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Wild Connemara Day tour from Dublin

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Wild Connemara Day Tour

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  • Experience the Wild landscape of Connemara
  • Sail down Killary Fjord ( summer months )
  • Visit the Inagh Valley
  • See the Romantic Kylemore Abbey

 

Time: 6:30am (Arrive 10mins before)

Location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  See Map

 

Adult  -  €50

Student (13-16) / Senior – €45

Children (5-12)  -  €25

Infant (0-4)  -  Free

 

Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.

( Add on our booking page  -  Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant )

 

Overview

Connemara is truly one of the most breathtaking regions in all of Ireland. Vibrant colours, wild landscape, lakes and even a fjord await us.  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.  Visit Kylemore Abbey, The Inagh Valley and sail down Killary Fjord during summer months.  A trip to Connemara is a must for all travellers to Ireland. It is a place you need to see to believe. When you arrive at the Connemara National Park, be prepared yourself to be stunned by the mesmerizing beauty surrounding you.

 

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!  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. As we move on you will see the Twelve Bens, mountain range. 
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.  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. The location is simply picturesque!  Next we travel through one of Connemara’s most beautiful places, The Inagh Valley.
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

My experience with Connemara day tour

The tour was very well organised and followed proposed schedule. Especialy the giude was excellent and very professional. Whole tour was very comfortable and did not require any preparation from the tourists. The target group are mainly tourists and visotors of all age groups staying in Dublin for just couple of days or maximally weeks, who cannot spend more time in Connemara. As a result, the tour is pretty short and tourists spend most of the time on the bus, enjoying the most beautiful views just through the window. In my oppinion, one more stop with ~1-2h short hike on the wooden paths through the moores would be very raw experinece of the Connemara’s wilderness, worth comming back to Dublin around 9pm. On the other hand, for the bouat cruise 1h could be enough, most people were inside the boad sitting by the table for most of the time of the cruise anyway. Stop in Galway is more or less just for having lunch/dinner or coffee, people who indeed want to see it should better go by ordinary bus, which is very cheap. Recommendation for the participants: come sooner to the meeting place and find yourself a good seat, by the window! ;-)

Trip advisor November 2017

The Connemara day tour is great! Not to be missed!

I went on the Connemara day tour last week and everything was great. The bus was very comfortable and clean. The schedule was tight but this is normal for a day tour where one has to see many different places. The Killary fjord boat cruise was amazing, one of the best places I have ever been to!

The timing was fully respected, we left Dublin and we came back exactly at the scheduled time.

The explanations were good enough for me.

The only issue was that the guide/driver insisted that those who were sitting in the front seats had to remain completly silent when he was talking because he said he found it distracting. He even scolded a couple who tried to whisper by yelling at them, asking if they could keep it quieter! I understand that it is hard to drive and talk at the same time, I also understand that the roads are narrow and bumpy and that the drivers care for the passengers safety, but these tours are supposed to be fun and being prohibited to speak during the guided tour is not very entertaining…

Trip advisor October 2017

Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Galway

Took the Irish Day Tour to Connemara yesterday. This tour included the boat ride in Killary Fjord, driving through Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, and Galway. During the boat ride, there were varying degrees of rain and one small spot of sunshine. There are three levels on the boat. The first is a cafe under full cover, then a smaller second level that is also full cover, and the third is open air with an awning. You can move freely between the three levels, so I alternated between braving the rain for the best views and pictures, to relaxing with Irish coffee in the cafe. An all together pleasant trip and the rain added the benefit of dozens of beautiful waterfalls coming down the mountains.

Next we had a full hour and a half at Kylemore Abbey. We packed snacks with us so we chose not to eat a full lunch and explored the abbey, church, and mausoleum instead. The abbey is nicely preserved with antique furnishings and several religious vestments and items. The gothic church is beautiful with marble pillars from all over Ireland. Walking to all the places was nice with well kept pathways and scenery. You walk past Klyemore Lake which is also very pretty. Some people on our tour bus chose to take the shuttle to the gardens. The line for this was long and they barely had time to go, even with an hour and a half to spend.

On the way to Galway, our driver stopped to let us take pictures of Connemara. This only happens when time allows it and I was happy to get photos of the scenery without bus window glare.

Our last stop was Galway and we had an hour. It’s really not enough time to do much. We never made it to the harbor. But we had time to visit a couple of shops, listen to a few street musicians (there were many here), and sit in the park for a bit where we were dropped off.

Trip advisor June 2017

Cliffs of Moher and Wild Connemara

Two tours in two days. Day 1 was the Cliffs of Moher which were just as spectacular as described in brochures. The visitor centre is centrally located between two short cliff walks however most visitors choose to follow the trails outside of the boundaries of the attraction, this will certainly take more than the allotted 90 minute visit time even for the fit and nimble but the scenery is well worth it.
Day 2 was Wild Connemara which included Kylemore Abbey and Killary Fiord. The abbey has a fascinating (and romantic) history and a discounted entrance fee is available if you provide your driver’s name at the gate. The 90 minute cruise on the Killary Fiord travels past many mussel farms but the chilly air in May kept most tourists huddled inside the cafeteria. I’ll bet that outside deck space would be hard to find in warmer weather!

Trip advisor July 2017

 

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

 

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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