CONNAMARA

Wednesday, June 7.

Jumped on a bus for a tour of the CONNAMARA region, to the east of Galway. The valleys are predominantly bog land, which was evident from the undulating roads and water everywhere.

Views of Ireland’s only fiord.

Rhododendrons grow like noxious weeds here.

Quaint buildings in Leenane.


The girls comfortable by the pub fire.

More of the fiord.

Mussel and salmon beds in the fiord.

More rhododendrons.

One of the many streams flowing down the valley.

Foxgloves.


Another lovely village.


Chapel in the forest.

Kylemore Abbey, built in 1867 as a private home by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife. Kylemore Abbey is regarded as one of the most romantic places in Ireland. It was bought by Lord and Lady Manchester, but is now run by the Benedictine nuns. As can be seen, it is currently having a facelift.

Looking across the peat bogs to the limestone mountains surrounding the valley. The horizontal lines in the mid distance are where the peat has been removed.


Long day but worth it as I did not have to drive.

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