As it was only our 3rd day in Ireland, instead of spending another knuckle whitening drive around the country, we decided to take a bus tour of the Connemara Valley. What a fabulous idea that turned out to be. We rode in comfort while the driver drove the crazy roads, stopping along the way for photo ops and keeping us amused with his Irish humor.
Photo opp at a pretty lake in Inagh Valley.
We drove by the bridge used in the John Wayne movie, “The Quiet Man” and had a few minutes in the town they filmed a bunch of the movie in. He didn’t head to the house from the movie however, as apparently there’s not much left of it. Also to uuu and aww over was the Killary Fjord with it’s mussel farms and Fairy Tree, and Ross Errily Friary. That one was particularly cool as we got to trek around inside and spy all the little rooms and cubby holes.
The nicest stop was at the Kylemore Abbey which was built by a rich English guy back in the 1800’s after his wife fell in love with the Conamara area during their honeymoon. It was purchased by some nuns in the early 1900’s and is still a working Abby that has a couple of nuns living in it. There was one of them having tea at the tea room and I thought about taking a picture of an “authentic nun” but decided it would be rude. The walled garden was just stunning and the home itself was pretty spectacular.
After that, we wound our way on lots of tiny little roads with lots of green grass, long rows of rock walls, and fluffy sheep. Beautiful.
When we got back, we roamed around the town until food was eaten and beer was drank and people were people watched (lots of cocks and hens parties ie bachelor and bachelorette parties)