Tully Beg, Co. Galway
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Connemara's jagged coastline shows the juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength at every turn. This home didn't fare well against the harsh elements, but its walls remain unyielding. The cool Atlantic winds are saturated with salt, and so are its people. Though everyone is warm and welcoming, there is a rough, bucolic side to these natives. A strong sense of live and let live exists out here. Most locals live out in the countryside, but small fishing villages, such as Tully Beg, pepper these isolated shores. Fishing, sheep herding, and peat farming are the traditional trades of this region, but tourism has certainly taken its hold as well. So long as you're entertained by nature, you will have plenty to do in Connemara. Amble down the abandoned beaches; hold your hat as you walk the cliffs; and stop in a local pub for some fresh seafood or a bowl of soup. On the road out to Tully Beg you're given a few options. Whichever roads you choose you will not be disappointed. Connemara National Park and its Twelve Bens will provide a stunning backdrop to your meanderings. You will pass by the iconic thatched cottages of Tully Cross; the beautiful Kylemore Abbey; and the quintessential shops and pubs of Clifden.
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