Wild Connemara Tour
DEPARTURE TIME : 6:30AM ( Arrive 10mins before )
DEPARTURE LOCATION : Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street – MAP HERE
Adult – €50
Student (13-16) / Senior – €45
Children (5-12) – €25
Infants (0-4) – Free
KYLEMORE ABBEY – KILLARY HARBOUR CRUISE – LEENAN – GALWAY CITY
Board our comfortable tour bus and head West on our Connemara tour to explore one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. Connemara is located in Ireland’s beautiful west with unique and breathtaking scenery. You will see very quickly why Connemara is listed as one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders. We have no doubt you will wholeheartedly agree! On one side you have the Wild Atlantic Ocean and on the other the majestic mountain ranges of the Twelve Bens and Maumturk. Breathtaking and mysterious, Connemara has been enchanting visitors for generations. Oscar Wilde summed up Connemara as a ‘savage beauty’. That she is, and she has hosted her share of celebrities as a popular filming location.
Perhaps most well-known, The Quiet Man starring John Wayne was filmed here. In fact, it shares its name with The Quiet Man Bridge which gracefully arches over the Owenriff River. Other films that have called Connemara home are The Guard, The Matchmaker, Into the West, The Field, Man of Aran, Tristan and Isolde and Marley & Me. The unique landscape has truly captivated Hollywood and it captivates visitors daily to this thriving region. The scenic landscape is something our customers cannot forget. We are sure that for you, it will also be a cherished memory for many years to come. Connemara is one of the most breathtaking and mysterious locations in the Emerald Isle!
Experience the journey with our friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides. To ensure your satisfaction our guides regularly take part in ongoing training and knowledge building days. They can all spin a yarn and are unrivalled in their knowledge of Ireland’s geography and history. Their charming characters and fun loving attitudes will ensure you have plenty of craic on this memorable and unforgettable journey through the region of Connemara.
Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, discover the local flora and fauna and the intriguing history and mythology of this beautiful area. 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 to be stunned by the mesmerising beauty surrounding you. You may be left speechless as you take in the majestic landscape. We wouldn’t blame you. Perhaps consider a trip to Blarney Castle (another of our day tours) to reclaim the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone.
This uniquely structured Connemara tour departs from Dublin everyday of the week at 6:30am and will have you back in town after a full day’s tour at approximately 7:00pm where you’ll have the luxury to reflect on your day of sights and experiences.
From November 2017 to March 2018, the Killary boat tour is closed so we can’t offer it as part of our Connemara tour. We are delighted to offer instead a unique experience on a traditional working sheep farm. At the Killary Sheep Farm, right in the heart of Connemara you can watch the farmer give a sheep dog demonstration, along with some other tricks of the trade.
ITINERARY - Wild Connemara Tour
6:30am : Depart Dublin
To begin, we meet in front of the Molly Malone Statue located on Suffolk Street (map is available within the link to the booking page). Along with your fun and knowledgeable guide and travel companions, we will begin our exciting journey across the terrain of the west coast of Ireland toward the vibrant town of Galway. We will take an exceptionally scenic route towards Oughterard, considered to be the gateway into Connemara! While passing through charming little towns along the way, you’ll have the luxury of encountering views that are truly unmatched anywhere else across the land! Connemara National Park is not marked by any signs or boundaries, you will realise you have arrived from the breathtaking surroundings.
10:30am : Killary Boat Cruise
Ireland has only one fjord and we are heading straight for it – the Killary Fjord. Marvel at the thriving mussel beds and look 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 1.5 hour boat cruise around 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 farm that hosts approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely across the fjord. Visitors have the unique opportunity to observe a local farmer performing a skilled sheepdog demonstration.
12:15pm : Maumturk mountains
We continue our journey around the Connemara region. This area is designated as a “Gaeltacht” region where the local residents speak Irish as a first language. You’re bound to learn a few words or phrases along the way. Your guide can give you some pointers and regale you with his or her best Gaelic! We will then drive along the Maumturk Mountains on one side with the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other. This is an incredible route, providing us with outstanding views and leads us through the village of Recess. It is a village with a fascinating history and is home to historic events such as Alcock and Brown landing their plane here after their record-breaking nonstop flight from North America to Europe. This is also where Guglielmo Marconi based himself after causing a sensation in the early world of communications through transmitting wireless messages from his station at Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland in 1901.
12:45 : Kylemore Abbey
We have a photo opportunity at Kylemore Abbey, once a prestigious female boarding school but now it hosts nuns on retreat as well as welcoming tourists visiting from around the world! Nestled at the base of the Druchruach Mountains and looking out onto the northern shore of Lough Pollacappal, the sprawling abbey is a sight to behold. It is known as one of the most romantic places in Ireland; a place filled with history.
2:00pm : Inagh Valley
We will travel through the stunning Inagh Valley. “Can you hear me now?” is a well known catch phrase, as the Inagh Valley is a notorious spot for losing mobile phone service. It is a valley filled with stunning mountains and lakes. As we head towards Galway, we pass the little village of Leenane where the movie “The Field” was filmed.
3:15pm : Galway City
Enjoy an hour of free time to explore this famous city before venturing back to Dublin. There are various attractions to visit, such as the Galway Cathedral, Claddagh Ring Museum, main shopping district and the busy harbour where you can view the Spanish Arch! Galway is a very welcoming and vibrant city. Much like Christopher Columbus before us, this is the last place we visit before heading back to Dublin. Of course Columbus was heading off to discover America but we are heading in the other direction to re-discover Dublin!
7:00pm : Arrive back in Dublin
We will arrive back in Dublin after an exciting and unforgettable journey discovering the savage beauty that is Connemara. Your friends will be jealous and will all want to go to the region of Connemara after seeing your beautiful photos.
GALLERY - Wild Connemara Tour
TESTIMONIALS - Wild Connemara 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.
I've been to 6 tours with this company - almost every tour this company have (CLIFFS OF MOHER - including The Burren and Galway / CORK AND BLARNEY CASTLE - including Rock of Cashel / GIANT'S CAUSEWAY and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge - including a quick stop by Belfast / CONNEMARA and Killarney Abbey - including Galway city / WICKLOW MOUNTAINS and Glendalough / BELFAST CITY and St. Patrick's grave). The buses were very confortable and all the guides were very kind and had a lot of information to give about the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland (the guide Caroline was the best!). In my opinion the tours are essential to really get to know Ireland (not just Dublin). The countryside of Ireland is absolutely beautiful! I miss this amazing country! <3
I took a tour to Connemara with them. It includes fjord and cruise around it, Kylemore Abbey and Galway city. All was amazing except for the fact that you spend most of the time on the bus, and an hour for abbey or Galway is way too little. But that's the way it is with organized tours. At least you catch a glimpse. Connemara is sooo beautiful. It's totally worth it anyway.
Trip adviser August 2016