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river inlet at the coast of Lar Connaght on the North Sound of Galway Bay

Along the coast of Lar Connaught on the North Sound of Galway Bay, I parked my car by a small beach and river inlet and got out for a look.  Through a clear sky, the sun shone brightly over land and sea.  The water appeared a glistening ultramarine and the sandy beach a smooth, soft beige.  Turning off the road a few other times to stretch my legs and take in the scenery, I found small white shed standing alone by a lake.  Down R336, rocky hills, stone walls, and peat bogs decorated the landscape.  N59 took me past goats grazing by the roadside, flowing mountain rivers, several lakes, and rocky, treeless mountains.

 

Through the town of Clifden, traffic slowed, the curbs were lined with parked cars, and a large mass of people had gathered from near and far, so I asked a pedestrian what was going on.

small white shed standing alone by a lake along R336
  It was the height of the “world famous” Connemara Pony Show.  I got out for a peak at the judging, but did not stay long.  Walking through town back to my car, I spotted the Station House Museum and went for a look, but it was closed for the pony, so I just peered through the window to observe the antique memorabilia before hurrying on my way.

 

Excusing my trespass by asking directions, I wandered behind the lovely Rosleague Manor Hotel in Letterfrack for the best view of Ballinakill Bay.  Another few minutes down N59, I got out of my again to gazed across the lake to Kylemore Abbey on one side and a weathered green ben on the other.  Resuming my course, I was careful to avoid the fluffy white sheep grazing by the road’s edge.  The free ranging bovids prefer the salty curbside grass that grows in the soil seasoned with deicing salt each winter.  Farther down N59, I passed through the sleepy town of Westport and turned right (east) onto N5 toward County Mayo.
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river inlet at the coast of Lar Co…
river inlet at the coast of Lar C…
small white shed standing alone by…
small white shed standing alone b…
rocky hill & rock wall along N59
rocky hill & rock wall along N59
peat bogs off N59
peat bogs off N59
the world famous Clifden Pony Sh…
the "world famous" Clifden Pony S…
Ballinakill Bay
Ballinakill Bay
view of Ballinakill Bay from Rosle…
view of Ballinakill Bay from Rosl…
Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey
small mountain behind Kylemore Lake
small mountain behind Kylemore Lake
sheep on the road (N59)
sheep on the road (N59)
Westport center
Westport center
Connemara
photo by: paganmom