A daytrip to Connemara with some of my oldest friends

Connemara Travel Blog

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My friends Jan-Eis and Monique came to look us up in Ireland for a while. It was low season and we had a lot of time to spend with them as the campsite was not very busy at all. Jan-Eis is quite technical so he also helped us with some work to upgrade the toilet block and our computer system. It wasn't all work though and one day we decided to go and explore Connemara together.

From Ballyvary we drove to Westport and down to Louisburg. We drove through Doo Lough Valley and then continued on to Leenane, a village situated at the head of a 16 kilometer fjord by the name of Killary Harbour (where I spent many holidays as a kid) past Aasleagh Falls. We stopped at Kylemore Abbey, home of the Irish Benedictine nuns since 1920.

Doo Lough Valley
It is currently in use as a boarding school. We had a look around the visitor's centre shop and the gothic church within the grounds and also stopped for some lunch in the restaurant. Clifden and Roundstone were other stops along the way, and we had a look around a farmer's market and stopped for a drink. From there we went to Maam and Cong, the location for the 1952 movie "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. As nothing much happens in this town the making of this movie here is still being exploited as if it happened yesterday! From there it was back home after a long and satisfying day's sightseeing. If you are ever in Ireland I can definitely recommend this trip, even better if you can take a few days to explore and take in the city of Galway as well. You will see some of the most stunning scenery in the country!

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Doo Lough Valley
Doo Lough Valley
Remains of an old settlement from …
Remains of an old settlement from…
Remains of an old settlement from …
Remains of an old settlement from…
Remains of an old settlement from …
Remains of an old settlement from…
Remains of an old settlement from …
Remains of an old settlement from…
Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey
Gothic Church in the grounds of Ky…
Gothic Church in the grounds of K…
Jan-Eis
Jan-Eis
Watch out for the sheep
Watch out for the sheep
Take your time on the west of Irel…
Take your time on the west of Ire…
Two sheperds
Two sheperds
Doolin (I think?)
Doolin (I think?)
Doolin (I think?)
Doolin (I think?)
Connemara
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