Seaweed and Scenery in County Sligo, Ireland
Did you ever go rockpooling as a kid?
Peering into sea-filled pools in rocks near the beach, lifting stones to see the wonders hiding there: crabs, sea anemones, small fish and, if you were especially lucky, starfish?
I had the absolute pleasure of doing this last month on the north-west Atlantic coast of Ireland.
Chris was doing a photography job with Voya: their amazing Seaweed Baths draw people to Strandhill, County Sligo, from far and wide!
They also do a luxurious range of seaweed cosmetics and that was why we were there; the seaweed is harvested from the surrounding pristine coastline, a naturally organic product that’s packed with nutrients.
We went out harvesting with the guys one overcast morning and it was incredibly interesting. Mick showed us what they were harvesting and talked us through the sustainable methods used.
The tide was far out and there were many rock pools, fringed with the glossy fingers of laminaria digitata seaweed.
I don’t know how he spotted it but Mick plunged his hand into one a presented us with a fish!
We based ourselves at Strandhill, on the large campsite, the Thundertruck raising a few curious glances from the other campers.
Strandhill is pretty small but it has some great bars and restaurants and it’s very popular with surfers who come for the excellent waves at Strandhill beach.
Hunting for WiFi brought us to Mammy Johnston’s Ice Cream Parlour, which, I can tell you now, it is exactly what you want an Ice Cream Parlour to be, oh my!
We may have consumed ice cream there on more than one occasion, it was for the WiFi, honest!
A girl’s got to get her blog posts up!
Voya’s lovely Gretta came with us to the harvesting then took us on a little tour of the area, showing Chris ideal places for photographing.
We then spent the next couple of days exploring these spots a different times of day and weathers.
Quite a lot of time was spent around Mullaghmore with its pretty harbour, beautiful beach and dramatic coastline.
And a little north of Sligo we spent some time at Rosses Point with its interesting stretch of coastline.
There are houses and a pub on Coney Island in the photograph below (not the one with the little lighthouse on it, the bigger one behind that), only reachable by car at low tide.
The ‘road’ follows a series of stone markers for 5 km across the strand to the island where the deserted beaches are apparently well worth the restrictive travel times.
Gretta told us about walking up Knocknarea, this striking hill looks over Strandhill and there is a neolithic passage tomb on top, this is just my cup of tea!
I didn’t even have a seaweed bath due to over indulging on Stout and feeling a touch too queasy for seaweed!
I also would love to visit the Carrowmore Neolithic Cemetery, because, well, as I’ve said, that’s something I’m into!
The sun set like fire under a heavy blanket of rain clouds and I fell asleep to the sound of the waves lapping the rocks below.
Disclaimer. I have not be paid or requested to write this post by Voya. This post is written purely to share my personal experiences of our time in County Sligo, with my own opinions.
Have you been to County Sligo? Did you have a seaweed bath?
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