Now that the kids are older I have become more courageous heading off on holidays with them on my own.
blinded by the sun!
Denis is self-employed so like most self employed people he believes he can only take the bare minimum of days off which is usually for our annual summer holiday.
I had got it into my head that I wanted to go to the beach on the west coast and it was a toss-up between Galway, Mayo and Sligo.
Luckily for us I ended up choosing Enniscrone as the accommodation seemed most suitable for needs.
So off we went wheelchair, dog, enough clothes packed for six months and the hopes that we would still be friends at the end of the week.
It took us almost 5 hours to get there in between stops and trying to figure out if we were going the right direction but the journey was enjoyable and when we arrived at Enniscrone I knew it was exactly where I wanted us to be.
We stayed at the Ocean Sands Hotel in their self catering apartments that are absolutely huge, wheelchair accessible and a hop, skip and a jump from the beach.
Heres a link to their website Ocean Sands Hotel.
Noahs first impressions of our holiday
Now there is absolutely no denying that the beach in Enniscrone is absolutely beautiful and looks like something out of a magazine and weather wise the Wild Atlantic Way really lived up to the wild part of its name.
We walked the beach each and every day and I’m not sure what excited Noah more, running away from the waves (or should I say been pushed away from the waves) or watching Ivy being afraid of them.
Ballina is the nearest large town to Enniscrone (about 15min drive) and it has a fine selection of shops including Penneys (what more do I need to say), it also has the lovely Belleek Castle and Woods which although the castle itself was closed we had a lovely walk around the woods.
Sligo is about an hours drive away and to be honest unless you are heading that direction to see some more of the sights like Benbulben or Knocknarea it wouldn’t really have much more shopping than Ballina.
We ate out in some beautiful cafes and restaurants but the stand out ones were The Pilot Bar (we ate there twice) and Pudding Row a cafe in a village about 10minutes from Enniscrone called Easkey they had hands down the best French Toast ive ever had.
One of the other major highlights was a behind the scenes tour of Quirky Nights Glamping Village, website is here.
The owner David McGowan is a well-known celebrity of sorts after he brought an old 767 up the coast on a barge to this tiny village.
He was a lovely man and made such a fuss of the kids and showing them around that it was hard not to get caught up in what it is he hopes to achieve with this Glamping village.
Although there is no opening date, he assured us that one of the focal points of the site will be for it to be inclusive with amenities and services for all disabilities.
As for accessibility Enniscrone is quite good, with ramps onto the beach, wheelchair parking and easy access footpaths etc.
Over all Enniscrone is a gem of a village and the kids and I genuinely can’t wait to get back there.
I’ve included some links that you may find helpful below including some summer festivals that Enniscrone are renowned for.
All our love
Our Wheely Big Journey x