Trá na Rosann Hostel

This Donegal Hostel offers the visitor a chance to get away from it all and relax. The scenery around Trá na Rosann hostel is fantastic and always gets a great response from guests who are full of compliments about their stay!

With stunning views of the coast and Tory Island, and only minutes from the beach, this hostel’s location is magical. Trá na Rosann beach is about a 3 minute walk from the hostel and the peace and quiet of the area make it ideal for walking, swimming and cycling.

Originally a hunting lodge and still a listed building, this hostel is the most northerly hostel in all Ireland! It is located at the northern edge of the Rosguill Peninsula (Melmore Head) in an Irish speaking (Gaeltacht) area so you can brush up on your Irish too!

Trá na Rosann was designed by famous English architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens and it is worth a visit for this alone! Lutyens also designed the Memorial Gardens and many buildings in New Delhi and Capetown.  However, this hostel is the only one of his designs you can actually sleep in – legally anyway!  He designed the hostel so that it reflected and blended into the landscape by ensuring the building took on the same look as the mountains behind it.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: June 1st – August 31st 2019

OPENING TIMES: Limited access between 10am and 5pm

CHECK- IN: 5pm


AddressDundooan Lower, Downings, Co. Donegal


  • Head in the direction of Carrickart village. You then turn right at the top of the Village to Downings. Watch for Hostel Sign 2km (approx 1 mile) outside Carrickart. You will leave the Main Road and travel up the hill at the Golf Course. Heading towards Melmore Head, if you keep to this road you will see the hostel on the left hand side.

Public Bus/Transport:

  • You can get to the hostel using the Gallagher’s Bus company. At Letterkenny, you can pick up this private bus operator at “The Square” which is opposite the Bus Station. Gallaghers depart at 6:10pm daily for the ¾ hour journey. The bus leaves you in Carrickart or Downings and from there ask the bus driver and they will organise minibus or taxi for you which costs approximately €10. Alternatively you can ask the bus driver to leave you at the nearest point to walk to the hostel. You can then walk the route which is approximately 8km (5 miles) away.  Don’t forget your hiking boots!


  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Free Private Parking

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (01) 830 4555


Contact the hostel directly at (0)74 915 5374