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Connemara Day tour from Dublin



Day Tour from Dublin

DEPARTURE TIME: 6:50AM (Arrive 10mins before) DEPARTURE LOCATION: Suffolk Street (See map) PRICE:€45 Adult PRICE: €40 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs PRICE: €22.50 Child 5yrs / 12yrs PRICE: Children under 5 free


On our tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to view the remarkable sights and scenery that Connemara has to offer. You’re bound to feel elated having the wild Atlantic Ocean on one side and the impressive Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountain ranges on the other! Connemara is truly one of the most breathtaking and mysterious regions in all the land! After much feedback from previous customers, it’s safe to say that the endless landscape of the enchanting Emerald Isle will be a cherished memory for years to come. Our tour guides are not only friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining, but their charming accents will only contribute to this unforgettable experience! During your travels, our guides will educate you on the region’s flora and fauna as well as the intriguing history and mythology of this picturesque area. While vacationing here in Ireland, this impressive Connemara day tour is an absolute must! From the very moment you arrive, the mesmerizing beauty of the Connemara National Park will undoubtedly leave you speechless! This uniquely structured tour departs from Dublin every day of the week at 6:50am and will have you back in town after a full day’s tour at approximately 7:30pm.


6:50am - Departing from Dublin
We depart for our days adventure to the wild west of Ireland from Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church. Along the way we will make a coffee stop in Athlone before heading to the City of Galway.
09:00am - Galway
As we drive through Galway we take the road for Oughterard, said to be the official gateway to Connemara. On the road you will pass beautiful thatched cottages, wild flowers along the hedgerows and not forgetting lots of sheep ! Connemara is part of the country of Galway but is seen as a separate place which hold no boarders. But believe us when we say, you’ll know when you’ve arrived! You also pass the famous Quite Man bridge from the Hollywood film starring John Wayne.
11:00am - Gaeltacht
At our first stop at Maam Cross you can take in the spectacular views of numerous lakes and mountains. This is also one of the few pockets of Ireland that locals speak in Irish as their first language. These areas of Ireland are known as ‘Gaeltacht regions’. Only 3 percent of the country speak fluent Irish so this is a rare experience to see people speaking in the national ancient language. As we move on you will see the Twelve Bens, a mountain range which is a favourite of walking and hikers from around the world. We pass through the village of Recess which was where Alcock & Brown made their famous landing after the first non-stop flight from America. Recess is also where Marconi, (the inventor of the radio ) based himself during his productive years.
11:30am - The Inagh Valley / Kylemore abbey
Next we travel through one of Connemara’s most beautiful places, The Inagh Valley. You will be guaranteed to lose your mobile reception along here which is a welcomed break from the outside world as you relax and take in the amazing views. You are so far west that in these parts Sheep have right of way on the roads !! Our next stop is Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built among an equally beautiful landscape. Originally built as a home, and later turned into a boarding school for girls, today Kylemore abbey is Connemara’s biggest tourist attraction visited by millions every year. We will stop for a photo stop here before we move on to Killary harbour.
12:30pm - Killary Fjord / Killary Sheep Farm
We now head off towards “Killary Fjord” which is the only fjord in all the land! Upon arriving, you’ll marvel at all the thriving mussel beds while looking out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range in the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season ( April – October ) this tour offers a 1.5hour boat cruise down Killary harbour. During these months your lunch stop will be on the boat. 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 site that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. More specifically, the farmer Tom Nee casually explains how he mainly herds blackhead-horn sheep due to the fact that these creatures are better suited to survive living in the mountains under such harsh conditions. Here at the Killary Sheep Farm, visitors have the unique opportunity to observe local farmer performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration as well as displaying the “nack” of turf cutting.
2:00pm - Village of Leenane to Galway city
We will hop on the bus again for our trip to the little village of Leenane where the enigmatic movie “The Field” was filmed. This story of The Bull McCabe really instils in you how land is in every Irish persons mindset. We will be driving in a circular route that will take in a picture stop of the Sheefry Hills before making our way back to Maum and then onto Galway City.
4:30pm - Galway city
Spend an hour walking & sightseeing around Galway city before departing back for Dublin. Visit the main shopping district. Walk down to the busy harbour and see the Spanish Arch. Galway is a bohemian and happy city with a very young population. Home to the Claddagh Ring and 14 families, there is amazing history in this city. This was the last place Christopher Columbus visited before making his way over to the West Indies.
8:00pm - Arrive back in Dublin
To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights! 



Connemara / Cliffs of Moher

My husband and I took two day tours with this company and we were very satisfied. 

The first tour we took was Connemara day tour. It was great because we were lucky to travel on a small bus, so it was definitely more comfortable than travelling with another 50 people on a big coach. Our driver Tony was fun to be with and he told us so much about Irish history in a gripping and entertaining way, so even though we are not very keen on history, we just loved it. 
Although the weather wasn’t perfect, we’d still appreciate more photo stops on the way, but that’s just about the only negative thing we can say about the tour. 

The second tour was to the Cliffs of Moher and we enjoyed that one much more as the weather was on our side and frankly it’s just a place worth visiting. We got to see a couple more places besides the Cliifs, such as the Burren and Corcomroe Abbey and we really enjoyed the day. The tour guide (can’t remeber his name) wasn’t as talkative as our previous guide, but that’s fine, it was a great experience anyway :)

The only thing we didn’t understand was the organization of the trip. On the second day we got to the meeting point in Suffolk Street 10-15 minutes before planned departure and after 5 minutes of waiting we found out that lots of people were already sitting in the bus which was down in the main street, so if it wasn’t for a guide who came for people waiting for a different tour we wouldn’t really know where to go and we weren’t the only ones. As there were more buses standing it would be better if they were clearly labelled where they’re going.

Trip advisor May 2015

Irish Day Tours Connemara and Galway 1 day tour

We really enjoyed our Irish Day Tour trip to Connemara. Our tour guide was nice and chatty and told us very interesting trivia about Ireland’s history and culture. He took care that nobody was left behind and took enough time to explain where we were and when we were supposed to get back on the bus. We also had plenty of bathroom stops. The Connemara national park was stunning! We also loved the boat trip along Killarney fjord. The reason why I didn’t give this tour the best rating was that the stops (photo-stops etc.) were a little bit too short considering the time we had to spend sitting on the bus. It was hard to take pictures onboard the bus through the windows and the motorway was not that exciting to look at. Also the visit to Galway city was somewhat disappointing: the city centre is very busy and packed with tourists. It would’ve been more interesting and memorable to visit a smaller village or to stop farther away from the Galway city centre. All things considered, this tour is worth your money if you’re interested in fresh air and stunning views at the mountains and the nice countryside athmosphere. I would totally recommend Irish Day Tours and would love to take another tour from them whenever we come back to Ireland.

Trip advisor May 2015

Go Connemara!

I enjoyed this trip not only for its natural beauty displayed by the richness Ireland offers us but the guide truly makes it. I appreciated the trip even more. One of the most beautiful and memorable days in Ireland. Trip advisor June 2014




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