Galway Bay Tours from Dublin

By Viator, April 2015

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If you take a map of Ireland and draw a horizontal line more or less across the middle, you’ll find Dublin on the eastern side and Galway Bay to the west.

That means the celebrated charms of Galway’s Atlantic coastline are easily accessible from the Irish capital, once you’ve journeyed through the Emerald Isle’s heartland by road or rail. There are numerous options for exploring this area: see the highlights of Galway and Connemara on a day trip, or stay a few days to really get the best out of West Ireland. From modern cities to wild primeval landscapes and stirring historical sites, you’ll be amazed at what the region can pack in.

The city of Galway is as Irish as Ireland gets. It is renowned as a proud stronghold of Irish culture and language, its winding medieval streets lined with pubs where you’ll hear everything from traditional folk music to indie rock. It also makes a great base for exploring the region.

Head out via the scenic port town of Clifden to reach Kylemore Abbey. This is one of Ireland’s great buildings, its crenellated gray granite façade enveloped in forest beside a placid lake, enjoying lovingly landscaped kitchen gardens. By contrast, County Clare’s Cliffs of Moher ramble over five miles (eight kilometers) of some of the most dramatic coastline you will ever see.

More majestic seafront vistas await at Dingle Peninsula, while the fishing town of Dingle charms the eye with rows of colorful houses, and you might even see the friendly local dolphin in its harbor. Add in the otherworldly, karst rock landscape of the Burren and you get some idea of the range of nature’s moods here. Head back to civilization in the historic city of Limerick, which boasts the 13th century King John’s Castle and the even earlier St Mary’s Cathedral, with plenty of pubs for after-hours diversion.

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Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 604 Reviews

Explore Ireland's west coast highlights on a coach and rail day trip from Dublin to the wild Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and picturesque Galway Bay.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.04

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Traveling by rail and coach, this comprehensive four-day tour shows you the very best of Ireland. You'll visit Cork, Ireland's second largest city, and see the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $670.25

2-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take an overnight trip from Dublin to tour the stunning countryside of Connemara and Galway. The trip takes you through the breathtaking scenery of Connemara's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $317.49

Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Leave Dublin for the day and take a coach and rail tour to Connemara and Galway. You'll travel through breathtaking Irish scenery, pass by stunning Kylemore ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.75

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