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Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara September 8th 2019

Zondag 8/9/2019 – Tourtocht door de Connemara. Niet met zwaaiende zakdoeken op het ritme van 'Les lacs du Connemara', maar rustig in een bus met onze Ierse gids op dagtocht door de Connemara streek. Het meest westelijk deel van Ierland, en dus ook het natste. Dat hebben we geweten. Zo zonnig het gisteren was, zo mistig en nat vandaag. Spijtig, want de prachtige bergen, meren, fjorden en veenlandschappen waren nauwelijks te onderscheiden door de mist en nattigheid. Normaal volgens onze gids, die in het 'zonnige' oostelijke deel van Ierland woont, waar slechts 1/3 van de regen van hier valt. Beter vooruitzichten dus, want daar gaat het naartoe de volgende dagen.... read more
Connemara Pony's
Connemara - meren en bergen
Connemara - Veenlandschap

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara August 27th 2019

In a winding turn on a road in Connemara a majestic abbey raises her head: the Kylemore Abbey. A hunting lodge originally stood where the Abbey is today. We toured this castle that was created for Mitchell Henry’s wife, Margaret, after 1850. The Abbey currently is the home of Benedictine nuns who have been apart of Kylemore since 1920. It also was once an International Boarding School. Down a rather long path, we stepped into the Walled Gardens, a six-acre garden that uniquely uses plants and flowers introduced to Ireland before 1901. It’s a spectacular display of floral specimens including herbs. There was a big porker hanging on one side of the gardens and after we met her, Kathy who is on tour with us, meandered with me through the fairy garden, and then many of ... read more
Kylemore Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara May 6th 2019

Day 07 We planed today for some shopping, and checking out some sights that might be of interest. One of the first items was a championship golf course, one ranked among the top 10 in the world. Connemara Golf Course. We were going to shop in their Pro Shop for some things for Mike and Gail, and get to see the golf course that is aired in some of the major championship games. We put in the location, and set off after breakfast to begin our journey. We went on some very narrow roads, some with lines down the middle, and some without lines down the middle, because they were narrow, and bridges on them were single file bridges, where only one car could pass while the other side waited. Lots of pretty country side, and ... read more
We are at low tide.
More views  of low tide.
The Hooker Bar and Grill

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara November 24th 2017

I-rish you a very nice place to live,I-rish God's greatest gifts he'll give.I-rish you health, and wealth, and more--I-rish your smilin' face were at my door! Magical Moments from our journey that I soon not (wish) to forget: Sean Finnigan, our Dublin beloved tour-guide. The OchoKlan began our first full day, with such joy and God allowed Sean to walk through the hotel doors, arriving for his tour for 2 from Texas. Your passion for your hometown lead us through market-places from old, churches from "new", parks with amazing historical neighbors & owners, hotels and former residences with the history of the country in every brick. "Far Enough?" oh.. yes, ... read more
Sean Finnigan
the oval office
the unplanned moments and forever friends

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara February 27th 2017

The Wild Atlantic Way - Ireland The Wild Atlantic Way stretches along the west coast of Ireland all the way from the most northerly point of this mystical land in County Donegal all the way down to the southerly tip of County Kerry and Mizen head. To travel is breath taking and unforgettable in equal measures. The landscape is rugged, wind swept and shaped by the constant trashing of the Atlantic ocean as it crashes up against it. It is a haven of natural untouched beauty, unspoiled landscapes and fresh salty sea air. It is best travelled by hiring a car - as you can venture off the main routes and delve into the many hidden treasures in the narrow back roads of rural Ireland. In no time you will lose yourself in a rich history ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara September 10th 2016

At 10:30am on September 10th the twelve API students and our Irish family; Finn and Kevin and their kids Owen, Aisling, and Roisin, boarded a bus that just fit all of us and we started our journey out the the wild lands of Connemara. Before we got way into the land we stopped at a market on the side of the road. The market was one of people coming together and trading farm animals. We saw chickens and ducks, goats and sheep, even two dogs. People were bartering and buying, checking livestock for health conditions, and speaking in Irish. A group of us became particularly smitten with a little puppy. The other dog with her, I assume it was her mother, kept putting her paws on my leg and staring into my eyes with her deep ... read more
Dining Room
The Wild Hills
The Chapel

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara July 24th 2016

Using the Wild Atlantic Way as a default route was working out well. On occasion we skipped some of the vantage points that came up. You start to see enough old forts or ruined churches after a time and, at times, we spotted something that interested us off the route and took the diversion; but for most of the time we found that holding to the defined route was working well. The route was taking us through some spectacular country, past sites that were interesting and along roads that, while occasionally just a little skinny for us at that time, were always well within the capacity of our little Polo. This post will cover ground fairly quickly, as did we. We travelled from County Donegal into Leitrim briefly, into Sligo and then onto Mayo passing through ... read more
Looking out to Downpatrick Head
Ceide Fields Visitors Centre 2
Neolithic Building remains

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara July 25th 2015

Well... that was a stressfully unplanned morning. They close most of the common areas in the hostel from 10:30-12:30pm so I kind of begrudgingly set off on a hike... they suggested I join the Western Way and loop around but it was a two hour hike in the mountains and by the time I got near the base the cloud cover told me it was not going to be a good idea lol. Thankfully there were a bunch of giant boulders off the side of the road - perfect reading spot. (Just be mindful not to sit in sheep poop!) Of course as I went to settle the clouds cleared and it was blazing sun... blazing sun is not something you get to say too often in Connemara. I gave in and put sunscreen on and ... read more
Just kidding all the sun
Quiet Man statue
Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara June 22nd 2015

The Cliffs of Moher, located on Ireland's west coast, are the most popular natural tourist destination in the country. The sheer rock climbs up to 702 ft. above the sea where waves crash and thousand of sea birds make their homes. Besides the Cliffs, this area of County Clare is home to many small quaint towns and tourist shops. Our first attempt to view the Cliffs was last Friday. There was a fog at our hostel in Lisdoonvarna, several miles inland from the sea, and as we drove out toward the cliffs, the thickness of the fog only increased. A few days earlier we had attempted to drive the Ring of Kerry through some bouts with thick fog, but that did not hold a candle to this stuff. I stood on the edge of some of ... read more
Cliffs of Moher
The betrothed couple
My lovely fiancée

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara January 27th 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Two of my roommates and I took a day trip to Connemara (northwest of Galway) through the Galway Tour Company. The bus ride itself was very scenic and we were able to see a few lakes and drive through the mountain passes of Connemara National Park. The main sites that we were able to see included the Kylemore Abbey, a Victorian-walled garden, and a gothic church. The abbey was originally a castle and home to Mitchell Henry and his wife, Margaret in the 1860s. In 1920, it was taken over by the Irish Benedictine Nuns and the castle was converted to an abbey. In 1923, the nuns opened up a school that was open to international women and closed in June 2010. Today, it is open to the public for viewing. ... read more
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