FUN, SCENIC & HISTORIC
EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly
The Wild Atlantic Way in IRELAND
Joined by her daughter Shea and niece Keelin, Colleen embarks on a journey through Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, where the family takes on some brand new adventures. They zipline through the Delphi Forest, meet some birds of prey at Dromoland Castle, learn how to herd sheep and even feed lambs at Glen Keen Farm, enjoy traditional afternoon tea, and go fly fishing for the very first time.
A GREAT FAMILY GETAWAY
Learn about Ireland
The Emerald Isle is home to some of the most beautiful castles and manors throughout the world. The Wild Atlantic Way has such a unique and robust history that your family will enjoy the numerous activities all while learning all about Irish traditions.
Whether you are staying at or just visiting Lough Eske Castle, be sure to make time for some afternoon tea. Originally created by Duchess Anna Russell of Bedford, this light meal was thought to be the perfect afternoon refreshment between lunch and dinner. As the name suggests, the meal features tea, as well as small sandwiches, biscuits, and pastries. By the end of your meal, you’ll feel like real royalty.
Translated as “Lake of the Fish”, Lough Eske offers visitors the chance to try their hand at fly fishing. Whether you’re a first time fisher, or a true expert, you will enjoy soaking in the beautiful lake and surrounding countryside, and perhaps even catch a fish or two. If you’re lucky like my daughter Shea, you may even catch four! The lake is filled with brown trout, sea trout, and salmon all throughout the May thru September fishing season.
Located in County Mayo, the Lost Valley is the perfect combination of history and scenery. During the Irish Potato Famine, many farmers living in the Lost Valley were evicted from their homes, leaving many of the fields and potato beds untouched. The land eventually became a large grazing farm that would develop a unique landscape. Due to its remote location, this area has been mostly untouched by machinery for hundreds of years, leaving behind a natural landscape that is truly something to behold.
There are so many fun activities to do while staying in Ireland. And what better way to have fun than to learn something along the way!
THE EMERALD ISLE’S ATTRACTION
SO MUCH TO DO. SO MUCH TO SEE.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is known for its picturesque views of its beautiful countryside and high rising bluffs. But that’s not the only reason to visit the Emerald Isle. There are so many fun activities to do that will make your family want to travel to Ireland over and over again. Here are some of the activities from our trip!
All along the countryside, one can see one of Ireland’s greatest resources, sheep. But how do farmers keep track of all these sheep that are sprawled out over hundreds of acres? Well with the help of a furry friend of course! If you want to test out your sheep herding abilities, head over to Glen Keen Farm. Here you can learn about Ireland’s long history of sheepherding, try your hand at commanding the dogs, and if you’re lucky enough, feed some of the farm’s newborn lambs.
If you and your family enjoy spending time with animals, then you won’t want to miss Dromoland Castle, where you and your family can tour the grounds of this historic castle with a hawk in hand. Known as a Hawk Walk, you can learn about the sport of falconry while getting to interact with the castle’s majestic hawk, Alice. When you are done, you can meet some of Alice’s other feathery friends, such Pickles, the castle’s famous barn owl. With falconry known as a sport of kings, you’ll feel like real royalty as you take in the beautiful sites.
If you ever wondered what it was like to soar across the sky like a bird of prey, then be sure to checkout the Delphi Resort’s Zipline. Located in County Mayo, the Delphi Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind, as you can visit their award winning spa. However, if you are in for a challenge, try out their rockwall, rope, and ziplining course! You can fly down the 720 ft course through the beautiful forests of Connemara with stunning views of the Irish landscape. It truly is a site to behold.
Now with so much to do and so much to see, wouldn’t it be nice to have your own personal driver? How about someone who could act as your own personal tour guide? Well, with a driver from CIE Tours, you can get both! This is the perfect combination for those who wish to take in the beautiful Irish countryside while not having to worry about any distractions or driving on the left side of the road. It will really make your trip that much easier.
These are just a few of the activities we got to experience on our trip to Ireland. There is so much to do and so many beautiful things to see, your family will feel as if they’ve experienced the true luck of the Irish.
Fabulous Family Restaurants
When dining with your family, it isn’t always easy to find places to go where everyone will agree on a menu. However if you are lucky, you may just find a great restaurant that your whole family will agree on. And while visiting these restaurants in Ireland, that is exactly what you will find.
At first glance, Glen Keen Farm appears to be just a normal sheep herding farm. However, they offer so much more. Whether it’s sheepherding lessons or wool-spinning classes, Glen Keen Farm has activities that will keep you and your family busy throughout the day. However, while there, you are sure to build up an appetite. That is why it is important to check out the Glen Keen Farm’s visitor center restaurant. With delicious seasonal meals, your family is bound to love dining together all while overlooking the farm’s beautiful countryside.
If you are planning on staying at Lough Eske Castle, be sure to check out Cedars Restaurant. Run by head chef Richard McGee and his brother, sous chef Andrew McGee, Cedars offers a variety of seasonal meals all while basking in the ambience of Lough Eske Castle. As part of most Irish meals, fish is the main staple and you’ll hardly find a restaurant that does fish better than Cedars. This family run restaurant is a great place for all of your family to enjoy!
Overlooking the beautiful Connemara mountains, guests visiting the Delphi Resort can enhance their stay by dining at the resorts top notch restaurant, the 814 Restaurant. Named after the height of the regions’ tallest mountain Mweelrea, the 814 Restaurant prides itself on providing fresh and locally sourced food. With freshly caught mussels from Killary Fjord and organically farmed lamb from nearby hillsides, this menu draws upon true Irish cuisine and certainly does not disappoint.
While each place provides their own unique brand of food, they nevertheless embrace the importance of a quality cooked meal. Each of these restaurants will leave you and your family wanting seconds of Ireland and its fare.