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Kylemore   ~   Renvyle
Kylemore (Choill Mhór - the big wood) lies at the top of the Inagh Valley and is hidden between the mountains of Connemara and the Atlantic ocean.

The mountainous valley around Kylemore is an area of old oakwoods which terrace the mountainside.

Lough Inagh Connemara County Galway Ireland
The area is also famous for angling on the three Kylemore Ioughs, an appealing and refreshing character of the area. Kylemore is only a short drive from the neighbouring villages of Letterfrack and Leenane.

The Pass of Kylemore - meaning great wood - has been always considered equal in grandeur to the famed gap of Dunloe in Kerry, or Barnesmore in Donegal, while the Lough of Kylemore is scarce unsurpassed by the Lakes of Killarney. The pass is 3 miles long, and the lough 2, and ½ mile wide. Doaghrue to the north of the pass rises to a height of more than 1,700 feet, its huge, rugged crags jutting out of the dense wood that gives the pass its name. On the north side of this height and on the border of the lough stands the magnificent castle shown in the accompanying engraving, its turrets half-hidden behind the dense foliage.

This splendid valley is renowned worldwide for its breathtaking beauty which is dominated by Kylemore Abbey. The Castle was built in 1864-1871 by Englishman Mitchell Henry as a token of love for his wife, Margaret. It is now an Abbey, run by Benedictine nuns and, although primarily a school, it offers many attractions to visitors. Enjoy a stroll down the lakeside and tree-lined avenue to the Abbey and on to the Neo-Gothic Chapel which has been magnificently restored in recent years. For the garden lovers amongst you, a visit to the Victorian Walled Garden on the grounds of the Abbey is a must. To complete your visit, mooch around the craft shop or have a coffee or homemade cake in the restaurant.

In late Spring and early Summer anyone walking, cycling or driving through Kylemore will be overwhelmed by the abundance of Rhododendron. These massive, exotic, purple flowers are surreal at times and their reflections in the lakes are a wonderful sight. Kylemore is also known for its lake fishing and walks. Enthusiasts for both have flocked to this area for centuries!




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