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It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since our Wild Atlantic Way journey. You probably noticed that I took a bit of a break from blogging to recalibrate (the irony being that my idea of recalibrating was to dive head first into other projects).

There’s so much still that I want to talk about our journey so I’d like to start with the places we stayed at along the way. From B&Bs to hostels to a caravan in a field, this is just an overview of the places we stayed in – there were times that we stayed at home, with family and with friends too, so they won’t be included!

I would highly recommend taking a similar approach if you’re planning on doing the Wild Atlantic Way. The variety made it a whole lot of fun!


Our Wild Atlantic Way Journey

Cork

The Heron’s Cove

Type of accommodation: Bed and Breakfast

On recommendation from friends and Alastair Sawday’s website, our first night on our Wild Atlantic Way journey was to be in the Heron’s Cove. A B&B tucked away in Cork’s countryside, we booked in for dinner in its attached restaurant.

Our twin room was superb with possibly the best view in the entire B&B. We had huge windows, a side door to the shared balcony and a view of the harbour. True to its title, we also were able to watch three herons silently plodding around the water.

Good morning from beautiful Goleen here in West Cork!

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The room was cosy, clean and tranquil. Wi-fi was a bit dodgy but for somewhere so remote, it was exactly the kind of place you’d want to head to, to get away from it all.

After unpacking and heading out for a bit of an exploring session, it was off to dinner. We would imagine that Francis Brennan would have a fit with the dining room given all of the trinkets about (we guessed that it was from all of their travels), but they didn’t bother us too much. It bordered on being quite cluttered but the space in the dining area made up for it. We loved being able to relax by the fire before dinner with a drink and seeing the great selection of wine displayed before us but being honest, the food in the restaurant wasn’t great. It was quite plain and didn’t scream excitement – service was also slow.

We forgave it though because of the overall experience, we would come back but probably eat elsewhere. The breakfast was very good. It’s not the cheapest place to stay at €70pp but that did include dinner.

  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Food: 2.5/5 (breakfast boosted the points)
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 4/5
  • Overall Impression: 4/5

Anthony’s Caravan Park

Type of accommodation: caravan

If you’re used to a certain type of accommodation and not used to roughing it, then Anthony’s Caravan Park in Allihies is definitely not for you. This sounds like a bad review but it’s far from it.

#Throwback to our caravan in Allihies – one of the best adventures that we had on the #wildatlanticway

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Anthony himself, a jolly fellow, came across to us as a man who was just simply: a character. Sure, the caravan wasn’t in perfect shape, it shook when the wind hit it and there was a leak at the bottom, but the Atlantic was right outside our door and we had it all to ourselves. It only cost us €30 for the night and Anthony went out of his way to get a new tank of gas for the caravan (which probably halved the cost of the night). Though it was completely like an episode of Father Ted, we had a brilliant time. He was very flexible with time and said that we could leave our stuff in the caravan all day while we explored the next day. In fact, had we the option, we would have stayed other night.

You can read an extended story piece about our caravan adventures here.

  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Cleanliness: 2/5
  • People: 5/5
  • Overall impression: 4/5

Booked through: Anthony O’Sullivan +353 27 73002


Clare

Aille River Hostel

Our twin room was cosy with an ensuite, simple décor and a view of the river. It cost us €20pp.

We loved being among people and it was great to be able to cook our lunch in a kitchen that had all the facilities that we wanted. The kitchen was clean, tidy and had enough space so that no one was bumping into each other.

After a walk to Doolin Pier to watch the sunset and small session at the local, we got ready to retire for bed, looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen.

Due to the huge gap under the door and the fact that they’re not heavy fire doors, we heard absolutely everything. So much so that we were awoken rudely at about 2am by drunk people “whispering” in the corridors and below us in the communal areas. This went on until after 5am.

Eventually, I had to go out to the corridor and yell at the people to either move on or shut up (they chose to do both). Would we come back? It’s hard to say because we had such an awful sleep. That’s always going to be the risk with hostels but it’s a shame that we barely got a wink.

  • Value for money: 2.5/5
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 2.5/5
  • Overall Impression: 3/5

Mayo

Westport Coast Hotel

The only accommodation we splashed out in, the Westport Coast Hotel was our breather with a bit of luxury on our trip. We stayed for two nights. Our room faced the water but thankfully we heard no noise throughout the night.

The highlight for us was their Spa Veda. It was without a shadow of a doubt one the most beautiful swimming pools and thermal suites that we had ever been in. An infinity style pool with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, tropical shower, salt room and ice fountain, it was magical. For obvious reasons, we didn’t take photos but check out their website for photos. It’s amazing.

We would definitely come back, particularly for the swimming pool and spa but would probably eat out instead as Westport has so many great places to dine out in. The only thing is that it’s a bit outside the main town to just stroll in so it’s much handier to have a car when visiting.

  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 4/5
  • Overall Impression: 4/5

Sligo

Strandhill Lodge and Suites

This 4* accommodation overlooks Strandhill Bay and we stayed in a beautiful twin room with access to a patio. They even had a really cool Nespresso-esque coffee machine!

Everything was comfortable and clean and we couldn’t hear a thing in the corridors or outside. Brownie points as well for having the plugs by the beds. Businesspeople would definitely approve of this retreat.

In the morning, I was surprised that they didn’t offer a cooked breakfast and just continental (there were hard-boiled eggs, though) but in one way it was a nice change because I tend to overload on a fry when I’m staying somewhere fancy!

This complimentary stay was part of our Sligo Food Trail adventure which you can read about in full here.

  • Value for money: Complimentary
  • Cleanliness: 5/5
  • People: 4/5 (we didn’t really see many people working)
  • Overall impression: 5/5

Donegal

Rathmullan House

With thanks to Ireland’s Blue Book, we finished our Wild Atlantic Way journey in beautiful Rathmullan House in Donegal. A quiet retreat away from the business of major towns and cities, it was a welcome final resting spot before we reached Malin Head. You can read our

You can read our in-depth review piece here.

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