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Sandrock Holiday Hostel
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The location is excellent. The hosts were great. My family of three (9 year old) had a private, cozy room (bunk bed: one up, two down, and private bathroom) which was clean and well-provided for. The common room has a killer view and the kitchen is nice. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Rodney en Margaret the owners of this hostel are the best hostesses you can imagine. Not only friendly or hospitable. They give you the feeling to be at home. Rodney takes at least half an hour to informe you about everything you can do in the neighbourhood. He informes you about the aggressive bull or the biting Shetland ponies you will find on your way. He has this printed map he is already using for twenty years and he is pointing down and describing everything on this map. The hostel has two dormetories and one private room.
The hostel itself is clean, welldecorated and has a big kitchen where you can cook your own meal viewing the see and meeting other friendly guests.
The view is overwhelming and dramatic. The see in front of you gives you the possibility to see basker sharks, killer wales and of course dolphins. Sandrock hostel is on the most northerly point of Ireland and when you visit it you will never forget you have being there.
Take your change on this unforgettable experience for only € 12 a night. We recommend this hostel to everyone that is looking for the once in a lifetime experience.

Donegal, the region, where the hostel is situated, is a perfect region for people that are looking for the real Irish feeling. The pubs with the singing Irish people and dramatic scenery.

Sandrock hostel, you don't know what you have missed until you open the door to Rodney's and Margarets place.

Room Tip: There is only a little to pick. There is nothing for Meditarian boatcruisers.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Frts
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

As you descend the slope to this hostel, the view just gets better and better. Finally, you can't believe that you will be staying in such a stunning location where you can eat outside and take full advantage of the view. The hostel itself is well-appointed with a wealth of information and excellent walk suggestions, which the owner will run through for you as if by rote (he has obviously done this hundreds of times before). I can't recommend the walk round Malin Head highly enough.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed here for one night, but within hours of arriving my fiancée was asking if we can come back again soon. The owners were wonderful and the hostel itself is one of the most charming we've ever stayed in - the kitchen is well-stocked, there's a wood-burning stove in the living room, the view from the sofa is unbeatable, and the walls are covered in all sorts of great photos, newspaper clippings, maps, etc. We had a great time seeing the sights, collecting stones at the raised beach (my fiancée is a jeweler and should be putting them to great use!), drinking and meeting the locals at the great nearby pubs, and having to borrow cash from our friends to buy all we could possibly carry home from the Curiosity Shop (which had some of the porcelain liquor decanters we'd been unsuccessfully searching for in antique shops literally all over Ireland, among a lot of other great finds). Rodney made sure that all of it went smoothly by providing us with a hand-drawn map and directions to everything there is to do in the area as soon as we arrived.

We will certainly be returning in the summer for some scuba diving sometime soon, and we'll be staying at Sandrock again when we do.

Room Tip: The dorm next to the common area has a great view of the beach!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Sandrock is quite simply my favourite place in the world. I've been there 4 or 5 times in the last 8 years and every time I leave I can't wait to return. The place itself, the location, Rodney, Margaret & Katie the dog are just brilliant.
The cosy living room with the wood-fired stove is a great place to hang out, cook, socialise or read all the local newspaper clippings on the walls. The chairs in the bay window overlooking the ocean are my favourite spot to write. There are two large dorms with 5 bunk beds and bathroom each and outdoor tables for those sunny days. (Malin Head is often the sunniest place in Ireland!)
Sandrock is located right by the ocean and within walking distance of a few pubs, supermarket and the quirky Curiosity Shop. You'll find a range of great walks and all the peace and quiet you can wish for. (Rodney will tell you about the highlights while Margaret makes you a cuppa upon arrival.)
There's not one fault with this hostel - every time I stayed I felt so at home I didn't want to leave (and I have postponed flights before to stay longer).
I've been around a bit but have never found a place that comes close to this. I'll definitely be back, even though I live in NZ now.
Thanks to Rodney and Margaret for some unforgettable stays!

