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Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)
Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)

Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)

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393 Reviews
Free admission
Headford, Co. Galway, Ireland

The Basics

Ross Errilly Friary, known as Ross Abbey to locals, is one of Galway’s hidden gems, with few tourists passing through the quiet, tranquil ruins. Some day tours around Connemara, departing from Dublin or Galway, stop at the friary en route to other more well-known sights, such as Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour, and the village of Cong, which is famous as the location where the John Wayne classicThe Quiet Man was filmed.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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lovely landscape amazing garden
DaianaBersas, Sep 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Amazing trip I had a good trip to Cannemara. Beautiful landscapes on the road the drive stopped the bus for us took a pictures. The time is enough to visit everything. The drive have a good knowledge about the history.
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We've had a very nice...
Peter_v, Sep 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
We've had a very nice day. Specially thanks to driver Mike D who is so funny and also a good driver😃 he made our day cheerful. 👊 connemara is, and will be, one of the most beautiful scenerys of Ireland
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Amazing
Soane_C, Aug 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This trip is a must have whenever you’re in Galway. The places are absolutely stunning and Mike was delightful as a driver, explaining everything as we went. Definitely recommend and would do it again.
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Amazing trip
Leticia_V, Jul 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike was really nice with us. The landscapes amazing. The worst part was the weather. It was really hot!
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Couldn’t recommend it enough
Joilyn_S, Jul 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Our second visit and it didn’t disappoint. Always highly recommended. Knowledgeable tour guides and beautiful country.
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Connemara
Bernice_M, Jul 2021
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike brilliant, he made the tour , great crack, will book again when in Galway. Very enjoyable tour highly recommended. Value for money. Excellent tour company, nothing too much trouble for them. A pleasure to book with them. Bernice from Belfast
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Beautiful countryside tour
Jessica_H, Mar 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Our Connemara day trip with Kem was the highlight of our vacation. Kylemore Abbey was closed due to the covid epidemic, but the tour was just fine without it. We saw some beautiful sights, learned interesting history and facts from Kem (the driver), and had a lovely time!
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connemara day adventure
leah, Sep 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
it was excellent! places are breath-taking, driver is very nice and funny and the bus is comfortable
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Perfect trip for your heart
Catalina_M, Sep 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
It was amazing! Now, Connemara it’s my perfect place in Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is a perfect place for your heart and for yourself to slowdown. Fabulous, magic and melt my heart forever.
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Ireland at its Best
Paul, Feb 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
What a great experience! PJ was an excellent driver and tour guide. We will return to take another tour with Viator and PJ.
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Day trip Connemara
Mary_O, Feb 2020
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike was a terrific and knowledgable guide who helped keep our interest keen all day.Truly a memorable trip with a thoughtful and fun guide!
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Incredible views
jonesdevon414, Dec 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This was a lovely day trip. It was great to see the stunning natural landscapes and some nice architecture.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ross Errilly Friary is a must for history buffs and travelers who want to get off the beaten path.

  • Bring rain gear, as the roofless ruins provide little protection from the elements.

  • Ross Errilly Friary is not staffed and has limited signage, so if you want more information on the ruins, it’s best to go as part of a guided tour.

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How to Get There

Ross Errilly Friary sits on the border between County Galway and County Mayo, and is a 30- to 40-minute drive from Galway City via the N84. Public transport is scarce in this rural part of Ireland, so if you don’t have access to a car, it’s best come as part of a tour.

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When to Get There

Ross Errilly Friary can be visited year-round. The site doesn’t attract large crowds, even during the peak tourist months of July and August. One of the best times to visit is late afternoon when the sun sinks lower in the sky, creating a soft, golden light that’s ideal for photographs.

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The History of the Friary

Most likely founded during the 15th century, Ross Errilly Friary was home to a community of Franciscan friars. The friars would have lived a tenuous existence at Ross Errilly, under near-constant threat of eviction, persecution, and attack, usually by English authorities. The turbulent politics of the period would have forced the friars to flee and return to the site several times, before their final departure in the mid-18th century.

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