowned for its semi -precious stones such as agates, Cornelian etc. If you chose to take a bracing walk along the cliff path your destination will be “Hells Hole”, a deep sea cavern with pounding waves rumoured to be endless! If you choose to traverse the rough terrain any further you will be rewarded with more towering sea cliffs and the Devils Bridge, so called because of the connecting rock formation over this sea cavern. This is definitely an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with its windswept walks and if you are lucky enough to catch the mobile Café Banba on the site, you can enjoy a refreshing coffee with local home baked produce. The Tower is also a popular viewing point for the “ Northern lights”, a spectacle well worth keeping an eye out for, and reports on the likelihood of it being visible are to be found on the internet. Malin Head has lots of other attractions, it is a haven for birdwatchers with some rare species to be seen, ideal for walking, whale watching and angling, having two piers, Port Ronan and Portmore, being the aptly named larger port, is the main base of the local fleet which catches mostly crab and lobster for export and is home to the local fisherman’s co-op. This is always worth checking out for produce for sale and enquiring about boats for sea angling.
The area is also home to the Weather station, Coast guard radio station, the wee house of Malin, (a cave which is rumoured to hold all who enter it!) beside the ruins of an ancient church and holy well close by and Crockalough, a holy lake set at the top of a hill, which is also the site for a modern communications instillation.
Nearby the stunning view from the top of Knockamany Benns, overlooks the Five Fingers strand with Europe’s highest sand dunes and Lagg Church (built 1784) the oldest in Inishowen. It is surrounded by a graveyard which has been in use for hundreds of years and is shared by both the Catholic and the Presbeterian community, whose Church is a little further along the road to Malin. This elevated car park has a carved standing stone , but this is no ancient monument, it was erected during a recent film making venture and left on site for all to enjoy.
“Ocean view” holiday house is located within a few minutes drive from beach, the three local pubs, restaurant, coffee shop, curiosity shop, petrol pumps, post office and two shops, and mobile crafts outlet at the Tower during the busy holiday season.
MalinTown nearby( a quaint little plantation village with its attractive green in the centre) has a hotel with restaurant, fast food outlet, supermarket, shop, butcher shop, horse riding and a few lively pubs. A little further afield in Inishowen are world class golf courses, surfing, water-sports, craft shops museums, traditional music venues and renowned eating places, specialising in seafood and local organic produce. Inishowen is ideally situated for exploring the rest of the beautiful County of Donegal one of Ireland’s overlooked treasures and venturing into the historic city of Derry. Or you can even take a ferry from Greencastle to Malligan which gives you direct access to the Antrim coast drive, with lots of the recent locations used in the Game of Thrones series, ancient castles tumbling into the sea, rope bridge, spectacular glens and a world class heritage site at the Giants Causeway.
Top Traveller Review
Clean, comfortable and a stunning location
About the Owner
(3 traveller reviews)
Clean, comfortable and a stunning location
We had a wonderful week in this cottage at the end of the summer. The cottage is very clean and comfortable and surprisingly spacious - we are a family of six and there was plenty of room for us to spread out. The cottage is very well equipped and we wanted for nothing. We even survived without wifi (which is available locally if you need it) and we read books and played board games instead! The owners Hugh and Mary live close by and were very welcoming and helpful. There are a number of lovely pictures in the cottage which were done by Mary which is a nice touch. Location-wise this cottage is second to none. It is absolutely beautiful. We saw the views on sunny days, misty days and briefly, a miserable afternoon and it is always breathtaking. The sheep were excellent neighbours and we enjoyed walks down to the pebble beach and over the hill next to us to enjoy spectacular sunsets. We would recommend the 45 minute walk to Malin Head (Ireland's most northerly point) from the cottage. It's a lovely walk and the road is quiet as the public mostly access the Head from the other side. Also parking is a bit of a nightmare. There's a good mobile cafe at the top too. The Inishowen peninsula is very picturesque to explore. We also went over to the North a couple of times (through Londonderry which is just under an hour away). Coming back one evening we used the Magilligan-Greencastle ferry which saved us about an hour. We have already recommended this cottage to a lot of our friends and very much hope to stay in it again one day.
