MWEELREA – MAYO (27th-29th MAY 2022)

Trekking NI set off on a club trip to the marvellous Co. Mayo on a sunny Friday morning. Throughout the journey we were surrounded with great green scenery between each charming little settlement that we passed. Just beyond Enniskillen we stopped at Granny Walsh’s Coffee Shop enjoying a light lunch. After a delightful lunch, we continued the road trip and our eyes glowed as we passed Blacklion, Dromahair and Westport. Each town had it’s own allure and character. Once we passed Westport, the impressive Croagh Patrick stood proudly aside us pointing towards a blue sky as we approached a more rural part of Mayo leading us to Killeen Beach Lodge. We arrived at the impressive ranch which was ideally located in a quiet spot that overlooked the open countryside and out into the sea. Not long after arrival, some went for a countryside run and others went for stroll to the beach. The walk to the beach followed a pleasant country lane surrounded by well kept fields and the cutest little lambs. At the end of the lane we reached the Silver Strand Beach and were greeted by a warm sea breeze accompanied by the soothing whisper of the waves. Next up was our evening outing to The Tavern Restaurant just outside Westport. The portions were plentiful and the food was nice. After an evening of chatting and giggling, we enjoyed a sunset drive back to the ranch. By the time we reached the ranch the stars were sparkling above us and the distant whispering roar of the waves could be heard from the porch. There was an opportunity for a quiet moment at the porch to glare curiously into the dark countryside views. The silhouettes of the islands just beyond the shoreline, the lonesome lights afar dispersed amongst the darkness and the uniquely illuminated graveyard beside the nearby church were part of a blissful scene.

The next morning we drove to The Lost Valley parking beside an immaculate beach. It was from here we began our hike up Mweelrea. Mweelrea wore a beautiful green cloak and was decorated with remarkable rockery. The climb treated us with inspiring rivers and waterfalls. The temptation to look behind us during the climb never dissipated as the shoreline view was glorious becoming more so as we ascended and the best was yet to come… Upon the peak of Mweelrea we found heaven. The views were divine. We were encircled by vast green mountain ranges, impressive loughs, exquisite sea views, immaculate beaches and a serene ambience. The experience was invaluable. This was the perfect spot to relax… and we did. In the spirit of chilled vibes, most of the group decided to descend back to the beach with others opting for a saunter further into the mountains towards the magnificent Ben Bury and Ben Lugmore Ridgeline. The group reunited at the ranch where we relaxed at the porch before heading out to P. Dans Bar & Restaurant. We sat at the outside seating area enjoying the evening sunshine before going inside for dinner. We had an epic night of great food, Champions League Final, sunsets, laughing, chatting and dancing. The atmosphere was brilliant and the staff were pleasant. We enjoyed a fun walk in the dark back to the ranch that night in the beautiful countryside to conclude another memorable adventure. The Wild Atlantic Way is not meant to be described, but experienced. Our County Mayo experience was terrific and may we have many more adventures like this one!

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