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Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

We are a family of 5 traveling from Dublin to the Roscommon/Mayo area to visit towns where our family came from. Any suggestions of what town/place to stay for one night? Thanks

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1. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

A few questions, if you don't mind:

Will you have your own private transport - a rental car?

It depends where in Mayo or Roscommon your ancestors hailed from, and, you now wish to visit.

There's quite a difference between you wanting to get to Belmullet or Achill Island and Ballinrobe in Co Mayo, given that you're traveling from Dublin.

When you add Co Roscommon into the mix, it's further complicated, except the places are as close as , say, Claremorris in Mayo and Castlerea in Roscommon.

As regards the accommodation itself, are you thinking Hotel, Guesthouse, Farmhouse, or B&B?

How many rooms would you need? Accommodation in a town, village or in the countryside?

One final question: when will your visit take place - In case it coincides with Bank/Public holiday or local festival?

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2. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

We would like to visit Ballaghdereen and Cong, Hotel or B&B would be fine. We will need 2 rooms, unless there is a family room available. We will be heading that way on August 4th. Thanks so much.

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3. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

I would be tempted to suggest Westport, see Ballaghdereen on the way over and Cong the following day.

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4. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

We are also looking for a place to stay on our way to Co. Mayo (Westport) from Dublin. We're landing in Dublin the morning of August 28th and will hit the road when we land (in a rental car). This is our first trip to IRE and we're a bit anxious about driving on the left-hand side of the road following an overnight flight from the U.S. We'd like to find an interesting/comfortable/fun spot to spend our first night, preferably a B&B or small hotel. We want to immerse ourselves in the culture. Thanks much!

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5. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

Hello M S in Philadelphia and apologies it's taken me so long to get back to your query.

As it happens, your visit to Ballaghaderreen and Cong will take place in the middle of the August Bank Holiday.

The Bank Holiday itself is Monday 6th August, but the whole weekend (Friday 3rd through Monday 6th) will be a busy one, almost everywhere.

It's peak time for Irish people as well as visitors. Locals will often add on to the long weekend and take a family holiday then.

Having said that, traveling out of Dublin on the Saturday and returning on Sunday is the best case scenario.

The only issue might be with getting one night only accommodation in the busier tourist towns and villages. Tony's suggestion of Westport (in the town itself) might be just one such place.

I'll offer a couple of different options and see what you think. I'm going to put it in a separate post after this one, as one I did earlier today disappeared into a mysterious black hole.

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6. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

How about spending the night in Ballaghaderreen, home of one set of your ancestors? It's by no means a busy tourist destination, but, none the worse for that.

However, if you would like to read a son of Ballaghaderreen describe the attraction of the town for a recent Irish Times series on The Best Place to Live in Ireland, scroll down to the second half of this link:

irishtimes.com/newspaper/…1224314147840.html

There are details of the town here and a selection of hotels and B&Bs.

http://www.ballaghaderreen.com/

http://www.ballaghaderreen.com/accom.htm

One caveat on a Bank Holiday weekend for hotels, ask if they are hosting a wedding reception that day (Saturday) and maybe choose somewhere else.

Also, it could be on the noisy side in a pub with accommodation in the centre of the town over a holiday weekend.

That still leaves you with hotels and B&Bs from which to select!

This Co Roscommon website has a 4 distinct Touring Routes for the county.

You could include the leg of the South Roscommon Drive from Athlone to Roscommon town via Lecarrow on your way from Dublin.

And continue on the Mid Roscommon Drive from Roscommon town to Ballaghaderreen via Tulsk and Rathcroghan, if medieval history is of any interest to you:

http://www.visitroscommon.com/routes.asp

http://www.visitroscommon.com/attractions.asp

http://www.rathcroghan.ie/

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7. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

If you wanted to stay in a town between Ballaghaderreen and Cong, you could also consider Claremorris:

mayo-ireland.ie/Mayo/Towns/ClareM/ClareM.htm

It's close enough to Knock Shrine and Basilica to have additional hotel accommodation than you would otherwise find in a town its size, more than a little removed from the Tourist Trail.

Among others:

The Dalton Inn in the centre of the town:

http://www.daltoninn.com/

The Western Hotel. They have family rooms:

http://westernhotel.com/index.html

As does the McWilliam Park Hotel, outside of the town of Claremorris:

http://www.mcwilliampark.ie/

Not a lot in the way of B&Bs.

The final option would be to drive from Dublin to Cong and stay overnight there. Cong has The Quiet Man connection and Ashford Castle (very, very expensive in high season) as well as some (expensive) Country House type accommodation.

http://www.ryanshotelcong.ie/

mayo-ireland.ie/Mayo/…CongBed.htm

goireland.com/mayo/bed-and-breakfast-in-cong…

http://www.mayotowns.com/

http://www.congaccommodation.com/

Good luck with choosing!

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8. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

@Peggy in Ohio

It probably would be better to start a complete new entry for your query.

It can become complicated and confusing for both those who are reading the original query and those who are responding to it, if an additional question appears in the middle of someone else's post.

Meantime, will look for appropriate suggestions.

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9. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

Thanks for all the suggestions. We just returned from Ireland yesterday and had a wonderful time while we were there. We wound up driving from Dublin to Ballaghaderreen, visited the town, and then continued on to Castlebar where we stayed at the Garden Gates B&B. It was a great place, the hosts were very nice and we had a great time. We drove in to Westport for dinner, which was only a 10 minute drive. At the suggestion of our hosts we then took the scenic route to Cong the next day

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10. Re: Traveling from Dublin to Roscommon/Mayo

Delighted to hear you had a wonderful time, M S!

Thank you for taking the time to post on your return and good to see you mentioning Ballaghaderreen and Castlebar, in particular.

They don't often get appear in the Ireland forums. Most likely a first for Rinnaseer and Islandeady, where your B&B is situated!

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