Road Trip Ireland – Day 7: Kylemore Abbey & Lough Mask

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Kylemore Abbey

Ireland’s North West offers such a variety – from endless beaches, fjords and cliffs to lush hills and beautiful  castles. After a morning beach walk and some sea shell seeking at Louisburgh beach we were heading south. We drove past Delphi and a nearby fjord, saw rivers and valleys . There is so much to see along the road, we continuously stopped to take pictures, or took side streets to explore more of the country side.
Most of the day we spent at Kylemore Abbey,  which is located on the edge of Connemara national park. This massive castle was once a private home and later turned into a Benedictine monastery. You can still visit the main living area that has its original furnishing. The rest of the building is private and inhabited by the sisters of the monastery.  There is a huge Victorian garden on the property and there are glasshouses rebuild at the moment. It´s the perfect place for a long afternoon walk. From the castle it is a 10 minute walk to the gardens but there is a shuttle bus as well. The buildings are next to a lake and the view from the other side is amazing. Also, there is a little chapel in the woods you can easily walk to.
The beautiful sight by the lake is definitely worth the visit .
Not far from Kylemore Abbey we drove past Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. I wish we had more time to explore more of the little roads around the lakes before sun went down.  The waterside is so beautiful and the landscape as well, consisting of green soft hills crossed by stone walls.louisburgh_beach_irelandsea_shell_collecting_ireland

 

 

 

 

 

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