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Exploring Ireland’s Rugged West Coast

My darling pseudo-daughter, Bethany (she is actually the daughter of dear friends, but I have stolen her) came to visit with me during my stay in Ireland and we have been exploring, mostly by simply driving around and seeing where my beloved Baby Jaguar took us!

This is Kylemore Abbey.  Built in 1867-1871, it was a romantic gesture and gift from London doctor, Mitchell Henry, to his wife.  It had 33 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 sitting rooms, a ballroom, billiard room, library, study, school room, smoking room, gun room, not to mention various offices and domestic staff residences for the butler, cook, housekeeper and other servants.  In 1920 it became a monastery and girls’ school.

I know we were lost sometimes, but I didn’t think we had gone as far as Massachusetts!

…and of course Baby Jaguar found us a chocolate factory!  …and of course it would have been rude to leave without buying something………


This place has the rather unfortunate name of Muckinish West Tower House…

Although I did work out the warning sign below was ‘no drones’ – at first, I thought it was a man hanging from a wire…

OK, so most people go to the Cliffs of Moher and see the cliffs – we saw the other side of them!  We decided the hike to the top was not on our agenda that day!  🙂

Such a cool little Victorian pub in the middle of nowhere…

…and home to the hotel in time for a movie or two!


~ Bella

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