Ashford & the Connemara


Sadly, this was our last day to explore Irish country roads.

We headed west from Cong to the coastal town of Clifden, tucked in between the Twelve Bens mountain range and the bay.  Before we enjoyed a late lunch in quaint Clifden, we stopped by the Connemara National Park to learn a bit more about bogs and did a drive-by of stately Kylemore Abbey, a Gothic Revival estate built in 1826.

The drive from Ashford Castle, along Lough Corrib, Ireland’s largest lake with its 365 islands, was very nice. This region had fewer shades of green, taller grasses and looked decidedly less rugged and more coastal.  Tides ebb and flow to such a degree that low tide leaves boat leaning on their sides and allows car traffic to a nearby island.

We were also on a search for bogs. Bogs are not particularly visual; I guess that’s why they aren’t featured in too many photo-spreads. They are wet, swampy and generally soft, but since they maintain debris (and can serve as natural embalmers), they do offer a window into the past.  Ireland is known for blanket bogs; peat bogs that are large and spread out.

Bogs notwithstanding, we saw some more beautiful scenery, lots more sheep, lakes, tiny villages and sweeping vistas.

Eventually, we found our way back to Ashford Castle and enjoyed just being there.IMG_3187

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About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on September 5, 2015, in Europe, Ireland and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your writing and photography is superb as usual! The photo of the rolling hills looks like a great painting subject…


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