Ross Point Cottage - Reviews
1997 to 2010
We found the cottage to be clean and comfortable and enjoyed the use of the
beach at low tide. Plenty of bird life to hand, including: swallows
oystercatchers etc. Some rare flora too. St. Dabeoc’s Reath, only found in Connemara is on the left hand verge of the track up from
the cottage to the main road. Carry on round the road to the next bay -
Sheltered and sandy with lovely island views. We enjoyed the peat fires most
evenings with twigs and paper to get it started initially! Plenty of boats to
spy on the water too. We visited Anchnanure
Castle west of Oughterard
- but it was closed due to wasps!! Pleasant drive back on the R344 at Recess
takes hi some superb scenery. A visit to Kylemore Abbey is worth it - just to
marvel at the Victorian style of living. The restaurant is to be recommended
there - although busy at lunchtime, queues!! We counted 10 buses at 2 p.m. the
day we were there. Road flooded at bridge before Kylemore - after particularly
heavy rain the previous night. Waterfalls coming down the cliffs behind the
abbey made quite a dim! Took the road by Claddaghduff one day. If better
weather we might have wandered near Omey
Island at low tide. Took
an afternoon at Connemara
National Park (5.00 entry
fee as at Kylemore and Oceans Alive for 2 adults and 2 children) nice to wander
up tracks for some lovely views, learn about peat landscape and watch the
excellent audio visual. Our 7 yr. old enjoyed the “Art in the Park” where for 2
hours 5+ yrs. were entertained collecting for and making a mobile. Best trip
for a scenic beauty - Renvyle direction and onto Cashleen. A total panorama -
most enjoyable - the beach at Renvyle looked great. All in all a superb
relaxing cottage. We cooked our meals every night and had picnics. Acton’s - shop/post
office at Moyard, (3 miles approx. from cottage) open 9.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
catered for all we needed. Clifden has butchers and more supermarkets if you
need to stock up. * * * *
15 to 29 May 1998
After 10 days of extensive driving (England,
Scotland) a wonderful place
to relax, with a superb panorama, the mountains of Connemara
at your feet. Fine sunny days, very warm for May, days at the beach (with
sunburns being the main problem !!), long walks on lonely roads, rocky coasts
and sandy beaches, climbing Errisbeg with the baby on daddy’s back, walks in
Glen???? (near Leenane), visiting Kylemore Abbey, pulling in for a cup of tea
at our honeymoon location (Ballinahinch Castle Hotel), enjoying the hundreds of
rhododendrons in full bloom having a pint here and there … lots more to tell
At the end of those perfect days – returning to a nice and charming
cottage at an unbeatable location, looking for shells at the beach, finding
sheep skulls, watching the boats passing, wonderful sunsets over the sea,
relaxing evenings at the peat fire after having had a superb dinner (salmon,
monkfish, prawns etc.)
Sorry we have to leave.
Hope to come back.
* * *(5) and * (11 months)
to 6th June 1998 – See Original Review
Never stayed anywhere where I’ve had less inclination to go off and look
around. Writing this sat on rocks near cottage – water is totally clear, pity
it’s not a bit warmer. Nearly always two or more oystercatchers on this beach,
and two ringed plouers at the far end of the beautiful sandy Ross beach.
Clambering back over the rocks one evening with the tide out! (Not for the
young or less agile) we realised there were five dolphins swimming along – they
went out far out in the middle of the water. Next morning carrying a chair
around to the front door to have breakfast, heard and saw a flipper out of the
corner of my ear/eye. The dolphins had swam right by the house. Saw 3 briefly
then, but not again. There are also birds diving and squabbling near to house.
Love the view of the mountains over the sea from the front of the house.
House is great – bright warm and comfortable – and we enjoyed the fires some
evening, but felt we had to limit our burning up of such a renewable precious
resource i.e. the peat bog. Had a great walk up and down a mountain in Connemara National Park – Beware, find your car
keys before you go back to the car park if midges are out! Had a brilliant day
at Inishbofin (£10 per adult, children go free, sometimes, most times) Take sandwiches
and bikes if you’ve got them with you and the ferry will take them – otherwise
£5 per bike hire. The horse riding at Erislannan Manor (near Clifden) is
expensive but good Connemara Ponies who take you right out to the headland. The
drive around to Renvyle & past Renvyle to Killary Harbour
is beautiful, and there are many beautiful sandy coves & beaches too make
pleasant stops at. Think the location of this cottage is paradise, will be back
sooner or later.
* * (10 years)
20 of June to 27
– See Original Review
Dear Family O’Toole, thank you for staying at the most beautiful cottage
in Connemara. Hope to see you once again
* (70), * (40), * (37) * (5), * (2)
4 July to 18
Tres agreable sejour dans une maison avec une me magnifique. Belle
promenades dans le Connemara Nous renendions!
* * * * * & * (15 months) from France (Paris)
August 6 1998 – See Original Review
Our second visit to Ireland
“the Emerald Isle”
We had a great time and love the “Ross Point Cottage”. The fishing could
have been a bit better but we did catch a few mackerel and Pollock. We found
some cockles on the Ross
Point beach and enjoyed
them last night. They were delicious steamed and dipped in garlic butter. Ireland and
especially the Irish people have been great. We have enjoyed our Irish
experience and hope to return one day soon.
What a wonderful two weeks! It is great that grandparents get to spend
two weeks with their grandchildren in such a beautiful, restful atmosphere. We
love the water, sightseeing, beach and the solitude and natural beauty of Ross Point.
Our accommodations were certainly adequate and more than anticipated. We will
remember this vacation for a lifetime!
* & * from Portland,
22 August to 29
– See Original Review
We have been coming to Connemara for several
years but was our first time in the summer and we have been rewarded with a
week of mainly warm weather. The cottage has been peaceful and its position on Ross Point
was a bonus. The children have enjoyed the beach but we chickened out of going
swimming. Saw several groups of dolphins in the bay.
Trip to Inishbofin is well worthwhile from Cleggan pier if a little
per adult return) with the best view of the Twelve Bens. Westport House and
Children’s Zoo a good day out but only open in the summer season. Best beaches
at Glasslaun, on the Renvyle
Peninsula and Dog’s Bay
Roundstone, interesting shells and coral beach at Ballyconneely. Great scenery
in Renvyle, Leenane, Inagh Valley, avoid south coast near Galway.
Good fish and chip shop in Cleggan, Derryclare restaurant in Clifden good but
*, *, * (7). * (4) & * (1) * of Dorking, Surrey, England
19 September 1998 – See Original Review
6 of the * family – we have camped here for the past 31 summers – and
this time had a roof over out heads. The first day saw a severe easterly gale
which defiantly would have blown out tents away
Good fishing – 32 off the shore! One evening the mackerel chased the
sprats in. Lovely sunsets – good walking – if a little foggy
We’ll be back again next year.
Thanks to Patrick & Mary & the boys
* & *, Wales
19 September to 3
– See Original Review
What a fantastic 2 weeks we have had- glorious sunny weather - didn’t
get wet once – with the exception of a swim- Wonderful location – we have
walked the coast, the hills lazed and relaxed. We shall be returning
Many thanks to Patrick for his warm welcome
* & *
* & *
Easter 1999 – See Original Review
The location is wonderful, the weather could have been better but we
came here to relax and energise. We all three have worked hard on various
projects but have also enjoyed meeting up with old friends. We will all go back
ready to take on ‘A’ levels and Mock exams. All the better for our stay in Connemara. (piece missing) ?? Excuse the grammar. Only ??
Have just had to walk back from ?? After a wonderful evening because our car
got stuck in the bog outside of their houses. We didn’t like to disturb them
this evening but will retrieve the car in the morning. Still it will be
something to smile about in the future. Look forward to returning in the near
P.S. I hope Patrick will be passing by in his tractor to help pull our
car out of the bog.
*, * (17) * (16)
29 May to 5 June
1999 – See Original Review
Heaven here on earth! What a wonderful restful place this is. Our
children * (7) and * (5) have played happily for hours finding shells and all
sorts of wildlife. It’s so lovely round the cottage that the temptation is
never to leave to see anything else that may be around. We have visited
Inishbofin, Ocean Life and Kylemore Abbey the first and last defiantly worth a
visit. Our thanks to Patrick and Mary for making us feel welcome and for their
kindness. We hope to meet again sooner rather than later.
Till we meet again, may your troubles be few, your life be full and
bountiful, and your health never be a day of gloom.
God bless you both,
*, *, * & *
Crawley, W. Sussex, England
05 June to 12
– See Original Review
Austria – See original review
13 June to 25
– See Original Review
We came from Switzerland
to this place, which we imagined would be to our taste. Our expectations have
been surpassed. The weather alone was a great spectacle, changing within hours.
