The music reminded me of PS I Love You #BloggerClubUK, I love the quote about the earth having music for those who listen. Thanks for hosting #candidcuddles , Thanks so much Louise! It’s a beautiful spot x. SCENIC DRIVE itsatravelfullife.com “Being from Mayo and south Mayo more specifically, I love the South Mayo Scenic Drive. Perfect for individuals, couples, families and small groups, Panoramic Ireland can meet you at your hotel or anywhere along your journey. Debbie. Mother Nature does a good job #candidcuddles, Looks stunning. Through this small but vibrant city the River Corrib, Lough Corrib’s only outflow, makes its way powerfully into Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The busy market town of Headford is centred around a crossroads and the N84 turns right at the traffic lights. Situated a few miles from Oughterard in Rosscahill it is signposted to the left off the N59 heading towards Galway; on arrival you will find a treasure trove of landscaped gardens set amidst natural features including native woodland and marshland. I’ve heard there is a beautiful waterfall there & I’d love to see it. The view from the top is beautiful! Derroura woods has over 16 km of trails, mostly singletrack with some north shore and great views of Connemara’s mountains and Lough Corrib. My husband & I love bringing the kids off for drives like this so they can see some of the stunning scenery around the West of Ireland. My family & I drove through Tourmakeady over the weekend & it was so beautiful that I decided to start videoing so you could enjoy the scenery too. The property encompasses a little over three acres, with excellent lake frontage. Such a beautiful drive xx, Loved watching this video and you showed the scenery really well. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. That ruined church looks like an interesting place to explore. For more on the crazy narrow roads where I live, check out this post about the roads I drive. If you’d like to learn more about Tourmakeady, check out Discover Mayo & Tourmakeady.com. Europe - Help! Do you have a favourite family outing or things to do together out of the house? Covering 176 square kilometres with a highly indented shoreline and stretching 44 km northwest from the city of Galway , Lough Corrib is the second largest lake on the island of Ireland and divides the western part … The bustling village of Oughterard is situated on the western side of the lake and calls itself the Gateway to Connemara. We hope to head back to Tourmakeady over the summer to go for a walk. It was built sometime around 1800 from nothing but local stone and spans the end of a lake. Takes some getting used to, I suppose.) This comfortable family home has amazing views of surrounding countryside. Stunning location, a wonderful setting, sure to appeal to the romantic. Turn left over the river in the small settlement of Maam, a shop and a pub stand beneath the mountains in this wide valley. They really do form the best memories! I’ve always wanted to visit the West of Ireland, if you keep on showing me all these lovely places don’t be surprised if I rock up on your doorstep one day! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Christmas Nail Trends - which one is your favourite?? What a gorgeous part of the world. The Franciscan Friary of Ross Errily sits on a plain beside the Black River and contains fantastic stone work by mediaeval monks. If the video didn’t appear, watch it directly on YouTube by clicking here. The B8035 is signed, northwards at its southern end' as 'Scenic Route to Salen'. Scenic area. The gardens interlinked and are designed around the four Celtic festivals celebrating each season samhain (November 1st), imbolc (February 1st), bealtaine (May 1st) and lughnasa (August 1st). A warm bum would certainly make all the difference!! This article describes an anti-clockwise journey. I still remember our drives fondly as a child – unless they were the 8hr drives to visit family. Leave Castlebar on the N84 for Ballinrobe. #bloggerclubuk, What a stunning drive the lake, the river, the pub the abandoned church I too would love a drive round that area #bloggerclubuk, Just amazing, I loves seeing your part of the world! Glacial lake. Discover 106 vacation rentals to book online for your Turlough Round Tower, Castlebar trip. Comfortable 3 bedroom bungalow in an area of outstanding scenic beauty, close to Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Rooms are available from €79 and booking can be made via the House Hotel’s website here. #CandidCuddles, How lovely. A sandy beach is nestled at the edge of the lake and it is ideal for a swim or a picnic lunch on a sunny day. Head out of Headford on this local road for 1.5 km where a small lane to the right takes you to what are possibly the most impressive monastic ruins in Ireland. It is nestled between Lough Mask & the Partry Mountains in County Mayo. Famous for its association with John Ford’s The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara that was filmed here in the 1950s, Cong is home to ancient monastic ruins and lovely walks through the woods leading to caves with streams and ruined castles. Posted by Becky, Cuddle Fairy | Jan 19, 2017 | Scenic West of Ireland, Videos | 37 |. We are booked into a hotel for 4 nights. In the Gaeltacht, Clonbur is known as An fhairche and signs are erected with this name while maps will refer to it is Clonbur. There is a coffee shop and the café serves sandwiches, galettes and crepes as well as picnics for eating in the gardens. Your