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We feel we have one of the best views in Ireland, located right on Galway Bay on the 'Wild Atlantic Way', and in a picturesque, friendly little village only 1 hour from Shannon Airport. The cottage also has great views of the famous Burren Mountains out back. We know you would enjoy your stay here as much as we have so many times for 28 years.
The owners have lived in the cottage full time from 2007 to 2010 and have made many improvements inside and out during this time. The cottage is completely re-wired, and new kitchen cabinets installed. We also have made an effort to present this as a typical 1950's cottage. Because of this you may find some inconveniences, however we have tried our best to make you comfortable. The cottage has a queen bed in the master BR, and two single beds in the small BR, so it comfortably sleeps 4. The living room has 2 full sized Futon couches, which could sleep 2 more adults, but, with only one bathroom and the cottage being quite small, it is too tight for more than 4 people, unless you are VERY friendly!
Ballyvaughan village is a one mile picturesque walk along the coast, and has a variety of shops worth visiting as well as a number of fine pubs and restaurants. Spar market also has a wide range of food you can purchase if you want to cook at home, and the cottage is equipped with most every cooking utensil you might need. Traditional music can be heard at some of the pubs in town on certain nights - you'll have to inquire as to schedules, etc. Music starts around 10PM.
The Ballyvaughan area is a mecca for walking and a Burren trail map is available at Spar Market in the village centre. There is a fine beach off the road to Kinvara about 2 miles outside the village known as Bishop's Quarter. The College of the Burren (Art College), off the road to Lisdoonvarna, has a walking trail as well as a restored castle worth seeing. Rainy day activities include Ailwee Cave, not far from town, which features prehistoric bear dens in addition to impressive stalactites and stalagmites. It also has an excellent gourmet shop worth visiting, with Burren made cheese and other tasty treats.
For the golfers, Lahinch is only a half hour drive, and the Galway Bay golf course in Oranmore features a fabulous setting on the Bay and is only a 45 minute drive as well.
If you are not driving or don't want to drive, there are two efficient taxi services in town, and there are bus schedules in the cottage to Galway and other areas with return times. These leave from Spar Market in town. We think you would have a great time here.
Keywords: Seafront property, Burren Views, Walk to pubs!
Rick & Marcia Considine have been married 50 years, and have loved this cottage for the last 26 years. Rick worked in Ireland from 2003 to 2007, and is currently an administrator at Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH. We lived in the cottage full time for a few years until 2010, and have met most of the Ballyvaughan residents, forming many friendships. We will be using the cottage ourselves before and after the Summer season each year. We now live in N. Hampton, NH. Our 2 sons also love BV and hope to visit during the year as well.
Rick Considine purchased this cottage in 1988
Rick sailed to Ireland in 1975 on a 38' sloop from Newfoundland and fell in love with Co. Clare, where his G.G. Grandfather came from. We visited many times after and in 1987 decided to purchase property in Co. Clare. Our criteria list was Not far from Shannon AP, Seafront views, Nice town within pleasant walk, solid cottage that could be modernized easily, etc. This one ticked all the boxes, and we have immensely enjoyed it over the years.
The proximity to the airport, the fine people we have had the pleasure of knowing, the convenience of being able to walk to town, the fantastic views both of the sea and the Burren mountains, the peaceful surroundings, and the easy day tripping from here all contribute to the magical setting of this cottage.
Ballyvaughan is the perfect spot to spend time and see the beauty and culture of County Claire.
We loved visiting the Whiskey Bar and meeting the owner, Margaret. The Tea Shop just a block away was superb. The hike with our guide, Shane Connolly, in the Burren was fantastic. We enjoyed the views of the ocean from the house and yard, meeting the charming people in the town and travelling around such gorgeous countryside.
The cottage was comfortable. We had everything we needed and much more.
Thanks to Richard for his clear and helpful instructions to get to the cottage and for all the tips that were provided.
Ballyvaughan is a wonderful village and so close to everything you could want to see in the area! It may not be a huge, modern house, but Rick's cottage is everything you could possibly want for a short or long stay to enjoy the area! It is comfortable and contains everything you need! It is close enough to the village to walk, but I would tend not to do it when it is dark - combination of narrow road and no street lights! Also, everyone in the village was very welcoming! What a great place to stay!
We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay in Ballyvaughan! We fell in love with everything about this quaint, little village, including the cottage. It was the best home base and centrally located which allowed us to have incredible day trips with a comforting home to return to at the end of each day. The cottage had everything we needed...with even more than we could have imagined. We were so lucky to have spent a week in Ireland at a time where they had the best weather. Sitting in the yard, facing Galway Bay with a glass of wine, watching the sunset, the antics of gulls, swallows, terns and our small "herd" of donkeys brought a peaceful closing to each day. Each morning brought us a spectacular sunrise over the bay. We definitely would like to return and highly recommend this experience to everyone. Highly recommend An Fulacht Fia as an exceptional dining experience, a bike ride on the Aron Islands, a guided tour of the Burren's by Shane Connelly, a night of trad session at The Greene's with Sean Tyrrell, a view of the Cliff's of Moher, Aillwee Cave and the Birds of Prey.....just a few of the highlights. Take a day to drive along the Wild Atlantic Way and be prepared to stop in many charming villages and pubs as well as shops that carry authentic local wool sweaters, scarves, throws, socks and many food items. Of course, the requisite Irish Coffee and beer is a must!
I had the privilege of being here for a full 4 weeks. The cottage was a delight and very accommodating. It is fully serviceable and I enjoyed my time and the beauty of the setting on Ballyvaughan Bay.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this wonderful cottage on Galway Bay. We found everything we might need, all was very clean and tidy, and the setting was spectacular…. we enjoyed every minute of being there from the gorgeous sunrises to seeing the lights of Galway across the bay at night. Loved identifying some of the different coastal birds that were right there too (happened to bring a Birds of Ireland book with us that turned out to be very handy !). We did several delightful walks (the Ballyvaughan wood loop as well as the Carran loop), took the boat to see the Cliffs of Moher, enjoyed the very informative sheepdog demonstration at Caherconnell Fort, went to Galway for the day, and saw various castles, churches, and ruins all of which were fascinating. Enjoyed eating at the various places in town (The Tea nd Garden Rooms a real treat !) and got to cheer County Clare onto victory in the national hurling championships with all the others in Logue’s Lodge! It also worked out beautifully to stay with Gerry and Pauline at their Ballyvaughan B & B for our last night before flying home…what a breakfast they offer ! I could go on and on about our trip….but suffice it to say that all went beautifully and this great cottage was the centerpiece of our experience.
It really is difficult to communicate how wonderful this place is. True, it is perfectly situated to take hikes in the Burren, to spend some time in Galway, to see the Cliffs of Moher, and to check off all the activities in your guide book. But more than that, it is a comfortable, warm place to live. Some of our happiest hours were sitting in the kitchen, or in the sitting room, or in the front, and gazing at Galway Bay. Or taking a leisurely walk into town to say hello to the folks at O'Lochlainn's Whisky Bar, or having a pint at Greene's. There seem to be no residents of Ballyvaughan who are not friendly and helpful. Thank you, Rick!
We are on the beautiful West Coast of Ireland, directly on Galway Bay, looking across to Galway on the 'Wild Atlantic Way'. We are about 1/2 hour North of the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch Golf Course.
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