Travel bookseller extraordinaire by day and intrepid budget traveller by candlelight and weekends, guest editor Julie Gamble and proud Irish native, shares with us , one of Ireland’s best kept secrets- Trá na Rosann hostel in Donegal.
Most visitors to Ireland do Dublin and a day trip here and there, but my advice is go west!
Ireland’s Atlantic coast is wild, sometimes desolate but always beautiful and mysterious.
This is truer the further north and west you go.
We stayed in a very remote hostel at Tran a Rosann in Co. Donegal last June, on the Rosguill peninsula.
You most definitely need a car for this one – but it’s worth it.
Facilities are basic but, as expected, the welcome was warm and a blazing peat fire was lit for our arrival (yes, in June – the winds were whipping in from the ocean!(
The hostel is run by volunteers, our host had come up from Dublin for a few weeks in the wilds!
I’d been on family holidays in the area and wanted my friends to see the beach at Tran na Rosann.
Handily the hostel is only about 150m away across a couple of fields.
Stand there on the strand and watch the Atlantic rolling in, see the mists gather over Tory Island and know that if you were to sail straight out from there the next place you’d reach would be Greenland.
If you have time explore the little headland to the right of the beach, there are some breathtaking views.
The area is great for cycling, walking, fishing and swimming and you have the stunning ‘Atlantic Drive’ along the coast.
The small town of Downings is about 6 miles away there are a few restaurants there which serve good local food.
Shop before you get there, there is no local store.
However there is a pub 2 miles down the road.
Perfect -what else do you need from a holiday?
Book your stay at Tra Na Rosann Hostel from as little as £14 a night.
The hostel has a mix of 6 bed Female Dorms and 10 bed Male Dorms.
Note: The hostel is open only in June, July and August.