Connemara

Every single trip that the hubs and I take to Ireland includes at least one drive out to Connemara in the West of country, and I never tire of its beauty, serenity, fresh food, and clean air. Connemara’s landscape is diverse from rolling hills to ominous mountains made of stone, from calm, glass-like bays and lakes to raging waves and rugged coastline. My husband spent his childhood weekends and summers here, and as a result he and his family know every lovely bit of it which makes going off the beaten path and disappearing from the world for the day a very easy task.

Dog's Bay Connemara

Dog’s Bay

Connemara

Roundstone Bay

Connemara

Ballyconneely- The little black spot about 1/3 from the left is a seal’s head! We watched him swimming around for quite awhile, and he was SO cute.

Connemara

We almost always stop at the same lunch spot, O’Dowd’s in Roundstone. We actually went here RIGHT before we got engaged at nearby Mannin Beach. The food is always fresh and delicious and well, the view:

Roundstone

 

O'Dowd's Roundstone

We shared a few different plates.

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Seafood chowder made with prawns, salmon, crab, mussels, and haddock

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Freshly baked brown scones with creamy Irish butter

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Pan fried haddock with lemon

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Local smoked salmon with salad

O’Dowd’s is warmed by a small but roaring turf fire and is a very cozy place to rest while on a journey around Connemara.

Roundstone

Roundstone

Roundstone was made famous by the film, The Matchmaker. You may recognize the pier from some of the scenes in that adorable film!

On the car ride back to Galway, I struggled to keep my eyes open with all of that fresh air and good food. I did manage to stay awake to snag another photo of a rainbow.

Connemara

Can you see why I love Ireland? :)

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Tags: beaches, Connemara, Food, Ireland, seafood, Travel

  1. Abby’s avatar

    Those pictures are breath taking. What a wonderful, wonderful experience! I totally see why you love Ireland!

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  2. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

    All of those pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Irish food gets a bad ‘rep sometimes but I really like it. The scenery and the people make Ireland an incredible place to travel.

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  3. Raija’s avatar

    Reminds me of when you guys took me to Roundstone and O’Dowd’s during our lovely day trip to Connemara…that was a very fun day :).

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  4. Kelly’s avatar

    Wow, I’ve been to Ireland twice and I still am convinced to go back by these pictures haha- especially since I haven’t been out to Connemara. That brown scone makes me want some of that Irish brown bread. Ireland is SO beautiful!

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  5. Caitlin’s avatar

    Jealous! I went to Ireland for a summer during college and fell in love. Connemara is beautiful!

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  6. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

    Ireland… I’m getting so excited for my trip next month! I am going to be in Galway for two nights. Staying at a B&B before heading back to Dublin where our accomodations are significantly more luxuriously (third night free at the Four Seasons!) I think we’re going to try to visit the Cliffs of Moher. We’re also spending time in Belfast/Antrim. Can’t wait! Keep posting trip highlights to get me psyched up!

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  7. Jessie’s avatar

    Gorgeous pictures! That’s it, I’ve got to add Ireland to the places I MUST see.

    Your lunch spot looks great, especially the soup and the brown scone.

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  8. Terri’s avatar

    I think this is one of your most beautiful posts yet! You always seem to see a rainbow in Ireland, don’t you!?

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  9. Emily @ Maiden Voyage’s avatar

    GORGEOUS pics, Meghan! I want to go there right now. That chowder and haddock look delicious, and the views are incredible. Looks like you two are having a blast!

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  10. Biz’s avatar

    STUNNING pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  11. moowiesqrd’s avatar

    Wow! Those are amazing pictures… really want to visit Ireland some time soon. And Prague, too… so envious of your adventures!

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  12. Grace’s avatar

    I have never been to Ireland, but it is definitely at the top of my list! Your photos capture the West of Ireland so beautifully, like we are there!

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