The Rosses/Irish:An Ros is a region in County Donegal
The area is bounded in the south by the Gweebarra River and the Gweedore River to the north. The eastern boundary is defined by the Derryveagh Mountains, where Glenveagh National Park is located to the east. The region's name itself comes from "Ros", which is the Irish word for headland.
The area presents a rocky barren landscape, studded with a myriad of lakes and inlets of the sea. It includes the towns and townlands of Dungloe, Kincasslagh, Doochary, Lettermacaward, Ranafast and Annagry, and the inhabited island of Arranmore Island. Other small islands are Inisfree, Iniscaoragh and Owey Island. Cruit Island is linked to the rest of the region by bridge and it boasts a nine-hole golf course.
Historically, The Rosses has relied heavily on hospitality, tourism and the fishing industry as the mainstays of its economy. The area has its own indigenous supermarket chain called The Cope which has been quite successful. The is very little manufacturing industry in The Rosses apart from a few companies located in the areas main town of Dungloe.
English is spoken equally as well by the native Irish speakers in this region, particularly if they know you are a visitor.
Once a predominantly Irish-speaking area, over recent generations the language has been taken over by English as the main language of every day use, although Irish is the first language in Gweedore. Irish is still used extensively in some areas, such as the island of Arranmore, in the Ranafast area and, to a lesser extent, around the village of Annagry. In some areas, like the hills around Dungloe, around Loughanure and in pockets of Doochary and Lettermacaward, the Irish language is still predominant among the older generation.
Daily flights are provided by Stobart Air to Donegal Airport, Carrickfinn to and from Dublin daily, as well as to and from Glasgow every Friday-Sunday-Wednesday.
If you need to rent a car, which is the only way to get around The Rosses, try Avis Car hire from Donegal Airport, Carrickfin. Cycling is a great option too, as the roads are quiet most of the time, with little traffic, although a good mountain bike is recommended to cope with those steep hills.
The Rosses is an area of little crime and once you are sensible about your belongings, you will be fine. If you are walking or climbing alone, or fishing of the rocks close to the sea, let somebody know where you are going and when you expect to return. The is a mountain rescue team located in the area.
Trips to Letterkenny for shopping.