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Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

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This tour of Connemara and Cong departs from Galway City and features visits to the lovely village of Cong, Killary Fjord, romantic Kylemore Abbey, and other places along the way. Stop at Lough Nafooey as well - home to Ireland’s own lake monster!

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  • Visit 14th-century Ross Errily Friary, nestled on the border of Galway and Mayo
  • Explore the village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib
  • See Lough Nafooey, known as the most haunted lake in Ireland, with its own lake monster
  • Marvel at the beauty of Kylemore Abbey, the most photographed castle in Ireland
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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 inland and drive to Kylemore Abbey, where you'll have a break for lunch and sightseeing. There is an optional tour of the Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, this is not included in the tour price, but available for an additional fee. This is a discounted fee which is available to customers and the cheapest entrance rate available. After leaving Kylemore, drive through the Inagh Valley to Maam Cross, and Oughterard, completing the circuit of Lough Corrib before arriving back in Galway City at the end of your tour.
  • Free pick-up service available on request
  • Fully-guided coach tour
  • Optional entrance fee to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
  • Cost of lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • For students: Please bring a valid ISIC International Student Card to receive a student discount.
  • For free pick-up service at all Galway city center hostels, hotels and guest houses, contact the supplier after booking.
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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.

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September 19, 2021

Great trip for those staying in Galway that want to get a taste of Connemara. Very knowledgeable guide. First stop is in Cong - we had a little over an hour here, good place to grab quick bite to eat. There is an abbey here for those interested, I took a quick walk around the city and stopped for lunch and coffee. Unfortunately there was a bike race in town so we couldn't stop for the photo stop for the Killary fjord but the bus takes a drive along it enroute to Kylemore Abbey. Pro tip - don't prebook the Kylemore Abbey as the driver sells discounted tickets (10 euro instead of 15 euro), but you do need to have cash on hand.

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July 31, 2021

No amount of words can describe how we enjoyed the day trip we had plus the 3 lovely gents were so entertaining and very very accommodating. No pressure just pure fun and laughter! Good craic plus the driver has a very good sense of humour. We were smiling the whole day, we were not rushed in all of our activities, they even offer to take photo of us as well which we appreciate so much. We will forever cherish this short yet very fun experience in Galway & Co. Mayo. Huge thanks to you gentlemen!

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July 8, 2021

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