The seaweed baths in Enniscrone Co Sligo are Ireland’s earthy answer to a hammam.
It’s refreshingly simple, steam yourself in a cabinet straight out of the silent films, and then step into a hot bath infused with fresh seaweed. If you want to wake yourself up afterwards, have a cold shower or you can just jump into the sea. The oils leave the skin silky, and the ambiance is unfussy. The prices are pre-crazy and there is no time limit. You can book a massage beforehand and although the baths themselves cannot be booked, you can ring ahead.
Open all the year round, until 8pm. October- May from 12 noon Saturdays and Sundays included, the rest of the year from 10 am.
Single rooms €25 sharing € 32 Double rooms (two baths ) €40 with steam €45
Not usually the type of girl to travel the breadth of the country for a dress, I deemed it necessary when I came across the beautiful (and surprisingly cheap) offerings available from this Sligo store. We drove from Dublin to the shop on the outskirts of the town in a place called Rathcormac, right at the base of Benbulben. In this beautiful rural setting, located within a row of converted workman’s cottages, we unearthed a real treasure trove.
The west coast of Ireland may not be the first place you think of when you think ‘vintage’, but the San Francisco native Victoria who owns this store really knows her stuff. Enchanted Vintage has a wonderful website, but nothing beats rifling through the racks yourself. Clothes, bags, shoes, hats, jewellery, even wedding gowns: all are here, sourced from America and the UK, and Victoria can tell you the history of every item. She guides you to colours and shapes to suit your shape, and accessories to match. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her a real asset.
I was looking for a unique dress for an important ball, and here I snapped up a beautiful green and gold gown (very Irish, I know), one of a kind, for €120. No danger of bumping into someone wearing the same thing here! Pre-ball, I went to meet up with friends in a local Dublin pub, and got stopped multiple times on the way there by strangers who wanted to know where I had bought my dress. I told them it was from a shop in Sligo, but assured them all it was well worth the drive.
Enchanted Vintage Clothing
+353 (0)71 914 6680
19 acres of beautiful demonstration gardens and polytunnels all cared for organically and set in fantastic rugged countryside of North Leitrim near the Fermanagh border.
A grass-roofed visitor centre houses the Grass Roof Cafe which is by far the finest vegetarian restaurant in Ireland and also has a really well stocked eco-shop selling fresh vegetables from the gardens, books, nice deli products and gardening supplies.
The Organic Centre runs courses throughout the year on subjects as diverse as micro-hydro energy production to basket weaving and humanure composting as well as many courses on gardening and cooking with organic vegetables and seaweeds and wholefoods.
There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere there and the staff are friendly and knowledgable. It's only €5 to get in and this is refunded if you eat at the restaurant.
Children are welcome and have great fun in the willow tunnels. Free kids activities are available in August.
A fabulous get away - relax, get some treatments, the flotation tank will really take you away from it all. Stay in the log cabin. Noeleen is simply the Earth Mother and a wonderful host. Then explore Yeats' country!!
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