On Good Friday we travelled for a scuba diving weekend in Portmagee. We arrived in sunshine to this beautiful port town with the fresh salt sea air cleared the cobwebs of winter.
We travelled as a family of five- two adults, one teenager, one energetic four year old and one 19 month old. We stayed at the gorgeous moorings in a room that had a double, two singles and spotless travel cot all set up for us. It was spacious, bright, clean, welcoming, friendly . . .Everything tired parents want to find with small children in tow. It was so lovely to stay there.
The food in the restaurant could only be described as amazing. Even the baby bowl I asked for my son was tasty and interesting. It was what I as a mother would consider "going the extra mile". The fish is to die for and all locally sourced. You can witness the fisherman on the pier yards away across the road as proof of this
There are interesting things to do around the town. We travelled to the Skelligs chocolate factory, we went on the cliff walk, we went to a nearby beach, we went to the playground, we travelled across the bridge to Valentia island in search of the candle making factory. . . .And saw lots and lots and lots of sheep.
In all a very enjoyable trip and friendly locals made our stay fun and our hotel made it fabulous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village's busy working harbour. Just a 30 second walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there's simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Offering 16 rooms in total, the owners have created a calm and surprisingly luxurious ambience through the use of traditional yet contemporary furnishings with crisp, clean lines of soft ivory against vibrant reds. The Moorings strive to deliver personal, attentive service while matching the very best standards in efficiency and attention to detail that you've encountered elsewhere. Room facilities include direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, ensuite marble bathroom with power shower, bath, hairdryer and Gilchrest & Soames toiletries. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the guesthouse and there is free car parking for guests. There's nothing more endearing than knowing that some of the Hollywood's biggest movie stars like Mark Hamill and Director J.J Abrams have visited the sleepy village of Portmagee, and even sat in the Bridge Bar local pub where Mark Hamill poured a pint of Guinness behind the bar. The Moorings was home to the pre-production team of the Star Wars VII movie and you can visit the room where all the magic took place and listen to the stories told by the staff. The Moorings is open all year round. Great food served all day with traditional music at weekends. Trips to Skellig Michael can be arranged and packages are available from April to September. Cois Cuain gift shop is open from March to January. The Moorings is located in a fishing village with a working harbour, post office, general store, coffee shop, bar, restaurant overlooking Valentia Island. The Moorings received a platinum award for green hospitality in 2013. They have introduced a 'Green' package which offers two nights B&B in The Moorings Guesthouse, a guide to a wildlife shore search and a special '30 mile' menu where all main ingredients are sourced within a 30 mile radius. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Moorings Guesthouse Hotel Portmagee