Connemara National Park
This beautiful place is one of Ireland's five National Parks. It covers 2,000 hectares of Connemara mountain countryside. Many of the routes are arranged for lovers of this type of landscape.
The three main islands are:
- Inishmore - the largest Island (13 km length). You should rent a bike in order to discover and explore as much as possible of the island, landscapes, sites of vaults, churches, castles (Dun Aengus - probably the most beautiful prehistoric castle of Europe, located at the edge of a 80m high cliff)
- Inishmaan. There are less inhabitants on it than the two others. There are no cars on this Island. You may discover a strange castle - Dun Conor
- Inishere : the wildest of the Aran Islands.
The landscape is splendid and when you take the Ferry to go there, the sight of the cliffs of Moher is spectacular.
The inhabitants of these small islands dug furrows in the rock in order to mix algae and sand. While rotting, this mixture made it possible to make the ground fertile, which favoured the potato culture.
The originality of this landscape is the presence of many stone walls. Indeed, the construction of the furrows generated a surplus of stones. In addition, by the construction of these low walls, the inhabitants protected their grounds from the violent winds.
Transport to the Aran Islands
- From Doolin, two ferries from the Doolin Ferry company ensure connections between Doolin and the 3 islands (depending on the weather and the seasons).
- Island Ferries boats from Rossaveal (about 40 km from Galway) go to the wonderful islands and there is a bus connection from Galway city to Rossaveal
- Ferries from the company O'Brien Shipping travel between Galway Bay and the islands.
- By plane, Aer Arann from Connemara airport, located to the west of Galway in a small village called Inverin. Buses carry passengers between Galway and this airport.
World famous as a private college for girls, Kylemore Abby is a delightful and very interesting place where you can admire lakes and waterfalls. There is a Gothic Church, Visitor Centre, Restaurant and Souvenir Shop.
The shore around Killary Harbour is splendid with its many inlets which can be approached by boat. In addition, 3 impressive buttresses are characteristic of this harbour. Many pedestrian roads and paths which make it possible to discover this splendid landscape.
Lough Corrib is located north of Galway. This area is ideal for walking. It is also possible to take a cruise on this lake.
Woodford Mummers Feile
In County Galway folk festivals are held with musicians and dancers in traditional costumes.
You will find many activities in County Galway like:
- Walking in the area of Connemara
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