Well, we survived unscathed! My wonderful Mama turned 60 last November and for her birthday all she wanted was a voucher for Craic n Camper so we could, as a family, head off on the road for a weekend. On Good Friday just gone, we hit the road toward Galway and for three days laughed, experienced some of Ireland’s most epic landscapes, and got up close and personal amidst the #campervanlife! Here I am going to share our short itinerary and as always, honestly provide reviews on all activities.
We went with Craic n Campers who are based in Roscommon. Since we were heading to Galway this made sense. We drove to Roscommon (left our car there) and from there to Galway it was only an hour. The Campervan was small but well equipped with dining necessities, fridge, cooking facilities, and was very clean. The van slept 6 but we felt being a group of 4 that it would be extremely uncomfortable with any more. There are loads of hire companies all over Ireland and I would recommend looking into ones with pickup points based near your destination.
Kai Galway – I would recommend this lovely restaurant becuase the food was delish and in my opinion fairly priced. But being honest I don’t think I would go back. The service was bordering on unfriendly and we waited so long between meals for service. My pet peeve is bad service so it just wasn’t for me.
The Dough Bros – EPIC. Loved the whole dining experience. The whole system of queueing, ordering, paying and then being seated made the wait fly by. The food was so so worth the wait and service was above excellent, especially for a casual dining spot. Super friendly, amazing music and left me beyond satisfied. I’ll be back!
Dela – Great brunch spot. Very friendly service and even though the service wasnt the MOST attentive, the smiles made up for it. I would go back!
Tartare Galway – We went here for brunch on our last day. Beautiful interior with lovely service. I am always happy when I see a small menu as I feel it usually means they do it all really well. And Tartare proved this idea right! Food was delicious and I would definitely next time try the dinner menu.
Padraicíns – This is a countryside pub in Spiddal which did exactly what it said on the tin! We went here after a long day of hiking Diamond Hill and were all in the mood for some pub grub 🙂 Chowder, fish & chips, muscles, chips and the most delicious brownie. Service with a smile and a great atmosphere.
Coffeewerk + Press – If you are in Galway city do not leave without popping in here. Its where coffee and interiors died and went to heaven. Three floors consist of a coffee shop, design centre and gallery. Best place to have a browse while enjoying the most delicious caffeine pick-me-up!
H&M skirt and blouse | & Other Stories socks and bag | Vans
I would highly recommend Diamond Hill (hike to the top) and Inis Mór for a day trip. The drive from Galway city, through the Connemara National Park, past Kylemore Abbey (If you are treating yourself to a night somewhere go here!) and toward Diamond Hill has to be for me the highlight of the weekend. BREATHTAKING! We went to Inis Meán which Molly was very unhappy about and might have had a strop over (I need to start acting my age!). Honestly there was nothing to do on Inis Meán and even though it’s beautiful and very untouched I would have preferred a few things to see/do.
What Should I Pack?
Thank god my Mama is the bomb dot com and thought of all the housekeeping essentials which made a huge difference to our comfort and enjoyment. Here’s a list of bits I would pack :
- Bed sheets, duvets, pillows, towels
- Coffee plunger with coffee/tea bags
- Flip flops for trips to the loo/shower
- Marigold gloves (for washing up) and dish cloth
- Hot water bottle
- USB wire for music / speakers
- Games : we brought cards, scrabble, crosswords
To summarize, we had an absolute blast! I am feeling very lucky that I have a family and a boyfriend that can put up with me for an entire weekend 🙂 Not only that but that after three days living in extremely close quarters we left feeling closer than ever. Holidays for me have always consisted of hot weather and golden coasts but this trip may have turned my eye toward Ireland as a more regular vacation destination. Ireland truly provides some of the most epic landscape views and I feel honoured to call it my home.
PS Don’t worry though, I may be more appreciative of what I have on my doorstep but I am still a jetsetting addict who will always feel at home wherever my heart is, wherever that sunset is, wherever my soul desires!