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EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly

Girls’ Getaway to IRELAND

During their time in Ireland, Colleen and her sister get competitive at clay shooting, learn how to harvest mussels in a stunning fjord, take a scenic bike ride around the city of Westport, listen and dance to traditional Irish music at Matt Molloy’s pub, and even go on a horseback riding adventure along the beautiful Tullan Strand in Donegal for an unforgettable girls getaway.

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Great Places to Stay in Ireland

Ireland is home to many beautiful estates and manors. With a rich history and a landscape dotted with castles, you will surely feel like a royal while staying in Ireland. Here are some of the places we recommend staying from our trip to Ireland.

Located in Donegal, Ireland, Lough Eske Castle was originally built in 1868 as a manor. Now the historic landmark serves as a hotel. Here guests can enjoy activities such as fishing, horseback riding, and archery all while experiencing Irish history and traditions such as afternoon tea.

If you are staying in county Clare, then head over to the Dromoland Castle. This castle dates back to the 15th century and now serves as a hotel. They offer plenty of activities, from hawk walks and horseback riding to clay pigeon shooting. We tried our hand at the clay shooting, a sport dating back to the 1800’s. And don’t forget to explore the grounds of this beautiful castle! You will learn about the castle’s history while being able to take in some stunning views.

For those looking for a home away from home, there is no better place than the Mulraney House. A traditional bed and breakfast, this newly remodeled house was originally built in the 1920’s. Here guests are welcomed to true Irish hospitality and delicious Irish home cooking while also enjoying the stunning views of the coast.

Last but certainly not least is the Delphi Resort. Do you enjoy a nice relaxing day at the spa? Then the Delphi resort is perfect for you. With an award-winning spa located in the beautiful Connemara mountains, guests can choose a nice day of relaxing. However if you are more of an adventurous type, take advantage of the many different activities the Delphi Resort offers on site. We loved the thrill of ziplining through the Delphi Valley!

When traveling to Ireland there are just so many great places to stay, it’s hard to choose just one! But there is something to offer everyone and no matter what, you are sure to get a royal treatment.

Lough Eske Castle
Dromoland Castle
Delphi Resort
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ACTIVITIES ABOUND

HAVE A “WHALE OF A TIME”

Whether you are traveling with your family or spending a little time with your girlfriends, Ireland has plenty to offer. From cycling to dancing, there are so many fun activities for all of you to enjoy.

Ireland is famous for its many pubs! However, you’ll hardly find one better than the one owned by Grammy Award winning Flautist, Matt Molloy. As a member of the Chieftains, Matt Molloy has performed for audiences all around the world, making his pub one of the best-known pubs worldwide. Located in Westport, Matt Molloy’s Pub features delicious food and drinks while also featuring live music and dancing. If you are lucky enough, you may even witness Matt Molloy perform along with many other famous Irish bands, like CODA. While most American pubs aren’t meant for children, Ireland welcomes families of all ages to enjoy traditional Irish dancing and live music.

Cycling is a great way to explore a new city or region, especially when you are without a car. That is why we decided to stop at Greenway Bicycle Hire. Here we were able to rent bikes for our trip along the Gateway Greenway. Beginning in Westport and ending at Achill Island, travelers from all over the world come to ride this 26 mile walking and cycling trail. The trail traverses along the Atlantic coast through picturesque towns, magnificent mountains and the stunning Clew Bay. Be sure to stop in Newport and Mulranny to really make the most of your trip.

To truly appreciate the Wild Atlantic Way, be sure to stop by the Donegal Equestrian Centre. Here visitors can receive riding lessons on majestic Irish horses or take to the trail along the Tullan Strand. This beach is only accessible by horseback and is a great place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Known for their good temper, these Irish horses make the perfect companions for your ride. With stunning views of the cliffs on one side and the sea on the other, you’re bound to fall in love with the Emerald Isle.

Whether it’s the stunning views or the fun musical atmosphere, Ireland will make you want to return over and over again.

IRELAND’S GREAT PLACES TO EAT

Fresh and Delicious Meals

Ireland is home to Michelin Star restaurants, gastro pubs, and farmer’s markets all featuring fresh and delicious foods. Whether it’s fresh mussels or Irish pudding, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Located in Galway, Ireland, Killary Fjord Shellfish is a family-owned mussel farm business that began in 1989. Considered a pioneer in mussel farming, Killary Fjord Shellfish farms mussels on longlines submerged 8 meters under water. The mussels from Killary Fjord are known for their distinct sweet flavor as they are grown in an ideal location of both fresh and sea water. Once you are done learning about and farming the mussels, head back to the shore to get a taste of them for yourself. Not only does Killary Fjord Shellfish farm the mussels, but they serve them as well!

 

If you work up an appetite while cycling around Newport, then stop by Kelly’s Kitchen. Opened in 2012 by Shauna Kelly, the daughter of Newport’s renowned butcher, Sean Kelly, Kelly’s Kitchen carries on the high quality tradition of the family name. The restaurant offers quality meats and homemade sausage, as well as delicious sandwiches, homemade desserts, and pudding. This cosy cafe is the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy some food that everyone is sure to love.

These are just a few of the many great places to eat in Ireland. If you want to experience more of their delicious cuisine, consider taking a food tour and see what all the buzz is about when it comes to the Irish fare.

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