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Wild Connemara Day tour from Dublin

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Wild Connemara Day Tour

 

Departure Time: 6:30am (Arrive 10mins before)

Departure Location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  See Map

Adult  -  €50

Student (13-16) / Senior – €45

Children (5-12)  -  €25

Infant (0-4)  -  Free

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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 inspired 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 of Ireland. Vibrant colours, wild landscape, lakes and even a fjord await us.

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! Many songs and poems have been penned about this beautiful area. Oscar Wilde is said to have described Connemara as “a savage beauty”. 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 day’s adventure to the wild west of Ireland from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street.
9:00am - Oughterard
As we bypass 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 hedges and lots of sheep! Sheep have the right of way here, you might see some ambling along the roads. Connemara is part of the county of Galway but is seen as a separate place which has no borders. There is no sign to say you have arrived in Connemara. You will just know you’ve arrived! We pass through Maam Cross and you can take in the spectacular views of numerous lakes and mountains. This is also one of the few pockets of Ireland where locals speak 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 for walkers and hikers from around the world.
10:30am - Killary Fjord / Killary Sheep Farm
We head towards Killary Fjord which is the only true fjord in Ireland! There are thriving mussel beds in the fjord, all rimmed by Mweelrea, the highest mountain range on the west coast. Please note that during the high season (April – October) this tour offers a 1.5 hour boat cruise in 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. The farmer, Tom Nee, herds blackhead-horn sheep as these creatures are better suited to surviving living in the mountains under such harsh conditions. You may even be lucky to see some cute lambs! You will have the unique opportunity to observe Tom performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration as well as providing insight into life on a farm.
12:15pm - The Inagh Valley / Kylemore Abbey
Our next stop is Kylemore Abbey, a romantic castle built among an equally beautiful landscape. Originally built as a luxurious home, today Kylemore Abbey is Connemara’s biggest tourist attraction visited by millions every year. It has been a Benedictine monastery since 1920, as well as an international boarding school and a day school for girls. This school only closed in 2010. It is an impressive sight, the abbey is more like a castle nestled against the mountain and rimmed by the lake. The location is simply picturesque! You can also go inside the abbey, however we do not include entrance to the abbey as part of our tour. 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 welcome break from the outside world as you relax and take in the amazing views.
2:00pm - Village of Leenane to Galway city
We pass through the little village of Leenane where the enigmatic movie “The Field” was filmed. The story of Bull McCabe really instills the importance of land in every Irish person’s mindset. We will be driving in a circular route that will take in the Sheefry Hills before making our way back to Maum and then onto Galway city.
3:15pm - Galway city
Spend approximately 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 vibrant 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! 

Highlights

 WILD CONNEMARA

Connemara mountains, Connemara Tour

Connemara National Park

The Connemara National park has no visible boundary but it is obvious you are there by the sheer beauty of the region. It covers 2957 hectares and contains lakes mountains and bogs and the Wild Atlantic way coastline. The scenery is absolutely stunning and on a fine day it is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland

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KILLARY BOAT CRUISE  -  (April – Oct )

Killary Harbour Cruise, Connemara day tour

Killary Boat Cruise

The Killary Boat Cruise  takes 90 minutes. You can relax have a coffee and listen to a very interesting commentary as you  cruise around Ireland’s only true Fjord. Take in the stunning scenery of the Mweelrae mountain the rolling hills.

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INAGH VALLEY

Picture Inagh valley, Connemara day tour

Inagh Valley

The drive through the Inagh Valley  is one of the most scenic stretches you will ever travel with heather covered mountains and beautiful Lakes. Every where you look is like a picture perfect postcard. The scenery is constantly changing with the seasons as the heather changes colour or on a daily basis as the relection of the light on the lakes changes the appearance of its surround.

