The great May staycation.

If you follow my Instagram account (@wildatlanticshauna) you’ll know that I’ve spent the last few days staycationing in Connemara and Mayo. My friend is over from England and I wanted to show her all that Ireland has to offer. I couldn’t have asked for a better holiday. The weather was great, there weren’t too many people around and everything that we did was free! 

I’ll outline the general route in this post and then choose my favourite sites and accommodation in the following posts. We set off from Ballyvaughan and headed to Galway only stopping in Standun’s in Spiddal. On to the craft village there followed by a drive towards Maam and Maam Cross. By this stage, we needed a walk so stopped in Leenaun to appreciate Killary fjord. A quick stop in Kylemore to see the abbey which was a bit of a let down. We ended up in Letterfrack for the night and stayed in the Old Monestary Hostel, my favourite hostel. 

Friday took us up Diamond Hill and then on to Clifden to take in the sky road. We stayed in Westport that evening which is a deceptively nice town with a lot to offer. 

We planned to meet a few of our friends from Korea on Saturday so we stopped quickly in Foxford Woolen Mills before heading to Ballycastle. This was my favourite point on the trip because it was so beautiful and untouched and generally under appreciated. 

Sunday we made our way back home to Roscrea before I dropped Michelle off in Shannon and headed back to Clare. 

Here are a few pictres from the trip….

More to come in the following posts! 

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