Dunfanaghy magic

I’ve been coming to Dunfanaghy or, more correctly, Horn Head on the shore opposite the village, to stay at the house built by my brother and sister-in-law for a few years now. I’ve not talked about it before the ‘Emerald Isle‘ post because you can’t have a well-kept secret if it’s not well kept. I’m sure that must be “Somebody’s Law” and could be looked up and verified – but I’m not promising this is the case. The brother might be able to do this for a modest fee, however, as the law is his line of business, so to speak.

Horn Head is an amazing place – a peninsula that attracts keen walkers, as well as those who like a scenic drive. Also the area is a major attraction for those who favour bird-watching, painting and photography.

Anyway, the brother and sister-in-law have finally agreed I can actually tell you about the lovely Dunsany Cottage – in case you want to enjoy a wonderful holiday, just like the one we had there a few weeks ago.

Dunsany Cottage, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Donegal

I’m not giving away any important details though; there’s only the prospect of an incredible view over the bay; a comfortable open-plan lounge area with turf fires in the evening; excellent bedrooms; every mod con (including underfloor heating in the kitchen); several bathrooms (and, by the way, the house can sleep 12 people if needed). However I absolutely promised my granddaughter I wouldn’t tell anyone where the little people from the area lived, and no amount of professional marketing pressure from the sister-in-law will make me yield. Let’s just say it would be worth taking a tour of the nearby Gaeltacht area to look out for very small replica dwellings at the bottoms of the gardens – honestly.

Not too far awaThe cliff near the lighthouse, Arranmore.y there are many more lovely places to see – we took a short trip to the island of  Arranmore from Burtonport and enjoyed a few hours in a quiet spot or two.

Back to Dunfanaghy and this is such a marvellous village community that when I last wrote about it I applauded several local retailers but I didn’t mention Arnolds Hotel, which is what you might call a centrifugal point, where many of the most important natural and cultural activities originate. This includes excellent pints of Guinness, just in case that wasn’t immediately apparent.

Anyway, Arnolds Hotel has a lovely restaurant, an excellent bar/lounge called the Whiskey Fly and runs the Dunfanaghy Stables, where said granddaughter experienced pony trekking on the beach for the first time. Some great photos were taken! It also hosts weekends and residencies devoted to activities such as the aforementioned photography, painting and bird watching.

Getting to and from Dunfanaghy, via Belfast City Airport, our family party had two wonderful lunches at Quaywest in Derry City on both legs of the journey. Fair play to them for offering every customer a discount of 30% on advertised prices, and brilliant to see them busy and brimming with satisfied families and other parties as a result.

Counting the days until the next time we can enjoy a visit …

Those interested in staying at Dunsany Cottage, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy can send me a message or make direct contact with the sister-in-law, Dolores, here.


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