Room Tip: If you like an ocean view, ask for a bed in the dorm next to the living room.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

During my travel through Ireland with my boyfriend I slept two nights at the Sandrock Hostel in Malin Head!
We were on the way by bus and had problems to get from Buncrana to Malin Head, because it was weekend and the buses came irregular. I rang the Hostel and Rodney helped me to find a way to get to Malin Head at the same day!
The Hosts are VERY (!) helpful and nice and you can see that the interior of the Hostel is decorated heartly! Everything is clean there and the view of the sitting room is stunning!

Malin Head was the last point of our journey and we will definately come back. When we left the Hostel we were quite sad that we had no more time to stay there.

We are still very exited of our stay there because it was, as we think, the best organized Hostel on our whole (!) tour through Ireland!

Thumb up!! See you next time! :)

Cheers,

Andrea (and Ulf)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I am definitely going back to the Sandrock. Rodney and Margaret are lovely. Very helpful about the area and they supply tea and coffee which is great. The hostel is clean and homely and the views are outstanding. The price is also great. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Room Tip: There are 2 dorms and at least 1 private room. You can request that the dorms are single sex if you...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sandrock Holiday Hostel

Address: Port Ronan Pier, Malin Head, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Malin Head
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Malin Head
Price Range: $30 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandrock Holiday Hostel is situated at 'Ireland's Most Northerly Point' in Malin Head Donegal above the small fishing pier at Port Ronan. From within the hostel there are ever changing breathtaking spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean [White Strand Bay], the headlands of Inishowen and Fanad Peninsulas and the Highlands of Donegal. These ever changing seascapes and landscapes including spectacular sunsets/sunrises at Malin Head are especially very popular with photographers and artists. The hostel at Malin Head is at a premier scenic rural location, which is a perfect base for touring, walking or cycling. Descriptive circular routes in various languages are available at the hostel. These routes highlight the local points of interest and facilities including: where to collect semi-precious stones, places of historical interest; where to buy or catch local fish including salmon [when in season] lobsters, crabs, mussels and oysters which can all be cooked in the hostel; where to view dolphins, seals and whales; and where to locate rare birds including the corncrakes, all sea birds and various birds of prey. Malin Head has also become extremely popular with divers interested in the numerous wrecks submerged just off the coast because of the unique good visibility underwater here. [Often referred to in diving magazines]. In very recent times they have located long lost wrecks. Also more and more surfers are using Malin Head. This is an unhurried hassle free area, with a welcoming friendly community with bars and shops that do not close until 1am. Bar food and restaurants. Other facilities at hostel include: Cycle hire - at special rates for guests! Musical instruments for loan to hostel guests. Nearby there is horse riding available and a unique Famine Farm attraction. Eating out and socialising in bars is considerably cheaper than in urban areas and local characters, many of whom are storytellers and/or musicians, are just waiting to meet our guests. Free WIFI access available for guests In common with other tourist hostels we provide quality budget holiday accommodation. We can accommodate up to 20 guests in two comfortable en-suite dormitories. Each dormitory has large bunk beds [duvets and pillows are provided] two showers, two wash hand basins and a toilet. There is an additional toilet, shower and wash hand basin for persons with limited mobility. There is a double self-catering kitchen equipped with utensils, hobs, microwave ovens, sinks etc and a solid fuel range with an additional oven and cooking facilities. Utensils and instructions are available for cooking locally caught fish [salmon when in season] lobsters, crabs, mussels and oysters! There are spectacular views available from a comfortable dining and lounge area, shared by all guests. A private car park and cycle shed is available for guests. Cycle hire is also available - at hostel - at special rates for guests! We are Tourist Board Approved and are members of IHH and IHO [Hostel organisations]. We welcome any enquiries and will give advice on other local accommodation [if ours is not suitable] and the daily transport facilities to Malin Head from places like Dublin, Belfast, Letterkenny and Derry. Directions: Long Distance Bus Services: If coming direct to Sandrock Holiday Hostel from Dublin or Galway get the DERRY bus'. Derry has local services to Inishowen.Mondays to Fridays there are bus services, by request thro hostel, to Sandrock Holiday Hostel. ... more   less 
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