October 2010

Rossnowlagh is a popular holiday location, but its attractiveness has been spoilt by too many holiday homes and caravan parks. Some of these overlook the beach, but if you can ignore them then you will find this to be a lovely swimming spot.

Rossnowlagh is well known as a surfing location, so expect waves when you visit. Having said that if you are careful you can manage a swim, even if you don’t fancy riding the waves.

The beach is wide and impressive. It is a bit open, but there are some rocks for shelter. At one end children, and parents, will find rock pools to explore.

There is a large car park with a long timber ramp giving access to the beach. This is suitable for buggies, but doesn’t look ok for wheelchairs. However, there are a couple of slipways which look as if they give better access to wheelchair users. We were disappointed to see that people can drive their cars onto the beach, but hopefully this doesn’t happen in the summer.

Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months and there are also some picnic tables near the car park.

Blue Flag beach.


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Rossnowlagh is located off the N15 between Donegal town and Ballyshannon. From Donegal town watch out for a right turn onto the R231 which will take you to Rossnowlagh

Ordnance Survey Map No. 10

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