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Donegal Boardwalk Resort - Sheephaven Bay Co. Donegal

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Donegal Boardwalk Resort (previously named Cuan na Ri Oceanfront Resort) is a beautiful development of holiday homes located on a 175 acre site in Sheephaven Bay, Co Donegal.  There is direct private access to two kilometres of gently sloping sandy beach at the Inner Beach and also to Tra Mor beach and the exceptionally sheltered Bay that extends from Lackagh Bridge on the Creeslough/Carrigart Road to the Ards Peninsula in Sheephaven Bay. This Bay is ideal for all water sports including sailing, canoeing, surfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing.  During low tide the beach is ideal for the use of kite-buggies, power kites and land-boards. 


  • There is a range of activities to enjoy at Donegal Boardwalk Resort including a range of games and activities in the multi-use games area including Tennis, basketball, 5-aside football.
  • There is also an onsite outdoor children's playground for exclusive use by guests of Donegal Boardwalk Resort. 
  • Waterfront Clubhouse serving food and drink onsite at Donegal Boardwalk Resort. Call 074 9155898 to contact the Club House directly for restaurant or function bookings.


We have two types of holiday homes at Donegal Boardwalk Resort.  All of the houses are incredibly spacious and filled with natural light.  They have wooden floors throughout but cosy carpets in the bedrooms for maximum comfort. 

Semi-Detached Villas:

The semi-detached villas are 1260 sq ft in size with two floors.  The ground floor is home to the large open plan living cum dining area kitchen as well as the light-filled conservatory.  There is a guest toilet downstairs.  Upstairs, there are three bedrooms - two x double bedrooms and one x bedroom with bunk beds.  The master double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with shower and there is also a family bathroom upstairs with bath.  These villas can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people.

Detached Villas:

The detached villas are larger than the semi-detached at 1388 sq ft.  The layout of these houses is different in that there are two bedrooms downstairs (one x double and one x twin bedroom) along with the open plan living cum dining area and kitchen.  These villas also have a conservatory off the main living space. The main family bathroom is located close to the bedrooms downstairs.  Upstairs is the third and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and there is large gallery which looks down over the living space below. 

DONEGAL BOARDWALK RESORT is PET FRIENDLY!!!  So all the family can go away together!  No need to leave the dog behind this summer. There is an additional charge of €30.00 per pet payable onsite.


  • Please note that an energy charge of €8.00 per day must be paid at the time of booking.
  • You are also required to give a security deposit of €200 on arrival onsite, this is fully refundable provided the supervisor is happy that the terms and conditions have been complied to.


Located on the beautiful coast of Donegal in the North West of Ireland, the Resort comprises some 188 acres of land with extensive sea frontage and golden gently sloping sandy beaches. Despite its seemingly remote location, Donegal Boardwalk Resort is easily accessible within a 1-hour drive from Derry and just over a 2-hour drive from Belfast.  Dublin can be reached in about a three-and-a-half hour drive time. Donegal is now well recognised as a destination for a range of activities including golf (three championship links courses in relative close proximity), equestrian, hiking, angling and watersports.


-The villages of Rosapenna, Downings and Carrigart are located just 10-15 minutes away by car in this predominantly tourist area with breathtaking scenery, several attractive golf links courses, equestrian, angling and sub aqua facilities;

-The village of Rosapenna hosts to the magnificent Rosapenna 36-hole Golf Links Course and the very select and recently extended Rosapenna Hotel. There is also an excellent golf driving range;

-The village of Downings has two hotels, shops, boat launching and mooring facilities, an attractive sheltered beach and water sports facility and is immediately adjacent to the well known historic Atlantic Drive. The village of Carrigart is located about five kilometres from the Site and has a very select boutique style Hotel, two supermarkets, Post Office, a café, pubs and a restaurant. Carrigart is also a centre for pony trekking, and has its own soccer pitch together with diving and fishing facilities;

-The Rosapenna thirty-six-hole Golf Links and Hotel is located a short distance along the beach from the Site and just three kilometres by road. The new Bridge spanning Mulroy Bay will shorten the drive to the Portsalon 18-hole Links Course to just 20 minutes and the well known 36-hole Ballyliffin Links Course is located some thirty kilometres further north of Portsalon;