email address will not be published. After 11km you can stop at Ballintubber, a picturesque village nestled at the foot of the Partry Mountains. The house, built in a traditional manner, offers visitors breathtaking views over the lake and the Partry mountains in a tranquil scenic setting. For more see here. Three beautiful lakes: Lough Carra, Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. I’m hoping to get back to Tourmakeady someday, for a walk next time. Required fields are marked *. Family trip needed , Collect moments not things! A commemoration to 20 people who died on the lake during a boating tragedy in 1828 is situated beside the harbour. It reminded me of our last holiday back in August in Sardegna, Italy. Learn how your comment data is processed. Vacation rentals available for short and long term stay on Vrbo. En route there are plenty of things to do, sights to see and places to eat so read on to discover more. We like a nice drive too. This is a classic Irish landscape, the brown and fawn colour spreading out on either side of the road in the flat countryside with evidence of peat cutting, a practice of cutting the bogland (made up of compressed vegetation), stacking and drying it to be burned as a fuel. I have never been to Ireland, but its definitely a place we want to visit when we move home to the UK! The Lough Conn Drive is a looped drive of approx 102km around majestic Lough Conn. Keep straight on the N84 if you want to skip this location. The tragedy was immortalised in a poem by Raftery,  a wandering, blind, Irish language poet whose works were written down by contemporaries. Feature windows, a tower and cloisters situated amongst lush green fields grazed by cattle and sheep add to the feeling of calm. Head north on the N84 Headford Road signposted for the towns of Headford and Castlebar following the eastern side of the lake. Love the quotes too – especially the one about collecting moments and not things. Enjoy your visit to my blog x. For any angling enthusiasts the property is located just off the R300 road that runs along the shore of Lough Mask and just a short drive from the village of Tourmakeady. Cuddle Fairy's motto is: There's positivity around every corner. The Scenic Drive will remain open to private vehicles and commercial shuttles through Dec. 24, when it will close for shuttle operation until Jan. 2, 2021. The bridge crosses a navigable river with mooring just 3 km from the most northerly point of Lough Corrib. Browse 68 cabins to book online direct from owner in Mayo Memorial Peace Park, Castlebar. Mountain bikes can be hired from West Side Cycles in Galway and includes a free bike rack to put on your rental car to take the bikes out and back to the trail. I have to say though, I think that is the best beer garden view I have ever seen! Oughterard, like Headford on the other side of the lake, is a popular base for angling and is situated on the small but pretty Owenriff river. The lough is a rectangular glacial lake and is approximately 2.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide. I am proud of many things in life but nothing beats being a mother, Take My 3 Day Positivity Challenge and See How Your Mindset Begins to Change. Love days / trips out like this. All content in this article ©Darren McLoughlin and ©scenicdrives.eu. Tourmakeady is a popular spot to visit in the summer months for fishing, walks & drives. After McGaugh’s Garden Centre on the left the true countryside begins. After approximately 16 km turn left for Annaghdown on the L2118. Get Cuddle Fairy's latest posts straight to your inbox. Dinner is available in the restaurant and the bar is well known for cocktails. No spam! Thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUK, Ah Italy is on the top of my list, it’s such a beautiful place. Árd Aoibhinn Farm is found in a scenic and peaceful place near Tourmakeady, County Mayo and conveniently located along the shores of Lough Mask. You live in such a beautiful place Situated on the Owenriff downstream from Oughterard, Aughnanure is one of the finest tower houses in Ireland. Cuddle Fairy is a positive space on the internet where all of my blog posts & videos have a positive slant. That view from the bridge is beautiful, looks like a stunning place to visit! Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre: Drive around Lough Mask and Lough Corrib - See 3,814 traveler reviews, 2,319 candid photos, and great deals for Galway, Ireland, at Tripadvisor. Lakeshore Self-catering and Angling situated in natural wooded surroundings on the shores of Lough Mask. To be honest I actually quite like it, head space, beautiful English countryside, its so peaceful. Mullagh Cottage is traditional-style stone cottage with space for up to six people. Aughnanure is flanked on one side by the river, adding a level of protection and also has two bawns or surrounding walls. Aside from the places mentioned in the guide there are lots of options for things to do around Lough Corrib. #bloggersclubuk, Ha! Answer 1 of 7: We arrive in Galway on 11 October after driving from Dublin. I am wife & mom to three amazing kiddies. The rainbow was a beautiful touch! Property Partners Emma Gill are proud to bring to market this half acre elevated site overlooking Lough Mask in the scenic setting of Tourmakeady in Mayo. I’d love to go back one day and this place looks stunning. The 40 room hotel features tastefully decorated rooms and is “One of the best places to stay in Ireland” according to the New York Times. Galway makes an ideal base