County Galway
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Our most recommended County Galway Outdoor Activities

The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

1. The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

You will be guided south along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the lunar-like Burren region. From there you'll head to the picturesque fishing village of Doolin where you’ll board the ferry to Inisheer (Inis Oirr) – the smallest and most vibrant of the Aran Islands. Explore Inisheer, home to ancient churches and castles, one of the Irelands most beautiful beaches, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and several cafes and pubs. You can take a pony and carriage, hire a bicycle or stroll the country roads. On your guided return journey, cruise alongside the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular journey which puts the 214m high, 8km long cliffs into perspective. Stop for a hearty meal at a traditional local pub before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher. You will receive free entry to the cliffs and the eco-sensitive visitor center. Take a stroll along the cliff edge and consider how tiny everything looks from above! Once you depart the cliffs you will take the coast road home, following the Wild Atlantic Way before one last stop at the stunning Baby Cliffs in Ballyreen where you can walk atop the Burren. Return time in Galway is approx. 7:30 PM.

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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

2. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip

Experience the Cliffs of Moher independently with a round-trip express coach service from Galway. Get access to the visitors center on arrival, and enjoy a full 2 hours to explore at your own pace. Go for a stroll along the nature trails of the 214-meter high cliffs and get breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Look for up to 20 species of birds found in the area during nesting season. Learn more about the cliffs at the interactive exhibits, displays and virtual reality aerial tours of the visitors center before the return coach service to Galway.

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

3. 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 woodlands. Return to Galway and take photos along the way at Kylemore Abbey and the Quiet Man Bridge.

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Wild Atlantic Way: Sea Kayaking along Mannin Bay, Connemara

4. Wild Atlantic Way: Sea Kayaking along Mannin Bay, Connemara

Get off the beaten track and into a sea kayak at Bundouglas in Connemara for an unforgettable experience. Explore the Wild Atlantic Way from the salty waves as you set off on this exciting adventure. Expect to see stunning sea caves and arches created over hundreds of years by the power of the ocean, as well as a variety of marine life and perhaps even a dolphin. Kayak safely with your guides in and around the stunning Connemara coast and coves, and the magnificent cliffs near Cleggan Head. All necessary equipment is provided, including sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and snorkeling gear. All you need to bring is your swimwear, a towel, a pair of sneakers you don’t mind getting wet, and perhaps a waterproof camera.

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From Clifden: Connemara Hill Walking

5. From Clifden: Connemara Hill Walking

Set the day aside, pack a picnic, and get ready to explore the magnificent Connemara mountains on foot. Enjoy the surreal natural beauty of the area, stopping to take in the picturesque views. Suited to both beginners and experienced hikers, choose to be fully guided or step-up the adventure by learning the art of navigation using a map and compass. The Twelve Bens, the Maam Turks and the Mweelrea mountains in Connemara, Co Galway are all dominant topographical features in Ireland with some of the most stunning views in the country and are a "must do" when visiting the area.

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What people are saying about County Galway

It was great! The Tour itself brought us to many beautiful spots in Ireland and our tour guide David O´Brian was just the best! On our drive to Doolin he told us some interesting facts about galway as the city we´re all staying in, about geolocial peculiarities, the weather, the people and several other kind of things. I would not only recommend that tour but also do it again anytime!

Great experience. Really good value for money and a definate must do when visiting Galway or the West. Transportation was clean and roomy and the driver was so lovely and knew so much. Defo recommend.

It was more than enough time to see the cliffs and also go to the visitor centre. The tour guides were so nice and the road to the cliffs was beautiful. Had such a good time!

A wonderful experience thanks to our guide Jerry who managed to show us all the beauties of Connemara in humor, poetry and song.

Really good option when you don't have a full day!