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Connemara Tour

DEPARTURE TIME : 6:50AM ( Arrive 10mins before )

DEPARTURE LOCATION : Suffolk Street – MAP HERE

PRICE : €45 Adult

PRICE : €40 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs

PRICE : €22.50 Child 5yrs / 12yrs

PRICE : Children under 5 free

 

THIS 1 DAY CONNEMARA TOUR INCLUDES; KYLEMORE ABBEY (photo stop), KILLARY HARBOUR, KILLARY SHEEP FARM & GALWAY CITY.

The Killary boat cruise is closed from November 2015 to March 2016. Instead of this, we are delighted to offer a unique experience on a traditional working mountain farm. At the Killary Sheep Farm in the heart of Connemara you can watch the farmer give a sheep dog demonstration, along with showing you how our ancestors cut ‘Turf’, a valuable source of natural fuel that is cut from the land and dried.

 


OVERVIEW

 

Jump aboard our tour bus in order to explore one of Irelands 7 Wonders; Connemara  is located at the very lush and western side of Ireland! 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 while 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 country! 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 friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining and partake in ongoing training and knowledge building days. Their charming characters and fun loving attitude will only contribute to a memorable experience! Join us for this captivating excursion to Irelands Wild Atlantic way. During your travels, our guides will continuously educate you on the various flora and fauna as well as the intriguing history and mythology linked to this fantastic beautiful area. While here on vacation 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 where you’ll have the luxury to reflect on your day of sights and experiences.

Itinerary

 

6:50am

To begin, departure takes place outside the old stone church located on Suffolk Street (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page). Once you’ve found your location of departure, you’ll begin your exciting new escapade across the west coast terrain of Ireland toward the celebrated town of Galway! However, before leaving you’ll meet your fun-loving and very knowledgeable tour guide who will introduce you to your fellow drifting travel companions! But before heading to the lovely city of Galway, we’ll take a short break outside the town of Athlone in order to stretch our legs, grab a quick snack or use the toilets prior to taking off!

 

9:00am

After finishing up with our coffee break, we will jump aboard our bus to take an exceptionally scenic route towards Oughterard which is considered to be the “gateway” into Connemara! While passing through charming towns along the way, you’ll have the luxury to encounter views that are truly unmatched by anywhere else across the land! Connemara is unique in the sense that this National Park possesses no official boundary in order to notify you that you’ve arrived at one of Irelands’ prominent attractions! If anything, you’ll instantly know that you’re there due to such breathtaking surroundings! After admiring the panoramic views then you’ll have the chance to capture a few photos at the well-known bridge that was used in the production of the movie “Quiet Man” starring John Wayne!

 

11:00am

Arrive at Maam Cross where you’ll have the delightful opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and snap some memorable photos while being surrounded by numerous lakes as well as other various hidden gems that make this National Park so famous! In addition, this area is designated as a “Gaeltacht” region where the local residents speak Irish as a first language but not all of Connemara is considered to be a Gaelic speaking region. You’re bound to learn a few words or phrases along the way and I'm sure your guide will give you a little help . Some people think that listening to Irish being spoken was like music to their ears but I suppose it depends on who is doing the talking. From there, we’ll drive along the Maumturk Mountains on one side with the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other! This incredible route will then lead us into the lovely village of Recess where we’ll take a short break to learn some interesting facts about the region. This is where Alcock and Brown famously landed their plane in a bog after their record-breaking nonstop flight from North America to Europe. Also, this is where Marconi based himself during his productive years before marrying one of the Hennessy brandy gals!

 

11:30am

Next we’ll make our way through the stunning Inagh Valley which is notorious for losing mobile service ( CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW!)! This is truly a remarkable site with ample opportunities to capture photo-worthy shots! We stop to view The distinctive setting of “Kylemore Abbey” which was once a prestigious female boarding school but now hosts nuns on retreat as well as welcoming tourists visiting from around the world! Here is where you’ll be allotted sufficient amount of time to enjoy the magnificent vistas. In addition, the estate is nestled away at the base of the Druchruach Mountains looking out to the northern shore of Lough Pollacappal and is highly regarded as one of the most romantic places in Ireland, the abbey is full of history, mystery and tragedy!

