Top scenic locations in Mayo County and Connemara: Kylemore Valley, Turlough and Westport

Turlough Church and Roundtower, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Turlough Church and Roundtower, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

When you visit Ireland you must simply not miss out on the most distinct area of the country which is dotted with beautiful contrasts. It is a place filled with ancient history both savage and sacred. It has unique and illuminating contemporary literature and cultural remnants from the past. It is an ideal holiday destination for the adventurous and young travelers. Visit the beautiful countryside and experience the rural and rugged Irish stereotype. Connemara and Mayo County has lots to offer: sights to see, interesting historical facts and so on. Visit the three most scenic locations of Connemara and Mayo County: Kylemore Valley, Turlough and Wesport.

Kylemore Valley – the ‘big wood’

The valley of Kylemore stretches along Connemara and is bordered by the Twelve Bens on the southern side while it on the north it is enclosed by the woodlands of Dorraugh Mountains. The name Kylemore comes from the Irish name Coill Mór, which means ‘big wood’.

Kylemore Abbey, ©BlackburnPhoto/Flickr

Kylemore Abbey, ©BlackburnPhoto/Flickr

An artist called John FitzMaurice Mills talks about this beautiful valley saying that it looks as if a giant had swung his mighty sword, slashed and thus the valley was formed.

Turlough, St.Patrick and the round tower

The town of Turlough has several historic sights to see. Formerly it was visited by many tourists for its round tower to which access is free of charge. This construction has been a monastery in the past centuries and it was traditionally associated with the ruins of a church from the 17th century and the famous Irish patron saint, St. Patrick.

Turlough Church and Roundtower, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Turlough Church and Roundtower, ©IrishFireside/Flickr

Nonetheless today you can also visit the Museum of Country Life, filled with interesting exhibits. At the end of the day take a rest at the pub which has a small shop attached to it. We also recommend you to pay a visit to the Castlebar as well.

Westport

It is said that in Mayo County the most attractive town is Westport and its view to Clew bay, some outlying islands and a few mountain ranges. Westport is a peaceful heritage town which has its origins from the Georgian era. You can notice the traces and influences of the age as you walk along the broad streets downtown.

Westport House, ©Mark Waters/Flickr

Westport House, ©Mark Waters/Flickr

Originally the settlement was built as a stronghold of the O’Malley’s. Later, during the reign of Queen Elisabeth I the settlement was developed by the Brownes, who modernized it and made Westport House.

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