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Oughterard, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

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Irish Independent, April 2011
Secret Ireland - Quiet man country

In the film, John Wayne arrives into Castletown by rail. You can evoke that with a stay at the Railway Lodge outside Oughterard. Carmel Geoghegan's B&B nudges on to the abandoned Galway-to-Clifden line, and a cup of tea or breakfast in her conservatory, overlooking the gorse, stone walls and brown heather of the Cloosh Hills is a pretty idyllic interlude.

Carmel formerly ran Country Interiors in Galway, so there's a sureness of touch to the décor in the B&B and one-bed cottage alongside.

I like the old steamer trunks, the antique bureau in the hall and the blueberry scones she serves up on Nicholas Mosse and Stephen Pearce pottery.

Look out for the old photos of Carmel's granddad, Mark, too. He left Connemara at the age of 16 to travel on the Titanic, but missed the boat "because he was a bit of a boyo".

I'd recommend the twin room, with its sage-green walls, dormer windows and shutters, though all four come with large en suite bathrooms and views over the Connemara countryside.
Georgina Campbell review in Food & Wine
http://www.ireland-guide.com/ December 2010
Railway Lodge Review in Food & Wine magazine
Cover of Food and Wine magazine
Page of Food and Wine magazine with review of Railway Lodge
Irish Times, travel section, 2001
Irish Times, travel section article
Review from the Irish Times travel section, 2001
Irish Times,Travel section cover