County Galway

The extensive ruins at the monastic site of Kilmacduagh, 6km southwest of Gort, include a well-preserved 34m-high round tower, the remains of a small 14th-century cathedral (Teampall Mór MacDuagh), an oratory dedicated to St John the Baptist and other little chapels. The original monastery is thought to have been founded by St Colman MacDuagh at the beginning of the 7th century.

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Nearby County Galway attractions

1. Coole Park

3.62 MILES

Once home of Lady Augusta Gregory, cofounder of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and a patron of WB Yeats, the house here was demolished by bureaucrats in 1941…

2. Kiltartan Gregory Museum

4.64 MILES

A charming stone schoolhouse built in 1892 now contains this museum, which traces the life of WB Yeats' literary patron, Lady Augusta Gregory, through…

3. Thoor Ballylee

6.05 MILES

In an idyllic setting by a stream, this 16th-century Norman tower was the summer home of WB Yeats from 1921 to 1929 and was the inspiration for one of his…

4. Father Ted's House

6.51 MILES

Fans of madcap TV comedy Father Ted will jump at the chance to visit the building that provided the exterior shots of the series' parochial house. Advance…

5. Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

6.66 MILES

The Burren's wildflowers are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this wonderful perfumery and floral centre, which creates scented items such as…

6. Dunguaire Castle

6.69 MILES

Erected around 1520 by the O'Hynes clan, Dunguaire Castle sits on the fringes of Kinvara on the former site of the 6th-century royal palace of Guaire…

7. Cahercommaun

8.01 MILES

Perched on the edge of an inland cliff about 3km south of Carron is the triple ring fort of Cahercommaun, built around AD 800 and inhabited by people who…

8. Dromore Wood

8.09 MILES

Extending along a lovely river, Dromore Wood encompasses some 400 hectares of picturesque Irish woodland as well as the ruins of the lakeside 17th-century…