En route there are plenty of things to do, sights to see and places to eat so read on to discover more. A loop via Lochinver is signed as a coastal route off the North and West Highlands Route. Looks gorgeous. Covering 176 square kilometres with a highly indented shoreline and stretching 44 km northwest from the city of Galway , Lough Corrib is the second largest lake on the island of Ireland and divides the western part … Stunning location, a wonderful setting, sure to appeal to the romantic. Answer 1 of 7: We arrive in Galway on 11 October after driving from Dublin. First up, describe the drive. The gardens interlinked and are designed around the four Celtic festivals celebrating each season samhain (November 1st), imbolc (February 1st), bealtaine (May 1st) and lughnasa (August 1st). We will be staying … Panoramic Ireland create personalised photography tours, day trips and workshops for all ages in Galway and throughout Ireland. Situated a few miles from Oughterard in Rosscahill it is signposted to the left off the N59 heading towards Galway; on arrival you will find a treasure trove of landscaped gardens set amidst natural features including native woodland and marshland. Perfect for individuals, couples, families and small groups, Panoramic Ireland can meet you at your hotel or anywhere along your journey. At various points along the drive you’ll spot three beautiful lakes, Lough Corrie, Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Find out more on my About page. The 40 room hotel features tastefully decorated rooms and is “One of the best places to stay in Ireland” according to the New York Times. Brigit’s Garden was created by Jenny Beale who commissioned local craftspeople to design elements in addition to Reynolds’ landscaping. Would love to see more of that gorgeous architecture too. Because you are in the Gaeltacht, an Irish language speaking area, some road signs will only have the Irish placenames. There is a coffee shop and the café serves sandwiches, galettes and crepes as well as picnics for eating in the gardens. One of Ireland’s great scenic drives, the Lough Corrib drive in County Galway is a circuit of an inland sea with ever-changing scenery,  ruins, castles, sheep-lined roads and plenty of places to visit. I remember the torture of those lol x, What a lovely day trip out. The A701 is signed off/at the A74 (M) as 'Scenic Drive to Edinburgh '. You live in such a beautiful place We do the same now we have a little one. close by, the World Cup angling competition is held every year at the August weekend with up to 600 competitors each year, … Lakeshore Self-catering and Angling situated in natural wooded surroundings on the shores of Lough Mask. Galway makes an ideal base for the Lough Corrib scenic drive, as this is a circular route and one of Ireland’s livliest cities. For more see here. Árd Aoibhinn Farm is found in a scenic and peaceful place near Tourmakeady, County Mayo and conveniently located along the shores of Lough Mask. The music reminded me of PS I Love You #BloggerClubUK, I love the quote about the earth having music for those who listen. Defiantly made me want to visit island, thanks for posting. For more on the crazy narrow roads where I live, check out this post about the roads I drive. Darren McLoughlin is a photographer, tour guide and author. Love the quotes too – especially the one about collecting moments and not things. RCSL Flyfishing 2009, Lough Mask The RCSL 15th Annual Game Angling Event will be held on Thursday 4th June 2009 at Lough Mask, Ireland, launching from Gortmore Bay, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo. Tourmakeady is a small village in the West of Ireland known for its rugged & scenic views. I love to connect with my readers - leave me a comment below or send me a note on social media! So beautiful! Mountain bikes can be hired from West Side Cycles in Galway and includes a free bike rack to put on your rental car to take the bikes out and back to the trail. when I was little my parents couldn’t drive so when I passed my test at 17 I was always going out for drives and just driving along the country roads, my little ones love the journeys we go on. Ideal base for touring the West of Ireland. That view from the bridge is beautiful, looks like a stunning place to visit! If you’d like to learn more about Tourmakeady, check out Discover Mayo & Tourmakeady.com. In the small but pretty village of Clonbur follow the road around to the left for Cornamona and Maam. The Franciscans first came to Ross Errilly in 1351 but the earliest extant sections of the buildings date to the mid fifteenth century. With regular tours of the 19th century mine workings, the hard life of a miner becomes apparent. We were driving for ages & the lake was there the whole time. We hope to head back to Tourmakeady over the summer to go for a walk. Love days / trips out like this. Descending from the height of the pass, the wide open plain of Connemara lies before you. