Posted by: daisycottage | July 15, 2009



Rossnowlagh Beach

Rossnowlagh Beach

Rossnowlagh, Ros Neamhlach in Irish, means ‘Heavenly Cove’ and it certainly is that.  The beach at Rossnowlagh is one of the largest in Donegal and indeed Ireland and is roughly 2.5 miles/4 km long.  Rossnowlagh is an EU Blue Flag beach which means that “… it has a high standard in Water Quality, Environmental Management, Environmental Education and Information, Safety and Services.”
Windsufing at Rossnowlagh

Windsufing at Rossnowlagh

The surfing at Rossnowlagh is some of the best in Ireland and wast the first place in Ireland to be surfed.  The Rossnowlagh Surf Club hold regular competitions here.  In winter waves have been recorded here up to 20′.
Franciscan Friary Grounds

Franciscan Friary Grounds

Nearby you can visit the Franciscan Friary which is open to the public.  It is a place of ‘quiet contemplation’ and is set in lovely grounds where the visitor can walk around enjoying the peace and beauty. 
The museum inside the main building is run on a voluntary basis by The Donegal Historical Society  In the museum there are many artefacts of interest including Stone and Bronze Age findings in the area, coins, documents, photos and uniforms from the War of Independence, and an anchor from one of the ships of the Spanish Armada which was recovered off Burtonport.  There are aslo 2 Famine Pots in which ceral would have been made to feed the starving during the Famine of 1845-49. 
Famine Pot

Famine Pot

For those with an interest in musical instruments there is a very rare set of Uilleann Pipes which were once owned and played by Turlough MacSuibhne, The ‘Piobair Mor’ (the big piper).  These pipes date from the 19th century and are thought to be one of only possibly 3 remaining in the world.  In the museum you can also see a copy of parts of the Annals of the Four Masters.
SMUGGLERS CREEKNestling on cliffs overlooking the beautiful Rosnowlagh Beach, with a seafaring theme, stone walls, timber floors and beams it has a rustic old world charm. The inn has won many awards for it’s food, drink and Craic.”
SANDHOUSE HOTEL It was at this hotel that Mia Farrow and Woody Allen enjoyed holidays when they were a couple.
Or why not take a picnic and enjoy a day on the fabulous beach!

Distance from Daisy Cottage 22 miles/36 km 

CLICK HERE FOR MAP  (Type in From: Dunkineely, Donegal To: Rossnowlagh, Donegal).



  1. […] The Obelisk which is to be found in The Diamond (central plaza in the town) commemorates four monks called the Four Masters who compiled and wrote the Annals of the Four Masters between 1632 and 1636.  The Annals of the Four Masters covers Irish history from 2242 BC to 1616 AD and remains one of the most important historical writings in Ireland.  The chief author was Micheal O’Cleirigh who was assisted by Peregrine O’Clery, Fergus O’Mulconry and Peregrine O’Duignan whose names are carved into the lower part of the Obelisk.  Micheal O’Cleirigh would travel around Ireland during the summer months gathering information both historical and mythological, and return to the Friary in Donegal Town at the end of summer where the winter months would be spent correlating and writing up the information gathered.  Manuscripts of the works can be seen in Trinity College, Dublin and Univeristy College Dublin as well as the Royal Irish Accademy.  A copy of part of the Annals can be viewed in the museum at the Franciscan Friary, Rossnowlagh. […]

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