Ballynahinch Castle in Autumn

At the beginning of this week Kenny and I took a mini break in Connemara. We escaped into the beautiful cozy seclusion of autumnal woods in Connemara.

I’ve had my eye on Ballynahinch Castle for a while – I loved the rustic feel of it and it’s perfect setting underneath the 12 Bens by the river. Being able to walk in nature or just sit quietly by the fire sounded so appealing to me and it revived me completely.

Being self-employed, we often work weekends and so it was so nice to take Monday & Tuesday to do something out relaxing and of the ordinary. It’s only afterwards I saw Gary Vaynerchuck’s video about how important it is to break the pattern in order to move forward in life. It’s so true!

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On the first day, we took a walk in Clifden and explored the Clifden Castle ruin. The mist was so thick you could cut through it! The copper tones that surrounded us were a feast for the eyes and the soul.

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The next morning we woke early and had a walk by the river. The mist had lifted and the foliage was covered in sparkling gold light, cobwebs and dew. Kenny and I both sighed when we walked by the old train station, thinking just how cool it would have been if they had kept the old railway connection! You used to be able to take the train from Galway all the way to Clifden, but sadly they had ripped the train tracks in 1935 and sold them off to German scrap company!

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I love being in places where if you put your phone away for a while and pretend a little, you can easily imagine you’re in a completely different decade. It trivializes our everyday concerns and reminds you that life can be simple and pure.

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