Lahinch, Co. Clare
As we were lucky to have the use of a friends house in Lahinch, recommending accommodation isn’t an option here. However should you choose to holiday in Lahinch there are any number of holiday homes to rent in the area. There is also the option of staying at The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.
This holiday was a magical one so we would highly recommend it for a great, all round family retreat. Lahinch offers not only a stunning beach and promenade but also a leisure centre, playground and a number of companies offering surfing lessons/hire equipment.
We visited Moher Hill Farm & the Cliffs of Moher both of which were very accessible for buggies. While we found the farm to be priced quite high for adults, it was a lovely attraction with an array of animals to see and feed. Play & picnic areas were provided both indoors and outdoors which we thought very clever considering the Irish climate. The visiting centre at the Cliffs of Moher and of course the cliffs themselves are a fantastic attraction. It does of course make a difference if the sun is shining but definitely well worth a visit. There are some steep hills so a good workout awaits you and your buggy.
If you’re up for a forest adventure a bit off the beaten track then make your way to Dromore Woods. We were so impressed with this beautiful natural resource, the array of tracks available, though not all suited to buggies and most of all the peace and tranquility you experience here.
We ate delicious pancakes at Ooh La La Creperie in Ennistymon and very tasty fish at Vaughan’s in Liscannor.
With heavy hearts we left Lahinch behind but will definitely be returning to the area for further exploration.
Our second family holiday brought us to Dungarvan, Waterford. As Aedín was 10 months at this stage & sleeping in her own room we decided self-catering, was the more ideal option on this occassion.
We had a few items on our wish list for the ideal rental:
- a country (secluded) residence
- buggy-friendly walks on our doorstep
- town/village within walking distance
- a new location and area to explore and
- within 2-3 hours of Dublin
The task of ticking all of these boxes was not as easy as we had hoped. However thankfully we discovered that there’s a Greenway in Dungarvan. Focusing on this area we eventually stumbled upon Ballinacourty Thatch Cottage on www.holidayhomesdirect.ie. This was a very straightforward booking as you are in direct contact with the owners. From the outset both Marie & Tony were so attentive and quick with their replies. The reviews were great so we had high expectations.
From the moment we arrived we were absolutely delighted with our little find. Marie & Tony were magnificent hosts (the cottage is next to their home). The cottage was just beautiful from the inside, out and located 4km outside Dungarvan town, opposite the Gold Coast Golf Course. A picturesque and peaceful pebble beach lay at the end of the road and most importantly for us we were right on the Dungarvan Greenway. Read more about our adventures here.
For us the cottage was such a home away from home, it was so cosy, tranquil and a great base to go exploring the surrounding areas from. Marie & Tony were so accommodating with Aedín and made us all feel so welcome.Without doubt we would recommend this delightful cottage to anyone in search of a calm and restful holiday rental in Dungarvan. Happy unwinding!
When planning our first family holiday with our daughter Aedín, we specifically looked for a hotel that had a buggy-friendly walk on its doorstep. We ruled out city hotels (and city walks) and wanted to avoid having to bundle Aedín into the car any time we were going for a walk. This task proved more difficult than we thought until we stumbled upon the Western Greenway. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Greenway is a purpose-built cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway. It runs from Achill to Westport in Co. Mayo.
While there are a number of hotels dotted along the Greenway we chose the Mulranny Park Hotel, in Mulranny. This hotel fulfilled all of our requirements and had some super deals on offer too. We were enticed by the leisure facilities and the fact that it’s central location on the Greenway gave us the option to go in either direction. The Greenway is accessed through the rear of the hotel which is ideal.
We appreciated small details such as a large lift (for buggy) and a very generously sized family room. The staff were fabulous, so friendly especially all the ladies who worked in the restaurant and the food was fantastic. We dined in the restaurant four out of the five nights and breakfast was served there daily also. This too was lovely and spacious, plenty of room for our big buggy without imposing on others.
We thoroughly enjoyed the facilities at the leisure club, especially the outdoor hot tub. There are plenty of activities on offer in the area with the option to explore Westport and Achill either by driving or cycling along the Greenway. You can check out the walks we did here.
Overall it was a wonderful first family holiday, we could not have picked a better destination or hotel. We would highly recommend it to any of our fellow buggy-pushers or small-wheel users.