Ireland 2015, Day 7: Connemara and The Burren

We spent the day traveling down the Wild Atlantic Way from Connemara to the Burren, two regions of  Ireland famous for being exceptionally beautiful.  

Connemara stretches from the area surrounding Westport down to Galway. We had a lovely stay at Willow Lodge in Westport and set off for lunch in Clifden and the afternoon in Galway. 

  
On the way down to Clifden we saw some beautiful sights and scenery. We stopped and saw Croagh Patrick, the famous mountaintop where St. Patrick spent 40 days fasting. We also stopped at Kylemore Abbey, which always surprises me with how it seems to rise up from the side of the mountain. 

Clifden is on the coast on the far west side of the country and it’s a beautiful town. We had visited before and enjoyed seeing the town again. Mom and I browsed in the shops while Scott watched football in a pub. We met up for lunch at Mitchell’s, which was delicious. 

    
Sweet Scott was determined that I would get to spend the afternoon in Galway. We walked along the streets and enjoyed excellent people watching. Highlights were Judy Greene’s pottery and a beautiful flower shop. Thinking I should have spent 38 euro on one of these tiny sheep. 

    

  

  
Leaving Galway we began to see the signs of The Burren — rocks! The hills go from green to gray in no time. 
     
After another hour in the car we landed in Doolin for the night. Doolin is famous for its rich music heritage and McGann’s Pub did not disappoint. The music was great and Scott raves about his BBQ! We had a really fun (and late!) evening before heading to bed.

 
   

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