Rain or shine, Connemara is the part of Ireland that will always deliver. Just make sure you have your umbrella and raincoat just in case – this place involves walking!
The town of Cong (meaning ‘neck’) is a tiny hamlet between two rivers right on the border of Counties Galway and Mayo. It also happens to be just down the road from Ashford Castle, but unless you’re staying there you’re probably not going to see it. Not to worry, because the town is cute and well worth the stop.
When I visited Connemara as part of a day tour we had two main stops: Cong and Kylemore Abbey. There were plenty of scenic vistas and photo stops along the way, but at the end of everything it was Kylemore I wanted to see. Kylemore Castle is a stunning building originially built from 1867 for Dr. Mitchell Henry. In 1920 it became an abbey for the Benedictine nuns. No matter what angle you catch it, you’re going to get a good picture.
After some banter about Peet Snorkling and how it should be an Olympic sport the coach passes through Killary Harbour (Oysters!) and the valley of the Twelve Bens. Connemara has a lot to offer the adventurous and I would recommend spending a lot of time here during the summer if you’re into the outdoors!