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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Lough Boora Discovery Park

I don’t know why I haven’t gone to Lough Boora Park before. There is no excuse other than pure laziness.  This week my good friends Marcy and Bob came all the way from Hawaii to see me so I obviously wanted to show them something Irish, the bog. The signage for the Park is excellent and there is no way you can go wrong. That is a pure compliment from the woman who regularly gets lost on the way to new places.  The facilities are brand new and really well kept. There is a €2 charge for the car park and after that, it’s free!!!!! This makes it a perfect day out for everybody.

We chose to walk but you can also rent a bike or bring your own.mas  We initially intended to do the 3.3 km walk around the sculpture park but ended up walking for about 2 hours. The park is a photographer’s haven so don’t forget the camera.  There are several options for your visit depending on your time availability and fitness level.  The shortest route is the sculpture route at just over 3km.  This is followed by the farmland route which is 6km.  The mesolithic route is 9.3km.  The last two are quite long, Finnamore Lake at 11.7km and finally Turraun Route at 15.8km.  These give you plenty of choice depending on your interest.

Here are some photos I took along the way;

 

Overall, I had a great day and I’ll definitely be back with my bike, perhaps in the autumn when the leaves have changed.  The only bad thing about the visit was the amount of litter that we encountered on our walk.  For such a beautiful area, it was disappointing to see the litter.   You can find out everything about Lough Boora on their website, http://www.loughboora.com/wp-content/themes/boora/tablet/index.php