The view was out of this world – in four words: never a dull moment.
We had been touring practically the whole of Connemara;
a wonderful country with wonderful people with a great sense of humour. What
does one wish more from a holiday
We wish the O’Toole’s a great success with this lovely cottage, -anyhow
if we return (I guess soon again) to Ireland, we will come to this place
17 July to 31
– See Original Review
Wonderful stay in a wonderful land. May the peace stay with you all.
* * * * & *
31 July to 7
– See Original Review
The house is beautifully located, we enjoyed the beach every night,
couldn’t get the children out of the water at all. They spend hours exploring
around finding all sorts of things like sheep skulls, bones, crab claws, little
seashells – empty ones and ones filled with cockles and muscles
We brought my Mom from Germany
over here – it was a surprise holiday for her and by God did she enjoy it! We
loved to watch the weather to change very quickly indeed, the surrounding
mountains are magnificent and one can see for miles and miles. The weather also
was great although we had a little rain from time to time, it never stayed too
We enjoyed Patrick’s fresh caught mackerels one night, they were
absolutely delicious. Thank you Patrick for your warm welcome and your
hospitality! We never met his wife but we would like to thank her too for
having the house so nice and clean, you could cook what you wanted and had all
the utensils. Thank you! We enjoyed our stay very much and enjoyed the open
fire with the turf every night.
The National Park in Letterfrack was beautiful, we nearly done the three
trails, scenery is break taking, especially Diamond hill, went to Cleggan one
day – but did not go over to Inishbofin Island due to bad weather that day.
Ocean’s Alive in Derryinver is a must for kids and we took the boat trip on the
Queen of Connemara last night to end our lovely time in Connemara.
Thanks to Capt. John and Kenneth onboard who explained so many things. Our kids
were allowed to steer the boat for a while, it will be a lovely memory for them
We went to see Kylemore Abbey on a slightly rainy day – it’s a must! It
is absolutely beautiful there, lovely lake and trees and shrubs and flowers. We
can only recommend the restaurant there, especially Sister Ita’s sultana scones
and homemade jam! I even bought a cookery book with all the lovely recipes
We enjoyed to watch Patrick one day to gather his flock of sheep – he
had prepared the dip for them. Although his sheep dog was ever so busy, he
failed at times to bark where it was needed, so Patrick stepped in!
All in all it was a lovely holiday and we hope to return one day to this
beautiful place of tranquillity and peace.
Thanks again to Patrick and his wife! Continued success with your
From: * * * * & *, Clones, Co. Monaghan,
And: *, Heiseds, Germany
to 5 August 2000 – See Original Review
Arrived on Saturday to clear blue skies and the temperature in the
80’s!! After numerous holidays in this beautiful country we can’t believe our
luck in finding Ross Point Cottage. Dad has fishing in the back garden, the
children have their own beach and paddy is free to roam (no lead!!)
Everyone out of bed at the crack of dawn to clear blue skies and
the temperature still in the high 70’s!! Explored our surroundings and spent
the afternoon on the other beautiful white beach down the road (turn right out
the end of the track) the views are unbelievable.
Spent all day in the water at the beach below the cottage, snorkelling
paddling the rubber dinghy, even Paddy has taken to swimming. Evening spent
fishing of the rocks, magnificent sunset with the Twelve Bens capped with
clouds coloured all shades of violet through to pink
Well the blue sky has deserted us for the moment but it is still warm
and dry, the sea was absolutely flat calm this morning, explored around the
coast road to Cleggan and Claddaghduff to stock up on supplies, stopped at a
shop specialising in Irish Woollen on the N59 on the way home. Tuesday evening
the sea is again flat calm, Patrick knocks on the door @8.00pm to go fishing in
the currach. Karin, Sarah and Dad set off down the bay with two sets of oars
(different to oars I’ve seen before!!) Dad is put into number 2 position to
provide propulsion. Much mirth from the children, Patrick makes it look
effortless, by the time we are opposite the house Dad is rather red in the face
and not sure he is assisting the passage!! Two hastily assembled rods are
trawled over the back with no luck for the first hour. Patrick heads for a
known spot and bingo Sarah hooks a sizeable Pollock. It was alright catching it
but dispatching it in the boat was not entirely to her liking!! We row on down to
Freaghillaun South Island without anymore fish Patrick explaining Salmon
Farming and how the sheep get onto the island. We did wonder how the bottom of
the boat had the odd sheep dropping. Apparently they are transported to and
from the island in the “currach” 12 or 15 at a time!! I had this magnificent
vision of 12 or 15 sheep all sat in the back of the boat with Patrick at the
oars. He did explain you have to tie their legs together first!! We turn around
and head up Tully
Patrick spots fish jumping out of the water and rows into the middle of the
shoal. All of a sudden pandemonium there are fish on the lines all at once!!
The girls are squealing and we are trying to get fish of the hooks as quickly
as possible. The bottom of the boat is alive with flapping fish! We follow the
shoal; a competition has now developed between Sarah and Patrick as to who is
catching the most!! By the time we are done darkness has descended and Karin is
a little concerned as how we can find the way home!! The lights from Ross
Cottage are the direction and we strike for home. Dad is still coming to terms
with the oars and our direction is a bit haphazard! We round the point at a
respectable distance and come ashore onto the beach next to the boat trailer. Paddy
is down to great us as with mum they are a “little concerned” at us being out
in the dark. The evening spoils are divided out on the beach, the tangle of
tackle to be sorted in the morning!! “What an adventure”!!
The flat calm has gone, with occasional light rain. Dad eventually gets
down to the boat to sort the tackle but Patrick obviously gets up early and all
is sorted. Karin & Sarah just make it out of bed to go horse riding in
Cleggan. Dad needs the day to recover from his rowing. It reminds him of what
it was probably like on a Roman Galley.
Weather improved spent the day around the cottage and the beach. Still
no success fishing from the rocks other than a “tiddler”.
Irish weather, a beautiful cloudless sky @ 8.00 am which had disappeared
by 9.30. Went to Clifden to restock have a muse, had a nice lunch in a small
restaurant. Spent the evening on the beach @ low tide chasing worms and razor
How the week has flown. Weather is bright and sunny spent all morning in
the sea and on the beach playing cricket. Decided to explore some more Friday
afternoon. Went to Ocean’s Alive which was closed, so carried along the road at
the foot of Tully
Mountain (opposite the
cottage). Leave your car as soon as you can and walk. Look for the donkey, the
sheep will find you!! Superb views both westward and back towards the Bens.
Back at Ross Point for tea, BBQ brought out and ate
in the garden. The fire has been well used every night and goes first time
Weather forecast not good but bright all morning. Still foraging the
beach at low tide, have managed to ? a few razor fish, an ? and plenty of worms
for fishing. There are a few cockles but too small to take. The razor fish are
amazing, if you go and stand at low tide (better in the evening) keeping quite
still the spectacle of little water pistals all around is quite amazing.
Our first full “Irish mist”. Decided to explore south of Clifden, as far
as Ballyconneely. Stop at either of the two parking spots along Mannin Bay
before you get to Ballyconneely, to search for splendid shells, hermit crabs
and more. Stopped at McWilliams coffee shop for lunch, absolutely first class,
recommend the fresh crab and toasted sandwiches and very reasonable too. Turned
right just out of Ballyconneely down towards Connemara Golf Club, pull off on
the left before the entrance to beautiful and horse riding.
Dull overcast promise of heavy rain. Packed the car and headed for Achill Island.
The drive up the N59 through Leenane is spectacular. Westport
very busy and Achill
Island has changed a lot
since our last visit. Stopped in Leenane on the way home for some tea, plenty
of establishments to choose from. Arrived home at 9.00 to see mackerel shoaling
of the rocks. In all the excitement? landed!!!
The sun is back, we spent all morning on the beachcombing the low water
mark and playing with the Pat & bak. The clouds return so we took off to
Clifden to do some shopping and replenish the fishing tackle. The mackerel
returned at high tide this evening on the beach. Managed to have 4 out but one
had to be returned after pleading from Eileen! Back in to the turf fire and the
obligatory card game.
A bit misty but the promise of better things to come. Visited Ocean’s
Alive for an hour interesting but a bit sparse of marine life!! Called in the
craft shop on the way home, the best we’ve seen. Had a tennis tournament on the
beach and scoured the low water mark. The seal has been a regular visitor and
tonight seems to have removed all the fish stocks!
Dry but overcast. Went back to McWilliams coffee shop in Ballyconneely,
well worth the visit. Come back towards Clifden stop at the first parking place
to resume our shell and coral collection. Last minute shopping in Clifden and
back home to the beach. Everyone is a bit subdued as it is our last evening one
final fish, no luck, sat around the fire playing cards till late.
