Visiting Connemara and Mayo County – Letterfrack, Oughterard and Recess

Aughnanure Castle, ©KHoffmanDC/Flickr

Aughnanure Castle, ©KHoffmanDC/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: visit Letterfrack, Oughterard and Recess for a real Irish experience!

Letterfrack and Connemara National Park

The town of Letterfrack was founded by the Quakers during the 19th century and today is mostly popular for being one of the important gateway towns around the National Park of Connemara. Spend the night at Letterfrack and visit the surrounding sights including Kylemore Abbey, a monastery founded by Benedictine nuns from Belgium and built in 1920. The abbey was constructed on the grounds of Kylemore Castle.

Kylemor Abbey in Connemara National Park, ©Gabriel GM/Flickr

Kylemor Abbey in Connemara National Park, ©Gabriel GM/Flickr

Oughterard

Continue your journey around Connemara and Mayo County and visit Oughterard, the leading angling resort on the western shores of Ireland. Hire a boat and go on a trip to the surrounding wooded islands. Visit and explore the Twelve Bens and the other surrounding mountain ranges, like Cloosh or Maamturk. Prepare for a hike, prepare for the Irish highlands. Not far from town the ruins of Aughnanure Castle are to be found with an old Irish tower house which has been well preserved during the centuries. Also close to town is an abandoned mine called Glengowla and the Quiet Man Bridge.

Aughnanure Castle, ©KHoffmanDC/Flickr

Aughnanure Castle, ©KHoffmanDC/Flickr

Maam Cross and Recess

After visiting Oughterard head towards the northwest and after passing a few small lakes you will reach Maam Cross which used to be an important meeting point for the dwellers of Connemara from the north and the south. This place is also the location of the cattle fair which is organized every month. Walk along the roads of the region and admire the beautiful views of Connemara’s countryside.

Maam Cross, ©jack_of_hearts_398/Flickr

Maam Cross, ©jack_of_hearts_398/Flickr

Follow the road on N59 and visit the town of Recess. Along the way you might want to stop at the shores of a lough, linger in the warm sun and admire the dark mountains and green moorlands in the distance. Especially in the summer season you can take lovely afternoon walks down the shores, when the there is light until late in the evening.

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