I hope you are all keeping well! The weekend before last was a bank holiday here in Ireland. Now usually, a bank holiday means one thing and one thing only – a very heavy weekend. When I say heavy, I mean a weekend filled with fun, frolics and of course ones fill of alcohol. As I’m sure most of you know by now, I am pretty much always up for a weekend of antics but this time around I just didn’t have it in me. I was feeling a bit worn out and in need of some R’n’R. Whenever I need a bit of space or time to relax, there’s always one place I know I can go that will help and that’s Ballyconneely. It really is my favourite place in the world.
There’s a great sense of freedom in packing the car up, putting on a care free playlist and heading out as far west as you can get. This time around I went with my younger sister Mia, my good friend Jade and her little boy. Two more of the girls also came out and joined us for a wine night in the “van”. We chilled out, we drank wine, we cooked big fry-ups for the kids (and adults, who am I kidding?) , we walked along the beaches, paddled with the kids in the sea, had a relaxing pint or two in the local pub while the kids played in the garden – it was complete and utter bliss.
My grandparent’s mobile looks directly out onto the beach and at night you can hear the waves crashing against the shore. It’s an oddly comforting sound to hear as you sit in the mobile tucked up in blankets, cosy by the fire. Again, waking up to that view and enjoying your morning cup of tea while you look out at it – it’s heaven. There really is nothing better than fresh, crisp, country air to clear your mind. It’s one of the best cures for the soul in the world.
Where do you get away to clear your head? I’m trying to make a list of Irish towns and villages to go on roadtrips to this Summer, so I would love to hear where your version of Ballyconneely is 🙂