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KYLEMORE ABBEY

Connemara Tour Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey was originally built by Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret when she fell in love with the area while holidaying there. It became a benedictine Abbey in 1920 when it was purchased by the nuns fleeing world war 1. It was a boarding school for girls until 2010. It is still a benedictine Abbey but is now open to the public. Its setting in the beautiful landscape is stunning and has become an iconic image associated with Connemara.

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GALWAY CITY

Galway City, Connemara day tour

Galway City

The bohemian city of Galway with its winding streets quirky shops, street entertainers and market stalls is a fantastic place to visit. Some of the highlights we recommend are a stroll around the market or Shop stree, visit the Spanish arch down by the harbour. No visit to Galway would be complete without a visit to  the Cladagh ring museum.

Reviews

Reviews

Connemara day tour

My two friends and I (all Irish) joined Extreme Ireland’s tour of Connemara last week. Our driver/guide Caroline was excellent. She gave us a great overview of Irish history and of many aspects of Irish life. (For those who didn’t speak English, I thought a handout giving a summary of her commentary in their language would have been helpful.). We were completely bowled over by the beauty of Killary Fjord. The passing scenery as the boat travelled down it was marred (but not spoiled) only by a persistent misty rain. It’s worth while listening to the commentary on board – it’s very interesting. Our next stop was Kylemore Abbey. It’s most impressive …. an imposing building in a spectacular setting. We would have liked to have had more than the hour we had there and the same was true of Galway, where we also had only one hour. We felt it might have been better to have two hours in Kylemore Abbey and skip the Galway stop. We heartily recommend this tour company, though and are already planning our next day tour with them.

Trip advisor September 2016

Connemara day tour

I really enjoyed my experience with my boyfriend in Connemara which is a wonderful place with amazing landscapes. The guide Sarah was really good, friendly and helpful. I trip that I suggest to everyone !

Trip advisor April 2016

Cork & Blarney, Belfast, Connemara & Galway

I went on these three tours in three days. Cork&Blarney i went on may 4 with Bud. He was an amazing tour guide! He was funny and gave us a lot of information and we had a great trip. Belfast may 5 although I dont recall the drivers name he did a good job as well! The bus we got though seemed to be getting near the end of its time though so might want to replace or stop using that one! Connemara and Galway had the most amazing views. That tour I did on may 6 with John (i think) and it was good as well! Rough drive due to the roads but very good!! This company does a great job getting you there, giving you information and teaching you the history and culture. I also went to the Irish Whiskey Museum on may 3 which also happens to be run by them as well! It was a fantastic tour with a tasting at the end!! I will be returning to Ireland in a year and doing the other tours I did not do this time with this company!! Can’t wait to return and see the country!!

Rose :)

Trip advisor May 2016

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 

FAQ

 

How long is the tour?  The tour takes between 12 and 12.5 hours (The journey to  Connemara takes approximately 4 hrs).

Do we stop for lunch?  Yes, we factor in 1 hour for lunch and take you to a good cafe. Lunch is not included however feel free to bring a packed lunch if you wish.

Are all entrance fees covered?  Yes, the customer has no extra expense except for lunch.

What should I wear ?   We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing wait a rain jacket and good footwear  as we spend a lot of time off the bus. Ground can be wet and muddy due to Ireland’s weather so we recommend suitable shoes are always worn.

Is there a reduction for student / seniors?  There is a €5 reduction for students and seniors.

Is there a reduction for children ?  Yes, children between 5yrs and 12yrs are half price.  Infants between 0yrs and 4yrs are Free.  Infant seats are available to add on the booking page at a cost of €15 each.  ( not compulsory ).

Is there a reduction for multiple bookings?  There is €5 reduction when you book a second tour and another €7 reduction on booking of a third tour.

Can we book this day tour as a private tour ?  Yes,  all our tours are available as private bookings for any group size.  For prices and further information please call our sales team at +00353 1 4100 700.

When is the official language of Connemara?  Some of Connemara is a gaeltacht area where Irish is the first language but every one can speak English.

Does the tour from Dublin to Connemara? Yes, we run our day tour from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher every day except Christmas Day.

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