Well the Irish mist is truly down. Makes the thought of leaving a little
We have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have totally relaxed. We
will defiantly be back next year as we haven’t begun to explore the
Many thanks to Patrick & his wife, Mary. Patrick the night time
mackerel fishing in the currach will be a “never to be forgotten experience
Till we meet again
* (Dad), * (Mum), * (14), * (12), * (2) and Paddy “the West
Highland puppy” (5 actually) * & * & Family
I really enjoyed this holiday it has been the best we’ve had in Ireland so far.
The beach is lovely and the water is crystal clear. The scenic beauty of this
place is fantastic. The boat trip with Patrick was a great experience. The peat
fire is lovely and warm at night when it gets colder. Fortunately the weather
has been good to us and have enjoyed many a day on the beach. Clifden is a nice
little village (well town) with nice craft shops! All in all this holiday has
been fantastic and we hope to be back next year.
* (14) 2000
I also really enjoyed this holiday I also think it’s the best holiday
we’ve ever had in Ireland last year we had ‘Irish mist’ for 2 weeks! But the
fishing trip was the best.
* (12) Aug 5th 2000 11:20
August 19, 2000 – See Original Review
5 of the * family. * * * * and *. Our 22nd summer here at Ross! Another wonderful
peaceful holiday. Again thanks to Patrick, Mary & the boys.
Take care and best wishes
Till we meet again
* & *
20 August to 26
– See Original Review
After 4 hours flight from Malta
and a six hour drive from Dublin
we did not find Ross Cottage. When Patrick led the way to the cottage, we
thought we were going where the devil left his shoe. But the following morning
when we started the day, fresh after a night’s sleep, we realised we were
wrong. The cottage is situated in an unbeatable spot with panoramic views. We
roamed around the area of Galway
County and as far to
Moher Cliffs. The kids enjoyed mostly running on the beach, playing in the lawn
in front of the cottage and most of all thank Patrick for the two boat trips
out there in the lake
All in all we had a great time and fun and we thank God for this
* & *, * (5 years)
* & *, * (4 years) & * (3 years)
* & *, * (8 yrs) * (6 yrs) * (3 yrs)
26 August to 1
September 2000 – See Original Review
Well what can I say? Our first thoughts were: we’re in the middle of no
where but we soon learnt that Cleggan & Clifden were close by and they are
both lovely towns. The horse riding in Cleggan was good and so was the boat
trip we took on the sea in front of the cottage, although my face was a bit
* & * & * (14), & * (13)
In the end I think we can all say that we had an enjoyable time here and
thank God for all the good weather we’ve had!
* and *
Superb location, very peaceful/restful
Recommend: fishing from the rocks - mackerel, trip to Inishbofin,
Oliver’s in Cleggan for a meal, also good fish and chip shop. Ocean’s Alive
interesting but doesn’t take long to see, live exhibits few and far between,
take the boat trip as well
27 September 2000 – See Original Review
Off to Knock now – Tssk Tssk.
2 weeks of laziness & being hypnotised by the ever-changing Tully Mountain
and the Pins. 5 packs of dolphins yesterday – Patrick was right they do bring
bad weather – its blowing a small gale and pissing down this morning.
A few brown trout and no salmon – but who cares, only an Englishman
would nurse notions of September salmon here! The mackerel and the Pollock
compensated and John M. as norm as ever and entertaining.
Final week regularly punctuated by dolphins, sometimes close to the
point here; high tide, low tide, unpredictable and frequently close to the
miner salmon cages.
See you all again soon
June 30, 2001 – See Original Review
Some people have to travel their whole lives to find a place like Ross
Point Cottage… a bit of heaven isn’t it? And a surprise too (after approaching
along the two side roads) a wonderful week here, struggling to leave and
explore the area each day and really just wanting to stay… and of course never
Some highlights for later visitors:
walk to Omey Island at low tide…follow to the right to Clifden but don’t
miss the little marsh that is at the end of the grassy road on your left –
flowers, birds and lily pads in abundance. A Guinness at the
Claddaghduff pub (of course) then a drive to the point beyond Claddaghduff
(Barr an Roisin?). Interesting pools! “near Aughrus beg” (lake)
- Golf at
Connemara Golf Club – Well, it’s an interesting time when you have to find
the course amidst the rough. True adventure (in the pouring rain of
course) – you can’t see most of the flags from the tee spots?! (Chicken
and Chips for 3.50 at the clubhouse was plain but lovely)
Restaurant at Cleggan is a delight. Cosy, familiar and more
neighbourly than busier Clifden. The shop is well stocked and priced
Many thanks to the O’Toole Family for a great, world-class day in
their Ross Point home. We’ll be back.
* and * Canada
p.s Patrick remember my tip about a down vest in jacket for the Connemara winter – we Canadians know our cold.
21 July to 4
August 2001 –
See Original Review
We returned as promised after spending the previous week on Achill Island.
The new addition Luke (9 weeks) has thoroughly enjoyed himself as we all have.
We brought a boat this year and have had great fun exploring and fishing
mackerel off the rocks in front of the house and there is lots and lots of
marine life compared to last year. The turf fire and cards are still the
obligatory ending to the day. We still leave feeling we haven’t seen enough and
intend to return again to this corner of heaven!
Till next year
* * * * * *
Well we came back again! This holiday has been great. The weather wasn’t
that good this time but it didn’t stop us, to be fair it was never cold, it was
incredibly mild even on the wettest day!! We went snorkelling around the point
today and saw a variety of sea life. We went to Clifden and up to Ballyconneely
on the wet days. Clifden has changed since last year, its much more ‘touristy’
now!! We had some lovely sunny days and spent them all on the beach in front.
Dad brought his boat this year so we explored a bit more. We had few attempts
at fishing from the boat and came away with one mackerel and a small sand eel.
Dad needs more practice!! We hope to be back next year; I also had a great time
drinkin ice cold lemonade
It was to return 4 another year, the weather wasn’t great but that hasn’t
really spoilt it. We have been for a few trips on dad’s boat and got a bit
Hope to return again next year
P.s. I had a great time on my own on the beach drinking lashings of
ginger beer and jam and scones!!
August 18, 2001 – See Original Review
Another wonderful holiday at Ross for the * family and again thanks to
Patrick and Mary. We look forward to meeting again next year.
* & * and the family.
October 2001 – See Original Review
Sean and I got up early and went out to the beach and picked 10 mussels
and 25 mullet. Then we built a pool that we are going to finish.
3 October, 2001 – See Original Review
Lovely holiday, we could not believe the views. What a fabulous place
the weather wasn’t so good but that did not spoil anything. The first day we
went walking over the hills didn’t realise how unfit we were. The second day we
went travelling around up to Kylemore abbey and Letterfrack well recommended.
Well it’s 11 o’ clock on the fifth of October and we are getting ready to
leave, but we will be back to this peaceful place and tranquil settings
Many thanks to Patrick & Family
* & * (Kilkenny) Ireland
20 October to 27
– See Original Review
Back at Ross point for another enjoyable holiday. Weather has been dry
most days with some sun – so much so that our eldest daughter swam in the sea
around the cottage. No dolphins sighted this time but several seals. We’ve had
an enjoyable time visiting beaches and generally relaxing.
We hope to be back again soon.
*, *, * (10), * (7) and * (4) * – , W. Sussex,
2002 – See Original Review
* and * with * aged 5 and Cailin the dog. Had an enjoyable weekend.
Weather was changeable. Mostly went for walks. Scenery is very beautiful. Very
Relaxing weekend. Would come again.
July 20 to August
3 2002 – See Original Review
Back again! Another 2 glorious weeks of ‘away from it all’. Although the
weather has been a bit mixed everyone has throughally enjoyed themselves. The
fishing has been a bit slow but managed enough for tea 9just). Managed to
launch the boat in between the force 5’s!!
Many thanks to Patrick will see you again
* * * * * *
August 2002 – See Original Review
Had another enjoyable day at Ross
Point. Weather generally fine.
Revisited a number of favourite places including Dog’s Bay, Glassilaun,
Ballyconneely and Westport House. Climbed Tully Mountain
– fantastic views up to the north of Mayo. Several dolphins in the bay.
Hope to be back again.
*, *, * (13), * (9) * (7) – West Sussex
August 3 to 10
– See Original Review
Had a brilliant week, despite very mixed weather – did mange one swim
(in coldest water ever!) This is such a beautiful place.
Worth a mention, because no-one has yet,
Roundstone, for anyone interested in music, where
bodhran are made, is fascinating (Martin of course had to buy one, but whether
he will ever master it is another matter)
Also along the way, beaches near Ballyconneely are gorgeous
Had some lovely lunches from the Connemara hamper in
Clifden – cheeses and pates and beautiful bread.
