Where better to start our blogs than here, where I am sitting now, in the most amazing place of Rossnowlagh Beach. Ros Neamlack, in Irish, that translates to mean Heavenly Headland, and that it certainly is!
I grew up in Castlederg, 40 minutes from Rossnowlagh, but I was lucky enough to spend all my free time as a child in Rossnowlagh. My dad being the caring GP he was, threw my nude 2 day old body into the beautifully warm Atlantic ocean (sarcasm), he baptised me a water baby, que that Lion King scene!
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 & snorkeling, cliff jumping, sailing …
What I am trying to say is you really do have it all, I feel lucky to have grown up here.
It’s a ghost town in the winter, when the holiday homes are much quieter, that’s when you can get the true essence of the beauty of Rossnowlagh. Although you can not beat the summer time craic, the place comes alive, as everyone returns for a summer of fun!
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!
Random Fact – Rossnowlagh used to have a railway station too, it opened in 1905 but closed on 1 January 1960. It was part of the County Donegal Railways Joint Committee network with the train running towards Ballyshannon During the 55 years of its operation, Rossnowlagh, with its 2 miles of golden beach, became a popular venue for excursionists, and it was particularly favoured by families, daytrippers and for groups on their annual outings – How epic does that sound, bring back the railway, that is, if surf boards can be brought for free!
Where to stay:
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-doorsy 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
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!
Where to snack:
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!
Visit : https://www.facebook.com/Tickety-Moo-Ice-Cream-1386576798281682/
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!
Visit : https://www.facebook.com/thebakeryshack-104113417687132/
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!
Visit : https://www.instagram.com/sunnyjims.ie/
Where to Dine:
The Gas-light –
Join Anthony & Pauline for a feast & some great craic whilst overlooking Donegal bay in their quaint restaurant and B&B. We recommend the good old staple, battered fish & Chips -It’s Huge!!
The Smugglers creek:
The infamous smugglers creek, taken over from the original owners Coner & Fun Britton is now run by Emily, her husband and Co. It’s a nice place to pop in or sit outside, and enjoy the view’s of the bay, whilst enjoying a drink. Tell Emily you heard about them here, We recommend the Scampi- I had a bit of an addiction to it for a while haha Realistically I still do!
Visit : https://smugglerscreekinn.com/
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See you on the beach,