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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Connemara and Galway City Day Trip from Dublin

Discover the natural splendor and cultural richness of Galway City and Connemara on a full-day trip from Dublin. From the comfort of a luxury coach, admire the splendid scenery and unsurpassed beauty of the coastal region; take a tranquil cruise around Kiary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord; see the magnificent Kylemore Abbey; and absorb the exuberant atmosphere of Galway City, a chic and cosmopolitan enclave. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation on this enriching excursion.  

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Connemara and Galway City Day Trip from Dublin

Galway City

Depart from a central Dublin location in a luxury, air-conditioned coach destined for the beautiful Connemara region. Allow your guide to share intimate knowledge of the region as you travel through spectacular Irish countryside. See herds of wild ponies grazing in verdant fields and watch the surfaces of lakes shimmer in the shadow of the Twelve Bens mountains. 

Continue through the delightful Inagh Valley to Kylemore Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery shrouded in rich history. Admire the distinctive façade of one of Ireland’s most popular tourists attractions and capture photographs of the spectacular natural surroundings. In wintertime, venture within the abbey to learn of the buildings tragic history and see the majestic Gothic church and Walled Gardens. 

In summertime, enjoy a tranquil cruise around the Kiljary Ford instead; marvel at the ubiquitous mussel beds as you gaze at the sky-skimming spire of Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. 

Travel onward to Leenane, a provincial charmer featured in popular film The Field, and then arrive in the chic and cosmopolitan city of Galway to spend some leisurely free time exploring the vibrant area. Admire the picturesque harbor and relax in a refined seafood restaurant (own expense) before reconvening with your guide for the return journey to Dublin. 

Customer Reviews

CLEBER P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Tour incrível, especialmente pela beleza natural da região de Connemara e pela charmosa cidade de Galway. Nosso guia foi ótimo. Um dos pontos altos deste tour é a visita a uma fazenda de ovelhas onde o dono nos mostra como conduzi-las com seu cão. Realmente demais.

Kim L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a fun tour. We were on the bus a lot, but that is because you need to travel a long distance. The Connemara was amazing and beautiful. As part of the tour, there was a sheep roundup demonstration, which was amazing being on the side of a mountain, with the lake down the bottom and spectacular mountains all around and a sheep dog in the distance being told directions with whistles and calls in the distance. We then proceeded onto the Abbey for lunch, which was great, I just wish we had a little more time there to explore the grounds. Galway was fun, but not enough time to see things.

Charles T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

great

Deborah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Loved it ! The boat trip scenery was beautiful. Liked the Quiet Man bridge and the Abbey also. Ended in Galway city and not Galway Bay , there was nothing really to see there. Overall all was well worth it !!!

Ricardo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

great tour and great guide !

James W B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Loved this tour. When we told some folks in Dublin we were heading to Connemara, they were not excited for us saying it was a barren, un-beautiful area of Ireland. I beg to differ. I thought the terrain was exceptionally beautiful and unspoiled. The boat ride up the fjord was really exciting and you could just picture the vikings traveling down the waterway hundreds of years before and seeing this land for the first time just as we did. Gab, our guide was exceptional. He was funny, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable not to mention he sang us a few Irish favorites to keep us entertained on the drive back. He made our trip very special and personal. Great memories.- The Brennan Family - USA.

Arlene A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

While it was a long day, we had a great time with Sarah as our driver and tour guide on this trip. The small bus was full and the weather was typically Irish, but the scenery and tour stops were perfect. I did enjoy the boat ride on Killary Fjord the best.
A huge thank you to Sarah and the tourist office for contacting us within 30 minutes of leaving the bus when we returned about a package we had left on the bus. We were able to get back to the tourist office and receive it that night before they closed.

Havenhse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We were a small group of 7 n Bud our driver guide is wonderful. He was caring enough to ask if we could take twists n turns so drove with extra care ( I can't take turns but thank heaven for travel pills as well) n took us places not on itinerary as we went along. So we got to see a lot more than a set itinerary. Really appreciated that. We had great experience touring with extreme Ireland thru viator.

Lsdsmith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great excursion! The boat ride on the fjord was perfect.

Johan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I would like to thank Jim who gave me the taste and history of Ireland. Thanks to Viator I had a spectacular day in this special heart of Ireland. I have always been backpacking so I hesitate to book at first.
No regrets: in the contrary! Would love to do it again!

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