We had some brilliant nights listening to some great
Irish music in the bars in Clifden, well worth staying up for.
* & * – West Yorkshire
10 August to 17
– See Original Review
We’ve had a lovely week away from everything, in the middle of wonderful
sunrises. Too bad the weather wasn’t nice: clouds, rain, mist, wind, rain,
cloud just one sunny day out of 7!! We definitely have to come back to enjoy
the fantastic views you can get from the cottage.
Thank you for the warm welcome of Patrick and his wife.
* * * * * * from England
Nice week during which we could enjoy the typical Irish landscape and
weather (!) Thanks for the welcome given by Patrick and his wife.
I fell in love with Ireland…
Wonderful x x x
I’m sure I’ll be back in Ireland
Guinness… almost as Belgian beer!
23 April to May
03 2003 – See Original Review
We fell in love with the cottage on our first visit last May, in spite
of gales and rain five days out of seven. This year we arrived in hot sunshine,
and the bay was Mediterranean blue. Apart from
one day the sun has shone practically the whole time.
The setting is so idyllic that there’s no need to go far a field, except
for shopping. There are good local walks with a lovely secluded and sheltered
beach about half a mile to the right of the track which leads to the cottage.
The dogs could run freely and thoroughly enjoyed swimming every day. There were
dolphins in the bay on Monday.
Clifden has good supermarkets, butchers and greengrocers, and lots of
specialist shops, but the shop ay Letterfrack is excellent, and a bit nearer.
There are boat trips around the bay at weekends from Sea Life at
Letterfrack, and the boat goes up the fjord from Killary – not as interesting
as you may think!
A day trip to Inishbofin from Cleggan is a good day out.
If you visit Omey
Island across from
Claddaghduff beware of the incoming tide. We nearly got stranded and had a very
very wet car when we got back! The walks across the dunes and beaches there are
An excellent place to eat is Panguer Ban in Letterfrack – imaginative
menus, beautifully cooked, and a nice ambience. Rosleague Manor and Rose
Cottage are also good though grander.
We’ve had a lovely peaceful few days, and we shall certainly be back.
*, Derbyshire, England
31 May to 14 June
2003 – See Original Review
This has been our first visit to Ireland, and after spending two weeks
here we have decided that it certainly won’t be the last!
Unfortunately, the weather has not been too kind to us with a lot of
rain and gales even the add thunderstorm. However, we didn’t come for the
weather and made the most of the couple of sunny days we had.
This is the ideal setting to relax and forget about the usual day to day
stresses of life. We spent quite a few days just wandering around and driving
here and there. If its views you’re after the Sky Road has some amazing scenic spots.
Another good road for views is if you follow the N59 to Letterfrack and once
there turn left and keep bearing left. You will then end up on the road
directly across the bay and can look back at the cottage which is a good photo
opportunity (f you’ve got a decent zoom lens!)
If you carry on through Letterfrack you will come to Kylemore Abbey.
This is well worth a visit with its Victorian Walled garden and Gothic Church.
The night life in Clifden is fantastic! The pubs and restaurants are
busy every day of the week. We spent many an evening in EJ Kings which has live
music every night from around 10pm. They also do a mean Irish stew or crab
Two fabulous seafood restaurants are Mitchell’s and ‘Off the Square’.
The food in both was cooked beautifully and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
Mannion's also has live music from 10pm but is not as lively as EJ Kings.
To save driving into Clifden at night (and to facilitate Guinness
consumption!) we used Chris O’Neil’s taxi service. He and his wife Pauline are
very reliable, punctual to the second and extremely pleasant. They charged €25
for a return trip into Clifden which you pay on return. (His number is in the
blue Visitor Guide).
Nobody can deny that this is a haven of tranquillity, and we shall
defiantly some back. However we shall know next time not to bring the Mazda X5
(most unsuitable car possible, well done us!) and will bring a more sensible
has yet to recover from all the expensive noises that the terrain made on the
underside of his car!
* & * (who can hear his local mechanic rubbing his hands in
12 July 2003 – See Original Review
Just leaving after another holiday in Ross. 4th in cottage and
since 1968 with 4 boys and now grandchildren. See you next year Patrick.
* & * (camping)
23 August to 06
September 2003 – See Original Review
A marvellous stay in a marvellous site with enormous views to the sea
and to the country! We were extremely lucky with the weather and very happy
with the house. The seals showed only once – and seemed to be as happy as we
Jakob discovered a multi-function goal for his Football: the wall of the
shed (with special ability to get the ball into the hole and to recover it by
the middle of the three doors). Very good swimming with sand just down
the path! Cold water – we do like this after this summer which heated even the Alps lakes…
Last but not least: Mary & Patrick are wonderful people! We
certainly will come again!
* & * from Munich,
(P.S. Next time your car repaired by Brian Walsh – very clever, very
09 October 2003 – See Original Review
We spent 5 lovely days here at Ross point. Living in the city in Switzerland, we
liked the extreme calm of living in the cottage. The weather was sometimes
rather wet and stormy, but who would expect otherwise? In fact, we didn’t much
bother about it and did quite some fishing. We much liked the warm and friendly
contact with Patrick and do seriously intend to come back one day.
* & * *(14), * (12), * (11), * (8)
26 October to 31
– See Original Review
A wonderfully relaxed trip – just as we had hoped. We arrived to calm,
totally still bay and a clear sky-line view of Diamond Hill and the 12 Bens. We
didn’t stray fro, apart from a day trip to Inishbofin and a wander on the Renvyle Peninsula opposite. We ate in at night
in front of the roaring peat fire, and the sound of the wind in the chimney as
the weather became wilder during the week. Wonderful – a unique place and
certainty to return as soon as the cows allow…
* + * (& Nollaig the dog)
North Shropshire, England
July 18 to July
24 2004 – See Original Review
*, & * *, * & * from Belgium
12 July 2004 – See Original Review
Another holiday at Ross much enjoyed by all of the * family and dogs.
Thanks to Patrick, Mary and the boys and we look forward to seeing you all next
All best wishes
* & *
04 September to
2004 – See Original Review
Swimming in the sea + barbeques on the beach for the first week, then the
mist rolled in for the last few days – but then it’s Ireland what do you
expect? Didn’t leave the cottage for the first week except to stock up on the
gin. Doggie heaven, + not bad for humans either. Well worth the 24 hors it took
us to get here, hope to be back some time.
* * * * * *, Ella dog musket dog + finn dog from Oxfordshire…
Another wonderful holiday in Moyard. The weather was wonderful for the
first week and the only reason we went out was to Newman’s Bar past
11.00pm..till 1.00am - enjoyable country dancing at Joyce’s on Friday as
well….. We know we will return. We love it here
With the above ‘ Vicki what can I say. I wish I could stay forever don’t
want to go home. Don’t know how I’m going to get back into the routine of going
out before 11! Even though I had an adventure getting here I’ve had a wonderful
time as usual and I will be back next year I love everyone. Bernie, Rich, Val,
Anne and the tasty Irishman who could sing but I didn’t approach even though he
was looking at me all night maybe tonight!!
X x Vicki x x (Leicester,
& with the above came uncle Dave aged 77 who had a great experience
Thank you from us all –
14 September to
24 September 2004 – See Original Review
Arrived to bright sunshine and strong winds, which gradually increased
during the first week. The pattern was to walk in nice sunny spells in the
morning, before it rained in the afternoon, then to shop or whatever, and get
back to the cottage in time for tea.Sunday was horrendous – very wet with a
force 8 gale. We walked o-Dog’s Bay and got thoroughly soaked. The second week
was better. Heavy mist over the mountains. We found two excellent beaches on
the Renvyle Peninsula - Glassilaun and the white
strand – perfect for long walk on the sand and rock scrambling. We couldn’t go
on the boat because of the gales but never mind there’s always next year! We
ate well and enjoyed the local pubs. Pangur Ban was as good as ever and the
butcher in Letterfrack provided us with really good meat.
We shall certainly return for a fourth visit. The cottage is set in such
an idyllic location that it couldn’t be bettered, and the dogs had a wonderful
time just roaming the beach and the headland.
Thanks to Patrick and Mary for making us so welcome, as always.
Until next May
* & *, with dogs Gemma and Bridie
19 January to 05
February 2005 – See Original Review
Hello there! We arrived in the darkness and were guided safety to the
house under the guidance of our host. What a peaceful place – indeed. I think
we rested for the first day (Sunday), enjoying the nature and the beach and the
wind, which gave excellent thrust to the kite! It is always a great pleasure to
see the sea. Monday was our travelling day. We took a look at the Aillwee cave and the cliffs of Moher.
