On our day tour of Connemara, we stopped at Kylemore Abbey for lunch. It's the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. Since 1920 there has been a community of nuns there. The castle itself was completed in 1871.
Even out of season, the abbey's Victorian walled garden is amazing. It covers 8.5 acres.
Here I am by the lake in front of the abbey, wearing my new Irish wool scarf. It was windy and chilly, but not bad.
Also on the grounds of the abbey is a neo-gothic church, completed in 1881.
The nuns run a girls' boarding school, and those girls must have to be pretty darn creative to find any trouble at all. The abbey is halfway between the middle of nowhere and the edge of nowhere.