- Full-day trip to Connemara and Galway City
- Enjoy a contrast of sightseeing opportunities - from the rugged beauty of Connemara, to the vibrant Galway City
- Take photos at Kylemore Abbey, amid spectacular surroundings
- 1.5-hour boat ride around Killarey Harbour, Ireland's only fjord
- Explore charismatic Galway City at your own pace
After a break at Maam Cross, your Connemara and Galway City Day Trip will continue through the Inagh Valley, before reaching Kylemore Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery and one of Ireland’s most distinctive buildings. Now used primarily as a nun’s retreat, Kylemore Abbey enjoys a tranquil location, nestled at the foot of the formidable Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul. Have your camera ready to capture unforgettable shots of the abbey in the peaceful solitude of its stunning surroundings.
Originally built in 1867, the abbey is again steeped in history, including tragedy, Royal visits. Entry to the abbey, the Walled Gardens and the Gothic Church is included during winter months only (November - March). During summertime (April - October), you'll enjoy a boat trip around the Killary Fjord, Ireland's only fjord, to experience the unspoiled splendor of its landscape. Marvel at all the mussel beds in the fjord as you look at Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. You will not be disappointed with this natural wonder of the world.
In the late afternoon, you'll visit the postcard-perfect village of Leenane, where the 1990 film “The Field” was filmed, before heading into lively Galway City. Here you’ll have approximately one hour to sightsee at leisure, so why not take a walk down to Galway Harbour (Claddagh)? The peaceful harbor area is the entrance to famous Galway Bay, and is perfect for a spot of relaxation before returning to Dublin.
Reviewed by Elizabeth W, December 2012
So great - loved the sheep dog show - best part of the trip! In addition to watching the skills of the dog, we were able to try our hand at cutting sod. I felt like I was a real Irish-woman! Wonderful wonderful trip and our guide Kevin was fantastic!! Thanks!!!
Reviewed by Adam A, October 2012
We left Dubln in the early hours by bus. It was a great trip seeing the countryside, and the quiet towns and villages. Damien was a great tour guide. He had many interesting facts and stories to share about the areas. The Pub we stopped at for lunch was excellent. Best Fish and Chips we ever had. The cruise was very nice, the the Abbey stop was so peaceful. The only suggestion I have is to eat before getting to the boat. Their meal selection was very limited. The food they offered was good though.I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the real Ireland and breath in the culture of the land. Try to get Damian as your tour guide, you will learn a lot about Ireland's history, present and future plans. He has great stories to keep you entertained.