Remarkable places. The weather was changing all the time. Some rainy days but
also quite warm, maybe 10 degrees or so. The country is very nice, peaceful.
Even close to the cities, like Galway the traffic is bearable, especially if
compared to that of UK!
On Thursday we visited Clifden. A small nice town, and the one hilarious moment
was the realization of the fire station: we even saw one fire fighter truck in
there! Yeah, On Wednesday we visited the Kylemore Abbey. The sight was
breathtaking. Very nice location! Lucky them! Thursday was for Galway. It is an old beautiful Irish town (or city).
Sadly Friday arrived so soon. We had booked a horse riding session (or two) which
we started in the rain. It was just amazing (for me the first time). Very
beautiful and gentle animals. (Oh, we were in Cleggan). I really recommend the
place! What else can I say? The week is just too short for a place like this.
Hopefully we can come back some day, who knows… I almost forgot: of course some
cold pints of Guinness were needed! And the warmth of fire place.
Many thanks to our hosts and Cheers!
* * & * FINLAND
04 June to 11
June 2005 –
See Original Review
After a hectic 7 hour drive from Bray, Co. Wicklow we finally arrived in
Moyard going around in circles trying to find the cottage! We gave up in the
end and phoned Patrick who was more than happy to meet us and show us the right
way! Wow! What a place – we have done all the corners of West
Ireland but have saved the best till last – the scenery and way of
life is totally unspoilt and beautiful. We had a few doubts about what two
teenage boys could do but we needn’t have worried - they loved exploring the beach,
catching crabs in the sea, playing football, even picking flowers whilst in the
car going up and down the track! They didn’t really fancy going to Kylemore
Abbey but mention of it being a girl’s school changed their minds! Kylemore is
a peacefully beautiful place and well worth a look! (Needless to say, they
didn’t see any girls!) We paid a visit to Bridget at the chipper in
Letterfrack, 4 ¼ pounders, 2 chips and 4 cans came to a grand total of €13!
Ocean’s Alive was met with mixed reaction – an interesting place but we
were unfortunate in not going on the boat trip (wrong time of year!) A trip to
Inishbofin is a must and as in the boat trip through the Killary Fjord – the
highlight of the week was the dolphins swimming with the cruiser – 5 of them showing
off, just hope the photos do them justice! Driving on the Renvyle Peninsula
is a little hair raising to say the least – very windy, very narrow and very
near the edge in most places! Whilst in Leenane, visit the sheep and wool
centre, the girl demonstrates the art of spinning and weaving in a light
hearted way and has a brilliant sense of humour!
Spending a whole day on the beach here was great – clear seas, lots of
rocks to climb and great sand to sunbathe even if it was a little misty!
Oliver’s in Cleggan is fantastic for food, huge servings with fast efficient
and friendly service! For those who like Chinese/Thai food try Jasmine’s Garden
in Clifden – you will enjoy! For a huge range of gifts try the Cottage Crafts
on the left as you’re going into Clifden, they have a small café, called
‘Beautiful View’ and you’ll see why when you go in, amazing!
A trip to the Alcock & Brown Memorial is only worthwhile if you go
the long way round via Roundstone – stunning scenery and plenty of sheep!
All four of us have gotten something out of our stay here and will
defiantly return, (maybe next year) but will come for 2 weeks to get even more
out of the holiday!
Many thanks to Patrick for his kindness & patience see you soon!
* * & (15) & * (14)
25 June to 02
July 2005 –
See Original Review
Arrived at 11 o’clock still light, nice directions Patrick! Fantastic
location, great beach. Did some windsurfing in the bay, some fishing off the
rocks (didn’t catch anything, worse luck) been eating the muscles and cockles
from the beach which have been nice. Enjoyed the sandy beach down the lane,
great for swimming.
Went for a long walk up Croagh Patrick (3½ hours). Great views of small
islands, still suffering 3 days later. Had a few nice meals down at Oliver’s,
especially if you like seafood.
Caught the ferry to Inishbofin
Island which was a little
disappointing, not much there and didn’t see any whales, sharks or seals and it
Can also recommend ‘The Spice Restaurant’ in Clifden, great food and
goods service. The bar opposite was lively and served good Guinness.
* * * * * (2½) and Maddy the dog
23 July to 30
July 2005 –
See Original Review
Phil returning after a 30 yr + gap!! He camped with the * during two
memorable summers. This time he brought (me) Cyndy and two of our four
children, Cameran (7) and Tristan (18) our first visit to Ireland. The
journey from Mid Wales via Dublin – Connemara was pretty wet and busy! Then the rain stopped
– we have had a completely mist free, rain free week!! In fact some days
have seen us basking in warm sunshine and swimming in the sea. Along with the
compulsory football and any game you can think (of or make up) concerning a
ball on the beach.
The highlights of our week. Just being here! The evenings. The
glorious sunsets. The opening and shutting of the gates (‘Cameran!!) Exploring!
Our sunny visit to Inishbofin < And the perfect sandy beach there where we
ate our picnic (when you’re off the ferry – turn left at the harbour. Keep
walking left ……… through the mountain gate. It’s really worth the walk – but
too dangerous for swimming.
Phil’s verdict is that Ross point is still as stunning as the last two times
her visited. We’ve had a really wonderful week here and will I’m sure
return in the near future.
Thanks Patrick & Mary - for your warmth and hospitality. We have
some wonderful memories to take home of our holiday at Ross Point.
* * * & *
30 July to 13
August 2005 –
See Original Review
Another holiday at Ross Point enjoyed by the * – including little * – aged 6
weeks – her first of many we hope, many visits to wonderful Connemara.
Plenty of sunshine, plenty of fish and plenty of fun.
Thanks again, Patrick & Mary – We look forward to returning again
* & *, Montgomery, Wales
11 March to 22 March 2006 – See Original Review
This is my 10th year holidaying in Connemara and my husband’s
4th – we are both agreed that Ross Point Cottage must have the most
beautiful views of any house in Connemara!
thanks for your hospitality Patrick.
17 April to 22 April 2006 – See
This has been a fantastic holiday in a beautiful area. Connemara
has everything – sea, mountains and even great weather!! There is something for
everyone and we all had a great time. The mussels are just delicious!
We look forward to returning to this wonderful place.
Many thanks Patrick for your hospitality.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
review in French See
We have had an absolutely
amazing time here. The beach and the rocks kept us happy every day and the
colourful little villages like Clifden and Cleggan were also really cute. Thank
you very much Patrick for an excellent week!
*(15), *(12) *(4)
For the six days that I
stayed here it only felt like one because we had so much fun on the beaches and
rocks and even in the lovely town nearby. I am only twelve but I think I will
never see so beautiful views again unless I come back to the cottage.
It was an amazing stay and
I was so sad to leave.
24 June to July
1, 2006 – See
We arrived with almost no mistakes in
turns and without even calling Patrick – on our very first visit!! What peace
and beauty - we are thrilled!
Had a grand week – some
rain but quite a bit of sun too. Enjoyed the peat fire, the sheep, the
haying/round bale-making entertainment by Patrick, his boys and neighbour
farmer but mostly the surrounding vistas of this special property. We are
grateful to the O’Toole’s for sharing this with guests.
Hopefully we will be back
in the near future -
Thank you all
* & * *
Blue Hill, Maine, USA
8 July to July 22, 2006 – See
Another great two sunny weeks. Many
thanks from the * and the *. Good look and we hope you heifer recovers.
**** & dogs
July – 29th July 2006
A large family gathering complete with
caravan. First time for many but the * and * families settled in quickly.
Weather very mixed but some great days fishing, sandcastle building and
playing. Cleared up in an irish gale but a super week nevertheless. Cousin Ann
& John to take over from us later on and we are looking forward to another
get together soon.
*** & the rainy the dog who thought
he was in heaven
July – 12 August 2006
The 46th year of the family
holidays in Connemara for us and 40 years of
marriage gave us the excuse for a big family and friends gathering – with
members swelling to 23 at one stage! – Great weather, great fishing and a great
time was had by all.
Thank you again Mary & Patrick
Ann & John – Montgomery,
August to 26th August 2006
Well here we are yet again. (We were here
last year but forgot forgot to write in the book!) Initially just the five of
us Dad, Mum, Jessica, Luke and Paddy (the westie). Nana (83!) joined us with
Sarah for the last 10 days having been persuaded to fly for the first time not
bad at 83 eh! The weather has been the usual mixed bag but as we’ve found it
doesn’t stop you doing things. Have fished, snorkelled, rowed the boat,
collected crabs, cockles and mussels. Luke managed to catch himself with his
crab line which required the services of the local doctor in Clifden!
plenty of mackerel which are superb cooked on the newly installed barbecue.
