Alongside all our other payment methods (which pretty much includes everything, we think), we now accept credit cards. Just another reason to holiday in the West of Ireland….see https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8051450
Born and buried in Straide near Foxford (25 mins drive from Tigh Mhic), Michael Davitt was a social reformer, international humanitarian, MP, and quite possibly the greatest patriot produced by Mayo. The museum dedicated to him (http://www.michaeldavittmuseum.com/) is well worth a look. Do have the guided tour, though, which is really, really interesting. It’s free, too, but feel free to make a donation. We did. Wish we’d discovered it sooner, too…
A tip from Seán: I just went to Céide Fields for the first time in about a decade. Amazing place altogether. On the way back I took a detour to Downpatrick Head, about 10 minutes away. Wow! If you want special scenery this is the place to see. The massive Dún Briste (broken fort) sea stack has to be seen to be believed. Click on gallery for a few of my photo attempts….
After 110 years, Tigh Mhic has just got its first-ever postcode: F12 P5C2. Simply go to the Eircode website (http://eircode.ie/) and enter the postcode. Up pops a map with Tigh Mhic highlighted, plus satellite images too. Or use the GPS coordinates at the bottom right of this page….
Just a few miles up the road at Turlough is the National Museum of Country Life (http://www.museum.ie/en/intro/country-life.aspx) and it’s getting a huge thumbs-up from all our visitors this year. Better put it on the ‘to do’ list when you visit!
Rapidly becoming one of the top tourist attractions in the west of Ireland, the Greenway is what happens when a disused railway track is turned into a cycle way (great for walkers and joggers too). 42 km long at the moment, the Greenway goes from Westport to Achill Island via Newport and Mulranny and is about the best way to see the glorious west coast. There are plenty of places to stop for something to eat and drink on the way and bikes can be hired along the route. All of the visitors from Tigh Mhic who’ve had a go have loved it. For more see http://www.greenway.ie/
Calling keen walkers: this part of Mayo is becoming a haven for walkers, with the number of routes and festivals increasing every year. Have a look here for the best of the local routes: http://mayotrails.ie/eastmayo.html. If you’d prefer to stay closer to home we supply local maps and you can walk for miles. Just an hour away is Croagh Patrick: http://www.croagh-patrick.com/visitorcentre/need-know. Not for the faint-hearted: we took it gently and it was two hours up and a few minutes over the two hours back. But the Guinness tasted even better afterwards.
With over 900 metres of zipwires, Zipit in Lough Key Forest Park is proving a huge hit with locals and Tigh Mhic visitors alike (http://www.zipit.ie/courses/lough-key-roscommon/). If heights aren’t your thing (and they’re definitely not mine!) there are a range of other activities, both indoor and outdoor, that will keep you busy at Lough Key. Definitely one to visit.
Comments from our visitors can now be seen on www.ownersdirect.co.uk, too. Free free to have a look!
Más mór (big respect) to Mairead Carney at Realta coffee shop and studio in Kiltimagh, the first person to knit anything from our own alpaca wool. And what a start! The finest hat in East Mayo