There are several beaches in the area. Our favourite is Dunmoran Strand, a long sweeping stretch with the most fantastic views. Aughris Head is at the end of the strand where you will find the Beach Bar to can enjoy a drink or bar food (in season) looking across the bay to Knocknarea and beyond.
To get there, on a scenic route, turn left out the gate and follow your nose for 30 mins. When you meet the main N59 Sligo-Ballina road turn left for ~100m and then right at brown sign for strand.
Surfers are being drawn to Co Sligo for its wonderful waves too. Strandhill is very popular just 25 mins from here.