Paddy has had a daily swim regardless of the weather. The scenery the ever
changing moods of this place are magical it is a wonderful place to wind down
and escape the pressures of our normal everyday life. The turf fire at the end
of the day is just perfect.
we will be watching out for you and ‘champ’ on one man and his dog!!
See you next year, Many thanks
to 24 March 2007
Had a wonderful two weeks here, even when
we had hail and snow for St. Patrick’s weekend – it was still stunning. This
place is heaven, private beach and mountains all around, what more could you
ask for!! I’ll be back.
Anne, Kildare, Ireland
to 24th March 2007
What a wonderful and magical place!!
Just the ticket for unwinding and clearing the head. I’ve been to all sorts of
places around the world but the shear beauty of this place with the ever
changing views beat them all. It takes hold of your spirit and cleanses your
soul. Walking up in the morning and the only sound you hear is the newborn
lambs in the shed – beats the traffic and alarm clocks any day. The only thing
left to say is thank you for letting others enjoy what is truly an
unforgettable place. I will be back and that’s a promise!! J
Robbie F. – Cavan, Ireland
Our second time to spend Easter here -
both times blessed with the weather. What can you say about this place, its just
truly beautiful – peaceful. The availability of bikes a great addition – kept
the kids occupied and the fishing rods – we didn’t catch anything – but nice to
be able to use.
Sue, Joe, Robyn, Colm & Niamh, Dublin, Ireland
April to 29th April, 2007
We have spent two fantastic weeks here
at Ross Point. We are about to head back to the hustle
and bustle of Dublin
with much regret. I think my wellies will have to surgically removed as I
haven’t taken them off in two weeks. I have also failed to convince my husband
to squat in a derelict cottage and live off the land!! But we definitely will
be back. I am almost afraid to tell anyone as Ross Point Cottage is such a
We were made very welcome by Paddy and
the house was just great. Open fires of turf every night and a bath (we don’t
Here’s a few recommendations:
1. Glassilaun Beach
– for long walks, picnics and sunsets. Head to Renvyle peninsula past
2. Collecting shells and coral on a
beach just before town of Ballyconneely.
3. Connemara Loop
– don’t miss the road around Lough Inagh beautiful
Just get in the car if you can tear
yourself from the cottage. Around every corner the landscape opens up to
astound you. I know when am stuck at my desk in work I know I will be longing
to come back to Ross Point Cottage and the amazing views of Tully Mountain and
the Twelve Bens. I hope you have a fantastic time and are as lucky with the
weather as we were – Very sad to leave but look forward to coming back soon.
Lorraine and Mac J
May to 19th May 2007
We are Ed and Margaret from Newton (outside of Boston,
and Lucy from Lexslip, Co. Kildare. Also Lucy’s husband John the 1st
week, his brother Paul, Sinead and Ava and Lucy’s in laws Paul and Geraldine
Our previous experience of Ireland has
been brief (Lucy’s and John’s wedding 8/06 and Jan 07). The cottage is lovely
and complete in all utensils. Paddy has been very welcoming and helpful. We
made several trips - to Achill Point in
Mayo and an overnight to Clare and the Burren. We also recommend Castlebar and
the Museum of Country Life. There has been at least 3
rainbows - some double. Lucy and John
recommend climbing diamond hill. There is an internet café on Clifden but we
found the library (more reasonable) and has three computers available and can
be recommended for phone also – they are very nice in there. It is worth the
trouble to master the skill of a great fire
- great for warmth and atmosphere to play cards, games and read by.
Ed, Lucy John, Gearldine and Paul
enjoyed the boat trip and walk on Inisboffin on Saturday.
We had a wonderful time and hope to
return and are happy to recommend the Ross Point Cottage to all-
Margaret * (USA)
to 9th June 2007
What can we add? We have indeed been
blessed by the position of this house and the weather. What more can we ask?
What a location! Now we are going I’m not sure where the boat trips will got
glimpse the basking white whale “beached” on the headland (Alastair)
Thank you for your hospitality.
Alastair and Janet and Misha
June to 8th July 2007
Despite two weeks of wet and windy
weather we have still enjoyed ourselves. Ross Point
is a magic place in any weather. We look forward to coming back in the Autumn,
with some sun and blue sky even!
Mike and Val
to 15th July 2007
Wonderful cottage in the most tranquil and
unspoilt part of the country – we will be back (if we haven’t found a cottage
to buy in the area!)
Many thanks Patrick & Mary.
David, Jamie, Patrick & Katie
July to 28th July 2007
Yet another return to this beautiful
location. Have snorkelled, sunbathed and fished to our hearts content. Plenty
of mackerel from the boat, first class put on the Bar B Que. What a place to
unwind from the turmoils of everyday life. Weather has been fairly good and it
makes a change to see the Irish mist falling in the UK instead of here.
We will be back
Lynda, Eileen, Jessica, Luke &
Paddy the westie
July to 11th August 2007
Another wonderful time at Ross. Forty
seven years of camping and cottaging. Plenty of giant mackerel from near the
fish farm. Little FFions third summer here and enjoying every minute. We have
already booked for next year! Thanks Patrick and Mary see you next year.
J & A
August to 25th August 2007
Following the Welton family (seeing
them on route from Recess) 13 of the Biddle/Wardall and Pickup/Goasdell Party
(not forgetting the two dogs!).
A fantastic time had by all enjoying
mackerel suppers, homemade seafood chowder and Gravadlax – recipes from the
Weltons! Family members from ages 5 – 85 enjoyed fine weather, seaside fun and
trips to Roundstone and Omey
Island. Many thanks to
Michael Barry for lending a fine fishing vessel with Seagull (egg beating)
engine!!! Cottage as substantial and comfortable as ever!
More thanks to Patrick, Mary and Sons,
possibly see you all next year with an equally large group! Not all at once!
Anthony, Linda, Harry, Erica, &
Judith, Keith and Greg
Helen, Hannah and Grace
Tess and Remy
August to 1st September 2007
Thank you very much for our fourth stay
in this lovely cottage – it has been really nicely redecorated and the
dishwasher spares us the washing-up! Thank you! Weather fine – a fair amount of
mist though- lots of sailing, camping, fishing and a great day out on Shane’s
boat ‘Brazen Hussy’ was really good fun. Lots of mackerel still in the bay.
Obviously attracting dolphins which we saw on the bay one morning!!! My first
sighting in all my time here (every year of my life!! (14 years)).
So thank you very much for a great
cottage again – even better with all the decorations, - lovely!! Thank you very
Dan, Camilla, Claudia, Aminta and
Sabina and dogs – Giunea and Tiggy
1st September to 8th September 2007
This review is in French
September to 21st September 2007
Dolphins, hares (family living in
garden) diving gannets, red breasted mergansets daily swimming, stunning views,
great Guinness & Seafood (mussels to harvest on the beach at very low tide)
at both Cleggan and Clifden. No traffic, no aircraft, no phones, no T.V. (if
you choose) – peace & as much silence as you could wish for. May it stay
this way for as long as possible although parts of Connemara look like they
might be getting a bit of a building boom!
Thanks Patrick - back next year we hope
Jan & Nick Ben****** Chester
October 1st 2007
Our third stay in this lovely location
and the weather has been absolutely fantastic - so warm and sunny the last 2
days we had shorts on! Thank you Patrick and family for letting us stay in
their home again – we all hope to return again
& Jan B - Oxford
Father (now 80) & Niece Vicki –
Kev from Strabane & Spud Ipswich
(his first time)
October to 10th October 2007
We have been on seven trips to Ireland and
this has been our favourite spot so far – the views are wonderful, the peace
and quite something we don’t get in Connecticut. The best part is the darkness
so we can see so many stars at night - again, something we can’t get at home
due to all the lights on the east coast of the US
Erik and Nancy ****
March to 25th March 2008
Our first visit to Ross Point (Cleggan
a couple of years ago) thanks for letting us borrow your fine cottage with
awesome views. Enjoyed the views, private beach, peat fire, the newborn lambs
(cuddling) the calves, trying to fish, meeting Patrick and having long chats
with him, the amazing location, quite remote and peaceful. For March weather
was ok really – you take your chance – maybe 50/50. I come to Ireland 2 or 3
times a year (for the past 45 years) and hope to return here someday. Visit
Connemara National Park for a walk; Oliver’s in Cleggan – for great seafood;
Bards Den Letterfrack for huge burgers – some god pubs in Letterfrack too
(Veldons nice) & Pangur Ban for superb steaks. Chill out and enjoy –
Tony, Chantelle, Caleb!! Izook J Nottingham
April to 18th April 2008
Many thanks Patrick and Mary for the
cottage - it’s been a blissful time and we’ve had a lovely time reconnecting
with Connemara. It was good to catch up with you again, Patrick after what we
reckon, 41 years?! We very much hope we’ll see you again before too long.
