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Reviewed 15 July 2015

This Family Pub & Bed & Breakfast Accommodation is a 'Hidden Gem' along the Wild Atlantic Way - in a scenic, tranquil & enchanting area of natural scenic beauty in Fanad in north Donegal. We came upon Mc Bride's Pub by accident as we were on our way along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. We crossed the Harry Blaney Bridge (across the tranquil & still Mulroy Bay) from Carrigart en route to Fanad Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre. Such is the beauty of Mulroy Bay, my wife wanted additional photos so we turned right instead of left. I am so pleased we did so as we found Mc Bride's Pub & newly refurbished Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rossnakill - a small rural Village. We found a warm welcome extended to us by Joseph (Josie) & his son Brian - a friendliness & friendship that lasted for our entire stay in Mc Brides. We found the service was first class with the new Bedrooms spotless clean & tidy - as in a Grade 5 Hotel. Meals (Breakfast & Dinner) were well-cooked with a plentiful supply of food - typical of the sumptuous meals Josie would have seen his Mother prepare for his Father & workers on the Family farm as he grew up a few miles from Rossnakill.
There was a vibrant, upbeat, friendly & jolly atmosphere in the Bar every night - as locals gathered 'for a jar, joke & chat' with neigbours. I overheard many 'far-fetched' tales about local farming heroics,achievements with machinery (these were especially far-fetched), There were tales of mirth about Partners & Ghosts, etc. & indeed people were even goaded to argue about football, politics, etc. Some were 'targeted' it seemed, but the local banter was enjoyable. The log fire in the Lounge with the flames chasing each other inexorably up the chimney manifested in a warmth throughout the Lounge & added to the relaxing environment. This is one Pub where there you will still find the traditional 'Characters' of Rural Ireland - always willing to mingle with Visitors such as ourselves/ Perhaps I will return to Mc Brides in the future & use it as a base to write a Novel on Rural Life in Ireland & the Characters there?

Mc Bride's Pub & Bed & Breakfast Accommodation is top class for service, Entertainment, friendliness, cleanliness, etc. However, it is particularly outstanding in that it is located in an area of iconic scenic beauty with tranquil, sedate Lakes & water such as Mulroy Bay, Ballystocker Bay & glorious beach, mountains e.g. Knockalla, Great Arch & 7 Arches, Doaghbeg, Dolmens, Holy Wells, Hiking Areas, & nearby there are facilities for golfing, walking, surfing, Angling, Archery, Scuba Diving & other outdoor activities. It is located in a Rural area giving the Visitor a distinctive unique Holiday. It is also near other places of heritage, historical, environmental, & scenic interest e.g. Glenveagh National Park, Colmcille Heritage Centre (Churchill), Doonwell, Workhouse (Dunfanaghy), Courthouse, Lifford, Newmills Flax Mills, etc.
Mc Bride's Pub & Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in the Rural Village of Rossnakill in north Donegal gets,my nomination for inclusion as a 'Hidden Gem' on the Wild Atlantic Way & is a 'must' for any Visitor going to the area. My wife & I will return there for more relaxation. enjoyment & fun times - whatever about writing the Novel? I highly recommend it & you will not be disappointed in any way. It also offers the Guest a very economic & reasonable price for Accommodation. Truthfully. I told Josie that he should increase his prices by 100% & that would still be very cheap for this 1st Class Establishment. Satisfied Customer

Room tip: The Bedrooms are all recently refurbished & excellent facilities
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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5  Thank Martin M
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

Warm and friendly Irish Pub and Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Fanad penninsula close to some of the best beaches in the world. Have been here quite a few times and have enjoyed the lovely log fire and welcoming atmosphere from Josie and Brian who will go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Great crack from the locals who call in regularly in the evenings and music some nights. A fantastic full Irish breakfast is served up by Brian throughout the day. Free wi fi is also available.

Date of stay: May 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank Jennifer T
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

Found a great local pub during a recent holiday stay in Ireland. Great place to stop for a pint in the evening after spending the day hiking through the fantastic country side on the Fanad Peninsula. Every night we were welcomed into the pub and greeted with a warm fire and great beer on tap. We enjoyed a great dinner there one night with local Irish music later in the evening. Josie and Brain will go out of their way for you to make your holiday a great experience. Wonderful place. We will be back.

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank hollandwithkids
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

This warm and friendly little pub and B&B was the hub of our visit to County Donegal. Joseph (Josie) and his son Brian could not do enough to give us advice or point us in the right direction. Josie has a great love of folklore and Irish history. Late in the evenings, the pub is full of locals coming down for a pint. Many of the world's problems are solved over a beer in an evenings conversation. There is was a roaring peat fire in the hearth every night. Edward, one of the regulars kindly brought his accordion one evening to entertain my husband and me.

Joseph has four rooms upstairs for guests needing a room for the night.

This part of Donegal, the Fanad, is a great launching point for spectacular hikes, beautiful views, crystal clear night skies, fishing for sea trout in the bay, deep sea fishing, birdwatching, water sports of all kinds, scuba diving to a number of famous and well preserved shipwrecks.

My family and I loved this trip to the Fanad. It was authentic, relaxing, and affordable. Thanks so much to Joseph and Brian for making it possible.

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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4  Thank Joanne S
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