Kylemore Abbey information
Magnificently situated on the shores of a lake, this crenulated 19th-century neo-Gothic fantasy was built for a wealthy English businessman, Mitchell Henry, who spent his honeymoon in Connemara. His wife died tragically young.
Admission also covers the abbey's Victorian walled gardens . You can stroll around the lake and surrounding woods for free. Improvements are ongoing and there is a restaurant, shop and various guided hikes on offer.
Kylemore's tranquillity is shattered in high summer with the arrival of dozens of tour coaches per day, each one followed through the gates by an average of 50 cars (yes, over 2500 cars a day). It's 4.5km east of Letterfrack.