Croagh Patrick Cave and West Summit Trek from Westport Area
"In the early 19th century a man who came to be known as ‘Bob of the Reek’ made his home near the summit of the mountain. He spent the next fourteen years assisting pilgrims in their quest to reach the peak. Winter months were spent in the company of friends at the foot of Croagh if one is to believe that the structure known as ‘Bob of the Reek’s Cave’ was his home. This ‘cave’ which is actually more reminiscent of a medieval holy well faces due north and is very high on the mountain. There is also some controversy as to the true identity of Bob of the Reek. Locals in Lecanvey Village on the northwest side claim him as Robert Geraghty
"Our first stop is at the statue of St. Patrick normally a ten to fifteen minute walk on an easy gradient. Even at this early stage you will be stunned by the views of Clew Bay and its islands including the birdlike shape of Dorinish which was once owned by John Lennon and the distant guardian of the bay itself – Clare Island once the home of the pirate Grace O’Malley. Looking north
Connemara and Cong Village with Kylemore Abbey and Killary Fiord Tour from Dublin
"Wave goodbye to Dublin as you depart for the Wild West on-board a shuttle service to the Wild West of Ireland! There will be a short break for coffee and an Irish breakfast roll along the way. Arrive in Galway and begin your fully guided tour of Connemar a hidden but atmospheric 14th century monastery before continuing on to Cong Village. At Cong you can visit the ruins of the Old Abbey and take a walk through Cong Woods wander the streets made famous by the Quiet Man movie or simply enjoy a coffee on the banks of Lough Corrib.Depart Cong and enter the wild Connemara region through the hidden Lough Nafooey route where you will experience the stark beauty of the valleys of Connemara before arriving at the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Killary Fjord.Arrive at the magical Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens there is an optional admission fee and discounted tickets can be purchased in cash from your driver. The admission includes guided walks shuttle bus to the walled gardens and entrance to the castle and mausoleum. There is also a café and craft shop where you can purchase a hearty lunch or some homemade goodies. Depart Kylemore for Galway through the scenic Inagh Valley
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Achill Island is also the place where part of Heinrich Boell's novel "Irisches Tagebuch" (Irish Journal) is set. This is the deserted village he describes in his book. It lies near Dugort at the foot...