Since starting this series of blog posts, I have been researching more and more into my own little country and finding places that I have never heard of before that are now on my “to-see” list. My previous post showed the second leg of my (hypothetical) future road-trip, County Donegal. If you haven’t seen the previous two parts of this series, you can find them here 🙂
After leaving Donegal, my plan would be to continue travelling down the west coast of the country, along the Wild Atlantic Way! The first places on my “to-see” list are just across the county border into County Sligo. Technically, I actually have already seen the next couple of spots before but I was only passing through for a day and so I never got to explore the area fully!
Benbulbin is the first place on my list for County Sligo. This rock formation is hard to miss, for miles around it is a huge landmark on the horizon. I didn’t realise it at the time, but while I was in this area, I was actually very close to Benbulbin, only a couple of roads over! I believe Benbulbin is actually a walking/climbing destination too, although I’m not sure if I would be brave enough to try but I imagine the view would be amazing!
The next two sights in County Sligo are very close together. The first is Mullaghmore Beach. When I was there, I had a meal in a restaurant alongside the beach, unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the restaurant now but the food was delicious and the view was stunning! Afterwards, I took a walk along the sand, although I didn’t go the full way as the beach actually stretches a couple of kilometres in length in total (if you look closely you can actually see some of the mountains from the beach too!).
Following on around the coastal road from Mullaghmore Beach is Classiebawn Castle. The castle sits overlooking the mountains and the water in a very scenic setting!
Before starting this series of blogposts I had only heard of some of the most well known sights and locations in Ireland but after doing some research, I’ve managed to find many more beautiful spots.
The next two stops on this leg of the journey are not too far away. The first place is the Devil’s Chimney in County Sligo. This waterfall is beautiful, flowing down the mountainside into Glencar Lough. Just down the road from the Devil’s Chimney, across the county border is the Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim. This waterfall looks amazing and from the photos I’ve found, it doesn’t look like a place that you would find in Ireland!
Moving on down the coast, the next couple of stops for this portion of the trip are in County Mayo. The first of these stops is Downpatrick Head. This rock formation comes with an interesting story about St. Patrick and it is definitely on my to-see list!
Just a little further along the coast line are the Erris Head and Carrowteige Loop Walks. Like many of the other locations in this trip, these walks are a great way to see the Atlantic Ocean and some of Ireland’s prettiest scenery.
A little further down the coast, you will come to Achill Island. While I’ve never been here personally, I’ve heard so much about this little island located off the coast of Mayo. One of the parts I’m most excited to do is the Atlantic Drive all the way out to Achill Head. I’ve also seen some lovely photos of Keem Bay so I’ll be sure to check it out too!
Back on the mainland, there are 3 or 4 more places I would like to visit in Mayo. The first of these places is Lough Lannagh. This Lough has a beautiful view and a 1.9km walk!
Not too far away are the next two places, Aasleagh Falls and Doo Lough. One of my favourite parts of the west of Ireland is how many lakes there are. Doo Lough is very picturesque, surrounded and hidden by nearby mountains. Just down the road is Aasleagh Falls. From the pictures I’ve seen, this waterfall is set in a beautiful location surrounded by fields and mountains.
The final spot for this post is The Lost Valley. This spot in Southwest Mayo is hidden away from everything but it holds some beautiful beaches and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean!
Obviously I’ve only touched on a very small amount of places that these counties have to offer, I’m sure that if I’m ever able to properly do this road trip I will find a lot more hidden gems along the way!
For Part 4 of this hypothetical road trip series, I’ll be planning my journey through counties Galway, Clare and Limerick right down into Kerry and Cork! 🙂