May
02

Visit Charismatic Connemara and the historic Kylemore Abbey

“Connemara is a savage beauty” – Oscar Wilde

Here at Holiday Cottages Ireland we tend to be a little enthusiastic about Ireland and the beautiful counties that make up its lands.  We are not sure that we could pick a favourite amongst them but if we were to make a list, Galway would be in the top 5.

Within this stunningly beautiful county is the Connemara area famous for being the largest Irish-speaking Gaeltacht. Spanning the Twelve Bens mountain range in the north to the Roundstone Bog area and the expansive beaches that run into a shimmering Atlantic Ocean, this is a county of constantly changing light which varies the landscape with every blink of an eye.

Your holiday cottage stay in Connemara will offer you an unspoilt view of Ireland at its best with a plethora of sights, adventures, experiences and activities for you to take part in.  This county will show you Ireland’s warm hospitality and friendly people who love to talk about where they live.

Holiday cottages in Connemara come in many shapes and sizes and you will be spoilt for choice when choosing which one to stay at.

Gable Cottage Roundstone, County Galway

Gable Cottage
Roundstone, County Galway

The beautiful Gable Cottage in the village of Roundstone just 14 miles from Clifden is one such holiday home. The cottage sleeps five people (maximum two adults) in one double bedroom leading to one triple bunk bedroom with en-suite shower.

Roundstone is a popular holiday resort in Ireland, renowned among artists and naturalists for the remarkable beauty of the surrounding mountains and ocean which provide multiple panoramic opportunities. It has a traditional craft centre and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery and Connemara Instrument making, so you will be sure to come home with a souvenir or two.

The town is famous for its fishing as well.  A leisurely stroll to the harbour will reveal local fishermen preparing and returning with the day’s catch.  This fresh fish – featuring a mix of Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Mackerel and Cod, is the star feature in the menus of the local restaurants and is not to be missed!

Connemara is indeed an ancient area, brimming with legend, mystique and folklore just waiting to be uncovered.  This is a place where even the trees bend to the wind!

A drive through this legendary region will reveal magnificent scenery, traditional Irish speaking towns such as Spiddal and hidden beaches for only you to discover.

The area was used to film John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s 1950’s film, “The Quiet Man” and a replica of the cottage used in the film can be seen at the picturesque Maam Cross.  Following the road on will lead you to the quaint village of Leenane which boasts Ireland’s only ‘Fjord’ at the local harbour.

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Galway

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Galway

The nearby Kylemore Abbey should also be on your list of places to visit as it is an exquisite setting, poised against the natural ambience of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Kylemore Abbey is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys with the building itself built in the 18th century. The community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years. The purpose of the abbey at was to provide an education and religious community for Irish women during times of persecution here in Ireland.

In modern times it has become something of a tourist destination thanks to its stunning location, beautiful architecture and warm hospitality.  There is an excellent pottery shop on the site along with a restaurant so spending the day becomes something of an ease.

Connemara is truly the place to visit when picking your holiday cottage in Ireland.  Be sure to visit our holiday cottage offers page to check if we have any current deals.  This is a holiday in Ireland that you won’t want to miss!

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