Cong, County Mayo: The village of Cong is surrounded by a number of streams on all sides. Once home to Sir William Wilde, historian and father of the playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer, Oscar Wilde. Cong is home to Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's finest hotels, built by the Guinness family. Also home to a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is buried. Featured in The Quiet Man with John Wayne.
Ireland has five internationally recognized National Parks which, apart from their scientific importance, contain some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The five are Glenveagh, Co. Donegal; Killarney, Co. Kerry; Connemara, Co. Galway; The Burren, Co. Clare and in the Wicklow Mountains. Read more: http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-ireland-hiking-sidwcmdev_057460.html#ixzz25UrC6Rnn