Pilgrimage to the Connemara coast
Brú na Mara, Connemara €1m
Every year, on July 16, there's a pilgrimage from Mace Head, near Carna in Co Galway, out to Saint MacDara's Island.
Saint MacDara, patron saint of local fishermen and sailors, established a monastery on the island in the sixth century, and the church is today still considered one of the best examples in the country of an early Christian oratory.
Brú na Mara is a large complex of houses on 24 acres right beside Mace Pier. From there, you can see right out to MacDara's Island, 1.3 nautical miles out to sea, and take a boat out anytime you want.
The property has reportedly been in the family of the current owners since 1820, although it has grown quite a lot since then.
Overall, it now consists of a two-storey five bedroom house, another house with four bedrooms, a two-bedroom guest cottage, and two apartments, a one-bed and a two-bed. There are also two partly renovated barns and a garage. The main house was built in 1919 and turned into a guesthouse in the 1930s.
The entire complex, which has been renovated twice by the current owners, has functioned as a self-catering holiday rental.
The main house has a sunroom with sea views, a dining room and a sitting room, each with a cast-iron stove.
There's also a kitchen/dining room with another stove, as well as the five bedrooms, four of which have sea views.
The second house was built in 2002 and has a kitchen, a sitting room, and three bedrooms upstairs, with the master bedroom on the ground floor.
The two-bedroom cottage is right at the water's edge, and has an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room and its own garden.
Brú na Mara is for sale for €1m with DNG Martin O'Connor in Moycullen, telephone (091) 866 708.