The Connemara day tour takes you to the wild west of Ireland. Experience its lakes, mountains and bogs where the traditions of yesteryear are still very much a part of daily life. This scenic country tour includes a photo stop at the romantic Kylemore Abbey, a 90 minutes boat cruise on the Killary fjord in summer, or traditional sheepdog trials and turf cutting in winter, and a visit to the Glengowla Mines.
Connemara is located in Ireland’s beautiful west with unique and breathtaking scenery. On one side you have the Wild Atlantic Ocean and on the other the majestic mountain ranges of the Twelve Bens and Maumturk. Connemara has enchanted visitors for generations giving them cherished memories for many years to come. Experience the Connemara tour with our legendary tour guides. Their charming characters and fun loving attitudes will ensure you have plenty of ‘craic’ on this memorable and unforgettable journey through what is arguably Ireland’s most scenic landscape. Located along Ireland’s ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ Connemara is a place to discover the local flora and fauna and the intriguing history and mythology of this beautiful area. Prepared to be mesmerized by the beauty surrounding you and be left speechless on this fantastic one day tour to Ireland’s Wild West.
Tour departs at 6.30 from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk street.
Air conditioned Coach
Fully Guided Tour
All Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
Not Included :
We will meet in front of the Molly Malone Statue located on Suffolk Street (map is available within the link to the booking page). We will begin our exciting journey by crossing the west coast of Ireland toward the vibrant town of Galway. We will take an exceptionally scenic route towards Oughterard, which is considered to be the gateway into Connemara! While passing through charming little towns along the way, you will have the luxury of encountering views that are truly unmatched anywhere else across the land! Any signs or boundaries do not mark Connemara National Park; you will realize you have arrived from the breathtaking surroundings.
We pass the little village of Leenane where the movie “The Field” was filmed. Ireland has only one fjord and we are heading straight for it – the Killary Fjord. Marvel at the thriving mussel beds and look out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range on the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season (April - October) this tour offers a 1.5-hour boat cruise around Killary Harbor. During the low season (November - March) the boat cruise will not run and instead we will make our way over to the Killary Sheep Farm, a traditional farm that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. Visitors have the unique opportunity to observe a local farmer performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration.
We continue our journey around the Connemara region. This area is designated as a “Gaeltacht” region where the local residents speak Irish as a first language. You’re bound to learn a few words or phrases along the way. Your guide can give you some pointers and regale you with his or her best Gaelic! We will then drive along the Maumturk Mountains on one side with the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other. This is an incredible route, providing you with outstanding views and it will leads you through the village of Recess. It is a village with a fascinating history and is home to historic events such as Alcock and Brown landing their plane here after their record-breaking nonstop flight from North America to Europe. This is also where Guglielmo Marconi based himself after causing a sensation in the early world of communications by transmitting wireless messages from his station at Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland in 1901.
We will have a photo opportunity at Kylemore Abbey. Once a prestigious female boarding school, but now it hosts nuns on retreat as well as welcoming tourists visiting from around the world! Nestled at the base of the Druchruach Mountains and looking out onto the northern shore of Lough Pollacappal, the sprawling abbey is a sight to behold. It is known as one of the most romantic places in Ireland; a place filled with history.
We will travel through the stunning Inagh Valley. “Can you hear me now?” is a well known catch phrase, as the Inagh Valley is a notorious spot for losing mobile phone service. It is a valley filled with stunning mountains and lakes. As we head towards Galway, we pass the little village of Leenane where the movie “The Field” was filmed.
Visit Galway the bohemian City. This city is famous for the Cladagh ring, fantastic street performers, historic buildings and craft shops. The " City of Tribes" is a fantastic location to explore.
We will arrive back in Dublin after an exciting and unforgettable journey discovering the savage beauty that is Connemara. Your friends will be jealous and will all want to go to the region of Connemara after seeing your beautiful photos.