Located approximately 8 kilometres south of Donegal Town, County Donegal, Rossnowlagh Beach stretches from the cliffs at Coolmore in the south, to the rock outcrop at Carrickfad and is renowned as one of Ireland’s main surfing beaches.
Rossnowlagh Beach has soft, golden sand and exceptional views and is very popular with both residents and tourists.
The surf here is perfect for beginners and the local surf schoolS offers tuition and equipment rental. As well as surfers, this beach also attracts walkers, swimmers and sailors.
Address: On the beach, Rossnowlagh Rossnowlagh Donegal.
Phone: 083 185 5164
Rossnowlagh Surf School is a fun & friendly Surf School, It was set up in 2014 by James Garvey with the help from a few close surfing buddies! Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, rapidly becoming one of the best surf schools around for top quality Surf Lessons & Advanced Coaching. We are a hard-working bunch, with a lust for life … And surfing! Quality of surf lessons is of upmost important to head instructor James and the staff at Rossnowlagh Surf School – James holds several Junior National Irish Surfing Championship titles and has also competed in European & World championship level for Ireland – So you can be sure you or your children are being coached by the best! There is nothing worse than going surfing in an old torn Wet-suit & a battered surfboard, which is why we have all New Equipment & Wet-suits for you or your child. We also always offer surf lessons with a small Student to Coach ratio to insure the best Surfing experience.
Donegal friary was established 1470s and destroyed in 1601. A modern foundation was made in the county in Rossnowlagh in 1946, where a new church and friary were opened in 1952.
The Franciscan Friary, Rossnowlagh is a place of hospitality and welcome for all who seek peace and reconciliation. We welcome people to our prayer and to our table. The friars serve in church ministry, give retreats and workshops, offer counselling and spiritual direction as well as simply being available to anyone who calls to the Friary.
“Feel the Atlantic Tide draw in around your toes before plunging yourself into its enticing embrace here on idyllic Rossnowlagh Beach.”
Fin McCool Surf School is located mere footsteps from a 2km long slice of sandy paradise and is THE Premier Rossnowlagh Surf School. At our fabulous beachfront location, we provide a friendly introduction to Surfing, Surf Rentals, an enticing Beach Boutique, on-site budget accommodation or just drop in for a cup of tea and some expert local advice. Why not sign your children up for our immensely popular kids camps available all through the summer months?
While Neil Britton set up the surf school in 2006, the extended Britton family have been surfing here since 1965. Find us at Rossnowlagh Beach, only 3 hours from Dublin and the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way beaches.
Our shop and changing facilities are located right on the shorefront in Rossnowlagh so you literally stroll straight down on to the beach. No Buses or long walks…..
“The Best and Easiest Beginners Beach in Europe….”
Rossnowlagh beach caters for all surfers, from first time beginners to intermediate experienced surfers. With gentle crumbling waves and an occasional punchy beach break, Rossnowlagh is the perfect beach to start you off surfing!! No rips, shore breaks or scary sea creatures….
So if you’re looking for a fun and relaxed introduction to surfing, or a quick browse in the shop and a cup of tay, then call in or gives us a buzz at Fin McCools Surf School, Rossnowlagh!!!
Fin McCools… keeping things ‘Cool’ in Rossnowlagh since 1996.
Regards Neil B
Ballyshannon meaning The Mouth of Seannachs ford is stiuated at the mouth of the river Erne in south Donegal. The river Erne that flows through Ballyshannon marks the southern boundary of historic Tir Chonaill. Sites dating back to Neolithic times have been excavated in and around the town of Ballyshannon showing evidence of early human settlements
Ballyshannon had long been an important stronghold for the ODonnells. Niall Garbh O Domhnaill built the castle at Ballyshannon in 1423. It is said that the grave of Red Hugh O’Donnell is situated beneath St. Anne’s Church.
The towns architecture reflects its history – every way you turn there are landmark buildings and sites such as the Mall Quay, The Workhouse, and St. Annes Church. The Mall and College Street date from the late 18th Century.
The town’s main industries included distilling, brewing, tanning, tobacco processing and saw milling. This prosperity continued to grow due to foreign trade coming from the port and as a result tourism from France and Spain grew.
Ballyshannon also housed a workhouse with the present building opening in 1843, with occupancy for 500 paupers. By the C20th, the workhouse was used as a Fever Hospital.
The most significant development in the 20th Century was the hydroelectric development of the Erne. The dam brought benefits on both a local and national scale.
One of Ireland’s most famous poets, William Allingham (1824-1889), came from Ballyshannon. He described his native town as “the kindly spot, the friendly town”. Ballyshannon is also home to rock singer and guitarist Rory Gallagher and hosts a Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival to honour him each year. Another notable person from Ballyshannon is singer/songwriter and Eurovision song contest winner, Charlie McGettigan.
Ballyshannon plays host to one of Ireland’s longest running folk festivals called the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional music festival.
Bundoran is proud to be the first Donegal stop on the Wild Atlantic Way’s Surf Coast – a route known for its spectacular scenery all along the entire western seaboard with south Donegal being no exception. Stand at the Tullan Strand Discovery Point and take in Donegal.
Bay with views of Slieve League, Mullaghmore, Benbulben and the picturesque Dartry Mountains – and don’t forget while you’re there to check out the Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair – Bundoran’s original tourist attraction from the 1700s.
Donegal Dún na nGall “fort of the foreigners”)  is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. The name was also historically spelt ‘Dunnagall’. Although Donegal gave its name to the county, now Lifford is the county town. From the 15th until the early 17th century, Donegal was the ‘capital’ of Tyrconnell (Tír Chonaill), a Gaelic kingdom controlled by the O’Donnell dynasty of the Northern Uí Néill.
Donegal is in South Donegal and is located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay, which is overshadowed by the Blue Stack Mountains (‘the Croaghs’). The Drumenny Burn, which flows along the eastern edge of Donegal Town, flows into the River Eske on the north-eastern edge of the town, between the Community Hospital and The Northern Garage. The Ballybofey Road (the R267) crosses the Drumenny Burn near where it flows into the River Eske. The town is bypassed by the N15 and N56 roads.
Donegal Town is a fairy-tale of a place, featuring a charming harbour, serene beaches and stoic stone remains of centuries past, like those of 15th-century Donegal Abbey. Stern-looking Donegal Castle, recently restored to its one-time Gaelic glory, is the crown jewel of the area. If you’re looking for souvenirs, snag a hand-woven tweed or carpet, the signature goods of the area. For a good craic, the pubs of The Diamond area are a sure bet.