for the Lough Corrib scenic drive, as this is a circular route and one of Ireland’s livliest cities. These are the vestiges of a church, cathedral and abbey, with some fine stone carving dating from the 12th century and later. Find out more on my About page. There's a fabulous scenic drive or bike ride which starts from Westport called the Great Western Greenway, which runs to Achill Island overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. The next settlement you arrive at is Maam Cross. Sure beats Minnesota! The Lake District Drive This driving loop brings you to the heart of the Lake District. One of Ireland’s great scenic drives, the Lough Corrib drive in County Galway is a circuit of an inland sea with ever-changing scenery, ruins, castles, sheep-lined roads and plenty of places to visit. What a great place! Lough Nafooey is set in a steep-sided valley, surrounded by the rugged Maumturk mountains to the south and Mayo’s Partry mountains to the north. Not far off this road lies Moytura House, the childhood home of Oscar Wilde whose father William studied and wrote at length about Lough Corrib. You live in a beautiful part of the world! No reproduction without written consent. With magnificent mountainous views on your doorstep and close proximity to the popular fishing lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, this is an ideal residence or country bolt hole away from the hustle & bustle. You sometimes forget what is right on your doorstep and like you and your family we love going out to explore what’s near to us. #bloggerclubuk, What a lovely place. Clonbur is one of those places whose placename causes confusion, just like Dingle or An Daingean as seen on our Dingle Scenic Drive. Head back to Headford and turn left at the traffic lights, take the R334 signposted for Cong. Inhabited by Augustinians on the site of a 7th century church, most of the buildings including the doorways date from the late 12th century. For more information on fishing on Lough Corrib see here. Quite unlike anywhere else in Ireland the village sits on an island on a narrow isthmus, surrounded by the water that flows between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask though the porous limestone rock of the region. Thank you. The soft green contours of the ancient weathered mountains slowly change to typical upland colours of brown and yellow, purple with heather in the summer. The contrast between the lake & the mountains is breathtaking. Darren McLoughlin is a photographer, tour guide and author. It’s great to know you do this as a family – hopefully we’ll get to do more of it this year too. Go for an early morning walk or evening stroll along the many lakeside pathways and enjoy the fresh unpolluted air. I’ve never been to Ireland! (I did initially gasp a bit when I noticed the driving-on-the-left-side-of-the-road bit! I remember the torture of those lol x, What a lovely day trip out. Lough Mask and Lough Corrib are all within easy reach. #bloggerclubUK, So beautiful! Enjoyed viewing my hometown. In this part of Ireland there was little other employment and the land was not as productive as the fields east of Lough Corrib, the mine provided at least some opportunity to earn a wage. Tourmakeady Map Now it is time to get into the car and head out of the small city. The House Hotel in Galway City is a small hotel located in the centre in an area known as the Latin Quarter, just a minute’s walk from Spanish Arch and Quay Street. Repeatedly evicted over the next few hundred years the Franciscans returned each time until finally abandoning the friary in 1753. Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 daily 16/03 to 28/10. #BloggerClubUK xx, I so agree collecting moments is so much more important!! Lough Mask (Irish: Loch Measca) is a limestone lake of about 83 km 2 (32 sq mi) in Counties Galway and Mayo, Ireland, north of Lough Corrib.Lough Mask is the middle of the three lakes, which empty into the Corrib River, through Galway, into Galway Bay. At various points along the drive you’ll spot three beautiful lakes, Lough Corrie, Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Fishing is free on Lough Corrib and there are good stocks of brown trout, sea trout and salmon. It is part of the NC500 route. Originally from NY, I now live in the gorgeous West of Ireland with my family. We are lucky that we live in a really picturesque part of the country and I love nothing more on a weekend than getting out and exploring it with the kids. xx. Beautiful outstanding scenic walk on the doorstep. #BloggerClubUK, Wow it looks so beautiful. My family & I drove through Tourmakeady over the weekend & it was so beautiful that I decided to start videoing so you could enjoy the scenery too. As well as the underground tour, there is an opportunity to pan for gold and view the seismological equipment on site. We were driving for ages & the lake was there the whole time. Hop in the car with my family & enjoy the drive along the narrow & winding roads of the West of Ireland! Very soon the countryside begins to show its beauty. Looks gorgeous. An Irish language college was established here early in the century. The cottage is about 20 mins drive from Cong (‘The Quiet Man’ Film and Ashford Castle), and Clonbur for supermarkets, restaurants etc. For the first section this is a rather uninspiring road, very busy with traffic and laden with roadside industry for a few miles. It would be easy to spend half a day in lovely Cong. For more scenery from the West of Ireland, join the kids, Mia