Having an avid John Wayne fan in the family is what first drew us to Cong. We made the extra drive in to this little village, to spend some time. Well, we got lost at first and ended up some country lane but then that is the interest in Ireland, getting off the beaten track.
On arriving in Cong, which is on the top of Lough Corrib, we first saw the river or was it the canal built in 1845>48 to allievate the Famine.The canal, incidentally didn't work as it was tidal and now is called the Dry Canal as water is either 6inch or 12 feet depending on the season. Anyway, it was full and the water was running under the walk bridges and it was extremely clear so much so the grasses, vegetation on the bottom put on a great show of colours. The ducks loved it too.
Cong, has very interesting history, beside "The Quiet Man" movie.
There was a battle here, The Battle of Moytura which Orson Well's father, William, wrote about in 1867. The family once had a summer home here. Standing stones and cairns are evidence of this battle and are just out of the village. Then there are the holes around the near countryside and one, Capt. Webb's Hole has an interesting story of a multiple murder some centuries back. He got his comeupence though!
Ashford Castle C 12th Century, is now a hotel and the jaunting car used in the aforementioned movie is owned by the castle, which also has a launch from the QE11 liner.
The little white thatched cottage is a museum for the movie with items for sale. Picked up a few items there for our fan.
Cong had many tourists the day we arrived and the streets were packed with cars.
I wandered into the grounds of the Cong Abbey ruins C1106. There was a fairly expansive park around it and children were on a treasure hunt. Here I caught my first glimpse of mistletoe much to the delight of the kids.
The monk's fishing cottage ruins was built right on the water in the grounds and is a great place to get lovely photos.
I ambled around the village, looked in a few shops and a cart full of peat caught my eye on the top verandah of the hotel!
Loved this little village and all it had to offer.