So after a little break from the Galavanting over Christmas we are back at it again! I was lucky enough to have my beautiful sister Julie home for a few weeks in early February so myself and Mam decided we would take advantage of her company and go for a wee galavant to Mayo! We left Cavan early on a Monday morning and decided we would take the road to Sligo.
Our first stop of the day was Rosses point just outside Sligo. We took the R291 out of Sligo (after Julie took us on a wild goose chase through Sligo city itself) and followed the Wild Atlantic way the short 6km out to the Penninsula. Rosses point is famous for a number of reasons. It’s where William Butler Yeats (a famous Irish playright) summered with his brother every year in Elsinore house. The Hotel there is named after him. Its also where the Spanish Armada lost some of their ships in 1588. The wrecks of three of these ships were discovered in the 1950’s off the coast of Rosses point. Just as you drive into the village there is an amazing monument commemorating everyone who has lost their lives at sea. The “waiting on shore” monument is in a prime location looking out over the Atlantic and the lighthouse itself.
We took a walk up to the Yeats Country House Hotel to grab a quick bite to eat and we were delighted to be greeting by a big roaring fire when we walked past reception. We were served beautiful scones with plenty of butter and jam and a nice big pot of Tea. With our bellies nicely full we hit down towards the beach. There are some beautiful walks along here and we took a stroll down towards the coastguard station as well. There are some great views from here as well out towards the lighthouse.
Back in the car again we were worried that the weather wasn’t going to improve for us at all but we took the N59 out towards Enniscrone. It was just an hours drive from Sligo along the Wild Atlantic way to Enniscrone. I had been in this beautiful village before a few years ago and I was really looking forward to going back. The jewel of this village is its amazing beach. All 5 kilometres of it! Its also famous for its sunsets and we were not disappointed on this particular evening. Our luck changed with the weather and as we strolled along the beach the colour of the sky reflecting off the water on the beach was just spectacular!
Enniscrone is also home to therapeutic seaweed baths. Remember the guy who transported the massive airplane up the shannon for his quirky glamping village? Well that’s in Enniscrone too! For me this would be the perfect location for a relaxing weekend away. We stopped in the lovely Diamond coast hotel on the way out of town (to use the facilites :)) and this would be a perfect place to base yourself. After our big long walk on the beach we were getting tired and hungry so we decided to get on the road to our destination for the night- Hotel Ballina!
Ballina is only a half hour drive from Enniscrone, across the border in Co Mayo. We were met by a lovely lady at reception who was able to settle our argument about which mountain we were looking at on the drive into Ballina. The Hotel itself is situated just 5 minutes outside Ballina so there was plenty of parking. A lovely spacious lobby greets you as you enter the hotel with lots of places to sit down and relax. We checked into out enormous room- complete with three single beds! (I was afraid I would have to share with Julie and her constant kicking!) We dumped our bags and changed our clothes to head down to the bar for something to eat. There is something for everyone on the menu and we treated ourselves to amazing seafood chowder to start and I had the Burger for mains! The service was top class in here also. If your not planning to spend the night in Ballina I would definitely check out the Hotel for food! The prices were very reasonable too. We also noticed their music line up in reception which included a Garth Brooks tribute band and Paddy Casey.
After a very comfortable nights sleep we were up early the next morning to check out the pool. Julie
decided she was going to put us all to shame and go for a work out in the newly refurbished gym! Me and Mam decided on a swim in the pool and a nice relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi! What a perfect way to start the day! We had definitely worked up an appetite for breakfast and we enjoyed the extensive buffet on offer. There was two lovely waitresses on for breakfast and they were able to fill us in on all the area’s we should visit for the day. I have to say we were really well looked after here and I will definitely be back! So if you are looking for a Hotel the next time you are in Ballina- this should be it! I have attached all the links below if you are planning a galavant to Rosses point, Enniscrone or Hotel Ballina. Tune in next week to hear of our adventures in beautiful Co Mayo! As always- Happy Galavanting! xxx