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You sometimes forget what is right on your doorstep and like you and your family we love going out to explore what’s near to us. #candidcuddles, Looks amazing, I have always wanted to visit Ireland! Tourmakeady is a small village in the West of Ireland known for its rugged & scenic views. A real gem in this part of Ireland is found at the peaceful Brigit’s Garden, designed by Chelsea gold medal winner Mary Reynolds. x, That looks beautiful, can’t beat a drive about #bloggerclubuk. Entry price varies by season. The Franciscan Friary of Ross Errily sits on a plain beside the Black River and contains fantastic stone work by mediaeval monks. This is a unique opportunity to experience fly fishing for wild brown trout on one of the Great Western Lakes. Locals would have known it as Leam Bridge until recent years. After 11km you can stop at Ballintubber, a picturesque village nestled at the foot of the Partry Mountains. Now it is time to get into the car and head out of the small city. Dinner is available in the restaurant and the bar is well known for cocktails. Mullagh Cottage is traditional-style stone cottage with space for up to six people. While passing through Cong, you'll no doubt enjoy a visit to the 12th-century abbey in the town centre. Lough Nafooey. After approximately 16 km turn left for Annaghdown on the L2118. It is a popular Gaeltacht area. Keep straight on the N84 if you want to skip this location. And it is in driving from Galway along the N59 after Oughterard that the landscape changes to that which is typical of Connemara – bogs, lakes, mountains and sky. That is a beautiful drive and lovely to see a rainbow along the way too. Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 daily 01/03 to 31/10 see www.glengowlamines.ie for more information. My husband & I love bringing the kids off for drives like this so they can see some of the stunning scenery around the West of Ireland. This is a classic Irish landscape, the brown and fawn colour spreading out on either side of the road in the flat countryside with evidence of peat cutting, a practice of cutting the bogland (made up of compressed vegetation), stacking and drying it to be burned as a fuel. It is possible to drive this route clockwise or anti-clockwise. Very soon the countryside begins to show its beauty. Through this small but vibrant city the River Corrib, Lough Corrib’s only outflow, makes its way powerfully into Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. That ruined church looks like an interesting place to explore. Lough Mask and Lough Corrib are all within easy reach. Sure beats Minnesota! The route begins and finishes in Galway providing a perfect circular drive along both shores of Lough Corrib that is great for a day’s adventure. Next time you on drive to tourmakeady take in the village of letterineen, view is breadth taking. Secure online payment. Head north on the N84 Headford Road signposted for the towns of Headford and Castlebar following the eastern side of the lake. These are the vestiges of a church, cathedral and abbey, with some fine stone carving dating from the 12th century and later. Beautiful outstanding scenic walk on the doorstep. The property encompasses a little over three acres, with excellent lake frontage. To be honest I actually quite like it, head space, beautiful English countryside, its so peaceful. Go for an early morning walk or evening stroll along the many lakeside pathways and enjoy the fresh unpolluted air. The next settlement you arrive at is Maam Cross. Required fields are marked *. A Paradise for Wildlife lovers, Artists, Birdwatchers & Anglers but you don’t have to be any of those to stay with us. At the entrance to the village there is a roundabout, to the right there is a car park and in the busier months it is definitely best to park here and walk into the village a short distance away. As well as the underground tour, there is an opportunity to pan for gold and view the seismological equipment on site. For any angling enthusiasts the property is located just off the R300 road that runs along the shore of Lough Mask and just a short drive from the village of Tourmakeady. Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 daily 16/03 to 28/10. After about 11 km there is a … I’ve always wanted to visit the West of Ireland, if you keep on showing me all these lovely places don’t be surprised if I rock up on your doorstep one day! This website uses cookies to improve your experience. One of Ireland’s great scenic drives, the Lough Corrib drive in County Galway is a circuit of an inland sea with ever-changing scenery, ruins, castles, sheep-lined roads and plenty of places to visit. Best not to have the driver looking too hard for the lake at this point! Not far off this road lies Moytura House, the childhood home of Oscar Wilde whose father William studied and wrote at length about Lough Corrib. We headed out for a cruise into the Lough and had great views of the many islands and the multiformed Connemara Mountains. The contrast between the lake & the mountains is breathtaking. I love that. With magnificent mountainous views on your doorstep and close proximity to the popular fishing lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, this is an ideal residence or country bolt hole away from the hustle & bustle. Inhabited by Augustinians on the site of a 7th century church, most of the buildings including the doorways date from the late 12th century. This drive brings you to the lake-studded and wooded district of South Mayo, where at various points on your journey, you will pass by three beautiful lakes, Lough corrib, Lough Carra and Lough Mask. Get Cuddle Fairy's latest posts straight to your inbox. Head back to Headford and turn left at the traffic lights, take the R334 signposted for Cong. Feature windows, a tower and cloisters situated amongst lush green fields grazed by cattle and sheep add to the feeling of calm. My family & I drove through Tourmakeady over the weekend & it was so beautiful that I decided to start videoing so you could enjoy the scenery too. The rainbow was a beautiful touch! This driving loop brings you to the heart of the Lake District and, on your journey, you will pass by three beautiful lakes: Lough Carra, Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. #bloggerclubuk, Wow! Thanks for hosting #candidcuddles , Thanks so much Louise! For more information on fishing on Lough Corrib see here. This is one of the finest examples