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Set out on a walk over miles of sand dunes and untouched beaches. Eat your picnic on the sand while listening to the waves crashing. Consider a surf lesson as the wind gets up. Later enjoy some local seafood and a glass of Guinness and take in some traditional music.

Breac.House is located on the dramatic Horn Head peninsula, with direct access from the house to a number of walking routes - no car or bike required. Take one of our trail maps and head West from the house and you will pass through Lurgabrack forest. Very shortly you will be on a trail through the picturesque Lurgabrack sand dunes, which play host to a globally unique marine grassland environment found only in certain parts of the the North West cost of Ireland and Scotland (called "machair").

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You will then arrive onto Tramore beach, one of the most spectacular but less visited of Donegal's award-winning beaches - you may well have it all to yourself. Take your shoes off and stroll for up to a kilometre along the perfect sand and the waters edge, listening to the waves rolling in off the Atlantic ocean. You have now earned your lunch and can find a sheltered spot on the rocks to tuck into the picnic we have provided in your backpack.

As afternoon rolls on, and the wind gets up, it is time for a surf lesson at Killahoey or Marble Hill beaches - or go on your own if you are already a keen surfer. Dunfanaghy village has two excellent surf schools who will look after you, whether you are a novice or a pro. Nothing beats diving into the Atlantic ocean - it's not as cold as you think due the moderating influences of the Gulf Stream which warms the water off the West coast of Ireland.

It's now time for a well deserved pint of Guinness in a local pub, served with some fresh seafood. Hang around a while and you can finish out the evening listening to some traditional music being played and sung - Donegal is home to a unique form of traditional Irish music which has created world renowned acts Clannad, Enya and Altan.

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