Connemara and the surrounding area is a rugged landscape of brooding hills and moors, inlets to the wild coast and ever-changing weather patterns. 5* Hotel, Ashford Castle is worth visiting the region for alone, but the beautifully barren hills laced with stone walls are perfect for hiking or cycling.
Oscar Wilde was correct when he described Connemara as a 'Savage Beauty' with its dark lakes, and raw untamed hills sweeping into white sandy beaches. A brilliant way to see the landscape is with an experienced fisherman in a seashore foraging experience. This highly valued member of the Coast Guard, not only leads rescue operations on life-boats, but knows all about the wildlife of the area. Whilst foraging, hear about tales and stories of Connemara from a true local.
Visitors should enjoy time at Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden, which was originally built as a Castle in 1867 as a romantic gift. The Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history - learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits on your guided visit. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education ever since.
Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the western coast of Ireland. It originally formed from a small fishing village located in the area near the Spanish Arch called 'The Claddagh' where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café/ bar culture. It is also well known for its many festivals throughout the year, with huge crowds gathering for the annual Galway Arts Festival. Old Ireland is present too with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many pubs to go along with your well-earned pint of Guinness after a day's sightseeing!