Large spotless modern House in Amazing Location
From the moment we arrived at Ocean view and got out of the car we knew this place was going to be something special. The house is situated about a mile or so from Banbas Crown where the film set for the next Starwars film was being made during our stay. The views out to sea are amazing, Just as impressive is the house itself, it is quite large with four double bedrooms, a big kitchen diner and lovely sitting room with a big multifuel burner for those chilly days and nights. The house is only about 10 years old and with the oil fired central heating system is very warm. All the rooms are spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated with modern comfortable beds and furniture. All appliances that you expect are to be found in the kitchen with loads of cupboards space and everything worked perfectly. Despite being a let cottage everything feels new, fresh and clean. There were only the two of us staying in Ocean view but it still felt homely and cosy even though we only went upstairs once on arrival. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, clear blue skies, bright sunshine and very warm every day which meant we spent a lot of time sitting out to the back enjoying the views. If anything we were a little disappointed we didnt get to experience one of the big Atlantic storms coming in, from the comfort of the sitting room that is! There is a stile in the garden and we made several trips down to the small private pebble beach at the shore, for us one of the main highlights of the property. It is only about a 400 metre walk, very easy decent but certainly gets the heart beating on the way back up! We saw a pod of dolphins in the sea just 100metres or so out one evening and is a perfect place to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. Out and about there are a few pubs and restaurants within a mile or two. We drove over to the Giants causeway, the Greencastle/Malligan ferry was not operating (but is due to resume service in June) which made the trip (70miles) about 2 hours through Derry. Hugh and Mary, the owners live close by so if anything needs to be done they are on hand and where both lovely people and very helpful. We would definitley stay at Ocean view again and if you are looking for a break away from the crowds in a truely amazing place without feeling too isolated we would highly recommend Ocean View.
Peaceful, cosy cottage with stunning sea views
This is a lovely spacious, clean, well equipped cottage in a quiet location with fabulous views. The friendly owner lives a few fields away so is on hand to help with anything at all but you won't see him if you don't need to, so it doesn't feel intrusive. We have had two quiet, peaceful relaxing weeks here, 'getting away from it all' with kids, dog and friends. The area is really beautiful, with great local walks along the stunning coastline, fantastic beaches and lots to see and do within a short drive (Glendowen craft shop definitely worth a visit - the owner is so welcoming).The cottage is cosy and warm on a cold day and has a good lawn area with great views for the better weather. If you are looking for some peace and quiet by the sea to recharge your batteries and don't mind the sound of sheep or a short drive to the shop and beach, I would definitely recommend this cottage. It's great value for money too.
Activity and Interests
The nearest beach is approx 15 min walk away, stunning views surround the property. Cliff walking, fishing and birdwatching are very popular in the area.
Belfast International airport 80 miles
Derry Airport 40 miles
Malin Town 10 miles
Carndonagh 15 miles
Culdaff 13 miles
Ballyliffen Golf course 16 miles
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A deposit of 30% (non refundable) of rental rate will secure the booking with the remainder due 6 weeks prior to letting.
Booking is Saturday to Saturday.
Check out time 10 A.M. Check in time 4 P.M.
Notes on prices:
Bank holiday weekends (3 nights) €400 by request.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- near the sea
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, downstairs bathroom with separate electric shower, bath, basin and WC. Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin and WC.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are two large bedrooms with double beds, downstairs, one of which has an en-suite shower room and also faces the sea view out front. Bed linen and towels included. Upstairs, Bedroom 3 with double bed, Bedroom 4 with twin beds, both have sea views.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: The house faces west and provides sublime views of the ocean and the West Donegal Headlands. Spend some time relaxing and enjoying a romantic evening sunset, watching the sun dipping below the horizon in front of you or the waves gently lapping the coast and local fishing boats or an exciting storm which may blow up unexpectedly with large breakers charging ashore and an ever changing, panoramic sky. The house has oil central heating, multi-fuel stove (fuel available from local shop) electric immersion for water as well as an independent electric shower. A travel cot, highchair and safety stair gate are available on request. Outside: There is private parking, front lawn with picnic table and barbecue, the house nestling as it does on the gentle slope of hillside and fields. Cleaning / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included in the rental cost, property is cleaned and linen changed after each occupant. Other: A spacious upstairs landing, also has seating, providing a relaxing space.