I'm not Irish. I'm a Jewish/German American. But I'd always longed to visit Ireland and get exposure to the longstanding Irish tradition of storytelling. So when I got the opportunity to stay at the Ballyeamon Camping Barn and shadow storyteller Liz Weir, I jumped at the chance. I was there for seven weeks and helped run this amazing hostel, and any time I meet someone who's thinking about visiting Ireland, I tell them they must go here.
-Simple but clean and nice accommodations (with recent renovations)
-Access to a full kitchen to make your own food
-Gorgeous views in every direction
-30 seconds from major hiking trails
-6 miles from the charming small town of Cushendall (and the fantastic pub Joe's (http://www.mccollamsba...)
-Not far (by bus) from the Rope Bridge and the Giant's Causeway (both free and amazing attractions)
-Opportunity to interact with a variety of amazing storytellers, musicians, and other travelers
Staying at the barn, I met people from England, Israel, Egypt, the US, Eastern Europe, Germany, etc. Some days it was quiet, some days we were a small troop of cooking and playing music and telling stories.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ballyeamon Barn is a self-catering hostel which accommodates 14 people in dorms with bunk beds - all bedding provided. We also have a private apartment with bathroom and double bedroom. Full kitchen facilities provided. We are situated in the Irish countryside with good hiking trails all around us - 5miles/8km from the sea and an easy walk to the beautiful waterfalls of Glenariff Forest Park. We hold music and storytelling evenings every Saturday - free of charge and open to guests and local people. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ballyeamon Barn Cushendall, Northern Ireland