Mr. Selfish and I uncharacteristically did little research prior to arriving in Ireland.  We were too busy packing up the house, and I had my nose to the grindstone studying for the California bar.  We therefore failed to plan every moment of our Ireland trip prior to our arrival.  Our itinerary in Ireland was as “spontaneous” as we get.

Ireland Trip Report

  1. Ireland Overview
  2. Driving in Ireland
  3. Castles, Castles, and more Castles
  4. Kylemore and Connemara
  5. The Cliffs of Insanity!
  6. The Loop Around the Dingle Peninsula
  7. Searching for the Best Guinness in Dublin
  8. 6 Hotels in 7 Nights! Part 1
  9. 6 Hotels in 7 Nights! Part 2
  10. Ireland’s Fine Eats – Part 1
  11. Ireland’s Fine Eats – Part 2

During our first night, we realized that we needed to figure out what we were doing the next day.  We did some quick Internet research and found that there was an abbey on the way to Galway called “Kylemore Abbey.”  Mr. Selfish found it amusing that “Kylemore” means “The Big Wood.”

We couldn’t resist and decided to go there – although we didn’t know much about it.  Luckily, Kylemore was beautiful.

Construction on Kylemore started in 1867 and took one hundred men four years to complete.  It was originally a private residence, but in 1920, Kylemore became a Benedictine monastery – after several rich families had to sell it due to family indiscretions and gambling debts.

Admission into Kylemore was a steep 25 euros for both of us.  We paid the admission and toured the few rooms open to the public at Kylemore and walked around the grounds.

It was scenic but not worth the 12.50 euros per person price tag.  The best part of Kylemore is the view from afar, which is FREE.  If we had to do it over, I would just take pictures of Kylemore from afar and leave it at that.

Afterward, we decided to go to nearby Connemara National Park for a short hike.  I took it easy and read while Mr. Selfish hiked to the end of one of the trails.  From the top, Mr. Selfish found mountain goats grazing about.  It was all very lovely – although the clouds starting coming in as we were leaving.