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The Rosses

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The Rosses/Irish:An Ros is a region in County Donegal


  • Dungloe/Clochán Liath hosts the annual Mary from Dungloe festival.


  • Annagry/Anagaire, nearest village to Donegal international Airport.
  • Crolly where the world famous Crolly Doll was manufactured.
  • Kincasslagh, the home of Donegal crooner Daniel O'Donnell.
  • Burtonport, beautiful beaches, and the ferry connection to Arranmore.

Other destinations[edit]


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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Leo's Tavern, which displays memorabilia of Enya and her sibling's world-renowned band, Clannad on its walls. Gold discs are prominent and the pub is owned by Bartley Brennan, Enya's brother, having been handed on to him by Leo Brennan, their father, when he retired.


  • Take a trip to Arranmore Island by ferry, which leaves hourly form Burtonport pier. It is advisable to go as a foot passenger as the island, while it accodateas cars, has very poor road surfaces and it is a nightmare to drive around. In any case, everywhere is accessible on foot without much effort.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Carrickfin Beach, tradionally know as Trá Bhán (White Strand) in Irish. This headland contains a series of further beaches, including the remains of a sheltered harbour.
  • Mullaghderg Beach, a windswept headland where a memorial to the local Ballymanus disaster can be found
  • Gweedore Beach.
  • Errigal Mountain, Dunlewey.
  • Ionad Cois Locha, [2], an activity center in the Poisoned Glen, Dunlewey.
  • Glenveagh National Park [3], the second largest national park in Ireland
  • Take a day trip to Arranmore Island, two ferries [4] [5] run daily from Burtonport Harbour

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bonner's Bar in Mulladuff, just outside Annagry and near the airport, serves food daily till 9pm. Live music.
  • Danny Minnie's Restaurant, Annagry is a top class, award winning restaurant, known to many as serving the best food in the Rosses. Well worth a visit for a special evening meal.
  • Leo's Tavern, Meenaleck. Good quality barfood served all day. Cheerful place and family friendly.
  • The Rosses Bar (aka Neddie's), Mullaghduff serves food in the bar or in the separate restaurant area, family friendly. Th-Su until 9PM.
  • Izzy's Bar, Kincasslagh.  edit
  • The Lobster Pot in Burtonport, serves food daily, with fresh local seafood. Sometimes live music at night.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Casa an tSúgan, Lochanure - Live music.
  • Sharkey's Bar, Annagry - Live music.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Caisleán Óir (aka Jack's), Annagry. [6]
  • Danny Minnie's Restaurant, Annagry. [7]
  • Ostán Gaoth Dobhair ("Hotel Gweedore"), Bunbeg. [8]
  • Ostán Na Rossán/Rosses Hotel, Dungloe.
  • Viking House Hotel, Kincasslagh - Formerly owned by Daniel O'Donnell.
  • An Cúirt Hotel, Dunlewey.

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Get out[edit]

Trips to Letterkenny for shopping.

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