This is my second trip to Ireland and I
have really enjoyed it! The views from the cottage are amazing! The house is
fantastic and the painting and other decorations really add to it. It was a
real bonus to come here in the spring because there are baby lambs which are so
This is my third trip to Ireland and
this has been the best holiday cottage so far. The baby lambs were so sweet and
to be able to hold them was a bonus. Thank you very much and hop to come again.
This has been a fantastic time in a
beautiful cottage. The views are incredible and the cottage really comfortable.
I can’t wait to come again as soon as possible!
The cottage is beautiful and has such
wonderful views. The animals were lovely and so adorable. It was such an
amazing holiday. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you for making it so
April to 3rd May 2008
There’s so much to write about at this late
hour – but I had to say a big thank you for a wonderful time Patrick in your
cottage set in the most beautiful location – it’s been ‘peace-ful’, ‘awe
inspiring’ and I feel grateful for this time and live that bit more deeply in
nature. Our time was crowned last night by seeing 5 or 6 dolphins outside the
cottage … (more of review to follow soon)
May to 24th May 2008
What a location! Peace, tranquillity,
stunning views and a private beach just on your doorstep. Lots of sunshine,
really, really warm weather, some sunburn even and just two rainy days. Lovely
people, lovely cottage. What more can you ask for? As we know this part of the
country quite well we had no problems cancelling all the sight-seeing because
we just couldn’t leave this idyllic place too often. We’d love to stay for
another week and another and another . . .
But we’ll be back again. Thank you so much Mary & Patrick for your
May to 31st May 2008
What can I say as I sit here watching
the final throes of light lose the battle to darkness over Tully mountain? Our final
night, we’ve watched our footprints in the sand yield to the incoming tide –
poignant. We’ll leave most reluctantly, but even more determined to return to
this haven. Is there really that ‘other world’ out there? It seems that we have
forgotten that, for a week, at least. It’s like this place has warped time and
space re-awakened. A week is not long enough!! My wife Siân, a keen
photographer has been led a merry dance by the Irish hares!! Contrary to
another visitor’s observation, they do not live around the garden, but up on
the bank behind the lane. You’ll discover this for yourselves if you care to
rise from your bed around 5 am (Siân has done every day!!) They come down top
the headland by the cottage, munch a bit of sea turifs, move on to the seaweed,
use the garden as a toilet, then onto the beach for a bit of play and general
hare lunacy! We have the photos and video to prove it!
then, of course, there are the dolphin (3 we saw), like our own private
fly-past (or swim past) and Oystercatchers, the Comorants, the Mallard families
teaching their youngsters the art of 5 minute diving. Oh I could go on.. Its
going to be two weeks next time for sure!!
Patrick, God only knows what he thought of us! For when he appeared down the
track , this evening to find my good self running around the beach in my
underpants in one last dash at some sort of crazy freedom!!!!
he [Patrick] discovered that Sian’s father is a retired West Walian famer, he
promptly gave us a guided tour of his sheep and cattle and also of the remains
of a megalithic tomb on his land and that of a beautiful white quartz standing
stone. Perhaps he won’t thank me for sharing that with you so I’d better point
that he charged us €50 for the privilege!! (Only joking!)
he didn’t have to do that for us, and we thought that it was very kind thing to
do from a very kind man!
we pass on the place to you, the next lucky people. You’ve arrived at heaven on
earth. God bless to Patrick and Mary, thank you.
Siân, Mel and Anne – Newcastle Emlyn, West Wales
May to 7th June 2008
first visit to Connemara and Ross Point Cottage, and hopefully, many more to
follow an absolutely stunning location and well appointed cottage. A week is
certainly not long enough. Two weeks next time!. Must mention Mitchell’s
Restaurant in Clifden for fabulous food, merited two visits!
you Patrick and Mary for the opportunity to visit heaven on earth.
***ell Family - Colin Patricia, Catherine & Caroline, Dilly Dog & Wilma
Dog Liversedge, West Yorks
June to 5th July 2008
7.30 am Monday morning and as I stood looking across the bay waiting for the
kettle to boil the hare peeped through the gate. We also saw pygmy shrew?
Yesterday, and heard a cuckoo yesterday morning. The stillness is so healing,
even the sea is like softly rippled glass this morning, but wait something has
just disturbed its smooth surface! I’ll go in the hoop of a dolphin. C.
July to 12th July 2008
are lots of things I love about this house but it would take too long to write it
all down. My favourite thing is sitting on the couch looking out at the water
when my three boys Stephen (10), Conor (8) and Shane (5) are gone to bed.
Another big plus is that the boys can go swimming whenever they want without
having yo load up the car with swim wear, towels, body boards, change of
clothes, drink, food etc. plus the car doesn’t get filled with sand. However I
would advise anyone with children to make a trip to the beach in Ballyconneely
Golf Club. Long strands of lovely white sand.
12th July to 2nd
sixth visit to Ross point Cottage and again a brilliant holiday. You’re always
surprised by the quietness and tranquillity of this place. The views are ever
changing and never cease to amaze.
oystercathers, curlews, robins, hares, garnets, guillenots, cornarants, terns,
and ‘the seal’ can all be seen from the house.
fishing has been great with ample supplies of mackerel and pollack.
food at Olivers Cleggan, the butcher in Letterfrack is first class.
spent the first week just the four of us plus ‘Paddy’ the puppy (who is now
actually 13!). the second week we had some friends stop for a few days. They
were totally captivated by the place. Our final week saw the arrival of the
eldest children who drove themselves over from wellis (how time flies) and Nana
to be leaving thanks Patrick.
Eillen, Karen, Sarah, Jessica, Luke, Nana & Paddy.
2nd August to
17th August 2008
another wonderful family holiday her for the W*’s and T, R cousins. Fishing
good with plenty of crabs for supper. Weather not good but it didn’t deter us
from getting out and enjoying ourselves. We managed a good hill walk from
Kylemore – the Maolan Horseshoe – taking in three peaks. Cnoc Breac, Binn
Bhreac and Maolan . another day we walked up Tully Mountain. The canoes were
out most days on the sea and there was always a day to be found for wind-surfing,
surfing and water skiing. Thank you once again to Patrick and Mary. We are
looking forward to seeing you next year.
best wishes – A & J.
August to 23rd August 2008
a terrible start to the week, weather-wise, with torrential rain for several
days (even Patrick told us he’d never seem it this bad in his lifetime!), the
sun has finally come out and revealed the true magic of this special place. I’m
writing this at the picnic table in the garden with the sun warm on my back,
listening to the kids laughing on the beach – they have loved it here so much,
this view will stay with me forever.
seen the dolphins twice (in the bad weather – do they come here for shelter?),
the hares, all sorts of seabirds, a hobby (bird of prey) in the field by the
gate – a wildlife paradise. I’ve enjoyed
reading other guests comments here – so here are ours – Mitchell’s and Olivers
both good restaurants but worth going for the early bird menu (before 6pm or
6.30pm) – much cheaper and food delicious.
The peat fire has been great (yes, middle of August , I know!) and sadly necessary – top tip from my husband
– when sticks and firelighters failed, use a tea light – works a treat!
is an incredible location – many thanks to Patrick and Mary from the C***
14th August to
20th August 2008
Great start to the week enabling us to
climb/conquer Maumturk Mountains – fantastic views, hanging lake (swam in)
weather closed in forcing low level activities – Omey sands/inland, hidden
Church, quick dip on return, dinner in Clifden & Irish dancing. Gourmet
week- power breakfast, lobsters, friendly neighbours, fantastic views – another
world! Fantastic cottage.
