I had a friend visit awhile ago. She's from Oregon, but is currently working in Belfast and had never been in Galway before. We went on a bus tour of Connemara so she could see the West of Ireland at it's finest.
It did not disappoint.
I've been to these places and down these roads before and it's really breathtaking every time! Having someone beside me saying 'wow' at every turn really reminded me that I live in the most beautiful corner of a beautiful country.
The highlight of the tour was Kylemore Abbey, an old castle turned boarding school turned Benedictine Community. Visitors can see a few rooms in the castle, done as they were in the 19th century, visit the Gothic church and stroll through the Victorian gardens. The castle is nestled between a mountain and a lake, while more mountains can be seen near and far.
I really don't think a trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to Galway and Connemara!