Welcome to Connemara


From Galway city, a slow coastal route passes some stunning hidden beaches and seaside hamlets. At the start of the Gaeltacht region west of Spiddal, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic, with parched fields rolling to ragged shores.

Connemara's starkly beautiful interior, traversed by the N59, is a kaleidoscope of rusty bogs, lonely valleys and shimmering black lakes. At its heart are the Maumturk Mountains and the pewter-tinged quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens mountain range, with a network of scenic hiking and biking trails.

Everywhere the land is laced by stone walls.


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$34.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Connemara Tour from Galway Ross Errilly Friary, Kylemore Abbey

Leave Galway Coach Station and head north by luxury coach through the countryside of County Galway, in the west of Ireland. First stop is near the town of Headford visit Ross Errilly Friary – one of the best preserved Franciscan friaries in Ireland. Known locally as Ross Abbey, the medieval ruin is considered as a National Monument of Ireland, with atmospheric cloisters and medieval tombs just itching to be explored. After strolling around the ruin with your guide, hop back on your coach for the short trip to Cong village, where The Quiet Man featuring John Wayne, was filmed. With roughly 45 minutes at leisure here, you can perhaps retrace the steps of actors through the village, or maybe amble over to Cong Woods to see 11th-century Ashford Castle. Alternatively just relax with a coffee (own expense) on the banks of Lough Corrib – Ireland’s largest lake.Continue to County Connemara, traveling around Loch Na Fooey – an unspoiled glacier lake – and soak up sights of the region’s incredibly scenic countryside. Hear tales of life in Connemara from your guide and learn about the time-honored Irish traditions and customs that are still preserved in Gaelic-speaking Connemara today.Next stop is Kylemore Abbey – a majestic Benedictine abbey on the banks of Lake Kylemore. Steeped in history, the abbey is said to have been built as a romantic gift in the late 1800s, and later served as a refuge for Benedictine nuns who fled Belgium during World War I. Entry to Kylemore Abbey is at your own expense, and once inside you’ll have two hours to spend at leisure. Enjoy lunch (own expense), stroll around the abbey or perhaps take a look at its Victorian walled gardens. On the journey back to Galway, pass though the spectacular scenery of Connemara’s Inagh Valley, weaving alongside the Maam Turks Mountains and back around Lough Carrib. Arrive back to Galway in the early evening.

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Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey Tour from Galway

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Kylemore, County Galway, Western IrelandBuilt by Mitchell Henry in the 1860's, this magnificent castle of marble and limestone is a must-see in Connemara.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandThe 3,000 hectares of bog, grassland and woodland are yours to explore and enjoy.Duration: 2 hours

