Wild Atlantic Roadtrip

I’ll be honest, our decision to holiday in Ireland was one primarily taken out of necessity rather than anything else – my out of date passport meant that an Irish staycation was our only option! We decided to take in as much of the western coastline as possible and go on a Wild Atlantic roadtrip. Considering how little planning went into the holiday it worked out quite well! Our first stop was Roscommon, followed by Donegal, Westport and Spanish point, with lots of sightseeing, food stops and roadside sheep in-between! Below are the details of some of the sights we took in, B&B’s we stayed in and restaurants and cafes we enjoyed along the way.

Boyle, Co. Roscommon
B&B: Lough Key House
We stayed in the beautiful Red room complete with 4 poster bed and free-standing bath – wow! The breakfast served up by the host Frances was wonderful, homemade soda bread and preserves as well as eggs from the hens on the farm.

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Food: The Moorings

David really enjoyed his sirloin steak and my fish dish was very tasty served with a lovely selection of seasonal veg.

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Sights: Although we didn’t have time to visit, Lough Key Forest Park sounds like a great day out!

Donegal
B&B: On the Rocks, Greencastle
A room with a view! A very modern home looking out on to the sea. Mary the host was very welcoming and even text us a few days later to thanks us again for staying, a lovely touch.

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Food: Harry’s Bar and Restaurant
Well worth a visit! I honestly had one of my most memorable meals here – spelt risotto with garden courgette, topped with heritage tomatoes and basil and pistachio pesto – divine!!!

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Sights: We drove along the coast of south Donegal from Bundoran to Kilcar and it was absolutely stunning! Unfortunately when we got to Slieve League it was too misty to see much of the scenery!

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Sligo
Food: Pudding Row, Easky
This is a gorgeous little cafe and bakery with delicious daily sweet and savory specials as well as a set menu of breakfast and lunch options. I had the tart of the day, organic tomatoes with goats cheese and pesto served with organic leaves and toasted seeds and onion marmalade – very tasty! I’m still regretting that I didn’t order a slice of the Victoria Sponge!!

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Sights: The Sligo coastline is fab with lots of beaches. I liked the one at Easky especially because it was quiet where as some of the others are a bit more built up and touristy.

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Mayo
B&B: Roscaoin House
This B&B was just a 5 minute walk from the Main Streets, very handy!

Sights: One of the highlights of the trip was our drive through Doolough Valley – absolutely stunning!

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Clare
Food: We ate in the bar at the Bellbridge Hotel and the roast of the day (turkey and ham – my fave!) hit the spot after a long day on the road!

Sights: Co. Clare is famous for her cliffs most notably the Cliffs of Moher. There are lots of other pretty cliffy sights further along the coast that you will want to pull in and view such as Kilkee Cliffs.

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Along the way…
We also stopped off at the The Gallery Cafe in Gort and Cupán Tae in Galway City, both worth a visit!

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to have a proper holiday in Ireland, usually it’s just a weekend trip here and there to go back home to Kerry. Hope I have inspired you to consider a similar adventure!

M x

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