The Connemara

Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
Trip End Feb 15, 2013

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Monday, August 15, 2011

As a base for exploring the Connemara, we stayed at the Old Monastery Hostel in Letterfrack. What a treat! The hostel is in a unique old building (literally an old monastery) and not only were we treated to a cozy sitting room heated by a peat burning fire and homemade breakfast each morning (consisting of superb porridge, warm from the oven scones and bread, eggs and fresh fruit etc) but also had the option to sit down to a homemade vegetarian evening meal if we so inclined. The hostel in itself was a highlight of our time in the Connemara.

A mountainous area just North of Galway city, the Connemara is beautiful. Such a stark contrast to the rocky and flat Burren just south of Galway city.

We spent a few days here. One day to sail over to Inishboffin island and another to stop at the Kylemore Abbey, one of Irelands most touristed attractions. If we had more time, we would've explored the Connemara National Park a bit more. It’s known for its great hikes and walks and warrants a bit of exploring time for sure.

At the risk of sounding like a cheesy tourist, Kylemore Abbey was breathtaking.  We easily spent half a day here. As is with most of Irelands sites, your experience is very weather dependent and we had the perfect weather to walk around the grounds, spend time in the walled Garden and then venture into the Abbey before hitting the road again.

Thinking there's nothing like waking up to the smell of freshly made bread,
Leann and Robyn
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