On the throne of a queen
How do pancakes with chocolate chips, pomegranate, maple and Donegal yogurt sound for breakfast? Kickstart your day at award-winning Nook Café and Restaurant in Collooney, before heading for the hills. Or hill to be precise. Although the Irish for Knocknarea translates as "hill of the king", it is a queen who reigns here at Strandhill. At the tip of this hill is Queen Maeve's cairn. This mound, dating back 6,000 years, looks out over a sweeping panorama of sea, mountains and clouds. Continue along the Dunmoran/Aughris coastal walk, and you'll come across the remains of deserted villages, where herdsmen used to live during the summer months, now left abandoned to the wild winds of the Atlantic.
If you have more time
Treat your body and your soul at Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill, and let your worries and cares melt away. Or go full adrenaline rush with coach Seamus McGoldrick at Strandhill's iSurf Ireland Surf School.