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), CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK, KILLARY HARBOUR, KILLARY SHEEP FARM & GALWAY CITY.
The Killary boat cruise is closed from November to March 2013. 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.
Jump aboard our tour bus in order to explore one of Irelands 7 Wonders; the Connemara National Park which 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 land! 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 not only friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining but their charming accents will only contribute to such a memorable experience! Join us for this captivating excursion into Irelands thriving west coast and then back in town all within a days’ time. During your travels, our guides will continuously educate you on the various flora and fauna as well as the intriguing history and mythology that is focused entirely around the tour of this celebrated National Park. While vacationing 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 reminisce about such an eventful day with fellow travellers! In addition, listed below is our detailed itinerary in order for you to have a more comprehensive inside-look at what our Connemara day trip tour has to offer…
To begin, departure takes place outside the old stone church located on Suffolk Street (sitemap is available within the link to the booking page) which is the governmental tourist office near Grafton Street and is directly situated inside of the church. More specifically, the office is called “Dublin Tourism”. 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!
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 to anywhere else across the land! Not to mention, 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!
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. However, not all of Connemara is considered to be a Gaelic speaking region, although you’re bound to learn a few words or phrases along the way. To add, various people have admitted that listening to Irish being spoken was like music to their ears! From there, we’ll drive along the Maumturk Mountains on one side all the while having the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other! This incredible route will then lead us into the lovely village of Recess for which we’ll take a short break to learn some interesting facts about the region. More specifically, 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!
Next we’ll make our way through the stunning Inagh Valley which is notorious for losing mobile service! Regardless, this is truly a remarkable site with ample opportunities to capture photo-worthy shots! To further explain, this distinctive setting is better known as the “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. Not to mention, the abbey is full of history, mystery and tragedy to explore!
We now head off towards “Killary Fjord” which is the only fjord in all the land! Upon arriving, you’ll marvel at all the thriving mussel beds while looking out towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain range in the west coast of Ireland. Please note that during the high season ( April - October ) this tour offers a 1.5hour boat cruise down 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. More specifically, 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.
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.
Now that we’ve arrived back in Galway, spend an hour exploring the famed-about 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 vigorous 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! Not to mention, this was the last place the famous explorer Christopher Columbus visited before taking off to the West Indies! Enjoy!
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
Excellent tour, highly recommended. The value is good and they stop in many places during the trip to snapshots and some great (although sometimes short) sightseeings. I took three tours (connemara, blarney & cork and the cliffs), all excellent. Two of them were with a bus driver named Gerrard (not sure about the spelling), who was incredibly considerate and gave a very wide range of information and historical background. The time of the beginning of the tour was a little of a problem, since I wasn't staying in the city center, but we managed to arrive in time all days. The only thing that was a little unpleasant was when we tried to negotiate a little margin for our arrival. No problem if the company's policy is strict with time, but the ladies on the shop who we talked to could be, let's say, a little less straightforward. Apart from that, everything was perfect, in spite of the somewhat rainy weather.
Trip adviser August 2014
We loved it. We took the Blarney Castle/Cork and Connemara Tours. Both tours were excellent. Easy booking, friendly staff. Highly recommend this company. Good for any age group.
Trip adviser July 2014
“AMAZING Tour Company!!”
I stayed in Dublin for the entire summer for a study abroad program, and I went on 5 tours through Extreme Ireland: Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Cork/Blarney, Belfast, and the Celtic Tour. The only reason I didn't go on the other two that they offer (Causeway and Whiskey Tour) is because I did the Causeway with another company to go into the Titanic Museum and I didn't go on the whiskey tour because I don't like whiskey haha! Cliffs of Moher tour with Eddie: This is obviously a must when you go to Ireland! It's a long day, but it's definitely worth it. The Cliffs are stunning and fingers crossed you have a good weather when you go! Connemara tour with Gerard: Gerard is awesome! He remembered me two weeks after my tour when I saw him as I was getting ready to go on another tour :) The Connemara tour was probably my favorite tour because it's so beautiful and relaxing! You drive through the Connemara region to get to the Killary Fjord where you take a boat ride which is beautiful! We didn't see any dolphins and it was pretty chilly but it was still amazing. I highly recommend that you take this tour if you're looking to see the most beautiful part of Ireland (in my opinion) and have a nice relaxing day as well as getting to see Galway for a bit! Cork/Blarney with Barry: Barry's voice is beautiful! Cork isn't all that exciting of a place, but Blarney was a lot of fun! Of course I kissed the Blarney Stone (you kind of have to if you're making the trek out to Blarney!) and it was so fun! We also got to see the Rock of Cashel which is beautiful as well. Belfast with Matthew: Belfast is by far the coolest city that I visited when I was in Ireland (and I visited a lot of places!) There is so much history and the city centre itself is absolutely stunning! On this tour, you also go visit the grave of St. Patrick and follow the trail that St. Patrick would have traveled (to Dundrum Castle and the Mourne Mountains) when he was alive which is a pretty cool thing to do. This tour definitely has a LOT of history/politics very early in the morning, though, so be prepared! Celtic tour with Gabe: Gabe is amazing. Such a friendly guy and you can definitely tell that he is passionate about being a tour guide!! The celtic tour was the first tour I did with Extreme Ireland and I was very satisfied. This tour also packs a lot of history into the day, but there are MANY cool stops and there aren't any long stretches of driving which is nice! Make sure you bring water and good walking shoes, however, because you will be climbing up some pretty steep hillsides and doing a LOT of walking! Overall, I think that Extreme Ireland is a fabulous company. I didn't have a single bad tour, and all of my guides were fantastic! In summary, I recommend the tours if you're looking for the following:
- Go on the Cliffs of Moher tour. You just have to!
- Go on the Connemara tour if you want a day of beautiful scenery and relaxation!
- Go to Cork/Blarney if you want to see the Irish countryside and kiss the Blarney Stone!
- Go to Belfast if you want a really in depth introduction to the political history of Northern Ireland!
- Go on the Celtic tour if you want a really in depth introduction to the history of Ireland as a whole.
You will learn all about the important battles in Irish History and get to see where specific events actually took place as well! This was very, very long but I wanted to make sure that Extreme Ireland got the recognition and praise that it deserves as well as helping future tourists learn a little bit more about each of the tours! Thank you for many great experiences, Extreme Ireland :)
Trip adviser July 2014