Be sure to get your hiking boots on to explore the expanse of the serene Ards Forest Park.

This rural haven of diverse woodland, flora and fauna stretches out over 480 hectares. Dotted with diverse habitats, the park runs along the sandy and rocky shores of Sheephaven Bay and is intersected with memorable walking trails.

This Special Area of Conservation truly is special. Whether visitors seek a Romantic backdrop for memorable walks or the headspace afforded by the serenity of nature, Ards Forest Park will provide fond memories of time well spent.

The forest park has children’s playground and a café in which to relax. It is dotted with picturesque picnic areas where you can enjoy an outdoors treat.

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The coniferous and deciduous woodlands are interspersed with salt water lakes, marshes, sand dunes, beaches and rock outcrops. Soak up the scenery and fresh Donegal sea air while walking by beauty spots including Isobella’s Bay, Binnagorm Point and Lucky shell beach.

The present Capuchin Friary at Ard Mhuire opened in 1966. The Friary now offers retreats, conferences, seminars, and periods of rest and relaxation.

There is a café where you can rest your legs after taking in some of the magnificent coastal walks. You can even pick up some local mementos of your visit from the gift shop.

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