Enniscrone, County Sligo, Ireland

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ever since I can remember my Nanny has told me stories about growing up on the west coast of Ireland. Country Mayo, specifically. I can visualise the streets, smell of the peat in the air and see the wild landscapes. I have so many fond memories of spending family holidays in Ireland with my grandparents, going back feels like visiting an old friend. Last time we visited Ireland was a very special trip. My whole family: aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents (about 30 of us!) took over a guest house for a long weekend. 

Enniscrone, just down the road from where my Nanny grew up, was the perfect place for us to stay. Not only do lots of our cousins live either in or nearby Enniscrone, we were right on the beach and could walk everywhere.

Where did we stay?
We stayed at Ceol-na-Mara. It is run by Jim who was so accommodating and helpful. We had a mixture of rooms and self-catering houses - I felt sorry for whoever else was staying there whilst we were - we practically took over!! They did the BEST Full Irish breakfasts too!

How long for?
4 nights

What did you do?
There was lots for us to do. First and foremost it was a trip to visit family so we spent a lot of time with them.

Enniscrone beach is great for long walks - or a spontaneous game of rounders.

I'm not a golfer but Enniscrone is famous for golfing - my uncles made sure to check this out!

The braver ones of the group (not me!!) pulled on wet suits and went paddle boarding and canoeing in the sea. I struggle getting in the sea in the South of France, so as you can imagine I was not volunteering to take a dip in the Irish Sea!!

If you want to visit somewhere busier, or feel the need to go shopping, Ballina is only 20 minutes down the road. We visited the Jackie Clarke Collection whilst we were there. 

If you're feeling a bit more active, why not climb Croagh Patrick?

Or if you're in Enniscrone, why don't you treat yourself to a trip to their famous seaweed baths...if you're brave enough!!

Food and Drink

I think I spent 75% of my time in Ireland eating and drink. Whilst we were there, we visited:

We also took our little cousins for ice cream at Maple Moose which resulted in an instantaneous sugar high!

One of my favourite moments from the whole trip: One evening, we went into a pub and the landlord was a bit funny about my brother coming in as he was underage. One of my cousins took him aside and next thing we know, we were welcomed in, no questions asked. When we asked what made him agree, she smiled and said she had promised to leave a bag of turf on his front doorstep by 9 o'clock the next morning if my brother could come in. If that's not Ireland, I don't know what is!!

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