See you next year
Mike, Tony, Francis, Jo
23rd August to
30th August 2008
drizzled all week but the comfort and setting of the cottage provided
consolation. We saw the hares floating
around the grounds.
managed to swim every morning at high tide the cove of the beach is
sufficient. One morning I found myself
in the company of a seal! I swam out to the fish farm at low tide though was cautioned
by Patrick not to try to swim not to swim right across the bay due to the
current ? the bay due to the ? layout
the fish farm.
had a sunny afternoon in Galway and took an overnight trip to visit Lidsadell
in Sligo and stayed at the Markem Castle – visiting the Country Museum at
Turlough en route.
also had an enjoyable visit to Renvyle Hotel for a drink and snack. We found Letterfrack good for shopping had a
good meal there at Veldons. We had lunch
in Roundstone one day and a drive around Cashel and Carna. In all we had a good and relaxing time. I’d love to stay here when the sun is
Lorraine, Aoife and Dermot
Aoife reminded us of how much she + Lorcan enjoyed the horse riding at
Errislannan – good ponies for small children
to 26th September 2008
Having read so many reviews about Ross Cottage I just had to see it for
myself. I thought perhaps I would be the unlucky one not to witness the hares
playing on the beach and the dolphins swimming by….. but I got lucky this
morning (day 3), and saw both! 3 dolphins swam past in the sea opposite the
living room window. They swam up and then went back down out to sea. They were
more on the opposite side but we could see them clearly with our binoculars. It
was a wonderful sight! It was about 9.20 am. The weather was amazing and the
sea very calm, which is probably why we could see them. As for the 7 or 8
hares… you need to be up at the crack of dawn to see them but be very quiet or
they will scarper up hills on the left side of the track. The bird life is
amazing; bring a bird book if you can so they can be identified! Thos has got
to be the most peaceful place ever and as close to nature as you will ever get.
The cottage itself is very spacious and the open fire really adds to the
ambiance! Be sure to bring fire lighters and kindling though! The turf is
supplied free of charge and perfectly stacked up against the shed, so easily
accessible. Once here, it is hard to stay away from the windows – almost every
one has an amazing view and always different boat of bird going past. We still
have 4 days left of this magical place and I know that I will definitely
return. So glad I found it.
Siobhan & Phil – Co. Kildare Ireland
to 4th October 2008
a lovely time staying at Ross Point Cottage. Had some wet days but on the whole
the weather wasn’t too bad. Gregory went Scuba Diving on day one and thought it
was wonderful experience not to be missed. Another highlight was our trip on
Killary Harbour, it is a beautiful place. We spent the rest of our time
exploring the wonderful Connemara landscape. A visit to the National Park is
another must – wonderful walks.
We enjoyed a wonderful meal in Fogarty's in Clifden, the early bird menu is
extremely good value. The Derryclare Restaurant is also worth a visit.
Mary, Joshua & James * from Donegal, Ireland
to 21 February 2009
A review from a one of our French guests
to 21st February 2009
What an amazing place, amazing week – its all been said before … but it truly
is a wonderful place. The weather was so kind to us, not a drop of rain, mild
and sunny on a couple of days. We enjoyed paddling on the beautiful beaches
around Tully Cross and making a camp fire on the beach next to the strand. The
cottage was lovely and homely and the peat fire in the evenings, made it a
perfect winder location… it’s a week we’ll never forget and moreover will
recommend to all. Thank you to all you Irish people for being so lovely and to
Patrick and Mary for letting us stay in this little wonderland.
Martel, Ciel (9) and Hugs (4) *, Kent, UK
7th March to
14th March 2009
We had a wonderful time in this beautiful cottage, and the location is so
scenic and peaceful. The weather wasn’t great, but we did get one good day. Our
highlight was the trek to the top of Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park.
The views from there were amazing. Definitely worth doing. Many thanks to
Patrick for his kind hospitality and help. Without doubt, we will return as
this is the most perfect place to relax and unwind, and to enjoy nature. And of
course, my partner Olya made two new friends here with “Champ” the sheepdog.
She loved the cattle and sheep too.
(Kildare, Ireland) & Olya (Ukraine)
4th April to
17th April 2009
I had a wonderful time in the cottage enjoying the rare views because its not
every day you get to look out your sitting room window and see the mountain
Letter and the sea all in one go!
Another fabulous Easter holidays in Ross Point Cottage. Lovely lambs calves etc
and of course the fantastic views and relaxation. Can’t wait till next year’s
Lovely break with reasonable weather for April. Visited the gardens at Kylemore
for the first time and can recommend them – just hope they can keep up the
momentum on the retention of the glass houses. Thank you Patrick and Mary.
I had a great fun exploring the beaches and rare animals. I loved watching the
lambs growing up and the cows and there beautiful calfs. I have had yet again a
lovely holiday in Ross Point. I look forward to coming next year. Thanks again.
The cottage was amazing and the idyllic views make the cottage truly beautiful.
The baby lambs are charming. It was a lovely visit; I’m looking forward to next
Family, East Mein, England, UK
18th April to
25th April 2009
Loved our stay. See summer 2006 pages for description.
6th June to 13th
Words can’t describe so I am not going to try. We have been blessed with lovely
weather and an absolutely stunning location. Now I know why Ross Point Cottage
is so booked up. Thank you.
Derek, Cram, & Trudy (the dog) Lincolnshire, UK
11th June to
18th June 2009
Some of us had been to Connemara before, others hadn’t but all of us were taken
and our breath lost to the stunning views, addictive landscape and magnificent
wilderness that could be seen from the top of ‘hills’ (more like mountains for
us coming from flatter Dublin) and the cottage’s windows and garden. To have
breakfast or dinner while lapping up the greenness, the ruggedness and the
barrenness of this gem of our emerald Isle was a luxury; even when the midgies
chose to dine with us. Never before have I understood quite so clearly the
phrase of how the water laps the shore, the waves lick the sand but the beach
down below, when the tide is out, taught me. I’ve swam in ? seas and yet the
colours of jelly fish I witnessed here was spectacular. Standing quietly in sea
we saw fish dancing out of water. Unfortunately dolphins never visited us, or
at least we weren’t lucky enough to see them, but to know they were around, had
been seen before, and were just hidden was magical. The sheep on the far field
provided a nice morning welcome each day while hares spotted on the laneway up
the hill and indeed on many other laneways and fields lifted our spirits to
tackle the Irish weather and all its surprises (is isn’t known as a sunny
climate) with much optimism. We, or at least I couldn’t have come away with
more appreciation or love for this secret, abandoned garden of Eire, the sea
was calm, it was rough; it poured and the sky was clear, we got bitten and
burnt, we got wet and soapy (plastic sheet as a slide) but overall I think we
can honestly say we’ve had an amazing stay at Ross Point Cottage and would love
to visit again. Thanks,
Sinead, Barbara, Geraldine, Saóirse, Caoimhe, Ainée, * & Dogs
19th July to 1st
Patrick & Mary, thank you once again for another very special two weeks in
Connemara. In particular your help and friendliness together with your
lightning responses to any trivial request was so much appreciated. We look
forward to our next visit very much indeed.
With all our best wishes,
& Camilla *
to 19th September 2009
The weather was the best yet! Much to out surprise coming later than usual. We
had another fantastic 2 weeks – kayak expeditions, mackerel fishing, swimming
and sunning ourselves. The little hard visited us regularly and also the heron.
We saw the seal too, keeping an eye on us as we paddled – and also two
thanks to Patrick and Mary.
and Anthony * and the mother too!
to 1st December 2009
Point Cottage is a little piece of ‘heaven’. The world just stops here, doesn’t
it? Barely a sound only the “ticking of the clock”. Thank you so much for the
most relaxing few days, we have ever spent!!
P.s. Give us a shout if these people who have this beautiful cottage booked for
Christmas ‘pull out’ for any reason.
to 6th December 2009
What a wonderful few days we had in this lovely holiday home. The cottage is
very well equipped comfortable and homely, the location stunning. Only think
missing is the constant good weather!!
Family, Co. Kildare
December 2009 to 2nd December 2010
Today is St. Stevens Day and it rains like the other two days before. The view
outside the windows is beautiful. The hills look very nice and their tops are
white from snow. The temperature outside is about zero. The wind is very
extreme but after lunch you can go outside and walk to the beach where you can
see dolphins. This is a beautiful place. Ross Point Cottage is a nice place to
relax. Clifden is 30 minutes away and a very nice city. After breakfast you can
sit in the living room in front of the fire and you can watch TV, play cards or
read a book. Altogether Ross Point Cottage is a nice place where you can stay
Marlies, Jens, Nils, Janine from Germany
February to 9th February 2010
arrived in the dark, and though we managed to find a track down to the cottage,
we didn’t realise how close we were and ended up calling Pat to come and guide
us down to the house.
The next day was a gem – blue skies all around! So we went up Tully Mountain
and were duly rewarded with the best views ever!
The rest of the weekend was spent vegging out at the house interspersed with
visits to Letterfrack for music (the Taréis na Féile Bríde Festival) and to
Leenane for food and beer.
location of the house is just about perfect if you like mountains and sea. From
the garden you can see Tully (Letter Hill) Mountain, Maol Reidh, Benchoona,
Doughruagh, Diamond Hill and the bens. We spotted one seal off the rocks.
is a bit of a knack to getting the turf fire going, but having a good blast of
dry kindling and some fire lighters really helps! Peat Briquettes are also a
intend to be back again soon!
Paul, Orghlaith & Tom from Cork Ireland