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Connemara Day tour from Dublin

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Connemara

Day Tour from Dublin

DEPARTURE TIME: 6:30AM (Arrive 10mins before) From April 1st departure is 6.30 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

Overview

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 6:30am and will have you back in town after a full day’s tour at approximately 7:00pm.

Itinerary

6:30am - 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 Loughrea
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!  
10:30pm - 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 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.
12:00am - Gaeltacht
We pass through 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.
12:30am - The Inagh Valley / Kylemore abbey
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. 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 !! .
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.
3:00pm - Galway city
Spend an hour and a half 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.
7:00pm - Arrive back in Dublin
To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights! 

Reviews

Reviews

3 Tours with Extreme Ireland!

I took three tours with this company and each one was amazing and I can’t imagine myself having gone through any other company after these experiences. First, I did the “Cliff’s of Mohr” tour with Joseph and that landscape is just breathtaking, it was in the top three of the best experiences I had while on my solo trip to Ireland. Joseph was hilarious, friendly and VERY knowledgeable in Irish history. It was a great time. Second was the Cork City/Blarney Castle tour with Wayne and that was nothing short of an amazing time as well. While you visit the Blarney Castle you have to kiss the Blarney stone! and while in Cork you have to have a “Murphy’s Irish Stout” which was exciting for me due to sharing the last name with it. Wayne was hilariously entertaining and it was obvious that he is passionate about what he does and Ireland’s history. Third was the “Connemara” tour with David and this area is so beautiful and picturesque and it was definitely a surprise to do a 1.5 hour boat tour on the Atlantic when we got there. Talk about picture worthy experiences and memorable. Book with this company! I can’t imagine it being any better, seriously.

Trip advisor April 2016

Irish day tour (Connemara)

It was a lovely day with a beautiful weather on the west coast of Ireland today. We had great fun my friends and myself to enjoy all the landscapes and all the information Jame, our bus driver/guide, gave to us. Very happy to have done it with you #IrishDayTour ! Special mention for Jame of course ! Fabulous !

Trip advisor May 2016 

 

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