Rossnowlagh Beach

Sunsets, swimming, surfing, walking, jogging, horse-riding, picknicking, fishing…everything!

Rossnowlagh Beach is a breathtakingly beautiful strand which stretches for 3km of golden sand. A Blue Flag beach, it is popular with families as it is safe for swimming, surfing and other watersports. On any given day the beach is frequented by walkers, families, romantic couples, joggers, aerobics classes, surfers, fishermen, photographers, and even fossil-hunters scouring the sea-bed which is visible at low tide. The Sandhouse Hotel overlooks Rossnowlagh Beach, with the exit in the Surfer’s Bar the shortest route to the strand.


Rossnowlagh Beach caters for all surfers, from first time beginners to intermediate and 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….Surfing is extremely popular with many of our guests as all equipment can be hired locally. In fact, wet suits can be delivered to your bedroom so you can walk out through the Surfer’s Bar ready for the waves! Rossnowlagh Beach is popular with surfers all year round, and nearby Bundoran is world famous surfing destination.


Rossnowlagh Beach is perfect for walking with miles of golden sand, but the local area has more to offer the keen walker or rambler. The Creevy Shore Walk is a purpose built coastal footpath 10 miles in length running from Rossnowlagh through Creevy to the mouth of the Erne Estuary in Ballyshannon.  Walkers will be enchanted by breathtaking views along the Co-op’s specially constructed cliff walk. The  route passes over moor and farmland and is equipped with fence stiles and direction markers. This walk is most suited to the physically fit and is a must for the explorer!


With many hidden pathways and a stretch of golden sandy beach there are plenty of places to take off cycling. The Finn McCool Surf School hires out bicycles and will point you in the direction of great cycling routes, such as the Ballyshannon Cycle Hub and the Kingfisher Cycle Trail.


Donegal has an abundance of top class links courses, many of which are on our doorstep. We will be only too happy to assist you in booking in to any of the local courses. Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh is only a five minute drive from the hotel. It is one of Ireland’s outstanding championship links golf courses, designed by legendary course architect  Eddie Hackett. Narin Portnoo Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland. The Par 69 course is perfect for both low and high handicappers with the best of both links and inland features. The County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is less than an hour’s drive from the Sandhouse is one of the oldest courses in Ireland. It is the home of the west of Ireland championship and has hosted many other prestigious golf events.