$432.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - GalwayStop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandTo begin our amazing experience we depart Dublin and make our way to the West of Ireland and tour beautiful Connemara. On our way across the midlands of Ireland, we take a comfort stop for refreshments before arriving in the enchanting village of Cong. Famed by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the film Quiet Man, the village is home to Ashford castle, a regular haunt of the rich and famous and a wedding venue for a host of international stars. We have time to visit Cong Abbey before continuing our journey through the wilderness of Connemara. We enjoy the unique landscape, beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery. Gaelic speaking, this area still maintains many of Ireland's traditional ways, however it was deserted during the dreadful famine times of 1845. to 1851. We arrive in Galway mid afternoon to ensure that we get the most out of this cultural city. We have time to explore the Spanish Arch and ramble around colorful shop street with its many street performers, seafood eateries, and quaint Irish bars with wonderful musicians. A great night of real Irish entertainment is always a highlight of Ireland's traditional music capital.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in GalwayDay 2: Day 2: Galway - Burren - Doolin - Cliffs of Moher - DingleStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareToday you will have the wild Atlantic ocean by your side as we cruise down the West coast. See beautiful beaches, golden sand, maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Run around the lunar landscape of the Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side by side, and hear your guide tell inspiring tales of how our ancestors overcame the horrors of the great Potato Famine of 1845-49, sending over a million of our ancestors to the four corners of the globe and in particular Britain, North America, and Australia. We'll stop in the village of Doolin for lunch and maybe a pint before continuing to the nearby Cliffs of Moher. Over 700 ft tall, the cliffs are perhaps the most spectacular in Europe and are home to some of nature's most majestic birds including puffins and gannets. Afterwards, we'll cross the River Shannon in historic Limerick. Our last stop today is the beautiful heritage town of Adare with its fabulous thatched cottages, renowned for being regularly voted Ireland's tidiest town. We spend the night on the rural Dingle Peninsula.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dingle PeninsulaDay 3: Day 3: Dingle - KillarneyStop At: Dingle Peninsula, County KerryToday we embark on the world famous Dingle Peninsula. We visit Ireland's longest beach at Inch, and then we take the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic speaking fishing village. Famed in many films like Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter, Dingle is celebrated for having most pubs in Ireland for a town of its size, 52 pubs and 2000 people. We cannot forget Dingle's most famous resident, Fungi the Dolphin who we shall have time to visit in the early afternoon. Then it's off on a wonderful pleasant drive around Slea Head with amazing views of Sleeping Giant Island, the Blasket Islands, and Beehive Huts dating back to 2000 B.C. Regarded as the most beautiful Peninsula in the world by many photographic magazines, Slea Head has some of Ireland's most fabulous beaches and is definitely the highlight of Ireland's famed Wild Atlantic Way. This area is completely Gaelic speaking, and you may even get to hear some of the locals converse in this ancient language. Then it's back to Dingle where there is ample time for shopping in traditional arts and crafts stores, and some refreshments in one of the many colorful pubs with local musicians playing some mystic tunes. Tonight we stay in Killarney, Co. Kerry's premier town. Here we mix with the locals, and enjoy the characteristics of a genuine Irish county town, away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Pull up a stool by the fire or enjoy a relaxing post dinner stroll in the nearby National Park.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in KillarneyDay 4: Day 4: Killarney - DublinStop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney, County CorkThe day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). Afterwards, we'll regroup to cross the Cork and Kerry mountains, heading for the world renowned Blarney Castle. Enjoy plenty of time (2 hours) visiting the Castle where you can kiss the Blarney Stone if you wish (to receive the gift of eloquent speech also known as the gift of the gab). The beautiful gardens offer a chance to relax in the fresh air whilst those seeking last minute souvenirs can explore the excellent Blarney Woolen Mills, the world's largest Irish shop. After lunch we take a leisurely drive through the Golden Vale region, Ireland's finest agricultural land and home to some of the best livestock in the world. Before we reach Dublin, we'll pause at the Rock of Dunamase - a ruined castle perched high on a hill overlooking the province of Leinster - amazing photo opportunities and vistas await you. Arrive back in Dublin late afternoon in time for dinner reservations and evening entertainment.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Connemara Tour from Galway: Leenane Village, Kylemore Abbey

Your full day guided tour departs from Galway, you will then make your way to Connemara. A region which is famed for it’s natural beauty and landscapes. Listen to your expert driver/guide share there knowledge and the history of Connemara on your drive through the countryside. Climb off the coach to explore a few of the iconic Irish landmarks independently. Discover rivers and lakes that flow off The Twelve Pins Mountain Range which naturally shape this region. There has been Hollywood directors who have chosen Connemara as filming backdrops to movies such as The Field (Written by John B. Keane, starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and most recently, Marley & Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).On your day trip you will be visiting Leenane Village, this is a small mountain-side town which is full of Irish charm. This village was used for the setting for the film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris and John Hurt. Your next stop will be in Killary Fjord, this is Ireland’s only fjord which serves as the natural border between the counties of Galway and Mayo.Your tour will then move onto Kylemore Abbey, which is situated on a lake in the midst of the mountains. This abbey was originally built in the 19th century by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife, Margaret. You can explore the Abbey- which is now owned and run by Benedictine nuns, the miniature Gothic Church and the award-winning Victorian Walled Gardens (own expense).The next stop will be An Spidéal, A charming Gaeltacht, Irish Speaking, village. This village is home to many houses with traditionally thatched roofs, with scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches. Your tour will conclude with a drop off back in Galway.

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Moher Cliffs, Coast of County Clare, Burren Tour from Galway

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dunguaire CastleMedieval tower house castle on the shores of Galway Bay. Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Corcomroe Abbey, County ClareThis fascinating 12th century Cistercian monastery is set in the famous grey hills of the BurrenStop At: The Burren, County ClareOne of the World's best examples of a Glacio-Karst landscapeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Doolin Pier, Doolin, The Burren, County ClareA chance to walk around, get some amazing photos and feel the sea breeze on your skin.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareIreland's most visited natural attraction. Enjoy a walk along these spectacular Cliffs and visit the environmentally friendly visitor centre.Duration: 2 hours

$284.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Galway, Kerry, Burren, Dingle Peninsula 3-Day Tour from Dublin

