Kylemore Abbey & Ashford Castle

Tripoto
10th Sep 2016
Day 6

9:30 AM - After a quick breakfast in our room we checked out and made a 2.5 hour drive to Kylemore Abbey. Lots of gorgeous views during the drive and several instances of sheep on the shoulder of the road. One or two would dart in front of you but mostly they just kept eating and ignored you. :p

Photo of Sligo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Sligo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Sligo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Sligo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras

12:00 PM - Kylemore Abbey (which incidentally is *not* Downton Abbey, though Tom is convinced otherwise) used to be a Castle but became an Abbey and was also used as a boarding school. Currently it is owned and run by nuns who make chocolate. Win-win in my book!

Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Kylemore (Abbey Entrance), Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras

3:30 PM - After lunch at the Abbey (Mmmm...quiche), we drove an hour to the town of Cong and checked in to our B&B. From there we toured Ashford Castle but our dinner reservation wasn't until 8:00 PM so we left the castle grounds and explored Cong for a while. We stumbled upon an old Monastery grounds and found a nice park in town to kill some time at, then headed back to Ashford.

Photo of Cong, Mayo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Cong, Mayo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Cong, Mayo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Cong, Mayo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Cong, Mayo, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras

4:00 PM - Like I said, we were at Ashford earlier so all of our pics were in the daylight, but it was night time when we returned and had dinner in "The Dungeon" restaurant. Ashford was gorgeous but much smaller than anticipated so we had more time on our hands than needed. Back to the B&B!

Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
Photo of Ashford Castle, Galway, Ireland by Ashley Harig Pournaras
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