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Port Ronan Pier, Malin Head F93 E8F7 Ireland
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Sandrock Holiday Hostel is situated at 'Ireland's Most Northerly Point' in Malin Head Donegal above the small fishing pier at Port Ronan. From within the hostel there are ever changing breathtaking spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean [White Strand Bay], the headlands of Inishowen and Fanad Peninsulas and the Highlands of Donegal. These ever changing seascapes and landscapes including spectacular sunsets/sunrises at Malin Head are especially very popular with photographers and artists. The hostel at Malin Head is at a premier scenic rural location, which is a perfect base for touring, walking or cycling. Descriptive circular routes in various languages are available at the hostel. These routes highlight the local points of interest and facilities including: where to collect semi-precious stones, places of historical interest; where to buy or catch local fish including salmon [when in season] lobsters, crabs, mussels and oysters which can all be cooked in the hostel; where to view dolphins, seals and whales; and where to locate rare birds including the corncrakes, all sea birds and various birds of prey. Malin Head has also become extremely popular with divers interested in the numerous wrecks submerged just off the coast because of the unique good visibility underwater here. [Often referred to in diving magazines]. In very recent times they have located long lost wrecks. Also more and more surfers are using Malin Head. This is an unhurried hassle free area, with a welcoming friendly community with bars and shops that do not close until 1am. Bar food and restaurants. Other facilities at hostel include: Cycle hire - at special rates for guests! Musical instruments for loan to hostel guests. Nearby there is horse riding available and a unique Famine Farm attraction. Eating out and socialising in bars is considerably cheaper than in urban areas and local characters, many of whom are storytellers and/or musicians, are just waiting to meet our guests. Free WIFI access available for guests In common with other tourist hostels we provide quality budget holiday accommodation. We can accommodate up to 20 guests in two comfortable en-suite dormitories. Each dormitory has large bunk beds [duvets and pillows are provided] two showers, two wash hand basins and a toilet. There is an additional toilet, shower and wash hand basin for persons with limited mobility. There is a double self-catering kitchen equipped with utensils, hobs, microwave ovens, sinks etc and a solid fuel range with an additional oven and cooking facilities. Utensils and instructions are available for cooking locally caught fish [salmon when in season] lobsters, crabs, mussels and oysters! There are spectacular views available from a comfortable dining and lounge area, shared by all guests. A private car park and cycle shed is available for guests. Cycle hire is also available - at hostel - at special rates for guests! We are Tourist Board Approved and are members of IHH and IHO [Hostel organisations]. We welcome any enquiries and will give advice on other local accommodation [if ours is not suitable] and the daily transport facilities to Malin Head from places like Dublin, Belfast, Letterkenny and Derry. Directions: Long Distance Bus Services: If coming direct to Sandrock Holiday Hostel from Dublin or Galway get the DERRY bus'. Derry has local services to Inishowen.Mondays to Fridays there are bus services, by request thro hostel, to Sandrock Holiday Hostel.
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Darlene E wrote a review Jul 2022
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Wonderful hosts. Very thoughtful and hospitable. Great value. Exciting roads and wonderful scenery. The best sea views from front, with views from bedroom, from lounge, from outside seating. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Loula wrote a review Jun 2022
Conwy, United Kingdom21 contributions17 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to have the whole hostel to myself and it was exactly what I needed after a long drive. Rodney and Margaret could not have been more welcoming, and made me a lovely mug of tea and biscuits on arrival. Total solitude, a comfy lounge with a view to die for! It was a struggle to leave my cosy spot but there are lovely beaches and ocean views all around. An absolute gem of a place, with years of love invested in it, a high point of my trip to Donegal.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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mosstin wrote a review Jul 2020
Miri43 contributions15 helpful votes
Beautiful, quiet, atmospheric hostel run by the warm and welcoming Rodney. Presently limiting visitors due to Covid-19 restrictions but every precaution being taken in the hostel - great to see. The hostel looks out on a bday from which I spotted dolphins jumping on my first night there. Five minute drive from Malin Head itself and right next to village shops and takeaways. Superb place and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Angéla F wrote a review Jun 2019
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The place is very nice, clean and comfortable. The view is fascinating. The couple who run the Hostel are amazing and kind. They have a lot of suggestions where to go, they are very helpful. I would definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Aidan M wrote a review Aug 2018
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Went with a large group and had a great time, the place is kept very tidy and there is plenty of space in the rooms. Enough trails and pubs in the area to be at and the hosts were very good to us, will certainly be back.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sean M wrote a review Apr 2018
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom7 contributions17 helpful votes
What a wonderful place! The best view out the front window you could ever hope for. The beach is 100m from the front door and there are plenty of walks around. The nearest shop/pub is a couple of miles away. Rodney and Margaret are the owners and are extremely helpful regarding any advice you need on where to go etc. If you're going to Malin Head then stay here. It's an absolute bargain as well. Amazing place!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Aaron M wrote a review Sep 2017
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Malin Head was wonderful and the hostel was superbly located right on the coast. Lovely quaint atmosphere inside and out. Plenty of good useful facilities. Owner has a great knowledge of the local area and was able to provide lots of useful information. Highly recommend a visit.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nzbirder wrote a review Aug 2017
Blenheim, New Zealand6 contributions
I took the minibus to the hostel from Carndonagh which was only £3 which dropped me at the gate of the hostel on request, it is good to note that the minibus doesn't run on the weekends. When I arrived at the hostel I was welcomed by the Rodney and Margaret who are very lovely, helpful and full of local knowledge. There is also plenty of information at the hostel to read up on too. Hostel has a nice homely feel to it and it was always clean and tidy. The lounge area is a great place to relax and enjoy the view out of the big windows, watching the storms pass by is great especially when you are warm and dry inside. The kitchen was well equipped and there was plenty of space to store your food. There is no real oven (there is one that's part of the fireplace but doesn't heat up much) so you need to plan your meals accordingly. A great wee hostel in a lovely wild part of the country, I would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Maria M wrote a review Aug 2017
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I can't praise the owners of this quaint hostel enough, it's unlike anywhere I've stayed, it's a home. Rodney & Margaret are so welcoming, I was greated with a pot of tea & biscuits beside a stove burning turf, it was bliss, I sat watching the sea for a time, then had a bbq on the beach, which was maybe 100 metres or less away from the front door … The views are absolutely stunning … My only regret is that I didn't book longer, I'll definitely be back this way …
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sarah D wrote a review Jul 2017
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Stayed at the Sandrock Holiday Hostel for 1 night in July 2017, and I was so impressed by every part of the experience. The hosts, Rodney and Margaret, were friendly, compassionate, and very knowledgeable about the area. They exude the perfect balance of extremely welcoming while also respecting the travelers wanting to do their own thing! I so appreciated Rodney's thorough explanation of the map of the area! The rooms were comfortable and large with great views, prices are perfect, and the location couldn't be better. Thank you thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandrock Holiday Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Sandrock Holiday Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Doagh Famine village (6.0 km), Malin Head (1.9 km), and Wild Alpaca Way (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sandrock Holiday Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and shuttle bus service.
Is parking available at Sandrock Holiday Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sandrock Holiday Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Farren's Bar, Seaview Tavern, and Kitty Sean's.
Does Sandrock Holiday Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Sandrock Holiday Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Sandrock Holiday Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Doagh Famine village (6.0 km) and Wee House at Malin (2.7 km).
Is Sandrock Holiday Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.