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Front view of Knockalla Coastguard Cottage

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome

Capstan Cottage is one of the Knockalla Coastguard Cottages which are located on an elevated site and overlook the Inishowen Peninsula across a broad expanse of Lough Swilly. The cottage is just off the main scenic road between Rathmullan and Portsalon and makes an ideal venue for your self catering holiday in Donegal.

Built in 1876, Capstan Cottage is one of a terrace of cottages set in a spectacular landscape, surrounded by the Knockalla mountains with sweeping views of Lough Swilly and across the bay to the coastline and the mountains of the Inishowen Peninsula. Designed to provide offices and accommodation for the coastguards and their families the cottage is ideal a self catering holiday house.

Beautiful Donegal is famous for its dramatic coastal scenery, wild and rugged with spectacular sea and skyscapes where the air is so effervescent it is a tonic in itself. Just the place to escape the humdrum of daily routine, traffic jams and stress of the 21st century.

Watch the sea in all its moods, wild and frenetic to calm and as languid as a millpond. Climb the Knockalla Mountains for fantastic views of Mulroy Bay and the headlands of the Fanad, Rosguil and Inishowen Peninsulas. Fanad has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Donegal. There is also array of outdoor facilities: fishing, golf, horse riding, water sports, good restaurants and pubs all in the locality.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ballymastocker/Portsalon 5 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: City of Derry 70 km, Nearest railway: Derry 60 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Large garden for outdoor games, near mountains and hills for walkers and climbers. Coastal areas suitable for fishing either from the rocks or by boat.

Great views for budding artists and photographers.

Capstan Cottage is the only cottage for rent in Knockalla Cottages.

The Donegal region

Donegal is one of Ireland's most beautiful counties. Ruggedly criss -crossed with a pattern of mountains, moors and lakes. Its long coastline has been carved into intricate patterns by the wild Atlantic ocean that wash its sandy shores. The spectacularly beautiful countryside, the rambling hills and mountains with the lovely lakes and bays that mirror that special light from the clear skies.

Donegal is a sportsman's paradise and an artists dream. The county offers every recreational activity imaginable golf, fishing, equestrian, adventure and water sports- and an opportunity to revitalise the spirit in harmony with nature and the environment.


Rathmullen has sandy beaches, horse riding, tennis court, children's play area and sea fishing trips from the pier. There is a small car ferry to Buncrana.

Rathmullen has pubs, quality restaurants and hotels.

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Calendar last updated:27 Sep 2014

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