Connemara County Galway
Connemara, to the west of Galway City is Ireland's largest speaking Irish (gaelic) area and is literally on the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland. Clifden is the main town in Connemara and was also where Alcock and Brown landed the very first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Clifden, on 15 June 1919. It took them sixteen hours and twelve minutes and they made their way to the Western Railway Hotel in Galway City (now Hotel Meyrick) to have breakfast while the country's media were hurrying out to Clifden to meet them. Connemara is just 1 hour from Hotel Meyrick in Galway City center and well worth taking a day trip with one of the local bus companies or driving. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog and the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. The unspoilt landscape offers visitors a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities.
You will pass Brigit's Gardens on your way to Connemara. They are designed to represent the four Celtic festivals and include a nature trail, ogham trees, living willow play area, ancient ring fort, Roundhouse and calendar sundial. www.brigitsgarden.ie
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden is one of the most visited attractions in Connemara. It is home to the Benedictine Nuns and was previously an International Girls School. The main house or Abbey was built by Mitchell Henry from 1867 to 1871 as a gift to his wife. There is so much history associated with Kylemore from romance to pioneering and sadly tragedy, it is worth visiting the Abbey and Gardens to find out more. http://www.kylemoreabbey.com
The Aran Islands are a collection of three islands off the coast of Connemara and can be accessed by Ferry or 8 minute propeller flight. The transfer to Aran Island Ferries departs from close to Hotel Meyrick on Eyre Square and can be booked by our team at reception. Visit the Aran Islands to experience the rugged beauty and a step back in history. Most residents are Irish speaking and we highly recommend lunch in Tí Joe Watty's Bar, don't skip the freshly baked desserts. http://www.aranislandferries.com/