General Information

Greetings  from Ireland’s Most Sunniest and Northerly Point – Malin Head in Co Donegal and Sandrock Holiday Hostel! 
We normally close the reception to new arrivals at 8pm to allow guests in dorms to sleep in peace.  All guests are given keys to allow access to hostel 24 hours a day.
You can always check our available dates by looking up Sandrock Holiday Hostel on and see guests comments.. 
Hostel consists of two spacious ensuite dormitories with ten beds in each, double self catering kitchen where you can cook crabs, lobsters, mussel,oysters and fish    You can also fish or swim from the pier below. Some guests surf, dive, canoe etc with own equipment.
Two late bars which close at 1am, pub grub and an excellent seafood restaurant nearby the Seaview Tavern in Malin Head.
A local supermarket and petrol station is 2kms away open from 8am to 9pm every day except Christmas Day.  Also Farrens Bar has a small shop facility and is open until 1am. Famous raised beach full of precious stones nearby. Meet friendly locals on walks-in pubs-everywhere! This area is no folk village – its for real.  Walking routes in several languages. Musical instruments for guests available. No curfew but we normally cease taking new guests after 8pm to allow guests to sleep undisturbed – unless prearranged.

At Sandrock Holiday Hostel we can accommodate 20 guests in two ten bed ensuite dormitories at a basic price of 18 euro pppn ( payable in Euros on arrival )  All linen, duvets and pillows are supplied .  So full bedlinen is provided.

Free WiFi available for guests with own laptops.

We are at the very top of COUNTY DONEGAL at the top of IRELAND. We are 100kms from a town called DONEGAL!

To find out more detailed information about us, you can look us up on our
web page at  You can also see guests comments on this site.  This site also gives details of bus services to the hostel

 To find out WHAT’S ON in INISHOWEN see
In Derry  throughout every year there are numerous events taking place in the City which is only 45 to 50 minutes drive from Sandrock Holiday Hostel. So we would be a perfect base for visitors to those events. 

See also photos of the hostel on  and

How to see the Aurora (Northern Lights)at Malin Head:
Email with Aurora Alerts in the subject.  You will receive an email prior to any possible Donegal aurora display.
To see if you can catch a glimpse of the northern lights after receiving an Aurora Alert email, you should scan the west, north and north east horizons for faint, white inconspicuous domes of light.  White beams of light may shoot from these domes to the centre of the sky.  Should the display really pick up, it may be possible to see hints of colours in the aurora. Green and red are the most commonly reported colours visible in the aurora. These colours really show up well in long exposure photographs.
Two excellent sites for keeping up to date with the solar weather and the possibility of low latitude auroras are and
During summer months basking sharks, dolphins and seals can frequently be viewed from Hostel.
During May and June 2009, 2010 and 2011 Malin Head and the North Coast of Donegal was teaming with BASKING SHARKS
clearly visible from Hostel. Over 100 were tagged by the Irish Basking Shark Project! See and  A family of Orcas Whales (Killer Whales) have been sighted nearby during the first week of June 2012. Up to 50 Bottlenose Dolphins were outside hostel on Friday 24th August 2012.  A Basking Shark which was tagged outside the hostel in 2012 ended up below the Canary Islands in January 2013 on his hoildays!
See also the following attractions:

If you require any further information please contact us.  We hope you enjoy your holiday in Ireland!

Best Wishes

Margaret and Rodney
Sandrock Holiday Hostel
“At Ireland’s Most Northerly Point”
Port Ronan Pier
Malin Head
Inishowen Peninsula
Co Donegal Ireland
Tel:086 3256323 from Ireland
00353 86 3256323 from rest of World