The brightly coloured village of Allihies appears as you traverse the mountain gap at Barnes. Wild and rugged, the village blossoms in the summer months. Local accommodation fills up with longstanding and new visitors exploring the area, and the pubs and the cafe are filled to capacity .
Nestled between the Sliabh Mioscais and the Atlantic seaboard, the area provides many opportunities for discovery, leisure and relaxation. The stunning natural scenery is a draw for nature enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers. Ballydonegan, with its sandy beach, is a great place to swim and sunbathe, while the more energetic can walk the copper mine trail, perhaps followed by a pint or two and the craic at one of the three local pubs.
The Michael Dwyer festival, a tribute to the renowned tin-whistler, takes place every year in June and the Allihies family festival takes place every August, centred around the 15th – a week of fun for all the family!