What else we did on our Cloonacool holiday

Cloonacool Sunset

That sounds a bit like a Famous Five book title or possibly a film – I know what you did last summer 😉

Anyway I wrote so much about the Moy River B&B in my previous post that I didn’t want to make it any longer with the other things we did. To be fair as we didn’t leave home until 6pm we didn’t do a whole lot!

New Jewel in the Crown

We did, however, go for a curry in Tubbercurry! I’ve always wanted to say that! On the suggestion of a few folks on Twitter we went to the ‘New Jewel in the Crown‘ which is on the main street in Tubbercurry. The food was fab, I ordered a vegetable hazari which was delicious. Other customers in the restaurant ordered meat dishes which came out sizzling. I would certainly go back here again and would recommend it.

Mad River

The next day after our lovely night at Moy River B&B we took a little drive and found the ‘Mad River’ which is very near the bed and breakfast. 25 years in Sligo and I never knew there was a river in Sligo called the Mad River!

Moy River

Onwards again to where the Mad River meets the Moy River in the village of Cloonacool. This is very near the old railway track too. Hopes are one day that this will be re-opened as the Sligo Greenway for walkers and cyclists to use. Mayo have done a wonderful job with their greenway so it would be great if Sligo could do the same.

Sligo Greenway

Also worth checking out and nearby to Moy River Bed and Breakfast is Saint. Crumnathy’s Cathedral in Achonry. It’s not in use but said to be the smallest cathedral in Europe.

Achonry Cathedral

Court Abbey is also a short drive away, this is a 15th century abbey & burial ground – very close to Knocknashee (hill of the fairies). I didn’t visit these places this time around but I’ve added photos I took earlier.

Court Abbey Cemetery

We had a brief look in Tubbercurry, there’s a great charity shop there. We also took a little spin to Lough Talt, we’ve both been on a paddle with Wild Wet Adventures and it’s just beautiful. So well worth a visit.

Lough Talt

We were meant to head home after Lough Talt but sure the day was young and we saw a sign for Ballina so we took a drive there. The drive from Tubbercurry to Ballina really is something else. It’s the first time I’ve driven down that road and it’s just spectacular. Wild and rugged, sheep wandering around, the ruins of cottages. Through a place called The Windy Gap, just magical. If you are looking for hidden Ireland take a drive there.


We had a lovely look around Ballina – it’s brilliant for charity shops! I didn’t buy anything but Lucy got a few nice bits.

So that was the rest of our staycation holiday. It’s amazing the things you find on your doorstep and there’s so much I’ve yet to discover. I hope you enjoyed the blog.

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