Guide to Rossnowlagh - Co. Donegal

Guide to Rossnowlagh - Co. Donegal

Where better to start our blogs than here, where I am sitting now, Rossnowlagh Beach. Ros Neamlack, in Irish, that translates to mean Heavenly Headland, and that it certainly is!

Rossnowlagh has so much going for it, in terms of nature you can do it all, Surfing (obviously), countless walking routes encompassing spectacular backdrops, fantastic sea fishing & snorkelling, cliff jumping, sailing,.. If you are an Ocean & Nature lover Rossnowlagh really does has it all!

It’s quaint place in the winter, that's when you really get the true essence of the beauty of Rossnowlagh, but in the summer it shines bright, the place comes alive, as everyone returns for a summer of fun like in the video below.


Check out the video of us Paddle boarding with Dolphins during the summer -"Livin' the dream" in Rossnowlagh!!

Rossnowlagh is one of Ireland's and Europe's best Blue Flag surfing beaches. As the slowly rising beach faces westward into the Atlantic Ocean, and the fact that Donegal Bay has a funnel-like shape, it can increase the size of the waves, especially in winter when some huge waves are generated.
Rossnowlagh has good safe facilities and has excellent water quality. Rossnowlagh usually has a crew of around 6 lifeguards patrolling the bay, when they are in operation during the summer season, they're great! 

Rossnowlagh Beach is a beacon of waves for the North West coast offering up a constant energy and swell throughout the year. In the height of the winter the waves can reach 8+ foot , however in spring, summer and autumn the beach boasts dreamy a-frame rollers, from 1-4 foot, absolutely perfect waves for learning how to surf, or cruising your worries away, What are you waiting on?

Where to stay in Rossnowlagh:

Creevy Cottages: Top pick! -
These cottages are only a wee run up the road from Rossnowlagh, but I had to add them to the list, these cottages are the absolute business! Stay a quiet weekend, or rent them both with a large party, they have huge stone fireplaces and BBQ’s out the back, definitely a place to rest the weary legs after surfing and hiking your heart out!

Boortree Campsite
A beautiful campsite, with great facilities, right on the Northern end of the beach, wake up and roll on down to your surf lesson from here. Brilliant if your on a budget, or if you rather the out-doors' weekend away!

Hotel & Spa at the beautiful Sandhouse hotel -
Looking for a weekend away in style, Check in for an evening of fine dining overlooking the Atlantic ocean, enjoy a surf in the Atlantic followed by a jacuzzi with our friends in The Marine Spa

Where to snack in Rossnowlagh:

Sunny Jim’s - Our sister business -

Fancy a healthy snack whilst on the beach, check out Sunny Jim’s, our sister business for a fresh fruit smoothie, or home baked secret recipe granola for that guilt free fuel to keep you going for that marathon surf session!

Tickety-Moo for some Ice-cream or a coffee -
We started Ice-Cream Fridays with our summer camps, and it may just be the best day of the week, we bring the kids to sample some of the finest Ice-cream from there farm up the road, from the beautiful Irish cows, they do a fine Hot-Chocolate and Waffle too, check them out!

The Bakery Shack -

A visit to Julie in the bakery shack is becoming a daily tradition very rapidly for locals in Rossnowlagh, Julie is a master baker who rises at 5am to start baking both savory and sweet treats, her delicious inventions are absolutely amazing, with new creations each & every day, it blows my mind and my tastebuds,
A must do to quench that post surf hunger!

Where to eat in Rossnowlagh:

The Smugglers creek:
The infamous smugglers creek,  A beautiful restaurant and bar, pop in by the fire or sit outside in the sun whilst taking in the panoramic view’s of the bay. We recommend the Scampi, mmmmm....

Rossnowlagh is the best, but don't take our word for it book your lesson with us today:

See you on the beach,

James G