General Information


Hello
Greetings  from Ireland’s Most Sunniest and Northerly Point – Malin Head in Co Donegal and Sandrock Holiday Hostel! 
Thank you for your booking at Sandrock Holiday Hostel which we can confirm.

 If you are not coming please let us know as soon as possible please 

We normally close the reception to new arrivals at 10pm 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 www.hostelworld.com 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 – all available from local fishery. You can also fish or swim from the pier below. Some guests surf, dive, canoe etc with own equipment.
Three 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 and Good Friday. 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. Cycle hire available at hostel. Walking routes in several languages. Musical instruments for guests available. No curfew but we normally cease taking new guests after 10pm 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 12 euro pppn ( payable in Euros on arrival )  If you do not bring your own sleeping bags/ bedsheet.  A sheet can be hired at 1.50 Euro extra.  Duvets and pillows are supplied .  So full bedlinen can be 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 www.sandrockhostel.com  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 www.visitinishowen.com
In 2013 Derry was the UK CITY OF CULTURE and 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.  For details of the events see www.cityofculture2013.com
See also THE GATHERING in Ireland 2013  www.thegatheringireland.com

See also photos of the hostel on www.uniqueirishhostels.com/Sandrock_Hostel.  and

How to see the Aurora (Northern Lights)at Malin Head:  http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0424/aurora-borealis.html
Email DonegalSkies@gmail.com 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 www.spaceweather.com and www.solarcycle24.com
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! Dated 26-5-10. See
www.nature.ie and www.baskingshark.ie  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