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Coordinates: 48°43′38″N 3°59′04″W / 48.72722°N 3.98444°W / 48.72722; -3.98444

Commune of kev

View of Roscoff from Île-de-Batz
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Coordinates 48°43′38″N 3°59′04″W / 48.72722°N 3.98444°W / 48.72722; -3.98444
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Morlaix
Canton Saint-Pol-de-Léon
Intercommunality Pays Léonard
Mayor Joseph Seité
Elevation 0–58 m (0–190 ft)
(avg. 6 m/20 ft)
Land area1 6.19 km2 (2.39 sq mi)
Population2 3,705  (2006[1])
 - Density 599 /km2 (1,550 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29239/ 29680
Website Official website
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Roscoff (Breton: Rosko) is a commune in the Finistère department in Bretagne in north-western France.

The nearby Île-de-Batz, called Enez Vaz in Breton, is a small island that can be reached by launch from the harbour.

After lobbying by local economic leaders headed by Alexis Gourvennec, the French Government agreed in 1968 to provide a deep water port at Roscoff. Existing ferry operators were reluctant to take on the relatively long Plymouth/Roscoff crossing, so Gourvennec and colleagues founded Brittany Ferries.

Since the early 1970s, Roscoff has been developed as a ferry port for the transport of Breton agricultural produce, and for car-based tourism. Brittany Ferries' links with the United Kingdom and Ireland provide a boost to the local economy. In the late 1990s people from the South West (of England) began to travel to Roscoff from Plymouth in order to stay for one or two days and import French wines at much cheaper prices than in England.

Roscoff is also a traditional departure point for Onion Johnnies.




Inhabitants of Roscoff are called Roscovites.

As of the census of 2006, the town has a population of 3,705.

Breton language

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on November the 14th of 2008.

In 2007, there was 19,1% of the children attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[2]

Historic events

  • In 1375, the harbour was destroyed by the Earl of Arundel. It would later be rebuilt at its current location, at Kroas Batz.
  • From 1522 to 1545–1550, construction the Church of Our Lady of Kroas Batz (see Monuments above).
  • In 1548, the six-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, having been betrothed to the Dauphin François, disembarks at Roscoff.
  • In 1790, Roscoff was raised to independent commune. Until this time, the town had effectively depended on Saint-Pol-de-Léon.

Twin towns

Roscoff is twinned with the small North Devon (England) town of Great Torrington.

External links


  1. ^ French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE)
  2. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Roscoff (Breton: Rosko) is a commune in the arrondissement of Morlaix in the Finistère département, in France's Bretagne région..

Get in

Brittany Ferries [1] provides a service to Rosslare, Ireland. Also to Plymouth in the UK. There are local trains and buses to Morlaix (not many though) which is served by TGVs from Paris.

Get around

You need a car if you want to travel freely. Although there is a bus service, there aren't many buses on the roads.


The harbour, with lots of fishing boats, including seaweed harvesters (look for a long pole on the deck, which they twist the seaweed up with).


For an outing you can catch a boat across to the Isle de Batz (pronounced 'eel de bah')- this is only a short distance across the bay.

  • Camping de Perharidy **, Le Ruguel, 29680 Roscoff. Tel: 0033 298 69 70 86. Open: Easter till 30th September. Nice site within 5 minutes of the town and ferry port
  • Camping Kérestat Péoc'h **, Manoir de Kerestat. Tel: 0033 298 69 71 92. Open: 01/04 - 31/10.
  • Saint Pol de Léon; Camping Ar Kleguer [2] ***, Plage Saint Anne. 29250. Tel: 0033 298 69 18 81. Fax: 0033 298 29 12 84. Beautiful views - has a pool too!
  • Saint Pol de Léon; Camping de Trologot [3] ***, Grève du Man. 29250. Tel: 0033 298 69 06 26. Fax: 0033 298 29 18 30.
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ROSCOFF, a maritime town and watering-place of northwestern France, in the department of Finistere, on the English Channel, 172 m. N.N.W. of Morlaix by rail. Pop. (1906) town, 1984; commune, 50J4. Roscoff, separated from the Ile de Batz by a narrow channel, has a tidal port used by fishing and coasting vessels. Many of the inhabitants are engaged in the cultivation of early vegetables, to the growth of which the mild climate and fertile soil is eminently favourable. The church of Roscoff (16th century) has a fine Renaissance tower and contains interesting alabaster bas-reliefs. The ruined chapel of St Ninian commemorates the landing at Roscoff in 1548 of Mary Stuart, previous to her betrothal with the dauphin, son of Henry II. In 1746 Charles Edward, the young Pretender, landed at the port after his defeat at Culloden.

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