Connemara

Name of walk Connemara
Date of walk 2013-07-29

From Bundoran we drove through Sligo and Mayo and passed Croagh Patrick in mist. It is another site of pilgrimage. A walk that is still on my list of things to do.The previous day had been Reek Sunday. 12,000 people had attempted the summit (2507ft) lead by the Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, some in bare feet….crazy people! There were still lots going up today. I’d hate to walk with all those people, as much fun as walking along Oxford St. at rush hour.

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Colourful sheep!

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Croagh Patrick from the other side.

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Doo Lough

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Killary Fjord looking towards the village of Clog.

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We head all the way around and back down the other side.

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Passing Kylemore Abbey a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1920, for Nuns.

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We work our way along the Connemara coast line, through Clifden and down towards Roundstone.

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Everything is so spaced out and secluded.

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The beaches are great!

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Roundstone.

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Gorgeous!

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Looking across to the island of Inishnee, our next destination.

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We drove on to Inishnee over the causeway and took the single track road to the centre island and turned off left. When we had reached a high point with views we parked and walked the rest of the way. Our destination was the cottage just above the horses head. If you watched the BBC's "Monty Halls Irish Escape", it was the cottage he stayed in for the year while he went out and about photographing dolphins etc.

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The old burial ground with one recent addition.

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Remains of the old church.

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Monty's Island Cottage, now refurbished and a new cottage (Cill Cottage) built behind. Both cottages are self-catering accommodation for holidaymakers. http://www.connemaracottages.com/island-cottage. A wonderful place to stay!

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We continued our walk to the end of the road.

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Island cottage and surrounds.

We drove to Galway City. The Galway Races were on so we knew accommodation would be sparse. We stopped in a pub in the city called the Garvey’s Inn for a meal, and they had a room left, so we took it. This meant we could spend the early morning looking around the city, as well as experiencing their evening entertainment. Next up Galway City, The Burren and the ferry to Kerry.

Jo.

 

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