Places to Visit
Muckish Mountains – Dunfanaghy
The backdrop of Dunfanaghy village is a majestic mountain, called Muckish, that is used by many hill-walking enthusiasts. The road south from Falcarragh to Glenveagh passes through Muckish Gap . The slate-grey mass of Muckish Mountain dominates the view all the way from Falcarragh; the hillsides are pitted with old workings where quartzite sand was extracted for the manufacture of optical glass.
Irish Country Quilting – Dunfanaghy
A wonderful opportunity to learn or perfect your fiber art skills, while enjoying the stunning sea and mountain vistas of the Donegal Highlands. Working with talented fiber artists, you will feel your creativity blossom as these fast, fun, and easy workshops give you professional results!
Marble Hill Beach and Breaghy Head – Dunfanaghy
Marble Hill is located on the north-northwest coast of Donegal. An extensive sandy beach in a rural environment. The beach is situated in Sheephaven Bay which is of high value for wildlife. The dunes have many flowers and bird species and is one of the last areas in Ireland where you may hear the Corncrake calling.
Killahoey Strand – Dunfanaghy
The golden sands of Killyhoey Beach just a five minute stroll from the village is one of the most spectacular walks you can experience. Killahoey is more commonly known as Dunfanaghy beach, it is situated down past Dunfanaghy Golf Course on the outskirts of Dunfanaghy town, Killahoey is used mainly by locals and can be very windy as it is not a sheltered beach.
Horn Head – Dunfanaghy
This is probably the most dramatic of the beautiful Donegal peninsulas. Nature has painted the landscape with broad, bold strokes and the sculptured rocks and cliff faces are awesome in their majesty.
Doe Castle – Creeslough
A four-storey tower standing in a square turreted bawn built early in the 16th century on a beautiful site on Sheep Haven Bay by MacSweeney na d’Tuath, foster father of Red Hugh O’Donnell. This medieval fortress was built in the 1500s by Scottish mercenaries, the MacSweeny’s. A powerful stone curtain wall surrounds the central tower and this castle is surrounded by the sea on three sides.
Sheep Haven – Dunfanaghy
There is a nice walk on the promontory of Horn Head near Dunfanaghy. This spectacular headland offers some fine cliff scenery and views across the wild waters of Sheep Haven to the Rosguill and Fanad Peninsulas.
Peigi McGinley – Creeslough
“Creeslough Macrame” specialises in design and creation of exquisite hand-knotted lampshades, handbags and wall-hangings. We take this opportunity to invite you to view our creations in our workshop Creeslough Macrame.
Visit the Dunfanaghy Workhouse and see and hear “Wee Hannah” tell the true story of her long life. In a series of tableaux, “Wee Hannah” talks of her harsh upbringing on a farm in the 1830’s, a grave illness, her time in The Workhouse and eventually a more peaceful old age.
Downings Antiques – For Antiques Contemporary of just the Inspirational Furniture of all periods from Georgian to Victorian. Glass, pottery, porcelain and silverware. Long Case Clock and mantle clocks in stock.
Ards Forest Park
At Ards Forest Park you can enjoy many forest walks, a car park and a children’s play area. It also has many features of historical and archaeological interest. The remains of four ringforts are to be seen in the park as well as a number of megalithic tombs – legend has it that these were the beds of Diarmuid and Grainne in their flight from Fionn Mac Cumhaill.
Tramore Beach Dunfanaghy – Dunfanaghy
Alternatively, you can walk from Horn Head bridge across the dunes to Tramore Beach and then follow the sheep track north, passing two small blowholes called the ‘Two Pistols’ and then a much larger one, ‘McSwyne’s Gun’. The hidden treasure trove of the area with breathtaking views of the islands of Tory and Innisbofin. Here is a haven of tranquility and solitude for those who seek nature.
Dunfanaghy, situated on the great bay of Sheephaven in the heart of North West Donegal, is surrounded by glorious coastal and mountain scenery. Just a short stroll from the centre of the village is the beautiful Killahoey Beach, a three mile stretch of sand providing excellent bathing.
The Gallery – Dunfanaghy
Established in 1968, The Gallery, Dunfanaghy, is well worth a visit. There is a large selection of original oil and water colour paintings. Also antiques and a craft shop specialising and the very best of Irish handcrafts.
Horn Head Pet Sanctuary – Dunfanaghy
Horn Head Pet Sanctuary is a pet sanctuary for animals rescued by Annette Hunter. Sadly it cannot provide rescue or care facilities for other unwanted animals. Should you need assistance with any animal please contact Donegal Pet Rescue on 074 9139029 or 086 8566626.
Muntermellan, Dane’s Cove – Dunfanaghy
Tucked between two rocky ridges overlooking Dunfanaghy, with a fine view across to Errigal and Muckish mountains, about 400 m NW of a by-road leading towards Croaghamaddy Hill at the point where it leaves the water’s edge and climbs the hill, this tomb retains a good deal of its cairn.
This is a 60 hectare lough and is approx 65 meters deep and some say that it is the crater of an extinct volcano. This lough serves the town of letterkenny with its mains water supply.