A unique opportunity to improve your painting skills in the wilds of Donegal.

Painting holidays, retreats and art courses in a restored 19th century Irish cottage and studio.

An aerial photograph of Slieve Snaght in Inishowen
Sinead Smyth teaching art to a class
A painting by Sinead Smyth
A glorious sunset over Inishowen

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Set in beautiful Inishowen

We are in the centre of Inishowen, in the hills outside Carndonagh, County Donegal with easy access to ancient woodland, the coast, peatland and farming landscapes.

Not far from Malin Head, you can gain inspiration from some of the Atlantic coast's best kept secrets.
Places to visit in Inishowen
Sheep Island off Ballyliffen beach in Inishowen, County Donegal
A landscape painting by Sinead Smyth

Discover your inner creativity

We cater for individuals, families, small groups of creatives, professionals and amateur artists wishing to spend time improving their painting skills in a working studio with expert tuition from resident artist Sinéad Smyth.

Experience a cosy, Irish cottage

Your accommodation is a stone cottage dating back to before 1830. It is perfectly suited to small groups of creative friends or a family of four.

This unique place caters for 4 people (sharing) or a small family. There are two separate bedrooms with shared bathroom, a cosy self-catering living area and an art studio.

We are in full flow carrying out renovations.
A rusty corrugated cottage roof
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A range of possibilities

We will also offer tailor-made experiences including yoga, spa visits, speciality chefs, guided heritage trails, art trails, surfing and watersports. We're also not far from Wild Ireland and Wild Alpaca Way and close to the start of the Wild Atlantic Way
Sinéad Smyth

Sinéad Smyth - your artist

Hi! I'm a local artist with more than 20 years experience as an art tutor. I love working with people to help bring out their inner, sometimes hidden, creativity.

I've worked with The Turner Prize, The Thames Festival, The British Council and City of Culture over the years, along with countless children and adults.

My paintings and installations have been shown nationally and internationally. My work is held in public and private collections globally.

I’ve been a creative all my life, taking up oil painting more seriously under artist mentors in my 30s. I find inspiration in everyday observations of people and landscapes.

My style of work is generally abstract impressionism although I have been known to dip into realism on occasion! I aim to capture the essence of my chosen subject, creating the illusion of detail through energetic mark making and brushwork.
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Where are we?

We can be found just outside Carndonagh on the Inishowen Peninsula. This is the most northerly part of the island of Ireland in County Donegal.