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My name is Sue and I work for Avis Budget Car Rental Ireland.

 As restrictions ease, people will begin holiday planning. Road trips towards their favourite destinations are top of everyone’s list. For the growing number of city dwellers living in Ireland, that do not have their own transport and the traditional foreign tourist, renting a car is a safe and flexible travel choice for your visiting guests.

We’d like to work with you and offer your guests  a 10% discount when booking with two of our car hire companies online:

Discount Code: V002400

Discount Code: Stay10

 Avis and Budget have made a strong commitment to keeping everyone safe and have introduced safety measures at every stage of the rental process.

 Detailed information about the “Avis Safety Pledge” and the “Budget Worry Free Promise” can be found on our websites.

 It would be really great if you could share this benefit with guests planning to stay with you this summer 




See details of the Wild Atlantic Way below.

See   Malin Head – Google Search

If travelling by KAYAK (by sea) see info at bottom of page….

Travelling round Ireland anti clockwise

  • GPS

See Sandrock Holiday Hostel on GPS : N 55 degrees 21 mins 42.4 secs/ W 007 degrees 21 mins 30.4secs.

  • BY CAR and CYCLE:

To find a car route to Malin Head  – see GOOGLE -Maps  or see various maps available in all garages, supermarkets etc or look us up on the GPS info above or look up route maps and type in from where ever you are leaving and then your destination ‘Malin Head’   Follow the road R242 and when you arrive in Malin Head follow the roadsigns  ‘Sandrock Holiday Hostel’ from the Crossroads Inn location onto the L1011 road..

From CARNdonagh you can simply follow the Wild Atlantic Way (N) sign.   It is a blue WAW (N) sign to Malin Head and turn off at the ‘Sandrock Holiday Hostel’

  • BY BUS
 Local Buses  ROUTE 954 available to Hostel  from Carndonagh (Carn).

Please see the RURAL BUS TIMETABLES   See

From DERRY  the easiest way by public transport is on Mondays to Saturdays to be in Derry at 3.10pm to catch the North West Busways connection to Carndonagh (3.10pm) at Patrick Street, Derry which is opposite the cinema.

** Then in Carndonagh catch the 5pm Inishowen Rural Bus (local link route 954) to Malin Head and ask for Sandrock Holiday Hostel. They will bring you to the top of the road near the hostel. They will also pick up near the Hostel at  any day Mondays to Saturdays to connect with other buses in Carndonagh to Derry and Letterkenny.  .

Timetables see  Route 954 mentioned above is shown on this site 4 buses a day.

The North West Busways Service (also known as Foyle Coaches) operate in RED buses and leave Derry for Carndonagh at 8.55am, 10-35am, 3.10pm and 5.10pm*  from Patrick Street and Not the Bus Station. (* No link from Carn to Hostel)  Telephone 086 2600265 or


McGonagles Bus Service

Route 955 which is a new route from Letterkenny to Buncrana to Carndonagh  and runs 6 days a week.   See timetables:

Bus arriving at Hostel

Bus arriving at Hostel

One of these buses has a good connection to Malin Head.  See below:

If you are travelling from Letterkenny Monday to Friday there is a Rural Bus Service Route 955 (McGonagles Bus Telephone 074 9362480) at 3-30pm departing Charlie’s Cafe, Pearse Road & Tinneys Oil Co., Station Road Roundabout which arrives in Carndonagh at 4-50pm and links with the 5pm local link bus to Malin Head.

See timetables above above.

On Sundays there is very little public transport available in rural Ireland. The Rural Bus Service (local link route ) leaves Carndonagh at 12-45pm for Derry. ( One bus only) and returns from Derry (Foyle Street/ Cinema) to Carndonagh at 5-15pm.  You will have to hitch/ hire a cycle in Carndonagh or get a taxi to/from the hostel to/from Carndonagh.


Long Distance Services:
Your main objective is to get to Carndonagh (Known locally as CARN) on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal. If coming direct to Sandrock Holiday Hostel from Belfast, Dublin* or Galway get the DERRY bus’. Derry has local services to Carndonagh (CARN) Inishowen.  For travel at other times and on Sundays you will have to hitch/ hire a cycle in Carndonagh or get a taxi to the hostel from Carndonagh which is 17kms from the hostel.

There are regular bus services to and from Derry to Belfast, Galway and Dublin every day. The regular bus service direct from Belfast City and the International Airports to Derry. It is called ‘Airporter’ See

Bus Eireann [Irish National Bus Company]

Dublin / Dublin Airport /Galway to Derry [Derry is much nearer to Malin Head, Inishowen than Letterkenny]

John McGinley Licenced Private Bus Service

Daily to and from Dublin via Dublin Airport and Carndonagh (CARN) Inishowen. This bus leaves from Parnell Square Dublin –  Monday to Saturday at 9-30am (Dublin Airport at 9-45am) and 5-45pm (Dublin Airport at 6pm) . There is an extra service on Fridays at 3-30pm.  On Sundays at 12-30pm and  8-30pm. Tickets are purchased on board the bus. To make reservations telephone 00353 74 91 35201 from abroad or 074 91 35201 from within Ireland or for timetables.




  • The Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry 2022

  • Check with GOOGLE
  • Foyle Ferry – Greencastle to and from Magilligan Northern Ireland( ROUTE TO GIANTS CAUSEWAY)T

Linking the Wild Atlantic Way with the Causeway Coast.

We are delighted to announce that daily  Summer Schedule sailings
Full details check out latest sailing times on our website www.
Tel: +353 74 93811901
We cant wait to welcome our customers on board 😎

For 2019 price list please click on this link

Sailing Times

Visit facebook page for daily information


Buncrana <> Rathmullan







Operating between Rathmullen and Buncrana 2022

Now known as the Lough Swilly Ferry telephone 087 211 2331.   The journey times and fares can be found on the website or email:  Booking is essential for vehicles

The scenic journey time is 40 minutes.  Operating  7 days  Summer Service from June 2022 between 10am  to 6pm (Buncrana) and 10-40am to 6-40pm (Rathmullan) on a first come, first served service.

 Check website for Summer Timetable

See   Email:

Telephone: 00 353(0)87 211 2331









The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from HERE – Malin Head in Donegal to West Cork

  • MALIN HEAD is a ‘MUST SEE’ location in the new, soon to be circulated, brochure dealing with the treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way.   This is a new tourist route opened in March 2014. This travel guide has been designed to highlight some of the hidden treasures along the route, places where locals like to go and which lie off the beaten track.

Follow the (N) north signs from Cork to Malin Head and onto Derry.   From Derry to Cork via Malin Head follow the (S) south signs.

See  Malin Head – Google Search



If you see this brown road sign  ‘Inishowen 100’  – It refers to a scenic 100 mile circular road route around the Inishowen Peninsular.   You can google it or pick up the details at Sandrock Holiday Hostel or the tourist offices in Carndonagh or Buncrana. 

REMEMBER if you are having difficulties with travel arrangements always contact your destination hosts at the hostel, Margaret and Rodney.   This advice applies throughout Ireland – your accommodation providers will know best advice on how to get to them.  We all understand that travelling in Ireland can be complicated.


See Jasper Winn’s travel book entitled ‘ PADDLE – Along way round Ireland ‘

Julian travelling around Ireland clockwise!

ISBN 978-0-9560038-8-1