Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Top Ten Fanore -second up!

 2. There is no glory like nature to brighten the heart! Fanore Lodge is at the foot of many superb hiking routes. Get out that door and enjoy some spectacular scenery, fresh air, and the unique fauna, flora and geological wonders of the burren. Here are just a few walking trails that leave from right outside the front door of Fanore Lodge.


Caher Valley Loop.  (Fanore to Fanore). Passing by the old ruins of cottages, remanents of the Great Famine 1845-8, and what remains of Faunarooska Castle, this trail provides fabulous views of the Aran Islands and Conemara.
To suit: This is a moderate trail and requires a medium level of fitness.

Blackhead loop

Blackhead Loop. (Fanore to Fanore)
Black Head Loop Walk is a strenuous 5.5 hour (23.5 km) loop walking route along the Burren Way. This walk provides views along the coast and varied inland scenery, viewing points include the Iconic Black Head Lighthouse and the stone fort of Cathair Dhúin Irghuis, a “stone-age fort” perched above Black Head.
To suit: Higher than average level of fitness.


Fanore to BallyvaughanThis is a fabulous mostly off road walk between Fanore and Ballyvaughan, taking you above the R477 on the old famine road around Blackhead. The route takes you over Gleninagh mountain, into Feenagh Valley and up onto the shoulder of Capanwalla, where you can enjoy spectacular views over Galway Bay. The walk into Ballyvaughan is on quiet country roads, farmland, and through a magical Burren hazel woodland. 
To suit: High level of fitness.

Check out Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club for events and Shannon Region Trails for an abundance of walking trails and maps. Download walking maps of the burren here.

Irish/Gaelic words:
Ag súil (eg shoeil i.e like shoe!) -walking
Ag cnocadóireacht (eg cnuc-a-door-ukht) -hiking
Slí (shlee) -way/route
Sliabh (shleeiv) -mountain
Radharc (rye'erc) -view

Monday, 3 June 2013

Top Ten Fanore

1. Fanore lodge is 5 minutes from the beach which you can see from the house. Be brave –go for a swim! Get in for 3 minutes and be surprised at how quickly it warms up even in rain! If in doubt take the wetsuit out! The beach has delightfully clean, zingingly fresh water and a blue flag to prove it. There are great waves, life guards during the summer and no sharks or dangerous jellyfish either! Aloha Surf School operates from the beach and runs lessons during the warmer months.  Celebrate the post swim euphoria with a pint in O’Donohues pub!


“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” – Loren Eiseley

Irish/Gaelic words:
Trá (rhymes with saw)- beach
Uisce (Ish-ke) - water
An fharraige ('n arraige) -the sea
Ag snámh (eg snawv) -swimming
"Outstanding, unforgettable holiday at Fanore Lodge" 
(5 stars)

Posted May 31st 2013 in HomeAway
Date of stay: May 19th

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Fanore Lodge is an unusually beautiful holiday home. We felt at home from the very first minute, due mainly to Geraldine’s exceptional welcome and preparation of the house, which was spotless and inviting. The attention to detail (candles, lit fires, regional goodies, fluffy towels, even heated beds!) made us feel like good friends visiting.

There is a huge selection of books and a separate set of books and maps of the area, and also many DVDs and CDs. I agree with a previous reviewer that the website does not do the house justice – but then again it would be difficult to capture the unique atmosphere in a picture.

The surrounding area is stunning. We found it particularly nice and helpful that Geraldine gave us many tips ahead of time so that we were able to look things up before we arrived and not lose time finding our bearings.

Our recent stay was surely the first of many; we’ve been gushing to friends and family ever since we returned. Thank you Geraldine!

Fanore Lodge ist ein außergewöhnlich schönes Ferienhaus. Wir haben uns von der ersten Minute an wie zuhause gefühlt, hauptsächlich Dank Geraldines wunderbarer Begrüßung und der Vorbereitung des Hauses, das blitzsauber und einladend war. Die vielen Details (Kerzen, lodernde Kaminfeuer, regionale Leckereien, weiche Handtücher, sogar beheizte Betten!) trugen dazu bei, dass wir uns wie geschätzte Freunde fühlten. 

Es gibt eine riesige Auswahl an Büchern und eine separate Sammlung von Büchern und Karten über die Region, außerdem viele DVDs und CDs. Ich stimme einem früheren Kommentar zu, dass die Website-Beschreibung dem Haus nicht gerecht wird – andererseits wäre es schwer, die einzigartige Stimmung in Bildern festzuhalten. 

Die Umgebung ist atemberaubend. Wir fanden es besonders nett und hilfreich dass Geraldine uns schon vorab einige Tipps gab, so dass wir manches bereits vor der Ankunft recherchieren konnten und keine Zeit mit der Eingewöhnung verloren. Unser Besuch war sicherlich erst der erste von vielen; seit wir zurück sind schwärmen wir Freunden und Familie vor. Vielen Dank Geraldine!