Coast of Connemara,Clifden,Kylemore,Mweenish

Trip Start Oct 05, 2006
Trip End Oct 16, 2006

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Friday, October 13, 2006

    Headed toward the Coast of Connemara.

Stopped in a small town summer village seaside resort Clifden to eat lunch.  

Drove to Kylemore (Choill Mhór - the big wood) lies at the top of the Inagh Valley and is hidden between the mountains of Connemara and the Atlantic ocean. The mountainous valley around Kylemore is an area of old oakwoods which terrace the mountainside. The area is also famous for angling on the three Kylemore Ioughs, an appealing and refreshing character of the area.

Picturesque Kylemore Abbey, the home of the Benedictine nuns, stands at the edge of the lake surrounded by woodlands. The gothic castle was built by Mitchell Henry, an English businessman in 1865.   After the tragic death of his wife about a decade later he lost interest in the estate and it was eventually bought by the Benedictine order after fleeing their convent in Ypres during World War One.

He built a minature cathedral  for his wife.

Saw Joyce country and Connemara Area ( rocks, mountains and sea )

Went out to a tip of pensulia road, had rocks on both sides of road. Finally figured out we were

Mweenish Island near Carna in southern Connemara. We had to get direction from three Irish lads.

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