our sheep-dog & I on our adventure to the top of the big hill. It dates from the 15th century. Helpfully some locals have added Clonbur onto road signs to aid navigation. Thanks for the lovely comment x, Such a beautiful area and I love your quote, collect moments not things. Secure payments, 24/7 support and a Book with Confidence guarantee At the entrance to the village there is a roundabout, to the right there is a car park and in the busier months it is definitely best to park here and walk into the village a short distance away. Cong, Kylemore and Scenic Drives Croagh Patrick & Doolough Valley - Please help me out with a little more information. Lough Carra flows into Lough Mask, which feeds into Lough Corrib through an underground stream which becomes the River Cong. This former silver and lead mine is located a few miles before Oughterard on the right heading south on the N59. This drive takes in Castlebar, Ballintubber Abbey, Ballinrobe, Cong, Clonbur, Tourmakeady and back to Castlebar. We headed out for a cruise into the Lough and had great views of the many islands and the multiformed Connemara Mountains. Be My Bear Party Kit Review – Make Your Own Bear! And it is in driving from Galway along the N59 after Oughterard that the landscape changes to that which is typical of Connemara – bogs, lakes, mountains and sky. With regular tours of the 19th century mine workings, the hard life of a miner becomes apparent. The season varies but runs from February to the end of September. Find out more at Panoramic Ireland. This is a unique opportunity to experience fly fishing for wild brown trout on one of the Great Western Lakes. In the small but pretty village of Clonbur follow the road around to the left for Cornamona and Maam. The lake, Lough Mask is huge! #bloggerclubUK, It looks lovely, I’m fortunate to live near the Lake District, so even though I hate having to drive 50 miles to get to work, at least I get a nice scenic commute through the Lakes! The New Guided Experience at Westport House Winter Wonderland, Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link Purifier Unboxing & Review, Our Experience Visiting Santa with Santa Online, Harvest Full Moon – How to Harness the Energies, Decorating with new prints from My-Picture.co.uk. 24/7 Customer Service. The route begins and finishes in Galway providing a perfect circular drive along both shores of Lough Corrib that is great for a day’s adventure. That is a beautiful drive and lovely to see a rainbow along the way too. They formed the best memories. #bloggerclubUK, Wow! this drive looks so beautiful, I drive a lot for work and can sometimes be in the car for 3 hours a day. In the village of Cross turn left on the R346. Árd Aoibhinn Farm is located near Tourmakeady, County Mayo, surrounded by mountains along the western shore of Lough Mask, a very scenic peaceful location where people still seem to have all the time in the world to befriend visitors. Best not to have the driver looking too hard for the lake at this point! A Paradise for Wildlife lovers, Artists, Birdwatchers & Anglers but you don’t have to be any of those to stay with us. Tower houses were fortified residences built by powerful Irish families in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. A sign to the left for Ross Errily takes you past Joyce’s supermarket, a good place to stop for provisions if you plan to have a picnic. Property Partners Emma Gill are delighted to present to the market this charming 3 bedroom property situated on a scenic site just outside of Clonbur village. Because you are in the Gaeltacht, an Irish language speaking area, some road signs will only have the Irish placenames. GREAT DRIVE LOUGH MASK: The magnificent views over Lough Mask provide a suitably scenic finish to this year’s journeys, writes BOB MONTGOMERY STRETCHING … Panoramic Ireland create personalised photography tours, day trips and workshops for all ages in Galway and throughout Ireland. Descending from the height of the pass, the wide open plain of Connemara lies before you. Note I wasn’t asked or paid to promote Tourmakeady – it was just a fun family day out. This is a list of national primary roads, national secondary roads, regional roads, and officially designated scenic routes in County Mayo in Ireland. Árd Aoibhinn Farm is found in a scenic and peaceful place near Tourmakeady, County Mayo and conveniently located along the shores of Lough Mask. Fine Historic Two Storey Traditional Irish Farmhouse, located in an area of outstanding scenic beauty with wonderful views of lake and mountains and extensive lakeshore onto Lough Mask. Tourmakeady is a small village in the West of Ireland known for its rugged & scenic views. It is possible to drive this route clockwise or anti-clockwise. Balinrobe is situated in South Mayo and is very central to the folllowing locations 30 minutes drive from Castlebar, Westport, Knock Airport, 45 Minutes drive from Galway, Connemara,35 Minutes from Wild Atlantic Way There are three major lakes,Mask, Corrib, Carra. Glengowla mine closed in 1865 but is now one of Ireland’s most interesting show mines. To your left lies Lough Corrib, mostly invisible, there are but brief views; the mountains of Connemara rise above the horizon with only a few trees interrupting the flat landscape. #bloggersclubuk, I’ve never visited Ireland and watching this makes me think I really need to put that right! A loop via Lochinver is signed as a coastal route off the North and West Highlands Route. 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