I recently spent a couple of days in Galway, Ireland and got out and about into he countryside.

When I travel to a new location I haven’t been to before, or that I don’t know very well, I like to explore the area to get a better idea of what the place is like, what the people are like and find some interesting spots. This isn’t exactly unique but there are times where the urge to explore is almost like a wave of anxiety and I don’t feel right until I’ve gotten out, especially if I only have a short time there.

While in Galway, I travelled south to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher – a definite must see if you’re in the area. Then on the second day, I headed north up the coast to Rossaveel, into Connemara. From Rossaveel, I wanted to see some out of the way, wild scenery and decided that the road through the Oughterard District bog would be the perfect route!

Connemara Bog

The road, if you can call it that is for the most part a roughly surfaced single lane through the bog for about 17 miles. Google maps thinks it’ll take 40 minutes but given the state of the road and the desire to stop and see some of the scenery it took me substantially longer.

There are very few houses along the road but you come across the odd old ruin, or small house. Some with handout turf stacked up drying, ready to be burnt, others with sheep roaming around the outside. The landscape is beautiful in a rugged sort of way and at this time of year had a largely golden hue from the grass. It was a perfect area for getting the drone out and taking a few pictures. This one is from nearer the end of the road and shows Lough Corrib in the distance.

I can’t wait to go back again to explore more of the area.