Most people come for the wide range of breath-taking scenery... from and at the Horn Head Sea-cliffs (higher than the Cliffs of Moher); eight spectacular yet very different from each other, golden sandy beaches or Ards Forest Park with all its nature trails.
Yet still, there another indescribable factor ... perhaps coming from ancient times and often alluded to by AE (George Russell) and others. Archeologically and historically, we have a concentration of megalithic sites which is seven times the national average; a rich mythology; six churches and then there’s the Faery Realm, which attracted such notables as WB Yeats and AE (George Russell) in particular who describes the area as “the spiritual centre of Ireland.”
I publish and provide free, a map of the area which shows many of the routes, locations and services mentioned below, as well as business ads and contact numbers on the back.
My little tourist information booklet, "Rambles and Ramblings of a Blow-In", has lots of local history and maps. The Visitor Centre at Dunfanaghy Workhouse has great exhibits which change from time to time. We built a WW2 Commemorative monument at Killyhoey beach which relates a very interesting humanitarian and historical story.
Some of the possible routes
Country lane walking (refer to "Rambles and Ramblings of a Blow-In")
Ards Forrest Walks Info board at Back Strand car park. Full info on Coillte website
Tramore beach walk, accessible from Horn Head Bridge.
New Lurgabrack Loop, Horn Head (opening soon).
There is a very good links course on the eastern side of the village. Prices are reasonable, food is good and the scenery, as usual here, is spectacular.
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
Dunfanaghy Stables offer all sorts of options; horses and ponies and amazing trails.
Surfing, Canoeing, Sailing
Trevor Cole and Ashley Kidd create amazing, award-winning photographs, run regular photography courses and produce a local annual calendar.
Enquire at Arnolds Hotel for Angling Club Secretary’s phone number, with whom you can arrange Day Licence and Boat Hire for the local Lakes which are good for Brown Trout and a limited number of Sea Trout. Fishing for the Lake shores is not allowed but fishing for mackerel off the rocks near Portnablagh is popular and worthwhile.
Browsing for treasure
McAuliffes Craft Shop in the village centre has a wide range of quality gifts and crafts and The Gallery likewise as well as specialising in artwork and artist's materials and Dunfanaghy Workhouse has crafts, exhibitions, tourist information and a coffee shop. At the Art House you can meet the artist, Brian O'Doherty ... see, discuss and purchase original artwork or prints.
Eating and Drinking
There are several excellent cafes, coffee shops, bars with music and food and, top class restaurants in the village and two outside, notably ... the Mill Restaurant and the Cove Restaurant