I had seen photos from Tully Mountain and wanted to do a hike there while in Letterfrack. When I asked Mike at Letterfrack Lodge about the mountain he borrowed me a map, and drew on the map where I should walk while on the mountain. I also wrote down his instructions. In the morning I brought a lunch picnic and set off for Tully Mountain. From...more
Connemara National Park Visitor Centre is situated in Letterfrack. It was closed in the end of February when I visited but it is here that the trail up on Diamond Hill, a mountain 442m high, begins. The hike to the top and back is 6.7km long, but if you don’t want to go all way up there are shorter trails to walk as well. I couldn’t see any other...more
Kylemore Abbey was constructed between 1867 and 1871 by Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had visited Connemara already during their honeymoon in the 1850s and loved the area very much. When Mitchell Henry inherited money they bought the old hunting Lodge Kylemore Lodge and 15 000 acres of land. On the site of the lodge they built their castle....more
At Letterfrack Lodge I had found a leaflet with information about the Dawros Walk. As it was still a beautiful late afternoon after I had hiked up on Diamond Hill and visited one of the cafés in the village I decided to make this walk. In the beginning you walk along the road to Tullycross. After some time you come to a junction and there is a...more
The Victorian Walled Garden is situated about 1.5km from the Visitor Centre and if you think that is too much to walk there is a shuttle bus every 15 minutes (when there are people). I walked to the gardens and met three other visitors along the road, but while visiting the gardens I didn’t see any other visitors. However there were three gardeners...more
There are some nice walks you can do on the Kylemore grounds. I first walked past Kylemore Abbey to the Gothic Church, Mausoleum and Ironing Stone. This walk first follows Pollacappul Lake with nice views over the lake and with Connemara National Park behind. Then I walked back to visit Kylemore Abbey. After visiting Kylemore Abbey I took the...more
Margaret Henry tragically died when the family was on holiday in Egypt. In her memory her husband had the Gothic Church built. It is a beautiful mini-cathedral built in a Neo-Gothic style. Outside there are some gargoyles and inside there are beautiful stained glass windows. The inside walls are made of yellow sandstone from Italy and there are...more
Near the Gothic Church is the mausoleum of Margaret and Henry Mitchell. Margaret Henry died only 45 years old while on holiday in Egypt. She got dysentery and died within 16 days. Her remains were brought back to Kylemore and put to rest in the mausoleum on the estate grounds. When Mitchell Henry died in 1910 he lived in England, Kylemore had been...more
Within the Kylemore Abbey grounds there is a big stone with the shape of an iron. This stone is said to be a wishing stone and if you stand with your back to the stone and throw a pebble over it three times in a row your wish will be granted. There is also a legend connected to the stone. According to the legend there were two giants, Fionn McCool...more
Rosleague, Letterfrack, Ireland
Good for: Solo
I had emailed Letterfrack Lodge to make a reservation a few weeks before coming. I reserved a bed in...more
This is a unique building for sure, but the staff and service are bad. my friend and I arrived in...more
I visited Kylemore Abbey for 3h and had brought a sandwich, a banana and chocolate for lunch, which I ate while visiting the walled garden. Before leaving Kylemore Abbey I went to Mitchell’s Café where I bought a scone with cream and jam and a coffee. They both tasted good. The coffee was 2 euro and the scone 2.10 euro (February 2013). Mitchell’s...more
In Leterfrack there are three pubs, all are situated in the centre by the junction. There are also two cafes in Letterfrack, one situated in the large building housing the Furniture College and the library, and one along the main road near the junction. I went to the latter, the Bakery and Coffee Shop. I came here after I had been up on Diamond...more
Pangúr is the only restaurant (besides a pub) in the tiny village of Letterfrack. And it is a real discovery - you'd hardly expect such heavenly food out there. The restaurant is pretty small and located in a 300-year old thatched cottage. A cosy place, furnished and decorated with care. The waitresses are nicely dressed and very attentive with all...more
City Link has got a few buses to and from Letterfrack daily. I visited in February/March so in high season there might be more frequent buses.
Galway to Letterfrack
The bus was supposed to leave from the coach station in Galway at 9.00. The bus was there but the chauffer wasn’t and when he finally arrived it took a long time for him to make the bus ready. We left Galway 20 minutes late. I bought the ticket as I bordered the bus and it was 14 Euro (February 2013). Between Clifden and Letterfrack the bus also went to Cleggan. From Galway to Letterfrack it took 2 hours. Letterfrack was the end stop of the bus so there it turned around to go back to Galway.
Letterfrack to Clifden
I decided to take the 8.45 bus from Letterfrack to Clifden. The next bus wouldn’t leave until 11.00. The ticket was 5 Euro (March 2013) and it took only 20 minutes as the bus didn’t go to Cleggan on the way. The bus stop in Letterfrack is from the road opposite Letterfrack Country Shop. In Clifden the bus stopped at the bus stop on Market Street, which is just a few metres away from Clifden Town Hostel where I was going.
One day I walked from Letterfrack to Kylemore Abbey and another day I walked to Tully Mountain. There are no walking paths so you must walk along the road. I also made a few shorter walks along the roads near Letterfrack.
I must say that it can be quite dangerous. The roads are not wide and they are full of curves. The speed limit on the road to Kylemore was 100 km/h, which surprised me very much as it is a narrow road, not only with a lot of curves but also with many driveways from houses.
Letterfrack Country Shop is a large food store with a big range of grocery, and there are fruits, vegetables, wine etc. I found everything I needed for my stay in Letterfrack. The store is open late, until 22, which is good as you can go shopping after hiking and sight-seeing during the day.Outside the store there is an ATM.more
I was very surprised to see a post office in such a small village as Letterfrack. The post office is not situated in the village but outside the village, on the road to Tully Cross and Renvyle. On my way to Tully Mountain I stopped here to buy some stamps for my postcards. Besides postal service they have also got a money-wiring service.more
As there were no computers at Letterfrack Lodge where I stayed I went to the Public Library to use the Internet there. I was surprised to see that they had as many as 7-8 computers to use. It is not cheap as they charge 1 Euro for 15 minutes. The library is open:Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 19.30.Friday 9.00 – 16.00Saturday 11.00 – 13.00It is closed...more