ItineraryDay 1: Day One: Dublin - Connemara - GalwayPass By: Paddywagon Tours, Dublin, County DublinWe'll depart Dublin this morning and make our way to the West of Ireland and beautiful Connemara.Stop At: Royal Abbey of Cong, Cong, County Mayo, Western IrelandFamed by John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the film Quiet Man, the village is home to Ashford castle, a regular haunt of the rich and famous and a wedding venue for a host of international stars ie Pierce Brosnan. From beautiful abbeys to medieval castles, rivers, stunning lakes and babbling brooks, Cong is a true picture postcard of Ireland! We take a break here with a visit to Cong Abbey, the ruins of an Augustinian monastery. Take time to enjoy lunch in this beautiful village.*All times are approximate.*Duration: 1 hourStop At: Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandLough CorribWell know for its fishing, Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland after Lough Neagh. Surrounded by its abundance of wildlife such as otters, hawks, minks, birds the lake consists of 356 different islands. The most famous island among them is Inchagoil island with its spectacular views of Maumturk range, Joyce country, and the mountains of Connemara.Connemara WildernessWe continue our drive through the wilderness of Connemara. We enjoy this unique landscape, beautiful lakes, valleys, and mountainous scenery. Ravaged by famine, and predominantly Gaelic the people here still strive to maintain the remanence of rural culture and the traditional Irish way of life.The Deserted ValleyWe head back to Galway via the Maam Valley, an area of scenic and unsurpassed beauty with the lakes of Connemara which unfold in among the twelve Bens mountains. We then travel back along the coast and Galway Bay through Spiddal, and enjoy magnificent views of the Atlantic Coastline to Galway and Aran IslandsWhile exploring Connemara, we will have many opportunists to stop for photos and breath in the fresh Connemara air. *All times are approximate*Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Galway Bay, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandArrive in Galway mid afternoon for time at leisure in this atmospheric city. We have time to explore the Spanish Arch and ramble down colourful Shop Street with its many street performers, seafood eateries and quaint Irish bars. **OVERNIGHT IN GALWAY**Duration: 1 minuteMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Galway.Day 2: Day 2 - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Dingle PeninsulaStop At: Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandToday you will have the Atlantic Ocean by your side as we cruise down a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. The coastal route is characterised by beautiful golden beaches and maybe even dolphins and whales breaching off the shore. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: The Burren, County ClareWe make our way through the Burren - one of the famous landscapes of Ireland! It is famous for its Limestone Rock, as far as the eye can see, and reaching down to the sea shore. We will stop at the "Mini Cliffs" which are a great site to experience this area, and enjoy the coasDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareToday's highlight is the Cliffs of Moher, the most popular natural tourist destination in Ireland and easily most spectacular cliffs in Europe. Rising over 700 ft in height, the ciffs mark the edge of Europe are home to some of nature's most majestic birds including puffins, gannets and many more. **All times are approximate**Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Dingle Peninsula, County KerryLook forward to spending the night on the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, in the heart of rural Ireland.Duration: 1 minuteMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dingle PeninsulaDay 3: Day 3: Highlighs of the Ring of Kerry - Killarney - DublinStop At: Killarney National Park, Killarney, County KerryOne of the most beautiful and admired national parks in the world, Killarney national park was the first of its kind established in Ireland in 1932. With magnificent views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley from our stops at Aghadoe and Torc Waterfall the park gives you an opportunity to enjoy a walk in this amazing landscape and spend time strolling along the lakes.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Killarney National Park, Killarney, County KerryRegularly voted the most beautiful town in Ireland, Killarney is the gateway to both Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. Nestled in the valley beneath Ireland's highest mountain range, and surrounded by lakes Killarney boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. Lined with lovely shops, pubs and traditional arts and crafts stores, this true gem is a must see for every traveler who visits our motherland.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Torc Waterfall, Killarney, County KerryTorc Waterfall is a 18m high waterfall which cascades through the wooded Friers Glenn. We take a stop at this magnificent natural site of beauty. Enjoy a short walk , and maybe even see the red deer which are well known inhabitants of the Killarney national park . The waterfall has a public hiking path that stretches to the top of Torc Mountain.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Killarney National Park, Killarney, County KerryMany guests enjoy an (optional) horse and carriage or horse ride.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Adare Heritage Centre, Adare, County LimerickWe will enjoy a stop at one of Ireland's most picturesque villages - Adare with its fabulous thatched cottages which line part of the village's broad main street , renowned for being regularly voted Ireland's tidiest town. It is known for its beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Paddy's PalaceWe return to Dublin by 19:00 approx.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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