A Magical Day: From Connemara National Park to the Fairytale Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Connemara is a state of light.
Of fluent sky, flayed rock and flowering bog.
Of storied lake and inlet and deep song.
Of wind and wild.
— Michael Coady, Irish Poet
Stretching over 2,000 hectares of grasslands, woodlands, and mountains in County Galway, Connemara National Park is famous for its unparalleled beauty, megalithic court tombs dating back 4,000 years, and for being the largest Irish-speaking Gaeltacht region. A few hours there wasn't nearly enough.
While the castle hotel we stayed at is not medieval (it was built in 1832), Abbeyglen is easily one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. In addition to its breathtaking location, peaceful interiors, and a sweet little library, it boasts unusual history. After being operated as a Protestant orphanage from 1854 to 1955, the castle fell into disrepair and briefly became home to local livestock (!). In 1960s, the property was purchased by Mr. Padraig Joyce of Clifden and converted into a hotel. Highly recommend — 10 out of 10.