Last weekend was amazing. Not only did I get to go on an epic road trip to one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland (and the world!) I also for to do it with an incredible group of people, many of whom are now my friends.
For those of you you don’t know, I have been setting up an adventure travel community in my spare time called ‘The Adventure Pack’. We mainly organize trips away, such as surfing trips to Donegal or kayaking trips to Wicklow, through Facebook, but we also have a Meetup group and our own website. Our small group has grown to close to 1,000 members in 3 short months which is pretty awesome. Our aim is to get people out and active and to see more of Ireland, something I myself am pretty passionate about.
For this particular adventure we hired a bus and headed to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the ‘longest defined coastal driving route in the world’. Or so they say. Obviously as we only had 2 days, there was no way we would be covering the entire West coast so we just picked two counties, Sligo and Mayo, and that was long enough!
On Saturday we headed to Mullaghmore to see search for ‘Ireland’s biggest wave’ but thanks to a calm day not a single wave, or surfer, could be seen. We spent some time on Sreedagh stand then headed to Strandhill for some surfing.
We were greeted by Michael, the owner of SurfNStay, who was nothing short of amazing for the duration of our stay. What a gentleman! (When he heard some of our group was hungry he even offered to drive to the local shop to buy them some rolls!)
While most of the group headed out surfing, 6 of us decided to take the more relaxing option and opted for the Voya Seeweed Baths. I have never had a seaweed bath before but will most definitely be recommending it. It was like soaking in a bath full of Aloe Vera – so good in fact a will be dedicating a whole separate post to that particular experience!
In the evening we had a great sing-song in the hostel thanks to Silas bringing his guitar and Bianca’s amazing musical talent. We even did a very long, and probably very bad, rendition of ‘The Rattlin Bog’, a popular Irish drinking song!
On Sunday our brilliant driver Ally arrived and set off along the coast road stopping off at Easky beach in Sligo which is popular surfing spot. We didn’t spend too long here, but just enough to snap a few fun jumping photos and to check out the surfers doing their thing!
After our fun in the sun we took the long winding road to Downpatrick Head, near the village of Ballycastle, in Co. Mayo. After an hours drive and a short walk across some fields, and past two MASSIVE blow holes we came across Dun Briste Sea stack (meaning The Broken Fort in English), which was nothing short of spectacular. The sea stack itself became detached form the mainland over 600 years ago and in all that time only a small handful of people have ever stepped foot on the stack.
We spent a bit too much time on the bus trying to get out to Achill Island, only to be given cloudy weather and low lying mist! That’s the thing with Irish road trips though, you gotta take what you’re given.
Sun or no sun, 3 of us still went swimming and we all admitted it was one of the most stunning beaches we have ever had the pleasure to swim at. The beach was called Keem and it was in a bay totally surrounding my dominating cliffs and mountains. It was unbelievabley beautiful and I will most definitely be back!
Here are some photos from our trip, some taken by me and most taken by our awesome photographer Cian Doherty Thanks Cian!