The sweeping arc of dark-golden sand and the safe shallow waters make the pretty fishing village of Mullaghmore a popular family destination. It was a favoured holiday spot of Lord Mountbatten, who was killed here when the IRA rigged his boat with explosives in 1979.
Take time to cycle or drive the scenic road looping around Mullaghmore Head, where wide shafts of rock slice into the Atlantic surf. En route you'll pass Classiebawn Castle (closed to the public), a neo-Gothic turreted pile built for Lord Palmerston in 1856 and later home to the ill-fated Lord Mountbatten.
Mullaghmore Head is becoming known as one of Ireland's premier big wave surf spots with swells of up to 17m allowing for Hawaiian-style adventure. The country's first big wave tow-in surfing competition was held off Mullaghmore Head in 2011.
Mullaghmore's clear waters, rocky outcrops and coves are also ideal for diving, contact Offshore Watersports about dive trips and gear rental.
If you're lucky you'll get magnificent views from a room at the Pier Head Hotel by the harbour. The rooms are clean and crisp, if a little austere, there's a tiny gym, a panoramic rooftop terrace with hot tub, and decent food in the bar (mains from €10 to €21).
The nearest bus stop is 4km away in Cliffony on the N15.