of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in Ireland. Fine Historic Two Storey Traditional Irish Farmhouse, located in an area of outstanding scenic beauty with wonderful views of lake and mountains and extensive lakeshore onto Lough Mask. Cuddle Fairy's motto is: There's positivity around every corner. It is an area of great scenic beauty with rivers, mountains and valleys lying between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, adjoining Connemara and Iar Chonnacht. Click my image to read more about me. With magnificent mountainous views on your doorstep and close proximity to the popular fishing lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, this is an ideal residence or country bolt hole away from the hustle & bustle. Travel, days out or even just going for walks near your house can all be great learning for kids & parents alike. Thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUK, Ah Italy is on the top of my list, it’s such a beautiful place. Situated amidst the serene Lakelands of Galway and Mayo, Cong straddles Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, with a stream connecting the two lakes under the town. For more information see http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/. Thanks for stopping by & have a great day. Parking is available one minute away in a multi-storey car park for €8 for 24hrs. Balinrobe is situated in South Mayo and is very central to the folllowing locations 30 minutes drive from Castlebar, Westport, Knock Airport, 45 Minutes drive from Galway, Connemara,35 Minutes from Wild Atlantic Way There are three major lakes,Mask, Corrib, Carra. Cappaduff is part of the townland of Tourmakeady Co. Mayo which overlooks the stunning views of Lough Mask. It is nestled between Lough Mask & the Partry Mountains in County Mayo. The fishing hut pictured had a fireplace and chimney and using a hole in floor the monks could sit and fish here in comfort year round. This former silver and lead mine is located a few miles before Oughterard on the right heading south on the N59. Scenic area. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Get in touch with him on Twitter @travelimages and Google Plus +DarrenMcLoughlin. Árd Aoibhinn Farm is located near Tourmakeady, County Mayo, surrounded by mountains along the western shore of Lough Mask, a very scenic peaceful location where people still seem to have all the time in the world to befriend visitors. It dates from the 15th century. • Most Scenic Location overlooking Lough Mask • 7km from Tourmakeady • Site of 0.078 Ha (0.19 Acres) • Total Floor Area 107 sq.m (1,152 sq.ft) • PVC Double Glazed Windows and OFCH • Accessible to Ballinrobe (27km), Westport (34km) and Castlebar (33km) It is indeed fitting to call Lough Corrib an inland sea, for it is said to be named after Oirbsen a name used for Manannan mac Lir, a god of the sea in Irish mythology. This comfortable family home has amazing views of surrounding countryside. The cottage is about 20 mins drive from Cong (‘The Quiet Man’ Film and Ashford Castle), and Clonbur for supermarkets, restaurants etc. #CandidCuddles, How lovely. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. This is a list of national primary roads, national secondary roads, regional roads, and officially designated scenic routes in County Mayo in Ireland. Three beautiful lakes: Lough Carra, Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. Enjoy your visit to my blog x. Famous for its association with John Ford’s The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara that was filmed here in the 1950s, Cong is home to ancient monastic ruins and lovely walks through the woods leading to caves with streams and ruined castles. Helpfully some locals have added Clonbur onto road signs to aid navigation. Find out more at Panoramic Ireland. #BloggerClubUK xx, I so agree collecting moments is so much more important!! All content in this article ©Darren McLoughlin and ©scenicdrives.eu. Aughnanure is flanked on one side by the river, adding a level of protection and also has two bawns or surrounding walls. We are lucky that we live in a really picturesque part of the country and I love nothing more on a weekend than getting out and exploring it with the kids. #bloggersclubuk, Ha! A commemoration to 20 people who died on the lake during a boating tragedy in 1828 is situated beside the harbour. Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre: Drive around Lough Mask and Lough Corrib - See 3,814 traveler reviews, 2,319 candid photos, and great deals for Galway, Ireland, at Tripadvisor. In this part of Ireland there was little other employment and the land was not as productive as the fields east of Lough Corrib, the mine provided at least some opportunity to earn a wage. This road is straight for several kilometres and will present you with the opportunity to view long distances across bogland to the left and right. I’m hoping to get back to Tourmakeady someday, for a walk next time. What a great place! You live in a beautiful part of the world! Ireland is at the top of my list of places i want to go! The soft green contours of the ancient weathered mountains slowly change to typical upland colours of brown and yellow, purple with heather in the summer. A warm bum would certainly make all the difference!! I still remember our drives fondly as a child – unless they were the 8hr drives to visit family. Mother Nature does a good job #candidcuddles, Looks stunning. #bloggerclubUK, It looks lovely, I’m fortunate to live near the Lake District, so even though I hate having to drive 50 miles to get to work, at least I get a nice scenic commute through the Lakes! Leave Castlebar on the N84 for Ballinrobe. 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