爱尔兰最吸引我的地方，莫过于Cliff of Moher，这个地方是哈利波特与混血王子电影中The Cave那段的取景地，所以先放一张电影截图，然后开始憧憬旅程。
2012春 —— 爱尔兰：在那纯净的地方
爱尔兰的第二天，参加从Galway出发的一日游，内容是Connemara & Cong。爱尔兰地广人稀，没有公共交通，一日游是比较好的选择，除此之外就是租车自己玩。Connemara小镇最有名的就是Kylemore Abbey，在群山之中，景色很是漂亮，也有一定的人文景观，而Cong是另一个小镇的名字。爱尔兰之行主要就是看风景的，美不胜收的景色让我流连忘返。到了伦敦后，第一次让我震惊是英国湖区：简直太美了；第二次让我震惊是爱尔兰：美的不能在美了；第三次让我震惊是瑞士：世界上的美景，最多只能追平之，无法超越之。相比而言，去过的喀纳斯、黄山等地方，只能是一次次的排名后移。
The story of Kylemore – both Castle and Abbey – is a truly remarkable one. The twists of fate which its occupants experienced, from moments of romance and happiness, to sadness and courage have all combined to create a fascinating history spanning over 150 years.
Kylemore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who came here in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in World War I. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedictine Community opened a world renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden to their former glory.
Kylemore Abbey is located in one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes – Connemara. Described by Oscar Wilde as “a savage beauty”, it is a region of awe-inspiring, unspoilt and natural beauty.
Its patchwork of lakes, rugged mountains, and windswept bogs certainly gives a sense of splendid isolation.
Indeed, it is this beauty which first attracted Mitchell and Margaret Henry to choose Connemara as the location for their honeymoon in the 1850s.
Spellbound by the beauty of Connemara, Margaret Henry fell in love with Connemara and particularly the area known as ‘Kylemore’.
The time Mitchell and Margaret spent together made a lasting impression on their hearts. Years later when Mitchell inherited a fortune from his father, he returned to Kylemore, purchased 15,000 acres and built the magnificent fairy-tale castle as a romantic gift for his wife Margaret.
The Castle was built by Mitchell and Margaret Henry from 1867 to 1871. Before the arrival of the Henry’s, Connemara was a popular destination for hunting and fishing and Mitchell Henry became one of the growing number of Irish and English gentlemen who visited Connemara during the fishing season.
Tradition has it that the couple visited Connemara while on their honeymoon and were enchanted by the beauty of the landscape. It was the couple’s wish someday to own a home there and it is said that during those visits, the Henry’s rented Kylemore Lodge, the original building on the site where they later built Kylemore Castle.
In 1903, Mitchell sold Kylemore Castle to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester. They lived a lavish lifestyle financed by the Duchess’ wealthy father, the American businessman, Eugene Zimmerman.
The Duke and Duchess of Manchester spent only a few years at the castle. The property was heavily mortgaged and on the death of Eugene Zimmerman in 1914, the Castle was taken over by Ernest Fawke, a London banker, who installed a caretaker and land agent until a buyer was found 7 years later.
Cliff of Moher（莫赫悬崖），是欧洲最高的悬崖，在爱尔兰岛中西部的边缘。悬崖面向浩瀚无际的大西洋,以奇险闻名。莫赫悬崖地形怪异，整个海岸如同斧劈剑凿一样，均是笔直高高地矗立在大洋边，悬崖最高处距海平面200多米。在地壳变动和大西洋骇浪惊涛无数年冲击下，大自然创作了这样令人叹为观止的杰作。斧劈刀削般的悬崖奇特地显现出密密的层次，仿佛是一部部千古巨书。悬崖附近，高耸着一座圆柱体的荒废不堪的古堡，像一个颓然而立的骑士。
机场坐了一会儿，还是Ryanair的飞机，回到 London Stansted Airport，继续easyBus到Baker Street，然后27路回家。