Half the fun in a trip is planning it so here’s some Travel Articles to Inspire your Trip to the West. An bhfuil fúinn taistil ort – seo ailt chun inspioráid a thabhairt duit.
This feature in Conde Nast Traveller sees Stanley Stewart take a trip down memory lane boithríní na smaointe to find the beach of his childhood. Stunning photography by Toby Mitchell will make you want to pack your bag and head to Connemara.
Who wouldn’t want to check in to Ballynahinch Castle , Curreaveagh , Inagh Lodge after seeing the photos and reading all about them in this article. Ballynahinch Castle also featured in the Conde Nast
Kathleen McMahon writes in The Guardian about how the ‘ haunting expanse of lakes, bogs, heathland and mountains in County Galway’ inspired her novel ‘The Home Scar’ The idea for the novel came at the top of Errisbeg Mountain as she took in the views to the sea and then the constrasting view across the Roundstone Bog to the Twelve Bens.
This feature in the National Geographic was compiled by Pol O’ Conghaile. Diamond Hill , Omey Island, Killary Harbour , Dog’s Bay and Kylemore Abbey all got a mention. We suggested 6 more in this post which was one of our most popular posts on Instagram in 2023. Check out Mámeán, Trá an Dóilín , Oileán Finis ,Ionad Chultúrtha an Phiarsaigh ,Fáinne Chamus agus Ceantar na nOileáin if you want to go gallivanting in the Gaeltacht.
This article in the Reader’s Digest by J R Patterson explores the Gaeltacht areas in this article which features Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh and Ionad na nImirce. (Carna Emigrants Centre) Digital Nomads might be tempted by the state of the art GTEIC – Digital Hubs located in the Gaeltacht area. Carina Coyne in Dúiche Sheoige teaches visitors how to process wool the traditional way, from the raw fleece of her sheep.
Similar to the Readers Digest article JR Patterson this article covers many of the places featured in the article above.
Seaweed features in an article by Patrick O’ Hanlon in National Geographic . He interviews Diarmuid from Pota Cafe and other chefs about the benefits of cooking with seaweed . They also discuss the history and culture associated with it. Further west Padraig from The Seaweed Centre shares the benefits of a indulging in a seaweed bath. Sinead from Mungo Murphy Seafood describes her foraging tours and the story behind the foundation of the company.
This article features some suggestions for Gaeltacht escape at Christmas but can be applied to anytime of the year. Aontaím leo go bhfuil ‘Conamara fairsing agus lán le radharcanna dochreidte’ We agree with them that Connemara is vast and full of great views! Tips for Connemara included Trá an Dóilín, Ceantar na nOileáin or a visit to the Aran Islands. Tips for places to eat included Pota Cafe and Coynes Gastrobar & Pantry
Sciuird an tsamhraidh: ag dul siar go Conamara, áit a mbíonn an chraic is an spraoi | Independent.ie
San alt seo tugann Áine Ní Bhreisleáin treoir chuig na háiteanna is fearr le haghaidh saoire i gceantar Cois Fharraige. Bhí Áine mar láithreoir ar An Cósta Thiar agus tá na clar ar fáil ar TG4Player
Article on RTE with some suggestions for 48 hours in Conamara. Day 1 takes in Cois Fharraige while Day 2 suggests a trip to the Aran Islands.
Susanne Masters describes her cycling tour of Connemara in a series for Slowcomotion .This is a series that celebrates self-propelled travel and invites readers to explore the world in a sustainable way. She travelled by bus from Galway and hired a bike from Clifden Bike Shop . Taking the route through the Roundstone Bog to Rossaveal and across the the Aran Islands. Returning to Ballyahinch and cycling via the Inagh Valley to Renvyle House. The heather flavoured honey from GreenBee gets a mention.
The hidden Irish beach with crystal clear water, golden sand, seaweed coral – and it’s five minutes from busy village | The Irish Sun (thesun.ie)
Trá an Dóilín features in this article by Kaye Stafford in the Sun.
From sunrise walks to tasty lunch spots Sasha Brady describes her trip to Inis Mór in this Lonely Planet Article.
Article by Win Schumacher in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung about the cosy cottages, landscapes and myths of Connemara