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Sandrock Holiday Hostel

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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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Property amenities
Free Parking
Wheelchair Access
Public Wifi
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Shuttle Bus Service
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Accessible rooms
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Full view
Getting there
Eglinton Airport38 km
Donegal Airport72 km
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

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...More

Thank Aidan M
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

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...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank Aaron M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

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...More

Thank Nzbirder
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank Maria M
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14 January 2017|
Response from Li R | Reviewed this property |
There is a one local shop that takes you about 25 minutes by foot. There's no bus connection in the village other than the shuttle bus that you have to call on first that takes you to the hostel and that one only goes once a... More
16 April 2015|
Response from Portronan | Property representative |
Greetings from Ireland's Most Sunniest and Northerly Point - Malin Head in Co Donegal and Sandrock Holiday Hostel! Thank you for your enquiry Local Buses available Direct to Hostel From Donegal Town either get a bus... More
Room Tips
"Front dorm has sea views, bring a bottom sheet/sleeping bag or rent for €1.50. There is a duvet and a..."
2 Jan 2016
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"The dorm room to the left when you walk in has the best views!"
23 Oct 2015
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"The dorm at the front has got views of the sea."
18 Aug 2014
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"There is only a little to pick. There is nothing for Meditarian boatcruisers."
10 Jul 2013
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US$17 - US$31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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