Connemara has long been a favourite location for anyone wanting to escape into nature.
This most westerly part of Europe is exposed to the wild vagueries of weather.
In places, stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds, and plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.
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Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony. A breed collected Internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
The area is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.
Diamond Hill, which is just above the house, is a good starter for the amateur.
The area between Clifden - the regions main town - and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes.
But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral.
You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, only 10km away from the house.
As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.
Ireland's largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.
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How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 and half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house