Where to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way! Part 1!

Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 27th of May 2014 at 14:44:22

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The Wild Atlantic Way has over 2,500km of gorgeousness just waiting to be explored, experienced and discovered! And while we have shared with you our favourite spots along the way and even some alternative activities to do, we have never looked at the accommodation offering along the route – until now! And after a busy day of sightseeing we know you definitely need a comfy bed, good Irish hospitality and a sumptuous breakfast awaiting you in the morning!
So this week and next, I will share with you my accommodations favourites along the Wild Atlantic Way - a healthy mix of everything from B&B’s up to 5 stars and castles!
So let’s get started – this week – my top picks from counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo!
Solis Lough Eske, County Donegal – this 5 star castle is just outside of historic Donegal town and has an epic history which stretches back to the 15th century. Enjoy a culinary dream in either the Cedars Grill Restaurant or for a more casual dining experience in The Gallery Bar and Lobby Lounge. The hotel is a wonderful fusion of modernity and old-world charm and for me is one of my favourite hotels in Ireland. Close to hotel, visit Europe’s highest sea cliffs the Slieve League and one of the wild Atlantic Way’s Discover Points and then travel on to Glenveagh National Park and Castle or Glencolmcille.
Solis Lough Eske, Donegal
Inishowen Gateway, County Donegal – ideally situated in the heart of the Inishowen Peninsula, this 3 star hotel overlooks Lough Swilly and the Buncrana Golf Club. It has the perfect location to tour Ireland’s largest Peninsula which includes Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point and some gorgeous cliff and beach walks. It is also home to Grianan Aileach a site dating to 1700 BC and mentioned by Ptolemy. The hotel itself is welcoming and friendly and be sure and indulge in their one of their spa treatments after a long day of touring! Bliss!
Inishowen Gateway, Donegal
Glass House, County Sligo – located in the middle of Sligo Town this modern 4 star hotel is right in the heart of the action. Sligo town has many attractions such as Sligo Abbey, Sligo County Museum and Sligo Art Gallery. The county itself is often referred to as Yeats Country so the hotel is a great base to explore the county that so inspired Yeats one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Tour Sligo’s glorious coastline and check out Mullaghmore a surfers paradise, followed a seaweed bath (trust me it is heaven!) in Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill.
Glass House, Sligo
Markree Castle, County Sligo – ok – so I have a “thing” about castles and I am so lucky to live in Ireland where a castle seems to lurk around every corner! And this castle is just lovely and so romantic! Set amidst 500 acres, this castle has been home to the Cooper family for nearly 400 years. While it has all the modern conveniences, a stay here is like stepping back into another era. Full of charm and class, it is the only castle hotel in Sligo on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Markree Castle, Sligo
Glenderan Bed and Breakfast, County Mayo – just outside of Westport this delightful B&B is set within 1 acre of gardens which guest can enjoy and of course the beauty of the Mayo countryside. Take a stroll around Westport town before enjoying a day discovering Achill Island – wild and beautiful or Downpatrick Head with its stunning coastal views.
Glenderan, B&B, Mayo
Westport Coast Hotel, County Mayo – I have stayed a few times in this hotel and it has always been great! Just outside of busy Westport Town, it has a great spa, delicious food and is Westport’s only waterfront hotel. It is close to Clew Bay – a magnificent bay full of history, heritage and awesome views which you come to expect along the wild Atlantic way, the pilgrimage site of Croagh Patrick and is only few minutes’ walk away from Westport House and Gardens which can trace its roots back to the famous pirate queen Grace O’Malley.
Westport House Hotel, Mayo
So, if you are tempted by these engaging accommodation and are thinking of heading westward to take in some of the Wild Atlantic Way, inquire with us and we can arrange it all for you!
It’s the Wild Atlantic Way – your Way!
Next week, accommodation recommendations in Galway, Clare, Kerry and Cork!

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