Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Ruins of Ross Errilly Friary, one of the oldest extant Franciscan friaries on the island.  See more shots here.

Untamed and largely uninhabited, Connemara is Ireland’s windswept wild west, a landscape of hills, heath, and peat bogs characterized by what Oscar Wilde described as “savage beauty.”

 Picturesque ruins enhance the rugged, romantic scene, including those of Clifden Castle and the medieval Ross Errilly Friary (commonly, though incorrectly, known as Ross Abbey), abandoned since 1832.