Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland



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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

An image of Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

A slow tour of the Connemara region in County Galway was our aim after leaving County Mayo.  Its mix of blanket bogs, lakes, mountains and moorlands is reputed to be awe-inspiring and unspoilt, a perfect example of natural beauty.  Bob and I were off the sheets early to an already wet morning, and rain was expected to settle in for the day.  Our route to Ros an Mhil (Rossaveal) was undecided, but we intended to catch a ferryboat at noon, that is until we rounded a corner and were brought up short by the jaw-dropping beauty of Kylemore Abbey. Read more

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Our Visit To Cong Abbey Ruins In Ireland

Our Visit To Cong Abbey Ruins In Ireland

An image of the gravestones and walls at the Royal Abbey of Cong in Cong, County Mayo, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

It was a glorious sunny afternoon when Bob and I set off to discover Cong Abbey Ruins, which lies close to the main street of Cong in County Mayo.  The impressive ruins of the Augustinian Abbey stood proud against a bright blue sky while Bob and I immersed ourselves in the intriguing past of this important historic site. Read more

Our Hike In Ashford Castle’s Mystical Forest

Our Hike In Ashford Castle’s Mystical Forest

forest beside ashford castle

The estate property of Ashford Castle boasts a dense, healthy forest thanks to the efforts of previous owners Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness and his eldest son, Lord Ardilaun.  Sir Benjamin had thousands of trees planted during his occupancy of the castle after acquiring it in 1852, and in later years, when the estate passed to Arthur, he expanded the plantings to create extensive woodlands. Read more

Ashford Castle – One Of Ireland’s Most Romantic Hotels

Ashford Castle – One Of Ireland’s Most Romantic Hotels

An image of Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland.

It had been a long day prior to our arrival at Ashford Castle, having left Killarney that morning, explored the Cliffs of Moher, and subsequently hiked about The Burren and discovered the history of Poulnabrone Dolmen.  Ashford Castle is located in the picturesque village of Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, and when we first spotted the magnificent sprawling edifice, we were in disbelief.  It would be our “hotel” for the next couple of days, and it was strikingly impressive. Read more

Dunguaire Castle In County Clare in Ireland



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Dunguaire Castle In County Clare in Ireland

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It was very late in the afternoon when Bob and I came by the famous landmark that is Dunguaire Castle, and the place was pretty much  deserted.  It was en route to Ashford Castle, our accommodation for the night, that we happened upon this ancient castle near Kinvara.  Dunguaire Castle sits on a rocky outcrop on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Clare.  Its simple yet magnificent architecture features a 75-foot tower, and both the tower and the defensive wall have been meticulously restored to their original condition. Read more

The Poulnabrone Dolmen In County Clare, Ireland



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The Poulnabrone Dolmen In County Clare, Ireland

An image of the Poulnabrone Dolmen on the Burren in County Clare in Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

After our initial exploration of The Burren, Bob and I continued to the peak of the limestone plateau in order to locate Poulnabrone Dolmen.  There, 8 kilometres (5 miles) south of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, it rises majestically and sits conspicuously in the middle of a field.  Poulnabrone Dolmen, and many others, still stand today as stone sentinels at the gates of our civilization’s history, history that is laid bare on The Burren. Read more

Walking The Burren In County Clare, Ireland



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Walking The Burren In County Clare, Ireland

exposed limestone bedrock in the burren - burren national park - ireland

After leaving the Cliffs of Moher, Bob and I still had quite a distance to cover since we would be hanging our hats that night at Ashford Castle in the village of Cong.  One area we wanted to investigate on the way was The Burren, a uniquely fascinating bit of landscape near the village of Ballyvaughan.  The stark, mournful terrain of that region is the result of little soil cover and sweeping expanses of exposed Limestone Pavement. Read more

Visiting The Cliffs of Moher In Ireland



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Visiting The Cliffs of Moher In Ireland

Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland

A short distance from Ennistymon brought us to the famed Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, one of the most dramatic stretches of Ireland’s west coast.  When first we arrived, a light drizzle dampened our clothing, and a brisk wind swept in off the ocean lending a distinct chill to the air.  With our rain ponchos in place, we were ready for anything. Read more

A Tim Hortons coffee cup in Ennistymon, Ireland?



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A Tim Hortons coffee cup in Ennistymon, Ireland?

Tim Hortons coffee cup on metal post in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland

After taking our leave of Killarney, Bob and I wasted no time driving towards our next destination, the Cliffs of Moher.  A freeway made it possible to put the miles behind us quickly, and then we exited onto secondary roads near Ennis.  Next thing you know, we were driving down the quiet streets of the country market town known as Ennistymon in County Clare.  A short walking tour of the Main Street turned up a very unexpected reminder of our Canadian home, a Tim Hortons coffee cup. Read more

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