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Rossaveel, Galway: Ferry Transfer to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

1. Rossaveel, Galway: Ferry Transfer to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

Prepare for a warm Irish welcome as you board the luxury vessel, which includes a full bar and refreshment service. The ferry departs daily at 10:30 AM from the sheltered fishing harbor of Rossaveel in Connemara, Galway. Sail for about 40 minutes to Inis Mór (Inishmore), located just off the coast of County Galway in the heart of Galway Bay. The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór offers visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world. Upon arrival at the island choose from a variety of activities. Rent a bike or hop on a bus tour with a local guide. Explore ecclesiastical ruins and prehistoric stone forts such as the world-renowned Dún Aonghasa. Enjoy live music, taste seasonal local foods, or visit the Aran Island Sweater Market. Hop back on the ferry at 5:00 PM at Kilronan Pier on Inis Mór for your journey back to Rossaveel Harbor in Connemara.

Galway Food Tour

2. Galway Food Tour

This Galway food tour is a 2.5-hour culinary delight. It gives a great overview of the passionate people and beautiful produce which combine to make Galway one of Ireland's gourmet jewels. During the tour, you will meet artisan producers and sample their products with experienced local guides, giving you insights into local favorites and treasured ingredients. Galway's famous food culture is explored over a morning and takes in some of the city’s best known and secret food haunts. You'll try produce including oysters, cheese, sushi, crab, whiskey and artisan bread. This is an unforgettable trip for foodies and to experience the now-famous Galway Market, with visits to award-winning restaurants and cafes.

From Dublin: Galway and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

3. From Dublin: Galway and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

Start your morning in Dublin and head to Galway, arriving at approximately 11:30 AM. You'll have 2 hours to discover the city, stop for a pint or a cup of tea, or savor a full Irish breakfast. Stroll through the JFK Memorial Park at Eyre Square, enjoy an ice cream on the Salthill Promenade, or pick up local specialities such as Claddagh rings and Aran sweaters. From Galway, sit back and relax while driving the short distance to Lisdoonvarna along the Burren coastal route. Take in amazing vistas of the limestone countryside as you pass through ancient parishes such as Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Kinvarra, and Ballyvaughan. Continue to the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are one of the world's greatest natural attractions, where you can enjoy a relaxed walk and breathtaking views. You'll have 1.5 hours to enjoy this incredible site, before departing at 6:00 PM to head back to Dublin.

Private rural Ireland whiskey tour with Tullamore D.E.W.

4. Private rural Ireland whiskey tour with Tullamore D.E.W.

As you depart Dublin for the west, your whiskey expert driver/guide will entertain you as you sit back and enjoy the rolling Irish countryside. Your first tour is Kilbeggan Distillery, which includes a master class in the tasting of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Kilbeggan Single Grain, and Tyrconnell Single Malt. Next, you will visit one of Ireland’s most authentic towns, Athlone. Enjoy some free time here and grab lunch, then your host will take you for a visit to Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub. The bar has its very own whiskey brand and you’ll enjoy a tasting of Sean’s Bar Single Malt and Specially Blended Irish Whiskey. Another quick transfer by road will have you at the home of Tullamore Dew, one of the biggest Irish whiskey brands in the world. Take a tour of the impressive state-of-the-art Tullamore Distillery and enjoy a premium tasting. Afterward, you'll return to Dublin and be back in the downtown area around 6:30 PM.

Athlone: Dead Centre Brewing Tour and Craft Beer Tasting

5. Athlone: Dead Centre Brewing Tour and Craft Beer Tasting

Discover the secrets of the brewing process on a guided tour of the Dead Centre Brewing facility in Athlone. Find out about each step of the process from sourcing materials to bottling the brews. Savor craft flavors with a beer tasting experience. Meet your guide at Dead Centre Brewing and begin your beermaking adventure. Hear about the brewing process in clear, simple-to-understand language. Cover aspects of the process such as brewing, fermentation and packaging. Listen as your guide tells you about how they source local ingredients to brew with and return waste materials to the food chain. Be in-the-know as you find out about the array of beer styles brewed on site. Take in the stunning, uninterrupted views of Athlone Castle and St Peter and Paul's church. Complete your tour by tasting some of the beers that you have heard so much about.

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What people are saying about County Galway

Traveling with Paddywagon tours was a very good experience. The pick up was on time and we departed as planned. The bus driver/guide explained very well how the trip was going to go and what to expect. He was funny and interesting, and the places he told us about were amazing. His stories were very interesting and I learned a lot about Irish culture, language and history that I didn't know before. Overall feeling of the trip was positive and I felt very secure riding the bus even in heavy rain.

Easy to book, took the ferry from Rossaveel. Can be expensive for the ferry as only a short journey . Then with bike hire on top too . Definitely hire bikes though once on the island to cycle it, it’s truly beautiful. The electric bikes are great unless your super fit . Locals are friendly, aswell as the cows , horses & donkeys your see around the island. Oh & the seals. It’s a must do trip when in Ireland.

We had a really great time. It is a long day and you spend a lot of time on the bus, but it was absolutely worth it. Our tour guide, JJ, was fantastic! He is very funny and very knowledgeable, he made the long hours on the bus quite enjoyable

Nice ferry ride over. Rented bicycles at the pier and biked all over. We went to the Fort ruins…Dun Aonghasa and the “Wormhole”. Saw some seals in the water. Weather was wonderful as well. Highly recommend this trip.

I had seen the other 2 island and was anxious to see Inishmore, enjoyed it totally with our tour guide, am not disappointed for my fifth time in Ireland