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

Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)

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356 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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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.
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Second time around
kathleent933, Nov 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This was our second time doing this tour and we were glad we did. We saw things we did not see the first time around due to renovations. The tour operator was very insightful along the way.all in all it was a lovely day, despite the rain!
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Connemara Day Trip
fmard, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
This tour was excellent. Connemara is beautiful. Kylemore Abbey was amazing. Mike was a great tour guide. He was informative and very funny. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Connemara Day Trip
littlecrown1958, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
The tour was very good, our guide was quite informative! Kylemore Abbey was beautiful. My only disappointment was that The Quiet Man Museum was closed and this had been the main reason for taking the tour.
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Glorious Connemara
PAULINE K, Oct 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Each location was seen at its best as the sun was shining the whole day. Connemara is really Gods country and showed why Ireland is the Emerald Isle. A must visit for anyone on the West coast of Ireland. The bus company provided an excellent driver who did not impart too much when talking, but gave enough information about the sites as was needed.
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Enjoyable excursion
Melissa M, Sep 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Mike D, our tour guide, was a cheeky delight. I think, doing this tour after the Cliffs of Moher, it was a tad underwhelming. But still beautiful nonetheless. The weather was also particularly dreary in general. But overall, it was nice to see a different part of the Irish countryside.
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An education and fun trip via Galway Tour Bus
BoardingPass136376, Sep 2019
Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errily Friary
Our driver "Michael" was amazing. He could drive the BIG bus smoothly and told us the detailed history, facts of places and even sang a beautiful song. He made the trip very interesting. We enjoyed it very much. Michael was an asset to the tour company. He was also very polite.

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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