Horn Head juts out into the North Atlantic just west of the thriving village of Dunfanaghy, in County Donegal. Its ragged coastline and stony hills are well worth exploring but my favourite walk follows a trail high across the dunes of the New Lake Nature Reserve and drops down onto the stunning and secluded Tramore beach before taking the lower path which winds back across the dunes in the view of Muckish Mountain. Below are some images from the walk, taken on various days in very different conditions.
To begin drive onto Horn Head, past the GAA pitches and across the bridge. A carpark is signposted to the left just after the bridge. There are no public amenities on the walk so do bear this in mind if taking small children.
The path begins just beyond the gate as you make your way through a pine forest rooted in very sandy soil. The path quickly emerges from the forest offering you views of the sand dunes and the Blue Stacks beyond. To follow my favourite route, turn right, staying within the forest and keeping the stream on your left. This path climbs upwards through the trees (and away from the stream) until you emerge on top of the dunes to stunning views of the New Lake below and the village and bay behind.
The path then makes its way around the back of the dunes, on a clear day, offering views of Tory Island before dropping down onto the beach.
To make your way back to the carpark simply follow one of the trails across the dunes, they're all well trodden, keeping the lake and the mountain on your right.
Photographs can never do this wonderful, wild place justice, just pack a bag and go wander!