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“Surprisingly enjoyable stop on a tour”
Review of Ross Errily Friary

Ross Errily Friary
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Connemara and Cong Village Day Trip from Dublin with Kylemore Abbey and Killary...
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Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary
Ranked #72 of 282 things to do in County Galway
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This was the last stop on an already very enjoyable tour through Connemara and to the Kylemore Abbey. We didn't really know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. We didn't expect an old ruined friary that was just open for you to explore. The only people here were from the tour so it wasn't at all crowded. We were a bit rushed because it was a tour on a schedule, but we saw enough to really enjoy it. It is in the middle of some lovely countryside. You could climb up the old staircases to get a different perspective (but there are no floors left to walk on).

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

This friary is a bit off the beaten path in a gorgeous setting. So much history here and you can just imagine what it must have been like as a Friar to commit yourself to living here. So old but very well preserved. Just walking through and looking at all the burial sites/markers is quite fascinating.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

Our in-keeper recommended this place. It's a little hard to find. There is the sign on the main road, but the sign on the side road is covered by a bush - it's easier to see when you turn around and come back. The Friary is a ruin from the 12th century and is pretty extensive. There are lots of rooms to explore. If it's windy, you can hear the "ghosts" play their flute.

Thank Paul W
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

We stopped by here on our road trip and it was definitely worth a stop. The ruins are extensive and we were lucky enough to be the only ones there. A lovely photo stop and lots of history to explore. It is free and open to the elements so dress accordingly, there is on site parking and there are graves so be careful where you walk.

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Ross Errilly Friary Ruins
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This is an amazing place to visit. It is located just outside Headford Co. Galway . I had never heard of the friary before but spotted the ruins & followed the narrow lane that led to it. The place is huge , you could spend an hour or two wandering through the cloisters , the chapel & domesticated areas. It is reputed to have been started in the year 1341 & was occupied by Franciscans monks. I loved the 'kitchen' area with its huge oven & deep stone tank used to keep fish alive until they were required for cooking. It would be well worth looking up the history of the friary before you visit : I had to do this afterwards & it is really interesting. The place is quiet , the boreen ( narrow country lane) isn't wide enough for buses so it's very peaceful. The stone work is incredible & one marvels at the skill
of the builders. If you are near by , spend an hour or two wandering among the ruins and don't forget your camera.

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