2010 Vacation – Ireland – Galway and Connemara

We spent most of this day driving a loop through the Connemara region of West Galway county.  Although we couldn’t listen to our new album of Irish music, we tuned into Irish radio and drove.  Along the Lough Corrib, we stopped at Carrowmoreknock and Aughnanure Castles.  We didn’t rate these stops very highly, but we wouldn’t know it without having tried.

Turning north on R-344 at Recess, we drove between the Twelve Pins mountains and were entangled in a sheep-caused road jam.  Shortly thereafter, we stopped at the Kylemore Abbey, which proved to be a great photography location.

Connemara National Park taught us all about the bog.  When one person jumps on the bog, it shakes quite a distance.  We were able to shake the ground around 15 feet away.

Back in Galway, we toured the town and had a fantastic dinner at Ard Bia, at Nimmos, just past the Spanish Arch.  Cosy, warm, with small romantic tables, candlelight and privacy.  Followed it up with pub music at Quay’s.

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