Carraig Guest House is located on the Carlow Road, 800 metres from the Wicklow Way trailhead in Clonegal and 4km from Kildavin village, where the next stage of the Coast to Coast E8 trail continues or where the bus back to Dublin passes. The house is set on an acre of land and has a well-tended garden with an adjoining paddock containing an orchard and a vegetable plot. The site has commanding views of the Blackstairs Mountains.
Carraig is a traditional family home that can accommodate four guests. The double and twin bedrooms are both on the ground floor and share a bathroom. Guests are welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee in the lounge and sit in front of a warm stove on a cold evening and watch the TV.
In April and May, Nettle and Leek Soup is just one of the seasonal dishes that is served to guests. Most of the ingredients used are organic and grown in the back garden. There are several drills of potatoes in the vegetable plot, along with garlic, onions and cabbages.
An Irish Heritage Orchard contains over 60 rare varieties of apples, pears, plums and damsons. Numerous fruit bushes are dotted around the garden and produce blackberries, blueberries, figs, gooseberries, Japanese wineberries, loganberries, raspberries and strawberries.
Whatever produce is not eaten fresh goes into making a fine selecton of jams, chutneys an infused vinegars that are used in salads. Freshly baked scones and soda bread are always served with some kind of preserve from the garden.
Evening meals can be prepared for guests. Sheila is open to requests for any dish on her menu with enough advance notice. Alternatively guests can dine in the village at the award-winning Sha Roe Bistro (advance booking essential) or else at the take-away. Those setting out walking the next day can also pre-order a packed lunch for the journey.
Transport can be organised for guests arriving to or departing from Bunclody and those walking Ireland's Coast to Coast Trail (E8) can be brought to the neighbouring village of Kildavin to pick up the South Leinster Way section of the route. Baggage can also be transferred to the following accommodation.
Dear Sheila, thank you for giving us the best start on the Wicklow Way. Thank you for the more than warm welcome to your home, lovely food, comfy bed and hour thoughtful hospitality. We will alsways remember your open and friendly spirit.
Annika and Clara