Looking up towards Clifden Castle from the walkway

Clifden Castle – A Beautiful Ruin not to be Missed

I’ve been to Clifden before but have no memory of ever visiting Clifden Castle. I’m not sure how I missed it but when I returned recently, I wasn’t going to let it happen again! Though Clifden Castle is sadly an abandoned ruin now, much of the exterior is largely intact and it remains very impressive. Read More

Golden light over Derrigimlagh bog with the Twelve Bens in the distance.

10 Things to do in Connemara

Connemara is hands down one of my favourite places to visit in Ireland. There’s something about the vast and wild landscape here that makes it so easy to forget your everyday worries and just slow down, relax and soak in all its goodness! At any time of year and in any type of weather, Connemara is simply stunning. Read More

Gingerbread house and big wheel at Galway Christmas Market

Galway Christmas Market – A Winter Wonderland in Galway

Galway is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year but of course it’s that extra bit magical at Christmas time, particularly when the Christmas Market is in full swing. This year the Galway Christmas Market kicked off on November 16th and is running until December 22nd. If you’re not feeling the festive vibes yet, then a visit to the winter wonderland that is the Galway Christmas Market is sure to do the trick!Read More

O'Brien's Castle and stone fort on Inis Oirr

Exploring Inis Oírr – the smallest of the Aran Islands

Earlier this month we took a trip out to Inis Oírr (Inisheer), the smallest of the three Aran Islands. It is the closest of the islands to the mainland and is only 3 kms long x 2 kms wide approximately. So if you are short on time, this is probably the best of the Aran Islands to visit. You can see a lot in a day or even a half day if that’s all the time you have. Of course if time isn’t an issue, you could easily spend a few days or even weeks here, kicking back and enjoying the relaxed vibes!Read More

Sheep on patrol by Lough Inagh as the sun goes down.

Lough Inagh Lodge – An Overnight Stay in the Heart of Connemara

Are you looking for somewhere to escape reality for a night or two? Do you just want to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings? Or do you fancy the perfect base to explore the beauty of Connemara and all it has to offer? Then look no further than the beautiful Lough Inagh Lodge.

I was lucky enough to stay at Lough Inagh Lodge earlier this year having been gifted a voucher for Original Irish Hotels (formerly Manor House Hotels) by a friend. Browsing the website, I was delighted to see that Lough Inagh Lodge was included in this collection of independent hotels around Ireland.Read More

Close up of front entrance to Portumna Castle during storm Emma

A Winter Wonderland in Portumna

A few weeks ago I wrote about my trip to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in search of snow. I thought it would be my last chance until next winter. I needn’t have worried. The Beast from the East and Storm Emma descended on us last week and instead of Ireland being all about the black stuff, we kicked off spring concerned with only the white stuff. And no, I don’t mean the bread nonsense, just the snow. This time I didn’t have to venture anywhere to find it. It was right here on my doorstep in Portumna, and plenty of it!Read More

PHOTO OP – Derryclare Lough, Connemara

This freshwater lake in Connemara, Co Galway, is a beautiful spot to stop off for some photos. It looks like the kind of place you might have to do some serious hiking to reach but you can actually just pull up at the side of the road, grab your gear and get shooting. It’s here you’ll get your classic postcard shot of Connemara, featuring Pine Island with the peaks of the Twelve Bens in the background. On a calm day you will be able to get beautiful reflection shots too.
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The Hymany Way – Portumna to Meelick

The Hymany Way is a 50km trail in Galway, beginning in Portumna and ending in Aughrim. It is a section of the longer Beara Breifne Way and is usually completed over two days. We weren’t feeling quite that adventurous, so we just did a smaller section of the walk from Portumna to Meelick, which is approx 15km and estimated to be 3 – 4 hrs. In the end it took us about 4.5 hrs. As always, we were stopping often to take photos and video, holding up my parents who joined us and ended up waiting for us a lot!Read More