 

12:30pm

We now head off towards “Killary Fjord” which is the only fjord in all the country! Upon arriving, you’ll marvel at all the thriving mussel beds while looking out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range on the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season ( April - October ) this tour offers a 1.5hour boat cruise around 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. 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

From there, we will make our way towards the village of Leenane where the well-acclaimed movie “The Field” was filmed! The story of Bull McCabe truly instils the crucial importance and mindset that land played in every Irish family’s life. After touring the town, we will drive in a circular route so that you’re able to experience a panoramic view of the Sheefry Hills before heading back towards Galway in order to explore for the remaining portion of the trip.

 

4:30pm

Now that we’ve arrived back in Galway, spend an hour exploring this famous city before venturing back to Dublin. Here you can visit various popular tourist attractions such as the Galway Cathedral, Claddagh Ring Museum, main shopping district and the busy harbour where you can view the magnificent Spanish Arch! The city of Galway is a very welcoming and fun-loving place populated by the young at heart! This was the last place the famous explorer Christopher Columbus visited before taking off to the West Indies! Enjoy!

 

8:00pm

To finish off, we’ll arrive back in Dublin to reminisce about all of the exciting highlights!

 

Connemara Tour Gallery

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Connemara Tour Testimonials

 


“Connemara trip with Mac and Larry”

5 of 5 stars

We really enjoyed our Irish Day Tour trip to Connemara. Our tour guide was nice and chatty and told us very interesting trivia about Ireland's history and culture. He took care that nobody was left behind and took enough time to explain where we were and when we were supposed to get back on the bus. We also had plenty of bathroom stops. The Connemara national park was stunning! We also loved the boat trip along Killarney fjord. The reason why I didn't give this tour the best rating was that the stops (photo-stops etc.) were a little bit too short considering the time we had to spend sitting on the bus. It was hard to take pictures onboard the bus through the windows and the motorway was not that exciting to look at. Also the visit to Galway city was somewhat disappointing: the city centre is very busy and packed with tourists. It would've been more interesting and memorable to visit a smaller village or to stop farther away from the Galway city centre. All things considered, this tour is worth your money if you're interested in fresh air and stunning views at the mountains and the nice countryside athmosphere. I would totally recommend Irish Day Tours and would love to take another tour from them whenever we come back to Ireland.

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“Lovely day trip of Connemara and Galway City”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 May 2015

I loved this trip, can't say enough good things about it. The countryside in Galway is so incredibly stunning and Galway City, although small is full of character. Everyone that I met was unbelievably friendly. Larry our driver was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. He had a rough deal with the rest of the passengers on the tour, they were all pretty miserable to be honest and had very little regard for the time that we needed to leave again after stops, however he handled it really well with amazing patience. There was just the right amount of talking, I've been on tours were the tour guide doesn't stop and others where they just don't talk at all except to tell you that we've arrived and what time to be back. There was genuine enthusiasm from Larry, he was a wonderful guide.

 

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Irish Day Tours Connemara and Galway 1 day tour

We really enjoyed our Irish Day Tour trip to Connemara. Our tour guide was nice and chatty and told us very interesting trivia about Ireland's history and culture. He took care that nobody was left behind and took enough time to explain where we were and when we were supposed to get back on the bus. We also had plenty of bathroom stops. The Connemara national park was stunning! We also loved the boat trip along Killarney fjord. The reason why I didn't give this tour the best rating was that the stops (photo-stops etc.) were a little bit too short considering the time we had to spend sitting on the bus. It was hard to take pictures onboard the bus through the windows and the motorway was not that exciting to look at. Also the visit to Galway city was somewhat disappointing: the city centre is very busy and packed with tourists. It would've been more interesting and memorable to visit a smaller village or to stop farther away from the Galway city centre. All things considered, this tour is worth your money if you're interested in fresh air and stunning views at the mountains and the nice countryside athmosphere. I would totally recommend Irish Day Tours and would love to take another tour from them whenever we come back to Ireland.

Trip adviser May 2015