-The renowned Glenveagh National Park is only a short journey by car from the Site. It comprises over 16,500 hectares of land and is the habitat of many rare and interesting plants and animals and is famous for its fine herd of red deer. The Park's Visitors Centre provides many guided walks and tours of Glenveagh Castle and the famous walled gardens;

-Mount Errigal and the Poison Glen in the nearby Derryveagh Mountain range (approximately 25 kilometres from the Site) are two of the more popular and scenic areas for hill-walking and mountaineering;

-Doe Castle (once home of the O'Donnell Chieftains), Gartan (the birthplace of St Colmcille) and the religious site of Doon well are all within a short drive from the Site. Gartan is also home to the popular Gartan Outdoor Education Centre. It is set on an 87 acres estate and offers a variety of supervised excursions and courses including mountain climbing, rock climbing, hill-walking surfing, sea kayaking and white-water kayaking;

-The nearby Dunlewey Centre (25km from the Site) located at the base of Mount Errigal offers a variety of activities including go-karting, lake cruising, pony and trap excursions and exhibitions of some of the old traditions such as tweed weaving.


  • Sea Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Kite-Surfing
  • Kite-Buggying
  • Landboarding
  • Bike Trekking
  • Deep Sea Diving and Snorkelling
  • Orienteering
  • Canadian Canoeing
  • Windsurfing
  • Stand Up Boarding
  • BloKarting
  • Trekking
  • Ponky Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Dee Sea Angling


On leaving Carrigart village travel for approx 2.5 miles on the main Carrigart to Creeslough road. The entrance to Donegal Boardwalk Resort can be found on your left hand side clearly identified by "Donegal Boardwalk Resort" signage.

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  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Central Heating
  • Partial Sea View
  • DVD Player
  • Pets Allowed (on request)
  • Children's Playground
  • Shared Garden
  • Washer/ Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Open Fire
  • Coffee Machine
  • Sleeps up to 6 people
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Cot available on request
  • Saor View
  • Highchair available
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Parking Available
  • Required Vehicle


Donegal Boardwalk Resort Semi Detached

  • Property Type
    Semi-detached House
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    3 bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    2 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating


Donegal Boardwalk Resort Detached

  • Property Type
    Detached House
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    2 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

Aug, 2015

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4 out 5 rating

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Family with young children

We will definitely be back

"The service which the caretaker George and his wife provided was very good. He was there upon arrival and always around the site if you needed anything - not that we did. They were both lovely and friendly. The standard of the house and grounds is very impressive. Everything is well maintained and very clean. The walk to the main beach is quite far, but its make easier by the boardwalk which allows anyone with a buggy to get onto the most beautiful and peaceful beach you could imagine. It great for dog walkers too as the beach is very quiet and you can let your dog off the lead as long as it doesn't bother anyone. The area is very beautiful and great for outdoor lovers. The weather tends not to be great so be prepared for rain. We took our kids (age 6 and 9) to Glen Valley outdoor centre where they did Zorbing, Rodeo Bull, Zip Wire and got to sit in for the unbelievable off-road driving. This is definitely worth a visit and can be done even if the weather is not great - just wear suitable clothes that can get dirty. There is a free outdoor play area and lots of games (Cube style) in the indoor barn.rnFor a wet day Kids Kingdom indoor soft play and swimming pool in Downings is quite good and reasonable.rnWe also went Horse Riding which is available in the next town, Carrigart.rnA little further drive and you could go to Ards Forest Park. It's 5 euro entry but you get a nice play area, lovely walks and a nice little beach. Close to this is Ards Friary which also has a lovely quiet beach, footpath coastal walks and a sweet little cafe which does fresh sandwiches, good coffee, soup and the best cakes around.rnFor eating out we went mostly to Dunfanaghy (about a 15 min drive away). this is a very busy little town in the summer and has some good gift shops and good restaurants and cafes. The Oyster and Arnolds being our favourite.rnOverall this was a lovely holiday make enjoyable by the quality of the accommodation and the location. We will definitely be back."


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