Activities & Attractions
- *Book a tour of the Lighthouse – now open to the public: www.fanadlighthouse.com
- Superb beaches all about – within 10km e.g. White Shore, Ballyhiernan, Doaghbeg, Drumnacraig, Portsalon, Blue Flag beach at Ballymastocker Bay beside Portsalon.
- Spectacular scenic drives hugging the coastlines of the Mulroy, or the Swilly.
- Fanad Walkers is a walking/hiking group, meeting every week: always keen to welcome newcomers, whether experienced or beginner. www.fanadwalkers.com
- Surfing at the Adventure One Surf School in nearby Ballyhiernan Bay – 4.5km www.adventureone.net
- Fanad Lake Angling Club, Kindrum. Brown Trout. Fishing permits & Boat Hire: Tel: Brendan 0749159057
- Fishing at the Meadows Trout Fishery in Rossnakill – 8km Tel: 086 8047516 or Facebook
- Golf at Portsalon Golf Club – a classic 18 hole links course – 10km. www.portsalongolfclub.com
- Eel Burn Pitch & Putt – 4.5 km.
- Championship course at Rosapenna accessible via the Mulroy Bridge.www.rosapenna.ie
- Kayaks etc for hire from SPLASH Water Sports at Portsalon Pier. Tel Damien 085 2325701
- Deep sea fishing or sightseeing on Lough Swilly. Charter boats based at Rathmullan Piers.
- Activity Centre at Rockhill Park in Kerrykeel. www.rockhill.ie
- Electric and Hybrid bike hire located across the Mulroy Bridge in Termon www.grassroutes.ie Take the pain out of cycling & enjoy north Donegal’s spectacular scenery.
- Mevagh Dive Centre near Carrigart is Ireland’s largest Centre www.mevaghdiving.com all under one roof, with Diving Equipment Sales, Hire, Servicing, Cylinder Testing and our new state of the art Swimming Pool.
- Pony Trekking at Carrigart Riding Stables, Wood Quarter, Carrigart, Tel: 074-9153583 Mob:087 227 6926
- Golden Sands Equestrian Centre Rathmullan. www.rathmullan.net/sample-page/equestrian Tel: 00353 74 9158124
- Discover little known Gardens to visit in this part of the world www.donegalgardentrails.com
- Take Car Ferry from Rathmullan to Buncrana in July & August and explore the Inishowen Peninsula.
- Glenveagh National Park with its Castle and Gardens , www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie an hour’s drive, with 16,000 hectares of woods, mountains, lakes and bogs. Largest red deer population in Europe. Several walks. A must for the first time visitor to Donegal.
Cosy Nook was wonderfully peaceful, exactly what we needed. We loved the cows in the back and going to the Lighthouse before dawn! Blessings upon you.— Steve & Juli Parsons, Mansfield, Ohio, USA. Sept 2018.
I didn’t want to leave it behind
We had such a lovely time at the Cosy Nook. ..... I didn't want to leave it behind. It brought back many old family memories. We enjoyed a trip up the lighthouse and many other nooks and crannies to explore. The cottage had everything we needed to relax and be comfortable.— Joanne Hawe, England, July 2016
This week in Cosy Nook has been incredible. The house if very cosy and ever detail is accounted for, including very comfortable beds. It's worth visiting Ards Forest Park which doesn't appear in many guide books, also Blueberry Restaurant in Portsalon, and Conway's Bar in Ramelton.— Jose Manuel Oliveira, Spain, 28th August 2014
A peaceful experience
We have really enjoyed our week in the Hills of Donegal. Fanad is very beautiful and Cosy Nook is lovely - in a peaceful area - we were privileged to spend time here.— McBride Family, Brighton, August 2014
We saw the birth of a baby seal!
Back in the land of noise & work & time keeping, but we had a wonderful time in Cosy Nook. This year we had some new experiences, just when we thought we knew what to expect. We were lent binoculars, through which we saw lots of seals lounging around on the rocks and one of them had a baby seal as we watched - we couldn't believe it and felt very lucky indeed. — Tom & Deirdre, London, August 2013
The place has character!
The cottage is in a quiet, remote area (which is what we were looking for), but convenient for small shops and a nice pub. The area has some good walks, though there are no signposted off-road paths - you have to ask the locals where you can go! We found the cottage nice and cosy - as the name suggests - and equipped with everything we needed. Bear in mind this is an older property so may it not be up to the same standard as a new-build bungalow for some people. We found the place had character though, and yes, the cattle did come to the back fence to say hello! The Lighthouse Tavern is about fifteen minutes walk away and is well worth a visit in the evenings, with the best kept Guinness anywhere and very friendly locals.— Paul Glenister, July 2013
A home from home
We have enjoyed our stay very much here in Cosy Nook and hope to return here very soon. We found the cottage aptly named - a home from home. It is very clean and comfortable.— Jamie & Chris McAteer, March 2013
Sunrise and Sunset
We had a wonderful time in ‘Cosy Nook’. The cottage is very well equipped, all we needed was right there. The location is just perfect for exploring the Fanad peninsula. It is just a few minutes’ drive from Fanad Lighthouse, which was excellent for our husbands as they wanted to photograph the lighthouse at sunrise and sunset. We will definitely recommend the cottage to our friends.— Lucia Jurikova, Dublin, Oct 2012
The bees knees
We have been coming to Fanad & its environs for the past 17 years, stayed at many different locations and types of abodes, but this ‘Cosy Nook’ is the bees knees. Everything you could want and need is here, and what’s more – it all works! We settled in quickly…… The weather was a star too and in this Olympic year it was a Gold Medal of a holiday. We’re already looking forward to coming back. — Deirdre Malone, London, August 2012