Clifden Small group activities

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From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

1. From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

First, visit Aughnanure Castle, a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and dry harbour.  Stop in the quaint village of Oughterard with its thatched cottage pub for a short coffee break. Continue with stops at the Quiet Man Bridge and the legendary Connemara Giant and on through the desolate Inagh Valley. The next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery. The next few hours are up to you to explore this romantic abbey, its Victorian walled gardens and Gothic church.  After the break, head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful market town of Clifden. En route (weather permitting), join the famous Sky Road (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) viewing the ruins of Clifden castle and taking in the panoramic views.  Them, explore Ballynahinch Castle and the estate grounds including the newly restored walled garden before sitting down to some delicious castle tea and scones. Finally, make your way back through storybook villages. Pass green fields marked by dry stone walls, and see sheep, cows, Connemara ponies and blanket bogs.

Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

2. Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Limerick (breakfast available). We join our coach here for a short tour of Limerick City and then to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park(admission included). On to the village of Doolin for O'Connors Pub. Next we visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay overnighting in the heart of Galway City(3 star hotel accommodation - bed and full Irish breakfast) Day 2 At 10:00h we head into magnificent Connemara where John Ford filmed "The Quiet Man" in 1951, taking in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate applies to Abbey itself), Leenane and Killary Harbour or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road. See lots of breathtaking wild Atlantic coastline. We return to Galway for our return InterCity train to Dublin Heuston arriving at 21:00h. Prices are per person sharing - single room supplement applies Departs Daily (Monday - Saturday)

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What people are saying about Clifden

The small group size of the tour made this an amazing experience! Tony was a fantastic guide who is very knowledgeable about the areas we drove through. The weather was gorgeous, too. I'd recommend this tour to any small group of adults, but do not bring children.

The best possible tour we could’ve asked for! Tony was the best driver ever, so knowledgeable and so courteous! He gave us a tour and then some. He gave us way more sights and knowledge than we paid for. Highly recommend and hopefully you get Tony too!

Wonderful day trip with an excellent tour guide ie. Toni. Great deal was learned and an even greater amount of physical beauty was appreciated. The trip is truly a full day and well worth every penny.

Very nice day touring the castles with Tony as our guide. Scenery was amazing and the visit to Kylemore Abbey was fantastic. Great way to get out and see the countryside of this area.

Visits where we were able to take our time to discover and guides passionate about stories that make the experience even more lively