Cong Travel Guide

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Cong Things to Do

  • Cong Abbey and Forest

    Cong has a wonderful, scenic set of monastic ruins with a forest and waterways. These are based on the Cong Abbey, with adjoining forest and a walk along a causeway to the Monks' Fishing House and the Pigeonhole cave, a deep well with stairs.

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  • Cong Abbey

    This abbey dates from the 12th century. The stone carvings are spectacular. Take some time and check it out properly.

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  • Ashford Castle - Beautiful Grounds!

    Ashford Castle was started in the 13th century and has had several additions over the years. Benjamin Guinness (grandson of Arthur Guinness of stout fame) owned it in the 1850s and did much to to turn the grounds into a garden. Ashford Castle is now a luxury hotel. They don't let tourists in to wander about, but the website below gives you a tour.

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  • Harry Clarke

    In the modern Catholic Church beside the ruined Cong Abbey there is a fine Harry Clarke stained glass window. Harry Clarke was one of the best Irish illustrators and Stained Glass artists of the 20th century. He was a great influence on those who came after him. Sadly he died at a relatively young age (41) in 1931.The attached picture unfortunately...

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  • Caves

    Dotted around the village are a number of caves, used in more desparate times as places of refuge and haunts of highwaymen and priests (before Catholic emancipation). A number of these are marked in the map you can get from the Tourist office or you can keep the romance alive by finding them yourself :-)

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  • Grounds of Ashford Castle

    Nothing to say really, they're gorgeous and you can explore them to your hearts content. Very useful particularly if you've been stuck in a car for a while. Bear in mind though that the hotel itself is residents only.Wildlife, flowers and lake conspire to give the place an otherworldly feel and kids will love the underground entrance to the walled...

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  • historic remains

    Cong appears to be an incredibly rich archaelogical area. The local Tourist office sells an interesting map listing a couple of dozen sites of interest. Amongst the nicest, imho, are the stone circles between Cong and Neale. But theres something for everyone, with castles, tombs, standing stones, churchs, cairns etc etc.Get the map and go for a...

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  • School of Falconry

    While falconry was traditionally a great noble sport in Ireland, I hadn't realised that it was possible to take a turn at it yourself. The School is a relatively new venture and allows you to try out this very traditional sport ( over 4000 years old!) in the beautiful surroundings of Ashford Castle. Seemingly you can call on spec but to avoid...

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  • Cruise on Loch Corrib

    The Lady Ardilaun tours out to Inchagoill Island a couple of times a day and also does an evening cruise. Inchagoill Island has two early Christian churches and a famous decorated stone with both Christian Crosses and an Ogham inscription on it. The boat apparently also crosses to the village of Oughterard.

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  • Cong Abbey

    Cong Abbey was destroyed and restored on several occasions in its long history. Its initial establishment may go back as far as the 6th century. Remains there now date back to the 12th century (an Augustinian monastery reputed to have been founded established in 1120 by Turlough O'Connor, then High King of Ireland) other parts to the 15th, while...

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  • Cong Abbey and surrounds

    Whilst in Cong, which is a tiny place, be sure to explore the ruined Abbey and the surrounding park.It really is (without resorting to flowery hyperbole) one of the most beautiful spots I know on earth.I especially like this little 'Monk's fishing house' where the monks would sit, protecting themselves from yuccy weather but still able to fish -...

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  • Locations for 'The quiet man' film

    in Cong, the Quiet Man Cottage museum is a delightful little museum to visit iof you are really interested in the famous 1951 John Wayne Film or not.There are several other locations in the village as well - you can information about them here.Another spot to visit is Castletown station - see my tips on Monivea.

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Cong Hotels

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  • Ashford Castle

    If you can afford it Ashford castle is well worth a visit. Fantastic food and charming staff and not...

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  • Ryan's Hotel

    Hotel is run by Michael Crowe and Denis Lenihan, former chefs at Ashford Castle. Needless to say,...

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  • Hazel Grove B&B

    Drumshiel, Cong, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Cong Restaurants

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    by Ruai Written Apr 18, 2006

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    This is not strictly in Cong, being in the neighbouring village of Neale, but I liked it so I'm putting it in (ands Neale is only 4km away)

    The Pyramid is attached to a bar and I assume both have the same owner. They will give you the menu's to mull while you have a drink in the bar, then after you've ordered and your starter is ready they escort you into the restaurant. A very civilised and relaxed way of eating :-) Its also rather reasonably priced!

    Food is simple but good and the decor and staff are very pleasant. As far as I could see it was the only restaurant in Neale and one of the few in the area (though lots of bars serve food and some of these can be good)

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Cong Off The Beaten Path

  • Oddities abound

    The Neale Pyramid, a 10 metre high stepped pyramid located in the hamlet of Neale about 4 km from Cong is really strange. I'd never hear about it before visiting Cong this time. As far as I can find out it was built in the 18th century by a local landowner as a memorial to his brother. However there are also suggestions that it was built as a...

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  • Find the outlaw's hideout

    There is a beautiful wooded walk that begins rougly opposite the entrance to Ashford Castle. Justa short walk from the village, the wooded path leads to Kelly's cave. It Only takes about 10 mins to get thee.The natural cave is supposed to be padlocked, but it rarely is. It's quite safe, at least in the initial chamber if you take a torch, or take...

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