A year of limited travel
Our 2021 travel roundup, a year after the pandemic started we were hopeful of some travel after a disruptive 2020 and a lot of cancellations. But just as the year started the waves of the virus kept coming and with a young family and new born we were staying put.
Not to be disheartened and a desire for adventure 2021 become the second year of local travel. To be honest, and being relatively new to Ireland thèse opportunities to travel our own locality have actually been most enjoyable.
Staying in our own county
The first 6 months was a full lockdown here in Ireland so movement was limited but we took to Google and found some local sites within this beautiful country.
Table of contents
- A year of limited travel
- Staying Local
- Staying in our own county
- Slibth Bawn wind farm
- Embracing the wind farm
- Slibth Bawn walks
- Portrunny Bay
- Australia Catch Up
- Restaurant Guides
- Navan Back on The Road
- Causey Farm
- Bective Stud
- Hill of Tara
- Dublin Zoo
- Westport weekend
- Knockranny House
- Road trip
- Cliffs of Moher
- Moving into 2022
- And that’s it for now
Slibth Bawn wind farm
After moving house late 2020 our location brought us to just outside Roscommon. Surrounded by hillside the only negative of the move was the dozen or so wind turbines in the background.
Although a bit of a eyesore we proceeded with the move.
Embracing the wind farm
Call it an eye sore or what you like the wind turbines were part of life now, so with that in mind embracing was our best move. So one morning we headed up as we had heard there was a walking track and stunning views up there.
The turbines as big as they look on the hills are even bigger close up. And to be quite honest I was fascinated by the engineering involved in these.
Slibth Bawn walks
Walking tracks through the hills and wind farm are very well maintained and actually very pleasant, with great views, enchanting forest and even some religious sites to be seen.
Anither visit of ours was Poŕtrunny Bay located on the South West corer of Lough Ree. Another local site less than 20 minutes from us.
Great walks and views and seems a ever popular spot for fishing and people taking sails on boats.
Australia Catch Up
With the lockdown in place it did allow to get in front in our writing and catching up and finishing with our Australia content.
Another lockdown idea was to launch a restaurant and cafe guide section reviewing some of recommendations and choices from around the world. A topic we hope to really get going in 2022 and look to open up to other people to add reviews to build a large database.
Here are a few examples below of our restaurant reviews
- Edgewater Dining, Gold Coast Australia
- The Oarsman, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland
- Little Bao, Hong Kong
- Harbour House, Cape Town
- Bonita Bonita, Gold Coast Australia
And some of our cafes.
Navan Back on The Road
Early summer saw us head east for a family getaway. Navan was the base we a few local points we wanted to visit and close to Dublin.
Starting off at the farm for the kids to enjoy was a necessity after the drive. Lots of the usual irish farm animals, hoats cows,pigs and donkeys, petting and feeding for the kids.
Walks around the grounds with mazes a and kids activities around every corner. A huge plot of land which has been so well executed into a fun and interactive day for the kids.
We chose a stay in a active stud farm, if not by chance we got lucky as Bective Stud was amazing. The stud farm itself is new in the last few yes and even for someone who knows nothing about horses the money and facilities gone into it were impressive.
The apartments were unreal the decor, cleanliness and comfort were all first class. The grounds around which are available to roam around in are so well kept and perfect to get out in the fresh air.
Make a booking at Bective Stud
Hill of Tara
A late afternoon drive took us to the Hill of Tara, renowned for its ancient ceremonial and burial site and not to mention the stunning views out over the Navan countryside and beyond.
Dublin Zoo was next on the agenda. With the ongoing pandemic, restrictions were in place and all indoor shows and animals were a no go.
A one way system was in place which was fine, we did find a lot of empty areas not sure if this is because of the pandemic or just areas which haven’t been field. Nonetheless we had fun and the kids loved it.
Maybe check ahead before booking and see what’s available.
Make a booking via Dublin Zoo.
A weekend kid free, this was more of a reconasnce mission to find out about this town we had heard so much about, restrictions were still in place but nonetheless walking, exploring, eating and drinking were on the agenda.
We chose Knockranny House, close to town and a 4 star rating we thought we would treat ourselves. If truth be told although certainly not a bad hotel the Knockranny certainly needs bringing up to the 21st century. Very outdated rooms and food that is in real need of modernising.
It didn’t ruin the weekend but at $300 a night there is certainly better value.
We walked the streets and impressive back streets of Westport and visited the grounds of Westport House and this was all rather picturesque place to visit.
This whole trip quick trip gave us some great insight for a longer trip planned for 2022, so stay tuned.
Late October we set of on a little road trip from home in Roscommon via Galway and the off down part of Wild Atlantic way to Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher.
We stayed in the little town of Doolin, a colourful little town, full of great traditional pubs and eateries. With access to the Cliffs of Moher walk, the Doolin pier with ferries to the Aran Islands and the Great Doolin Caves.
We hit the jackpot in a excellent Airbnb with beautiful views of the rugged wild west coastline. Brilliantlyexecuted and equipped stay and well worth recommending to anyone.
Make sure you book your Stay.
Cliffs of Moher
We got to see one of Irelands most famous features the legendary Cliffs of Moher. Albeit a challenge with two small children we found this great hack in Guerins Path a little unknown car park metres from the top of the Cliffs and half the price of the main car park.
It meant we avoided the walk, although the walk itself is far better and one we wanted to do with a young family it was a perfect option.
If there is one thing Ireland has an abundance of is castles. They say around 30,000 in total. There are do many striking with many restored, but many in ruins we want to tick some off. Here is the ones we did.
Only 29,994 to go !!!
Moving into 2022
We had said an early trip to Lisbon was on the cards but due to the surge of Omicron wave and and PCR testing and quarantine we opted to delay and save for a later date.
A long awaited trip back to the UK is certainly on the cards and we keep the fingers crossed for some potential European this summer.
And then there is Ireland with the success of the family road trip, possibly trips to Donegal and down to the Ring of Kerry are high up on the list.
And that’s it for now
So that’s it for our 2021 travel roundup, hopefully this time next year we will bring you more adventures from our year. Come by and keep up to date with our Instagram and Twitter so you don’t miss a thing
Stay safe and happy travels
Richard and Michelle