Day 6: Connemara – Connemara – Twelve Bens – Killary Harbour – Kylemore Abbey
Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs & mountains. Enjoy some time at leisure in Connemara National Park, or visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920.
Enjoy some time at leisure in Connemara National Park. The Park encompasses some 2,957 hectares of rugged quartzite and schist terrain of north Connemara, stretching from sea level at Letterfrack to some of the peaks of the Twelve Bens mountains (Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanacht). The landscape is mantled by blanket bog and wet heath vegetation with characteristic and varied wildlife. Built by the State to preserve this unique corner of Ireland, the park offers its visitors a choice of 3 walks through the glen and over the surrounding mountains. Opened in 1980, the Park Visitor Centre includes an exhibition on the boglands of the West of Ireland and an audio-visual introduction to the Park and its nature trails
Visit Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey is located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. A Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area. The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey’s most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the Abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. They bought the house in 1920, having fled their convent in war-torn Belgium in 1914.
Overnight: Galway (Full bed & breakfast)