Wander Often | Wander Always
Last month I jumped at the opportunity to spend the night on Lusty Beg Island on Lough Erne with Debenhams Ireland. It had been so long since I enjoyed a mini break, and I was lucky enough to be able to bring Conor along with me too.
Lusty Beg Island is a unique location located about 2.5/3 hours drive from Dublin in Co. Fermanagh. Once by Lough Erne you must take a Ferry across to the Island, which feels like a different world. This is a part of Ireland I had yet to explore, but I had heard amazing things about this particular resort.
Lusty Beg Island, set in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, is a 75 acre paradise. As a unique and utterly charming destination, we are perfect for getaways to relax and unwind with family and friends. A short 5-minute ferry transports you to our natural haven and you will be greeted by the infamous Fermanagh welcome! Set amongst the beautiful lake-side woodlands, there is a selection of accommodation (both self-catering and bed and breakfast), a restaurant, a retreat spa, an activity centre and nature trail. Once you step off the Ferry, there is plenty to explore as part of the Lusty Beg experience. via LustybegIsland.com
The only thing better than the location was the company. I was girl crushing all over the place as our companions included mega bloggers and girl bosses Anouska, Alex & Becky from The Pink Elephant Blog, Aoibhe from The Secret Obsession, Sarah from I Come Undone and Clementine the fabulous stylist behind many of Ireland’s TV shows.
A very stylish invite: Debenhams sent the itinerary inside this amazing TRIPP 4 wheel cabin case! This is a hard case that is super durable and it wheels along easy breezy. Shop here.
Ok so I missed the sunglasses memo when we got off the coach, but here are most of the gals after bus journey, about to get the short ferry to the island. (pic via @lustybegisland).
Leaving the main land for Island life! The ferry only takes two minutes but it is a great opportunity to take in the stunning views and start to unwind.
Island Life: The views are just phenomenal. You really feel a million miles away, it is so tranquil and beautiful.
We had a chance to settle into our room before the activities, and OMG! Pictures couldn’t capture how amazing this log cabin was, so I took a little video tour. The view was the most exceptional part, but the fireplace (which we did light!), the enormous bed, the luxury shower and giant bath were all highlights. If we hadn’t had some activities to enjoy, I could have chilled here for hours and hours. Although the vibe of the Island is quite rustic, the accommodation is modern and chic.
Our first activity after a beautiful lunch was a boat trip around the island in lough Erne. It really felt like we were in a different world, in the middle of nowhere. Group pic via @rdc_dublinpr.
After the relaxing boat trip we had an adrenaline rush with a clay pigeon shooting lesson. This was my second time ever shooting, and I was pretty bad at it. I managed to hit one of four targets, but I had a great laugh. Getting to and from the pigeon shooting involved 4 wheel off-roading, a seriously good laugh!
During our down time Conor and I went for a romantic stroll around the Island. No matter what direction you walk on this island, there are stunning views to enjoy.
After a little R&R in our room, a shower and outfit change we headed to the bar in the main house and enjoyed a cocktail masterclass. Lusty Beg have a few signature cocktails that we learned to make, and we also enjoyed some classics like my favourite: the mojito.
A highlights of any day for me is the food, and Lusty Beg did not disappoint. The steak was unbelievable, tender, juicy and so flavourful. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. There was also an incredible chocolate dessert but I think I ate it before I could take a pic!
Off to bed, and Debenhams had provided the cutest little PJ set. Shop here.
The view from our cabin in the morning. Waking up here was surreal and overwhelming, Conor and I sat outside sipping coffee and enjoyed the sights and sounds.
There are no bad angles on this Island! Imagine getting married here, and the pictures you would have?! Dream location!
Lusty Beg also has an incredible Spa but I didn’t have a chance to take full advantage, the other gals seem to have better time management skills than I do! Also getting into a swimsuit was not high on my list of priorities in the middle of October!
I would like to thank the team at Lusty Beg for an incredible stay, I feel so comfortable and well looked after. The location is stunning and I so appreciative that I got to enjoy it. Secondly I have to thank Debenhams Ireland for organising this amazing trip and the gorgeous goodies they provided which included the suitcase, PJs and The Body Shop beauty products!
Finally I have to thank the ladies at Rachel Dalton Communications, Moira and Karen were amazing ambassadors and ensured everything ran smoothly.
Although this trip was complimentary, I have not been paid to post about it. #NotAnAd
Final thoughts, I actually think I would love to get married here (no I am not engaged, just forward thinking), rent out the entire Ireland and have an amazing party with family and friends. If that doesn’t happen then I would love to come back for a girls trip and really take advantage of the gorgeous spa.
Have you visited this gorgeous island? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!