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Places to visit

Places to visit

Jan 19, 2022

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Doolough Valley

This is north of Leenane on the R335 and rivals any beauty spot you will encounter in the west. The pass which contains two lakes is nestled between Mweelrea Mountain and the Sheeffry Hills. At the northern end of the valley, right next to the road, there is a cross built in memory of the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy”. The view from here is spectacular.  The tragedy refers to the great hunger in 1849 when hundreds of hungry inhabitants of Louisburgh set off on foot to Delphi Lodge to seek food from the authorities there. They were turned away and many of them died of hunger and frost in the Doolough Valley.  A yearly walk is held along this route in memory of the Doolough dead and to highlight the starvation of the world’s poor still today.

Kylemore Abbey  

Kylemore Abbey is one of Irelands top tourist attractions and is located on the N59 south of Leenane. The Castle was built by Mitchell Henry in the late 1800s and was created to boast all the innovations of the modern age. A visit to Kylemore Abbey is well worth it for the new visitor's experience where you will be brought on a tour of the estate to explore the magnificent building. The tour also offers the story and rich history of Kylemore Abbey and all the generations that were involved in the estate before. The estate is also home to Irelands largest walled garden as well as woodland and lakeshore walks that are to be experienced.