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Tra Na Rosann - Co Donegal YHA

Tra na Rossan, Downings, Donegal, Ireland

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Overall Rating 95%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 100%
Security 100%
Service 100%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 80%

The scenery around Trá na Rosann hostel is absolutely fantastic.

  • Dorm
    From $23.94
  • Private
    From $95.74
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Downings Hostel

Hostel Downings

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Trá na Rosann Youth Hostel offers guests a chance to get away from it all and relax. Originally a hunting lodge and still a listed building, the most northerly youth hostel in Ireland, is sited at the northern edge of the Rosguill Peninsula in an Irish speaking (Gaeltacht) area.

The hostel was designed by a famous English architect, Sir Edwin Lutwens, and is well worth a visit for this alone. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen and a variety of room types.

The scenery around the hostel is fantastic with stunning views of the coast and Tory Island and only minutes from the beach. The area is ideal for walking, swimming and cycling.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 17:00 and 21:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout




  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 Jun to 31 Aug

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 21:00
From 17:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +353-74-9155374

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Beach near by (3 to 5km)
  • Glebe House & Gallery (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Stayed 2 nights in the Tra na Rosann hostel - which made me a fan of An Oige again. Beautiful location, lovely people, both staff and guests. Well run! For the last 25 years, after several rather negative experiences, I had been giving independent hostels a preference and not stayed in An Oige ones any more. That has changed now - and the hospitality at Tra na Rosann brought me back. Thank you very much, Roberta! PS - I took the bus to Downings and walked up - recommended: 5 mile beautiful hike.


Avatar for Louis


Thu 06 Sep 2018

Excellent visit - could be improved by sorting out the driveway which was in poor repair, gave a negative first impression and potentially damaging to cars and bikes.


Avatar for noreen


Thu 30 Aug 2018

A lovely rustic building in a quiet remote location.


Avatar for Michelle


Tue 19 Jun 2018

Excellent location to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With beaches in the backyard and hills and mountains close by you are spoilt for choice beit swimming in clean water or hiking till your legs tire. A cozy dining area with a fireplace affords a great opportunity to just sit back and enjoy the calm after an active day. N.B. Hostel is closed 1000 - 1700h so you have to leave. A car is highly recommended to see other places nearby.


Avatar for Stephen


Fri 11 Aug 2017

Une merveille. Justifie à elle seule un voyage en Irlande. J'y reviendrai . J'ai aimé le site, les hôtes, l'architecture de la maison, l'humanité du lieux...bref tout. Le contraire d'une étape sans âme.


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Thu 27 Jul 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (3 to 5km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Bus: Gallaghers Bus: 074-9137037 At Letterkenny you can pick up this private bus operator at "The Square" which is opposite the Bus Station. Gallaghers depart at 18.10 daily for the ¾ hour journey Downings. Minibus or taxi from Downings which is 8km away.
Road/Car: Head for Carrickart. Turn right at Rosapenna and follow signs to the youth hostel. Alternatively follow R245 from Letterkenny via Milford to Carrickart and follow directions above.

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