Ireland: County Galway – March 2016

From Killarney we drove all the way to a tiny town called Renvyle located in the Connemara area which is a beautiful remote location on the tip of County Galway. Words alone cannot describe this location. You know in movies when a character suffers some deep  loss and takes themselves off to some remote location to recover and get away from it all? This is such a location. I don’t mean it in any gloomy sort of way because one really cannot be gloomy when surrounded by such beauty; but this is the kind of location you go to in order to regroup and get away from it all. If you enjoy spending time alone as much as I do, then Connemara National Park area is the place to do it!

We stayed in a beautiful holiday cottage called Sea for Miles. It’s a huge, bright and airy 3 bedroom with the biggest kitchen and a fire place – so we spent a lot of time at home! Here are some pictures of the beach directly outside the cottage:

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While in County Galway we mainly stayed on the peninsula and explored the local area. Kylemore Abbey is located in this area and is a must-see when in the area. The history of Kylemore is so romantic! Kylemore Castle was built in 1863 as a private home by a wealthy doctor as a testament of his love for his wife. In 1920, the Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased the castle and lands after they were forced to flee Ypres, Belgium during World War I and the castle became an Abbey and a Catholic school. The school was forced to close in 2010 and is now just a Benedictine monastery. Have a look at the pictures below:

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Of course we had to take a trip to see the Cliffs of Moher located in the neighbouring County Clare. One can literally spend a whole day here as to walk from one end of the cliffs to the other can take 2 hours and you even walk down to the town at the bottom which will most likely take you 3 to 4 hours in total. Below are some pictures of the drive in to the Cliffs as well as the Cliffs themselves. 

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We didn’t realise the Cliffs would take so long to see and by this time we were starving. In addition many of the roads had been flooded due to recent rains and had been washed away. So we had to make a detour and stopped in the first large-ish town we saw which turned out to be the gorgeous town of Gort where we had the best meal in our whole time in Ireland. If you ever find yourself in Gort you must stop in at the Gallery Cafe. They serve great baked goods, excellent food and their wine is fabulous! This meal was definitely the best way to end a wonderful vacation! 🙂

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