As you may have noticed, I have been very bold these past two weeks and not very consistent with my blog posts! You may have seen on my instagram that I had my holiday from work last week. My family were going to Donegal and I decided to make the most of my time off and go with them. Both of my grandparents on my mums side are from Donegal so alot of our family live up there. We stayed in Dundoan near Downings. It’s honestly a little piece of paradise up there. We stayed in a mobile home in The Rosguill Holiday Park. The facilities there are absolutely amazing- pitch ‘n’ putt, tennis courts, pitches, playgrounds and access to numerous beautiful beaches with sand so white you could easily mistake it for Barbados (weather permitting of course!). Most people have their own mobile homes but you can also pay to park up your campervan or pitch your tent and have access to all the brilliant facilities alongside the well equipped and clean bathroom facilities and washer/dryer room. All of my younger siblings and cousins had a ball, there were so many things for them to do that they were kept occupied constantly!
We went to the beach, most days regardless of the weather. The weather was by no means spectacular but it didn’t really matter- the children still all went swimming, kayaking, made their sandcastles and we still got to read our books and just chill out. Which is what its all really about if you ask me!
Most evenings, we ate in the cosiness of our mobile and why would we want to go anywhere else when my mum and aunt were whipping up dishes like above. Barbequed fillet steaks and roast vegetables.. too good! On the nights we ate out, we went to The Singing Pub in Downings. It’s a lovely, real old Irish pub and is definitely a spot for anyone wanting to soak up some authentic Irish culture. A pint of their Guinness is an absolute must too! We walked around Downings and found another traditional Irish pub called the The Harbour Bar.
We visited McNutt’s Woollen Mill which is just by the pier in Downings. My grandad worked there from the age of 14 for fifteen years and when we went into the craftshop we saw a picture hanging and there he was fourth from the left, dressed very dapper and smiling that cheeky smile. As usual, I wanted everything in the shop, beautiful handmade lambswool blankets, throws, cushions, capes, coats and scarves to name a few. I decided on a lovely navy and camel lambswool scarf. You can never have too many scarves! It was also nice to get something from there, even for just the sentimental value.
On my last day, we visited some of my granny’s sisters in Kerrykeel and Rathmullen. We also went to my great granny’s house and although no one lives there now it was lovely to see it. I had to stop and admire the lino floors which have been down for nearly fifty years! #IHaveThisThingForFloors eat your heart out!
It was such a lovely, relaxing trip and I can say with certainty that I plan on making it a yearly trip from now on. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing landscapes, villages and people and I’m vowing to myself to start taking it in more and really appreciating this beautiful island I call home. What about ye? Have any of ye got a favourite spot in Donegal?
I also found out today that I’ve been nominated for The Blog Awards Ireland by some of my readers and I’m honestly so grateful that people took the time to think of me and nominate my blog.
I hope your Monday wasn’t as rough as mine.. (Going to back to work after holidays, no matter how much you like your job, is NEVER an easy task!)