Sandrock Holiday Hostel is located at Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head, on the Inishowen Peninsula. The property overlooks Port Ronan Pier, a small fishing harbour, pictured above, and is afforded stunning views across the Atlantic where headlands and mountains in the Inishowen and Fanad Peninsula can be seen. You will notice a small beach at Port Ronan, which is perfect to walk along and take in the scenery. Alternatively, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, from the comfort of your accommodation, see below, and view the changing elements across a stunning seascape.
A Room With A View At Sandrock Holiday Hostel
When you arrive at the Holiday Hostel, see below, you will be greeted by welcoming views, a garden with an outdoor seating area and spacious parking. The property is wheelchair accessible, with two en suite dormitory’s, with ten comfortable beds in each. In addition you will notice a spacious kitchen/sitting room area in which to cook and relax.
Your Personalised Guide To The Malin Head Area
On arrival, owners Margaret & Rodney Lockwood will welcome you at reception, pictured below. There they will provide an introduction to the area accompanied by helpful leaflets, directories, including menus from local restaurants and their own personalised guide to the Malin Head area. With the assistance of visitors that have stayed at Sandrock, this information has been translated into numerous languages including; French, Spanish, German and Romanian. If you like to play music there is a collection of musical instruments at your disposal which include; a guitar, fiddle, keyboard and bodhrán. Other extras include; free Wifi, a selection of reading material and the option to rent a bike at the property, to allow you to experience the great outdoors during your stay.
Where It All Began At Sandrock Holiday Hostel
Inisitally for Rodney and Mary, Sandrock was a holiday home and having fallen in love with the area they decided to stay and form a business. This idea was formed and spurred on by the wealth of backpackers who would call to their door asking for advice on where to stop for the night. Over the past twenty years the couple have been inspired by the suggestions and stories of back packers and travelers that have visited from around the world.
Lining the walls of the sitting room/kitchen, see above, is a display of eye catching objects, newspaper clippings and information relating to events, culture, heritage and wildlife in Inishowen. The display also includes pictures sent by groups/couples and individuals that have stayed in the Holiday Hostel and explored the Inishowen Landscape. As Rodney describes they provide “a great talking point between myself and visitors” and provide a resource for “anyone who wants to learn about Inishowen or the interesting stories of people who have stayed here before”.
Things To See & Do Nearby Port Ronan
Near to Sandrock Holiday Hostel are viewing points, heritage sites, beaches and walks, which include those at the Wild Atlantic Way signature point, Malin Head, pictured above and the stunning Five Fingers Strand. Mary and Rodney have often seen, from the Holiday Hostel, pictured below, dolphins, basking sharks and when the weather conditions are suitable the much sought after Aurora Borealis. With this in mind, you never know what you might discover on your stay in Inishowen…