below on one side and stone fenced little fields rise up on the other.
The first inhabitants here, 9000 years ago, were hunters and gatherers.
Farming began here 6000 years ago and has continued since. The beauty of sea, offshore islands, cliff (some 700 feet above the sea) and rugged mountain as well as the ever-changing light proves irresistible to painters and artists.
The climate is extremely mild. Snow and frost are rare. The mean January temperature is 7o C. Wild flowers flourish throughout the year - Golden gorse, blood-red fuchsia, massive banks of montbretia and vast expanses of feileastram or yellow flag take their turns with pyramidal orchids, foxglove and meadow sweet etc.
Uncrowded sandy beaches are within easy distance. The nearest and one of the smallest is Com Dhineoil about a mile from An Portán on the Slea Head (Ceann Sléibhe) road. Over the mountain road, about three miles away is Fionn Trá, a beautiful large and unspoiled beach.
Dún Chaoin itself has a population of a little over one hundred people. This is a rural area that is closely linked to its past. It is not unusual to hear people speak of relatives long since gone and of times when this was a parish of three thousand people