Sheila converted an old stone home into this beautiful cottage that she actually divided into two different livable spaces. One of the original walls is found inside this home. It has a lot of cool history and she even has a photo album documenting the transformation.
As you can see in the picture above, the view from this cottage is incredible. Everything about this place is tranquil. Located on the far south end of Ireland, we were surrounded by the ocean. There was nothing around us but water, green hills and cow pastures. Every sunrise and sunset was spent looking out our balcony window and telling myself, “I can’t believe this is real”.
The kids loved playing outside here. There were two trampolines that the kids could jump around on and the cows in the neighboring pasture loved to be fed carrots and apples.
What to do in Ahakista, Ireland
Since we were visiting during the off season, most pubs only served food on the weekends. So, we traveled into Bantry for groceries and occasional meals. However, the first Saturday night in Ahakista we stumbled upon a wonderful treat when we decided to visit the closest pub to our cottage. This place is called Arundel’s and it blew us away. I feel like I need to explain that pubs in Europe typically have pretty good food; however, they tend to serve the same things. Arundel’s is not your typical pub. We walked into this place and saw a sign that said “Restaurant is Upstairs”. So, we walked upstairs to find a higher-end restaurant featuring dishes made from fresh fish caught that day and other whole food ingredients.
I ordered the roasted monkfish wrapped in streaky bacon served with a chili and prawn sauce. It was incredibly tasty and the perfect portions. Monkfish is a white fish, but has much more flavor then cod. This meal was a pleasant surprise and one of my favorite so far on our trip.
Sheeps head has several great hiking trails and we chose to hike to the closest light house. The hike was simple and wonderful. Katie and I learned a lot on this hike about how we can work with our kids to keep walking and stop complaining. We simply tell them that if they do well and don’t complain, they will get a Kinder surprise egg. (Our kids love these!) We came across a beautiful lake and several free range sheep on our way to the light house.
Although getting to Ahakista took us several hours from Louisburgh, it was so worth it. I was happy to see the southern part of Ireland and experience the beauty of this majestic peninsula. Anyone looking for a relaxing holiday (vacation) should definitely consider Ahakista Ireland.
Where We Stayed
House in Ahakista, Ireland. This is an extremely comfortable and well equipped home with stunning views and a balcony from which to enjoy them. There is a very comfy and cosy den for reading or tv. King size bed and dressing room, comfy double bedroom ensuite. Large yoga ro… View all listings in Ahakista
Our Second Destination In Ireland
The very first listing that stood out when looking for a place in Ireland was Sheila’s place at Sheeps Head. The profile picture she used for her cottage stuck out to me and I just had to stay there. We decided to make this our second stop since we would need a car to get there.