The West is Best
If you want to experience genuine hospitality along the Wild Atlantic Way, in a house that has all the facilities you require, go to The Swallow's Nest in Easkey, Co Sligo. Five of us had a great week at this superb, ridiculously good value, self-catering home where we were greeted with a welcome pack that would put a five-star hotel to shame. Our host, Helen, made us feel so welcome from the start and could not do enough to make our stay a memorable one. The Swallow's Nest is superbly equipped and ideally located for whatever activity you choose. You can do some serious walking along Mayo and Sligo trails, as we did, by hiking to the summit of Nephin and exploring Gráinne Mhaol's coastline at Achill. Sligo's hills and mountains also beckoned where you can make it to the summit of magnificent Ben Bulbin, seek out Queen Maeve's trail on Knocknarea, or walk the Gleniff Horseshoe which shows off the Dartry Mountains to great effect. And after a day out walking, hiking or cycling, there is nothing better than returning to Easkey to take an invigorating swim in the magnificent Atlantic. Of course, without ever leaving Easkey you can sample the acclaimed surfing at Easkey beach; the waves attract surfers from all over Ireland and further afield. If you want to slow it down, you can do a spot of fishing off the pier, or in the Easkey River. The drying facilities provided by The Swallow's Nest are a boon for the surfer, hiker or fisherman. If you are so inclined, take a book and enjoy a leisurely break down by the sea, bringing with you a tasty morsel from the award-winning Pudding Row, whose new shop has opened just across the street from the Swallow's Nest. The accommodation itself is of the highest quality, with fully equipped kitchen, washing and drying facilities, more than ample dining and lounge space (even for a house full of adults), and very comfortable bedrooms, as well as one en-suite and three other shower rooms. WiFi, radio and television are also provided. Whatever activity you decide to undertake, the Swallow's Nest is the place to be. It proves the point: The West is Best.