The most powerful waves along the Wild Atlantic Way stretch from Donegal Bay, through County Sligo and into County Mayo at Erris Head. This is known as the Surf Coast and is well known amongst surfers as a world famous as a big wave surfing destination. Here you'll also discover great destinations for walking to suit all levels, traditional music and a whole host of Irish heritage, with many sites here dating back to over 5,000 years ago.
The Wild Atlantic Way is set to be Ireland's first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork.
Ride away all your worries, taste the salty sea air as Island View Riding Stables brings you on superb friendly horses and ponies to hidden golden beaches below Classiebawn Castle, Mullaghmore.
Work up an appetite for delicious seafood, shellfish and surprising seaweed dishes, served in the award winning, cosy family seaside restaurant, Eithna’s By the Sea, where everything from the décor to the warm welcome is generated by Eithna's committment to place, community and to promoting excellence of our sea and seashore through food and local heritage.
Simple local food superbly cooked with tales to tell about the area from the legendary Joe Mc Gowan, storyteller, author, and dedicated preserver of Ireland's and Mullaghmore's disappearing traditions and customs, happily shares his knowledge of local lore, telling the stories in his unique way, whilst taking you through a journey in time to the Mullaghmore of today gathered around the tables at Eithnas, or touring through the village.
Trudy Lomax our wild flowers and enthaustic wild orchid expert, opens your eyes to the beauty beneath your feet, making you step carefully around with new found knowledge.
Take a plunge into the Bishop’s pool, a deep natural rock pool so called because it is shaped like a bishop’s crozier and enjoy the spectacular views of Donegal Bay.
Prannie Rhatigan shares her passion and knowledge for seaweed with her book, The Irish Seaweed Kitchen, her Interactive seaweed guide book, and Seaweed Days in Sligo which links Streedagh Beach and Mullaghmore, taking enthusiastic seaweed lovers rambling across the shores whilst giving demonstrations and sharing tasting plates of seaweed included in recipes at Eithnas By the Sea Restaurant. A most popular item being the Seaweed Tasting Plate and to take home a jar of Eithnas Wild Atlantic Seaweed Pesto.
Take a walk around Mullaghmore Head - starting point at Eithna's Restaurant, Mullaghmore (Takes approx 1 hour - lovely walk - for kids too!)
Starting at Eithna's Restaurant, walk north away from the village in an anti-clockwise direction, with the Atlantic on your right hand side. Follow the road all the way round Mullaghmore Head, a peninsula (bordered by water on 3 sides).
Take in the breathtaking waves rolling against the rock edges, look out for breeding pairs of Fulmar and seaweed-covered rocks favoured by oystercatchers, turnstone and the elusive purple sandpiper. During westerly winds manx shearwaters, gannets and occasionally european storm petrels may pass offshore. If you're into surfing, its here you'll see international surfers riding the big waves when the weather conditions are right.
As you pass around The Head, you will see the iconic Classibawn Castle with its imposing turrets silhouetted against the Benbulben sky line.
You will descend the hill and when you reach the main road into Mullaghmore, turn left and make your way back to Eithnas where a hot cup of coffee complete with Eithna's homemade scones and jam can be had.
Explore the area and go running with Tralua Trail Running
Tralua Trail Running invites people of all abilities to take part in the active enjoyment of Sligo's wilder, more out-of-the-way places, including glacier-carved highlands, wooded hillsides and foreshores formed by wind and wave.
Tel. +353 86 301 5451
Tralua Trail Running - Gavin Macarthur
Bed & Breakfast – Seacrest Guest House, Mullaghmore, Sligo
seacrestguesthouse.com/ – closest B&B to Mullaghmore, beautiful location, sea views.
Tel: +353 (0)71- 9166468
Hostel & Self Catering Accommodation, Ballintrillick (5 minutes drive from Mullaghmore)
Benwiskin Centre, Ballintrillick
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9176721
Pier Head & Beach Hotel are both in Mullaghmore.
Star of the Sea Convent staroftheseacentre.ie
It is a rider’s paradise in the area around Mullaghmore with many beaches to gallop along.
Island View Riding – day rides and treks, lessons islandviewridingstables.com
Horse Holiday Farm - horseholidayfarm.net – horse riding holidays for a week or more
Fishing & Inishmurray Island Trips
Off shore Water Sports offshore.ie Tel. +353 87610011
Stand Up Paddling
http://www.supdude.ie Tel +353 (0) 85 705 1188