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  • Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

    1. Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

    This full-day excursion to Connemara and Cong takes you to see the hidden Ireland that’s off the main tourist route. This is a magical day spent in typical Irish countryside. See the region come to life with stories from the past and its many legends - from killer sheep to lake monsters! The first stop is at Ross Errily Friary. This hidden 14th-century monastery is located just outside the village of Cong. You’ll have time to explore Cong Woods and see Ashford Castle, or just stroll through the town that was the setting for the 1950s classic film “The Quiet Man”. As you enter Connemara, you’ll see Lough Nafooey, known as Ireland’s most haunted lake. You’ll note the stark beauty of Connemara as you continue on your route, arriving at Killary Fjord in Leenane. Those staying in hostels can opt to hop off at Sleepzone Connemara - just let the tour operator know in advance! Head back inlan...

    We enjoyed our tour and our guide immensely. It was a great introduction to the Galway/Mayo countryside.

  • From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

    2. From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

    Experience the unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Connemara and explore iconic landmarks on your own, such as the rivers and lakes that flow off the 12 Bens mountain range.  Stop in the charming mountain village of Leenane and take in the views of Ireland's only fjord at Killary. Then, get 2 hours to explore Kylemore Abbey and go for a nature walk in the Victorian Walled Gardens. Continue along the coast to the pretty Gaelic-speaking village of An Spideal to take a stroll amongst the many traditional thatched roof homes and admire the beautiful beaches.

    I really recommend it. You will get to see amazing places and beautiful landscapes. Also, Michael, the guide, is fantastic, he explains lots of things about history and culture.

  • From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

    3. From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Galway on this guided tour to Connemara National Park. Learn about the traditions, music, and language of the region before enjoying free time to explore the park and hike Diamond Hill. Start by meeting at the meeting point or making use of the free pickup option. En route to and from the park, your driver will break up the journey by making frequent photo and coffee stops and allowing you to soak in as much of Connemara as you can. With the help of your driver-guide, learn all you need to know about the region and plan how you'll spend your time at the Connemara National Park. Plus, get a chance to hear some local traditional music. Upon arrival at the park, your driver will explain your return time with you before you enjoy free time for two hours. Shortly after arriving, prepare for a hike on Diamond Hill. There are three primary hiking routes at th...

    Really nice experience, the driver was incredible. The only problem is that there was not enough time on the national park. I, obviously, went to the peak of Diamond Hill, but takes one hour to arrive there and I literally took three photos and had to run the way back to not be late (and even like that I was about 5 minutes late).

  • From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    4. From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    Discover everything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer on a guided full-day trip from Galway. Pass through charming villages along the coast and into the heart of Connemara. Meet your guide at the Kinley Hostel early in the morning and hop on the comfortable tour vehicle which will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill, and along the coast, through Barna, Spiddal, and Inverin. Listen to entertaining tales about the culture and history of the area from your professional local guide and driver. Enjoy stops along the way for tea and a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage replica. Continue through bogs and onto the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone next to Derrygimlagh Bog. Head along Sky Road and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic. Stop for 3 hours at the Connemara National Park. Take your time to explore the more than 3,000 hectares of bog, mountains, grasslands, and woodland...

  • South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    5. South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    Discover the majestic beauty of the Ring of Kerry and South Ireland on a 3-day budget tour to Gaelic-speaking Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Mix with local characters, and learn the legends of the “Emerald Isle” up-close-and-personal. Enjoy an unforgettable night in Killarney, Ireland’s party capital. Dormitory style accommodation is provided in hostels, with the option to stay in B&B or apartment-style accommodation for those that crave a bit more privacy. Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway Depart Dublin for Galway, traveling towards the west of Ireland, and stopping en route for a comfort break. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Irish midlands. Experience the rugged wilderness of Connemara as you drive over dramatic mountains that have provided the setting for countless Hollywood movies. Continue along the Connemara coastline to Galway City. Find a nice pub in Gal...

    I had a great time. it was quick way to see the country. I do wish the stops were longer.

  • From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

    6. From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

    Among the many highlights of this full-day tour are visits to Cong Abbey and Lough Corrib. You’ll stop for 1.5 hours in the charming village of Cong, which became famous when it was featured in the film, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Explore the ruins of Cong Abbey and take in the stunning views of the surrounding lakes. There are some local cafés that would be perfect for lunch! The tour then continues on through some of the most remote landscape in Ireland, and along deserted valleys that offer views of the lakes and mountains of Connemara. Stop at some of the most scenic points in the region. Later you’ll travel along the coast, admiring the fine views of Galway Bay as you make your way into Galway City. You’ll have a couple of hours to experience Ireland’s coolest city! In Galway you have the option of joining a local walking tour with a Galway tour guide...

    It was a very interesting journey the bus driver, an irish man, he knew a lot about Irish Culture and although It was a rainy and windy day he made our day talking without stopping....

  • From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

    7. 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 es...

    Excellent trip, done at a relaxed pace with a very nice driver. Would definitely recommend it.

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

    8. 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 a...

  • Galway, Cliffs of Moher & Connemara: 2-Day Combo Tour

    9. Galway, Cliffs of Moher & Connemara: 2-Day Combo Tour

    This 2-day tour combines 2 popular 1 day excursions with an overnight stay, and is an ideal choice if you have a limited amount of time to visit the west of Ireland. You’ll leave Dublin from Paddy’s Palace, and head across the country, admiring views such as the bogs of Allen in the midlands. Then it’s onward to the west of Ireland, where you’ll enjoy a tour of Connemara, taking in the sights of Cong, Lough Corrib, and the remote valleys. The most beautiful wilderness in all of Europe, this is the true rugged beauty of Ireland you’ve heard about. Experience dramatic mountain scenery that has been the setting for countless Hollywood blockbuster movies. From here you’ll continue on to Galway, considered by many to be Ireland's most beautiful city and its party central. Your guide will find a nice pub down by Galway Bay, where you can enjoy traditional Irish music. A walking tour is avai...

  • From Dublin: 5-Day West Coast Self-Drive Tour

    10. From Dublin: 5-Day West Coast Self-Drive Tour

    Day 1: Westport (approximately 3.5 hours driving from Dublin) Upon arrival at Dublin Airport, meet the local rep to go over the itinerary. Head west and make a stop at the Killbeggan Distillery Experience. Arrive in Westport and check in at The Brooklodge Guesthouse (or similar accommodation). Drive out to Murrisk Abbey to catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean and Clew Bay. Head back to Westport and consider stopping at Molloy's Traditional Music Bar. Day 2: Connemara (approx 2.5 hours driving) After a hearty breakfast, hit the road and head past Murrisk. Drive to Louisburg and take in the views of the mountains and sea. Turn south towards Delphi Village along Dough Lough and Valley, one of Ireland's most scenic routes. Take a detour to see Mwelrea Mountain, then drive to the beautiful town of Leenane at Fjord, Killary. Consider taking a boat tour to ...

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,135 reviews

Beautiful place and a must go to location. There were a bunch of stops on the way which were amazing. We had enough time to explore around as well as go to the well known spots. A day well spent. Highly recommend. The tour guide gave so many details and explained in depth about everything we were seeing and the history of Ireland. Superb.

We had the best tour of Connemara with Michael, he was so knowledgeable and fun. We saw incredible sights and learned so much about the area. The pick up and drop off were so convenient. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a great day!

I really recommend it. You will get to see amazing places and beautiful landscapes. Also, Michael, the guide, is fantastic, he explains lots of things about history and culture.

The guide, Michael, was really awesome. And the places of course are incredible. Lovely day.

It's an excellent option to know Ireland. It really worth it.