Westport to Galway

Leaving the pretty town of Westport behind us, we headed to Kylemore Abbey.

Kylemore Abey

Marble and stone work inside mini cathedralThis building started life as a castle built by a Mitchell Henry, who built it for his wife, Margaret. Margaret died after contracting dysentry whilst holidaying in Egypt at the age of only 45, leaving behind 9 children. Henry then built a cathedral-in-miniature in the grounds of Kylemore in memory of his wife. This is a magnificent little building all on its own featuring beautiful Irish marble and some exquisite stone carvings!

The building became an abbey when Benedictine nuns fleeing Belgium during WWI sought refuge here. It became a boarding school run by the nuns in 1923 and closed as a school in 2010. It has quite an interesting history.

Leaving Kylemore we again took the scenic route and took the coastal road through the spectacular Connemara region. With so much wonderful scenery it is hard to pick just one photo, but I liked this one – it shows the heather, the green fields and the glorious coast.

Connemara coastal scenery

Passing through the coastal towns of Cleggan and Claddaghduff we then followed the Sky Road on into Clifden, where we had lunch and did a spot of shopping!

SkyRoadScenery_cowInstead of heading straight into Galway from here, we again took the longer scenic route. We travelled the Wild Atlantic Way again skirting the Roundstone Bog passing through the towns of Ballyconneely and Roundstone, where the scenery was slightly different, before getting back onto the main road and heading into Galway where we are staying for 3 nights.

 

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