A fairy tale castle with oh so romantic and tragic origins and a great cafe with tons of gluten free food options - what more could one want from a day trip in Connemara? How about beautiful and well maintained walled gardens? A hill walk to Jesus? A gothic church with occasional chamber concerts?
Kylemore abbey has it all. Often crowded with coachloads of visitors if you can swing a visit in the off season or before or after the coaches descend you will see Kylemore at its best.
The cafe is great and is worth a visit even if you are skipping the rest of the Abbey. There is also a huge gift shop full of expensive but fabulous items, many of which are Irish made, including artisan food and chocolate made by the good nuns of Kylemore themselves. Expect to pay up the ying yang for that though!
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