Ireland’s Wild Connemara Coast Travel Video

Travel to Ireland's wild West Coast - Connemara - and experience the rugged beauty of this special area in this Equitrekking video.

by Darley Newman

I've traveled through Connemara twice now. Horseback riding on the beach on fast Connemara ponies on the Connemara trail with legendary horseman Willie Leahy was a highlight of the adventure. The scenery was another. In this part of Ireland, there are dramatic mountains, waterfalls, craggy coastlines-- It is truly breathtaking. Check it out on a video tour of Connemara that includes picturesque Kylemore Abbey.

Video Transcript:

Darley Newman: We’re traveling from Donegal in the Northwest to rugged Connemara, a region on Ireland’s West Coast.

We’re in the neo-gothic cathedral at Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful place to stop if you’re looking for a bit of respite on the road from Donegal to Connemara. It was built in the 19th century by a Manchester millionaire, as a gift for his wife, and in the 1920’s became home to an order of Benedictine nuns, who today, make some great scones. So if you’re looking for a bit of respite from those treacherous and sometimes winding roads around Connemara, this is a great place to stop.

You can imagine that day-to-day life for people in Connemara would be somewhat difficult. The land here is dotted with bogs, rocks and moors and pounded by Atlantic winds and storms. During the potato famine, many people either starved or moved away from Ireland’s Western region. Today, Connemara’s sunny seaside towns and stunning natural scenery attract adventure seekers and travelers who are looking to experience Ireland’s wild west.

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