So where did we go last time?

Dear Readers,

It’s nearly the end of the Easter Holidays here in Ireland and the weather has been fantastic for most of the time.
As I mentioned in an earlier post ( though no one actually guessed where we’d been!!!) we visited some beautiful grounds last week.

The beautiful grounds were at  Kylemore Abbey, in Connemara, County Galway.
This may sound far away:) from Galway City, but in reality it’s only an hours drive from Galway City.
(you can also book a bus tour. Here is just a selection of operators : Healy Tours or Failte Tours )

Kylemore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order, who came here in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in world ward 1. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedectine community opened a world renowned boarding school for girls & began restoring the Abbey, Gothich Church & garden to their former Glory. I’d highly recommend the Victorian Gardens and the Neo Gothic church.
Have a look at their website  for some visuals.To get 10 % discount on your tickets, buy them online here
Kylemore Abbey from Diamond HillImage via Wikipedia
This is a picture of Kylemore Abbey in the Con...Image via Wikipedia
Inside view of the little gothic Chapel at Kyl...Image via Wikipedia

Connemara on a cloudy day.Image via Wikipedia

If that’s too long of a trip, I’d suggest you break  up your journey, and have a stop over in Oughterard.
There is playground now, and once you are passed the village, there is a picknic area on the left with benches, overlooking the Owenriff River.
I have a bit of a soft spot for Oughterard, as we lived there for a couple of years. When we lived there, we lived a stonesthrow away from Aughnanure Castle, which is worth a visit too!( and for those who like golfing, there a great golfcourse( and bar:)  ) and if fishing is your thing, check out The Oughterard website.

Oughterard/Uachtar Ard, near to Oughterard, Ga...Image via Wikipedia

More visits to hidden gems in Co. Galway coming up soon!!

Katleen

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