Driving on the mountain roads to and from Stella Maris at night can be a bit scary, the TV reception at the Hotel is hit and miss and the channel choice limited - so i suggest you leave your car in the car park, treat yourself to some more items from Frances' menu and Terry's amazing cellar and bring some good books. I'm only sorry the Hotel doesn't stay open a little longer into the autumn, (it is now shut until Spring next year).
This Hotel is in a unique setting just outside the tiny village of Ballycastle, located on the edge of the shore and accessed via steep, narrow, winding, mountain roads leading down to the sea. My bedroom in this beautifully restored country house had fantastic views over the Atlantic. I also enjoyed the hospitality of owners Terry and his wife Frances and her wonderful gourmet dining talents. I think this is an ideal spot for travellers without children, who want a quiet, civillised retreat, with good food, spectacular scenery and a chance to explore the villages, mountains and cliffs of West Mayo, play golf and fish for salmon in its many lakes and travel along the coastline to visit Achill Island with its lovely unspoilt beaches and the pretty, colourful seaside town of Westport.