Last week with the bank holiday ahead we knew we wanted to get away. Going abroad or anything dramatic was out of the question as with our second honeymoon payment looming we couldn't consider it. It will be worth it though!
Very casually Andrew suggested Sligo and with a few hours to spare and thanks to some of your fab suggestions via an Insta Stories shout out I had things planned. We both wanted somewhere chilled out, healthy food and lots of lovely walks outdoors.
Where we stayed:
Deciding to book before a bank holiday weekend is always tricky. I rang a few B&B's and they were all booked up and I was thinking that we had left it too late and the weekend wasn't going to happen when I got a call back to say there was a cancellation in By The Sea B&B The location was perfect and it looked spacious and bright which was all I wanted.
We checked in on the Friday night and actually were given the family room which sleeps 4 people so we had loads of space. On the Friday night we went for a huge 5 mile walk along the beach. On Saturday we brought the B&B family dog Jango for a walk up Knocknarea which is right in front of the house. We walked quite slowly and it probably took us about three hours there and back.
Where we ate:
Everyone told us about Shell's Cafe. Situated literally overlooking the crashing waves the setting is incredible. When we were there it was sunny and jam packed. We had to wait about twenty minutes for a table so allow extra time when you come. The menu is fresh and really family friendly and the staff were so kind and accommodating to my plant based diet. The flat white was also exceptionally good and they had lots of dairy-free options.
Sometimes I am blown away by how wonderful social media is. I had asked you guys for a few suggestions for places on Insta Stories (come follow me -> Instagram.com/hollywhite.ie ) and as well as Shell's you also suggested Sweet Beat Cafe. Having won the Irish times best vegetarian restaurant in 2016 I knew it was going to be special but I couldn't have imagined how lovely it was. Walking in you are greeted by shelves of stunning raw and vegan desserts and I am delighted to say Nutmost. They have Wall and Keogh teas, a huge lunch and brunch menu and some of the most innovative, tastiest smoothies I have ever tasted. There is so much love and thought literally buzzing about here I was in heaven. If anyone is interested in trying a plant-based diet I recommend paying here a visit and sampling just how tasty the food can be.
What I wore:
Packing for a weekend like this is always tough. Three days isn't long but I really struggle with downsizing my baggage however I kept things simple with these amazing jeans that I am living in from Revolve and currently I love this top from Isabel London. It's very roomy so very comfortable for long drives but I think the off-the-shoulder keeps it a little glam. I also packed a little polka dot skirt and another off-the-shoulder top and on the way home wore the black top with the jeans so I got three outfits out of two.
Sitting here staring out the window at the rain I wish we were back in last weekend but I know there will be plenty more mini-trips. We had such a lovely weekend and it reminded us how special Ireland is.
Hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and also if you gave me any suggestions a huge thank you!
Lots of love,