The sweeping arc of dark-golden sand and the safe shallow waters make the pretty fishing village of Mullaghmore a popular family destination.
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, who was killed near here in 1979 when the IRA rigged his boat with explosives.
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. Big wave tow-in surfing competitions are regularly held off Mullaghmore Head. Even if you're not riding these monster waves, you can enjoy their drama from shoreline walks.
Mullaghmore's clear waters, rocky outcrops and coves are also ideal for diving, Offshore Watersports offers dive trips and gear rental.
Enjoy magnificent views from the Pier Head Hotel by the harbour. The rooms are clean and crisp (request one with a view), there's a tiny gym, a panoramic rooftop terrace with hot tub, and decent food (mains from €10 to €21) in the bar.