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Nestled along the ravishing North West coastline the homely village of Dunfanaghy is built around a small square and quay and fringes the Natural Heritage Area of Horn Head.


The laid back village of Dunfanaghy offers an alternative setting along Donegal’s awesome North West coast. West of Sheephaven Bay it is sheltered from the wild Atlantic Ocean by the Natural Heritage Area of Horn Head.

The centre of this gorgeous spot is a small square with a quay built in 1831 used at one stage to export corn and a market house built in 1847. There are four churches Clondehorky Old Church (now ruined), Dunfanaghy Presbyterian Church, Holy Cross (Roman Catholic) and Holy Trinity Church of Ireland. The Workhouse Famine and Heritage Centre is on the outskirts of Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay and within easy walking distance of Horn Head and the fabulous Tramore Beach. You can hear and see the true story of Hannah, a child of the famine and a typical workhouse inmate. There is also an exhibition on the new lake and the ecology of this unique area.

A spin around Horn Head is highly recommended, with the natural blow hole ‘Mc Swynes Gun’ attracting much of the areas attention.

This part of the coastline is regarded as one of the region’s best surfing spots – so a great place to come and make waves! And don’t leave without buying a piece of art in one of the village’s wide choice of craft shops and art galleries!

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