Dolphins came to play in Donegal Bay & Rossnowlagh Beach!

According to a report by Pet Insurance Ireland, as many as a hundred bottlenose dolphins have decided to take up their home in the seas of County Donegal. The pod of dolphins have been spotted in Donegal Bay between Rossnowlagh Beach and Doorin Head. I have personally tried to video them but that was proven difficult with just a standard camera, so here is a photo of what the dolphins look like should anyone mange to get close to them! Visitors and staff alike managed to spot them on and off in the past 2 months, so do look out for them if you are paying us a visit!800px-Bottlenose_dolphin_with_young1

Smugglers Creek Received Its 6th TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016Smugglers Creek is pleased to announce that we have received our 6th TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. It accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, we must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Thank you again for all the contributors, we couldn’t have achieved this without your feedback.

The Local Artists Showcase – 10 March 2016

The Local Artists Showcase 10 March 2016

The Local Artists Showcase – Thursday 10 March 2016

Thank you for those who attended Smugglers Creek First Local Artists Showcase on Thursday, 10th March. We all had a wonderful time admiring the paintings by Paul Rush & Claire Falconer, the Hand Felted Landscape Artwork by Michelle McKee, Landscape Photographes by Emer O’Shea, woodturning products by P J Wymbes, enjoyed Poetry Recital by Michael Gallagher, Storytelling by Keith Cocoran, Traditional Irish Music by Seanan Brennan, Brogan and Claire Falconer. Finally, we were treated to wonderful singing by Eadaoin Rush. We hope to make this a regular event, so calling all artists who wish to get involve for the next one, which will be in November 2016, to get in touch with us.

Artists Showcase Collage


Irish Times Magazine – A Walk to the Pub

It was a beautifully written article by Gary Quinn, published on Christmas Eve 2015 in the Irish Times Magazine  – For those of you who are familiar with the location of Smugglers Creek, and have done the walk from Rossnowlagh Beach, know what Gary meant in his article. If you haven’t seen the article, just copy and paste the following link in your browser to view the full article.

Aerial View of Smugglers Creek from Rossnowlagh Beach



3rd Culinary Ability Award Fundraising Event at Smugglers Creek on Fri 16th Oct 15

Smugglers Creek was pleased to play host for the 3rd Culinary Ability Award Fundraising Event on Friday, 16th October 2015. CAA is a project which educate and foster professional culinary ability in individuals with disabilities. It turned out to be a great night out for all of you who attended, supported and donated to this good cause! These photos showed just how much you enjoyed your evening!

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Fancy trying a new Beach Sport?

Fancy trying a new Beach Sport? The Irish Power Kite & Sandyatch Association will be on Rossnowlagh Beach this weekend. Suitable for all ages, everyone welcome! The IPKSA will also be hosting their AGM at Smugglers Creek on Sat 10th October 2015. Power Kite Oct 2015

Danny O’Connor’s Music Wow Customers @ Smugglers Sat 3rd Oct

Danny O’Connor, originally from Ballysannnon, now based in Berlin. He is the lead singer and guitarist of one of Berlin‘s finest Irish Folk bands, Murphy’s Law. With two studio albums under his belt, staff and customers alike were treated to brilliant music played by Danny last Saturday, 3rd October 15. We hope to have Danny back again this space! Here is a link to Danny’s Band Murphy’s Law –

Danny O Connor at Smugglers Collage


Smugglers delicious Scampi & Crab Claws is “Top 9 Irish Delicacies Worth Travelling For”

Smugglers Signature Scampi and Crab Claws

Smugglers Signature Scampi and Crab Claws

Smugglers delicious Scampi & Crab Claws made it to the’s “Top 9 Irish Delicacies Worth Travelling For”. Here is a snippet of what they say, “A pub with one of the best views in the country, Smugglers also offers some of the best local food, with the menu divided into “food from the land” and “food from the sea”. The crab claws are a big favourite here.”

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