Welcome to our home.
The local area has much to offer. Nearby, the Burren National Park is a wild and unique landscape full of limestone mountains and incredible ecosystems. It is the only place on the planet that Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side.
The wild Atlantic west coast, and the coastal village of Kinvara, is 25 minutes away. The famous Cliffs of Moher are a bit farther south down the coastline.
20 minutes in the other direction is Kilmacduagh Monastery, a ruined abbey near Gort. Birthplace of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, it was supposedly founded by Saint Colman, son of Duagh in the 7th century. The complex also inlcudes the tallest Round Tower still in existence.
We feel blessed to have such an abundance of natural wonders, historical sites, folklore, mythology, culture, and ecological brilliance in our little part of the world.
Crann Og is a small scale eco-farm and community, on 14 acres of land in the countryside of South Galway. We tend a large vegetable garden, orchard, pond, several fields, some wild bogland, horses, sheep, chickens and ducks.
We are down a small country lane about 9 km from Gort, the nearest town. The Abhainn dá Loilíoch river runs nearby, and our farm is on the edge of an ancient native Irish woodland, which is a Special Area of Conservation, and the magic of which is not to be underestimated. We are nestled near several other woodlands as well, with plenty of walks, cycles, and places to explore.
In nearby Gort, you can find the famous Coole Park, once home to Lady Gregory, dramatist and folklorist. It is now a nature reserve of 400 hectares where wetland and woodland meet. Coole is of global significance as it contains underground rivers, turloughs, springs and swallow holes.
Just up the road you will find Thoor Ballylee (Yates Tower), a fine and well-preserved fourteenth-century tower. The major historical significance of Ballylee is its close association with Nobel laureate for Literature, the poet W.B.Yeats.