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! Not to mention, you’re bound to feel elated, having the wild Atlantic Ocean on one side all the while having the impressive Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountain ranges on the other! Connemara is truly one of the most breathtaking and mysterious sections in all the land! After much feedback from previous customers, it’s safe to say that the endless landscape of the enchanting Emerald Isle’s 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 such a memorable experience! During your travels, our guides will continuously educate you on the various flora and fauna as well as the intriguing history and mythology that is focused entirely around the tour of this celebrated National Park. While vacationing here in Ireland, this impressive Connemara day tour is an absolute must! From the very moment you arrive, the Connemara National Park will without a doubt leave you speechless due to its mesmerizing beauty! This uniquely structured tour departs from Dublin everyday 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 St Andrews 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 and Galway Tour
Our guide, Shane, was very knowledgeable and helpful too. We loved seeing Kylemore Abbey. The lakes and mountains are so beautiful. The Killary Harbour Cruise was very relaxing. Trip advisor June 2014
Connemara what a place and what a tour!
What a great tour! We Visit Galway, Connemara, through the wonderful Inagh Valley with a stop at Kylemore Abbey. This trip was well worth the money and the driver/guide Gabriel was really knowledgeable. I’d definitely recommend it. Trip advisor June 2014
We loved it. We took the Blarney Castle/Cork and Connemara Tours. Both tours were excellent. Easy booking, friendly staff. Highly recommend this company. Good for any age group. Trip advisor July 2014
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
Belfast with Shane”
We had a great tour to Connemara. The tour guide Mac was really welcoming, funny and gave a lot of real good information about Ireland. The boat trip was fantastic, we enjoyed every second of the beautiful landscape. Trip advisor June 2014