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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Day 1: Westport to Galway

24th September 2015
Ireland Hol 2015

Ireland isn’t somewhere that’s really ever been on my radar for a holiday. I know right, this seems a crime considering that my husband is half Irish and its only a stones throw away from the UK. So when an invite to one of my oldest friends weddings to her own Irish boy popped though the letterbox, a plan began to form in my mind. We would head across for the wedding in the Western town of Westport and after this spend a few days travelling and eating our way down the West and South Coasts.

We decided that we would get the ferry across, to maintain the luxury of bring able to take our own car and pack it to the rafters. The crossing from Holyhead to Dublin was smooth sailing in itself, less though the ordeal of getting to the port in the first place, but thats a boring story of road works, traffic jams and lots of swearing.

The wedding was a fun and raucous event that meandered on into the early hours (a typical irish wedding I’m told) and we had a great time. We managed to get up at a decent hour on the Sunday though and began our road trip. More about the hotel we stayed at in Westport in a blog post soon.

The first stage was from Westport down to Galway, down the Wild Atlantic Way. For those that don’t know, the Wild Atlantic Way is a 2500km coastal drive that stretches from Donegal to past Cork on the South Coast taking in one of the worlds most stunning and rugged coastlines.

Westport is a lovely town packed full of cafes and pubs, and is immensely colourful. You could easily spend a few days here with its quaint quay area, nearby sacred mountain Croagh Patrick and great walks.













Reluctantly we left Westport and headed south. Our first stops were Aasleagh Falls, a beautiful waterfall set just back from the road, and then on into Killary Harbour – Irelands only Fjord. The weather was a bit moody that morning but that only made for a more dramatic atmosphere. We came across loads of mussel ropes in the harbour, a fantastic sight.




We ploughed on around the coast through an area called the Connemara, full of wild white ponies, until we reached a little village called Roundstone. A really idyllic little town with a harbour where we watched fishermen pull in the lobster pots and grabbed a light lunch in a cafe called Bog Bean.




Nearby here are two gorgeous beach areas – Dogs Bay and Gurteen Beach. It was a bit cold to swim, but I managed a quick paddle in the clear waters and there was plenty of pretty things to see on the shore.








From here we followed the coastline before arriving at our stop for the night, overlooking Galway Bay. We explored the busy bustling streets of Galway itself, sat a while with Oscar Wilde and took in the Spanish Arch, constructed in the 1500’s. Lee partook of one his favouite beach pastimes, stone skimming just opposite our B&B, and we spotted a crazy man swimming in the Bay!













Later that night we headed back to Galway for dinner, at a place called Ard Bia – review will be up soon! Falling asleep listening to the waves of Galway Bay was a fantastic start to our trip, next up day 2!

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  • Reply fashionandstylepolice 24th September 2015 at 18:54

    Looks like you guys had fun. Beautiful pictures.

  • Reply Mellissa Williams 24th September 2015 at 18:57

    You have some amazing photos here, I love how the colours pop!

  • Reply shazza 24th September 2015 at 22:24

    Wow what a colourful trip! I have never been to Ireland( apart from the one daytrip to Dublin from Holyhead) and your coastal journey looks so beautiful.I especially love the beach photos.That pink and white shell is so pretty.:)

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  • Reply andydhare 25th September 2015 at 21:12

    Thank you Roz. You’ve fescribed and toured some of my favourite places on the planet. Your post has brought back some great memories of staying in the area, loved Westport., Roundstone and Galway. The mountain roads are beautiful in that area. It sounds as if you had a great road trip,

    • Reply the foodie couple 25th September 2015 at 21:16

      It’s such a beautiful place isn’t it! Quite a few more posts to come over the next few weeks! X

      • Reply andydhare 25th September 2015 at 21:23

        Look forward to reading them. It’s whetted my appetite to return! ?

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  • Reply Laura 28th September 2015 at 13:39

    You managed to go to Galway and it didn’t rain?! My dad’s family are from Galway and I spent many a summer there, visiting Croagh Patrick, feeding lambs, visiting the vibrant city centre and drinking lots and lots of Barrys tea. It really is a wonderful part of the world and I’m glad you had a great time.

    I can’t believe you didn’t visit Supermacs though. 😉

  • Reply thepoachedplum 1st October 2015 at 22:49

    Glad you had such a good experience in one of my favourite parts of Ireland. Hope you get back to explore more of the Wild Atlantic Way soon.

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