Rossnowlagh is one of Ireland’s and Europe’s best Blue Flag surfing beaches and is suitable for all level of surfers. The beach play hosts to a number of surfing event every year, including Eurosuf, Junior Championship, Intercounties Surfing Contests, etc. With its gentle waves, make it ideal for beginners to learn how to surf! 

Walking Attractions

The Creek –
The rocky inlet known as The Creek is an attractive place which is frequently used for bathing. Interesting shells and some rare specimens of plants may be found.

Reynolds’ Folly – When walking towards Ballyshannon, just after passing the Friary, the visitor will see a tower-like building standing on a hill to the left, This is known locally as the Tower, The Folly, or Reynolds’ Folly.

Lurgan Cairn – The best view to be seen within walking distance of Rossnowlagh is from Lurgan Cairn. On a clear day, with good visibility, portions of at least 6 counties, Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo, are visible.

The Franciscan Friary – Within walking distance of Smugglers Creek, you can visit the famous grounds of the Franciscan Friary with its own museum.

The Strand – it offers one of the most popular walks in Rossnowlagh. The Cockle Strand is about 2 miles from the centre of Rossnowlagh. Further along the strand a channel indicates where Durnesh Lake discharges into the sea. After crossing the channel the walker will come to Inishfad, a quieter beach that offers spectacular views across Donegal Bay.


Donegal has many unspoiled lakes and rivers that will give you an angling experience to remember. You can choose from Game, Coarse or Sea Angling activities.


Featuring one of Donegal’s most spectacular views, cycling in and around Rossnowlagh with its small winding roads and ever changing landscape – some might say it is the best way to discover Donegal!


With three of the Links Golf Courses in Donegal within 45 minutes drive, Smugglers Creek Inn provides a wonderful location for golfers to visit and play all year round.


Imaging you can ride through some of Donegal’s most magnificent landscape or along the strand in Rossnowlagh? There are a number of horse-riding and trekking organisations in the area that can make your dreams come true.

Swimming in Rossnowlagh Beach

As one of Europe’s Blue-Flag beaches, visitors can take a dip into the sea where it is perfectly safe and with the cleanest waters in Europe.


Browse through many delightful shops and stores filled with locally produced handiwork and modern international fashions and designs in nearby Donegal Towns and Ballyshannon. If you are interested in arts and crafts, do visit the Craft Village near Donegal Town as well.


County Donegal is one of Ireland’s most scenic regions. With its rugged cliffs, heather-clad mountains, magnificent waves, unspoilt bogland and sleepy villages, Donegal is a real magical place for visitors. Some places of interest in Co. Donegal

  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Glebe Gallery
  • Donegal Castle
  • Donegal Waterbus
  • Slieve League
  • Glengesh Pass
  • Glencolmcille Folk Village
  • Ionad Cois Locha
  • Donegal County Museum
  • Flight of the Earls Heritage Centre
  • Doe Castle
  • Tullyarvan Mill
  • Grianan Ailigh
  • Fort Dunree Military Museum
  • The Vintage Car Museum
  • Arranmore Island and Tory Island
  • Cavanacor House
  • Donegal Historical Society Museum