Hare’s Leap – An Irish Holiday Cottage in Westport

A perfect cottage for making memories during your Ireland vacation. Hare's Leap Cottage near Westport, County Mayo.

One of the loveliest traits of Ireland, I think, is being not so far from a destination yet feeling like you are absolutely alone in the countryside. My family found this perfect bit of serenity less than 10 miles from Westport in County Mayo.  An Irish Holiday Cottage in Westport How could we resist a description […]

Luxury Self Catering at Mount Falcon Estate in County Mayo

Luxury rooms inside the manor at Mount Falcon Estate are a decadent splurge during your Ireland vacation.

If the owners of Mount Falcon Estate would let me live in one of their Woodland Lodges I would move in tomorrow. My family arrived after a day spent in the tight quarters of our rental car. From Westport we drove Mayo’s untamed portion of the Wild Atlantic Way, wind and rain alternating their battering of us as we drove […]

Ireland Travel Tip : Mix and Match Your Lodging for Great Experiences and Variety

Ireland Travel Tip : Lodging Options

When planning your Ireland family vacation it’s very easy to fall into what I call a ‘lodging rut’. To put it simply, a ‘lodging rut’ is when you think that your trip can have only one type of lodging, be it hotel, B&B, or self catering cottage. Depending on the length of your trip, your […]

At Home in Ireland : Connemara Self Catering Cottage

It had been just over a year since our last visit to Clifden, Connemara in the western-most reaches of County Galway. My husband and mother were with us this trip, which gave us an incentive to return to the area, though one never really needs a reason to return to the beauty that is Connemara. […]

Ireland Family Vacation Trip Report – the Mapes Family

Thank you to Amy Mapes for sharing this account of their Ireland family vacation. To read more about the Mapes family’s Ireland trip, visit Mapes Family Adventures. I don’t have a bucket list and neither do my children.   I try to make any kind of trip…whether it is a day trip or a long vacation…an […]