Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
8Trip End Jul 14, 2012
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I advise this company (Lally Coaches) as in addition to the low price, the commentaries of the driver during all the journey were really interesting
The day of this visit was a Sunday and the bus was supposed to leave Galway at 10am so I decided to do a quiet night before (not going out after 2am). At the beginning, we took the same road as when we took the bus to Clifden but we turned right approximately 20 km before Clifden to reach Kylemore which is located close to the village of Letterfrack. Kylemore Abbey was built in the XIX century by an English politician who was Member of Parliament for County Galway and who married an Irish. He fall in love of this area during his honey moon and decided to build this castle and to live there. Later on, his wife died from a disease and he choose to build a church (gothic style) and a mausoleum. The castle became at the beginning of the XX century a Benedictine Monastery
All Kylemore Abbey site is gorgeous and it was much more beautiful when we went there because of the sunny weather. Like everything in Connemara, you can really appreciate the beauty of Kylemore Abbey spot when the weather is good. All the castle is surrounded by the mountains and by Kylemore lake. Kylemore site is huge and there is also a Victorian garden accessible via mini bus that you can take in front of the abbey. All the outside of the Abbey and the park is gorgeous, but I did not find the inside of the castle very beautiful and interesting. In addition, it was disappointing as there was not a lot of rooms available for visit (maybe because of the period but not sure). Nevertheless, the church is nice to visit and you can admire some Irish marble (green marble of Connemara, red marble of Cork, dark marble of Kilkenny). After the visit, we came back to Galway via Leenane, Maam Cross and Spiddal (with always the interesting commentaries of the driver).
To conclude I would say that, except the inside of the Castle, Kylemore spot is gorgeous and you really enjoy it when the weather is sunny.