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Moycullen lies 13 km northwest of
Galway City on the N59
towards Clifden and, like Barna and Claregalway, it is becoming a dormer area
for the expanding city. Nearby is Ross House, birthplace of Violet Martin.
She wrote under the pen name of Martin Ross and with Edith Somerville
penned the celebrated "Reminiscences of an Irish R.M." recently made into
a very successful television series. There are a variety of historical
remains in the vicinity: churches, wells, cairns and other ruins.
Although a gateway to the various trout angling centres on the western shore of
Lough Corrib, Moycullen is also an ideal coarse angling centre with Ballyquirke
and Ross Lakes just a cast away. There are eleven coarse fishing lakes in the
locality, all holding: Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Eel, Pike and Roach/Bream
The largest lake in this area measures about 400 acres with the smallest
measuring about 6 acres. Most of these lakes drain into the massive Lough Corrib,
which is sometimes referred to as "an inland sea" with its 42,000 acres.
Visitors and group tours are welcome to see the factory and showrooms in
Moycullen. Connemara Marble is one of Ireland's most original products.
Geologists estimate this natural green rock, quarried at the Streamstown Marble
Quarries two miles north west of Clifden, is about 500 million years old. Unique
to the region, the marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of serpentine, in
various shades of light green and dark green. Here you will find Ireland's
largest display of Connemara Marble jewellery, in gold and silver, featuring the
Shamrock, Harp, Celtic Cross and Claddagh Ring. Also available are a selection
of marble products such as clocks, cheese boards and marble eggs.
At Moycullen Riding Centre, we have horses and ponies to suit all ages and
standards, and, a beautiful scenic bog road for trekking. Lessons given to all
ages. A.I.R.E. approved, with a qualified instructor.
St Brigits Garden
The beautiful gardens located at Roscahill are set within 11 acres of native
woodland and wildflower meadows, featuring a nature trail, ogham trees,
children's discovery trail, an ancient ring fort and our spectacular calendar
sundial, the largest of its kind in Ireland. The gardens are themed on the
Celtic seasonal festivals and designed by internationally acclaimed, Mary
Reynolds. The innovative garden design lives in complete harmony with the
environment of the West of Ireland and creates an extraordinary effect,
incorporating standing stones, interlocking stone circles, a thatched
roundhouse, basket swings, a woman sculpted out of the earth itself, and art
produced by some of Ireland's premier craftspeople.
If walking is your pleasure, then there are numerous routes to choose from.
There are lakeside, forest, hill, mountain, bog and riverbank walks with
breathtaking views of an awesomely beautiful landscape. Long or short walks,
there's a walk to suit most people.