We have just got back from a week in Cill Cottage and cannot put into words just how fabulous a time we had. The cottage is just as advertised and a real little home from home. Geraldine, the owner, couldn't be more welcoming.
There is just so much to do. My wife and I had gone with the intention of doing some hill walking and maybe pony trekking along a beach. We weren't disappointed. On the Monday we had a warm up by climbing Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park. Not too difficult a climb and lovely views of the 12 Ben mountains from the top.
We were going to have a restful day on Tuesday but decided instead to drive down to The Burren. Take the route through Kinvarra and stop and enjoy the little harbour and a coffee and cake in one of the cafe's. So peaceful and picturesque.
Wednesday we were ready for the big one. Croagh Patrick in neighbouring Mayo. The most difficult climb we have ever attempted. The going is very steep and the route is loose rocks and skree all the way. But boy is it worth the effort. Nearly 800 metres up and the view is breathtaking in every direction. But be warned, coming down is a lot harder than going up. While we were up there Mountain Rescue had to come up and take one lady down who'd had a bad fall.
Well in need of a rest we had a lazy day on Thursday and went into nearby Clifden where we spent the evening listending to live music in Conneely's. The Guinness really does taste even better in Ireland.
If you want to try some pony trekking I'd reccommend The Point about 14 kms from the cottage on the coast road to Cliffden. The lady who runs it, Anne, is lovely and will chat all day if you have the time.
We had originally planned a week in Provence but that fell through so decided on Connemara instead. Best holiday decision we ever made. Cannot recommend Geraldine's cottage enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self-Catering Luxury Cottage Located close to Roundstone Village in the heart of Connemara. High Standards Provided. Sleeps 2-7. Free WIFI, Sky TV, Superb sea views. Available for short stay or weekly all year. Ideally located for touring the West of Ireland. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Connemara Cottages Inishnee, Ireland - County Galway