The Boy and I recently headed over to Ireland for the christening of my Godson… a lovely and happy celebration and in such a gorgeous spot of the Emerald Isle.
Our friends have a house just north of Ballykissangel – or Avoca as it is really known, where you can visit the Avoca Handweavers and see them making their wares – its very well done as a tourist experience and has nice gifts and delicious cakes. We stayed in a hotel nearby and spent a few days pottering around the area. Sadly the weather was truly crap – soggy grey and totally changeable, but we had warm shoes, waterproof jackets and a car so we were able to get around quite a bit.
A stone’s throw from our hotel by way of the town of Arklow and the coast road was the stunningly rugged Brittas Bay. This stretch of beach is everything you would want from a wild Irish afternoon, high sand dunes, pebbles to exfoliate your fee and a crisp (read freezing) ocean. There were quite a few kiddies on the beach learning how to surf and a a few brave souls even having a swim. Bring a picnic and have a good paddle.
With no timetable or plan, we were able to head down in search of random treasures and one such place was located near to Wellington Bridge (ace place name). There is a sign on the right for Antiques – which we followed to the fantastic warehouse of local man Patrick Reville… a collector of the intersting and unusual. He had some great old signage, a dodgem car and some stunning furniture.
We loved the drive from around “The Hook” this area of Southwest Wexford is stunning, with lovely little villages and roads and culminates at The Hook Lighthouse at Hook Head, which is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. The trail then took us back up The Hook to Ballyhack where we hopped on the super cute Passenger East Ferry – which tootled us across to the county of Waterford.
Waterford itself was not so interesting to us, although there were some cool antique shops and we had a nice refreshing drink in the oldest pub in the city – the heritage listed T & H Doolans.
All that travelling around had us ready for a pamper and since this was potentially our last trip away before we become parents later this year, I booked us into a spa in the nearby hills. Boy oh boy was the spa lovely. The Brook Lodge and Macreddin Village is Ireland’s only Eco Luxury Hotel and was just plush. The pool area has loads of jets and jacuzzis,m an outdoor terrace and a hottub (none of which pregnant me could use). We both had treatments, I had the Mother to Be package and The Boy had a full body Swedish massage by a very effective gentleman… which eventually sent him to sleep in the relaxation room!
This is a lovely area – just try and visit when it is dry!