Railway Crossing Cottage

Near Donegal Town

Railway Crossing Cottage, located in Drumstevlin just 6 minutes from Donegal town, is a charming railway cottage.

  • Sleeps 2

  • 1 Dog Allowed

  • From €350 for 2 nights

  • Open Fire


  • Railway Crossing Cottage, which sleeps 2 in a 4 foot double bed, is located just 6 minutes drive from Donegal Town.  This beautiful cottage is full of character and has a long garden that follows the course of the old rail tracks.  Please note this property sleeps 2 adults only.


    • 1 Double Bedroom (small double 4 foot bed)
    • Suitable for adults only
    • Underfloor Electric Heating
    • Open Fire in living area
    • Electric Oven
    • Microwave
    • Under counter fridge
    • Towels and Linens Provided
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron & Ironing Board
    • Cooking Utensils and Equipment
    • 1 Bathroom - shower head over bath
    • Living Area
    • Large Garden
    • Radio
    • Car Parking

    WiFi Free Zone:  Irish Landmark believes that digital detox is good for the mind, body and soul.  This is why Irish Landmark properties advocate the properties in our care as WiFi and television free zones. Reconnecting with our lives, nature, our surroundings, books, as well as family and friends, is vital for a happy life. This continues to make us very proud and happy to be a WiFi Free Zone.

    Please note:  Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures.  It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay.

    A contribution towards energy fees is applied to all bookings.   As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs.   It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.

    Before and after Restoration

    Slide the bar to compare before and after photos

  • history

    The cottage was ‘Gate House No.9’ because it’s the ninth crossing cottage on the Killybegs branch of the County Donegal Railway when it was opened in 1893.  Generically, these cottages are always called ‘railway-crossing cottages’, and in the literature are called “crossing cottages” or ‘gatehouses” or ‘crossings” or simply ‘gates’.

    The cottage was originally constructed in c.1892/93 (the Killybegs branch of the County Donegal Railway opened in 1893) and through the years was inhabited by a succession of families up until the late 1970s, when it seems to have become abandoned.

    Jack & Connie Denne purchased the cottage about 30 years ago.  Connie’s grandmother was the wife of one of the ‘gate-keepers’.  They restored it very carefully and authentically, while at the same time making it suitable for modern living.

    The large gate in the front of the cottage is a replica of the original gate, but for convenience has been mounted differently.  The original was hinged to the wall on the right side (facing the building) and swung across the road to block traffic as the train came through.   Opposite, on the other side of the road, another gate would have swung open to block traffic coming from the other direction.  That gate is long gone.

    Six trains daily (three round trips) passed through these gates going to and from Killybegs.

  • visitor book
  • Loc8: A44-83-S52
    GPS: 54.658876 , -8.141666


    Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in.  Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired.  Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting.  In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at

    Arrival and Departure Time?

    Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m.  Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm.   Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.

    Is there a TV?

    No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.

    Is there WiFi?

    No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life:  beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.

    Can I bring a dog?

    Yes.  Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.

    Is linen supplied?   

    Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.

    Is there an open fire?  

    Yes - there is an open fire.   There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay.  Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.

    Do I need a car to get here?   


    How do I get the keys?   

    When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.

    Can I arrive early?   

    Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager.  A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.

    What is the earliest and latest arrival time?  

    4.30pm / 9pm.  Your actual arrival time MUST be agreed with the local House Manager prior to your holiday start date. 

    How far to the nearest town? 

    The property is located near Donegal town which is 6 minutes drive away. 

    Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals? 

    We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.

    Is it suitable for children? 

    This is a small property that only sleeps adults only.  

    Is it suitable for older people? 

    This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.  

    Does it have facilities for disabled people? 


    Is it suitable for a wheelchair? 


    Is there heating? 

    Yes. There is underfloor heating.  

    Is the cooker electric or gas? 

    Yes - there is an electric cooker

    Is there a shower?

    No. There is a bathtub - please note that there is limited water volume in the hot water tank. 

    How many bathrooms? 

    1 bathroom

    Do you supply towels and bed linen? 

    Yes.  The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.

    Can I get to the house by public transport?


    Where is the nearest train station?

    There is no train stations anywhere nearby.

    What type of heating is in the house?

     Electric central heating.

    Can I book for just one night? 


    What is your minimum booking period? 

    Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties.  Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.

    Is there a garden at the house?

    Yes. There is a large garden to the rear that was where the old railway line ran.

    How many cars can I bring to the house?

    1 car

    Is there parking on site? 


    Is there outdoor furniture.

    Not at the moment.

  • Donegal Golf Club 

    This challenging Championship Links golf course occupies magnificent Murvagh peninsula in Donegal Bay. Approximately 20 minute drive.

    Address: Murvagh Lower, Donegal
    Phone:  +353 74 973 4054

    Rosnowlagh Beach 

    Rossnowlagh beach is located approximately 8 kilometres south of Donegal Town, and has soft, golden sand and exceptional views. The beach is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers, surf lessons available from local surf schools.

    Donegal Garden Trail 

    Donegal Garden Trail comprises of 26 private and publicly owned gardens open for visitors at differing times during the gardening season. Check out their website for more details.