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Tour code: 5750CONNEMARA
Delve into the rugged wilderness of Connemara, an Irish county thronged with historic monuments and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Galway City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the perfectly preserved Franciscan friary of Ross Errilly Friary and enjoy some leisurely free time in Cong, a picturesque village. Gaze at the tranquil surfaces of Lough Carrib and Loch NaFooey and discover the elaborate walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy pleasant balance of guided tours and independent exploration on this enriching excursion. 


  • Full day trip to Connemara from Galway city with an expert guide
  • Explore Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries
  • Spend time at leisure in Cong village, where The Quiet Man was filmed in the 1950s
  • Travel around Lough Carrib and Loch Na Fooey – two of Ireland’s most picturesque lakes
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and admire its Victorian walled gardens (entry at your own expense)
  • Transport by luxury coach

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What You Can Expect

Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary


Depart from your Galway City hotel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach and admire stunning natural panoramas as you travel through the Irish countryside towards Headford, home to the ancient Ross Errilly Friary. Receive an insightful introduction to the sacred structure from your expert guide and then set out to explore the medieval tombs and atmospheric cloisters that beg to be discovered. 

After thorough exploration, travel onward to Cong village to delight in the quaintness of the setting for John Wayne epic movie, The Quiet Man. Stroll the cobbled streets during some leisurely free time, perhaps ambling over to Cong Woods to see the 11th-century Ashford Castle. 

Head next to County Connemara, home to the unspoiled glacier lake, Loch Na Fooey, and absorb sweeping countryside vistas. Listen to tales of Connemara’s rich culture and learn about the time-honored Irish traditions that are still preserved in the region. 

Next, venture to Kylemore Abbey and immerse yourself in the sacred ambience of an ancient Benedictine abbey shrouded in history. Hear legends surrounding the construction of the abbey and enter the abbey at your own expense. Spend two hours inside the Irish national treasure, opting to enjoy lunch at your own expense if you wish. 

On the return journey to Galway, meander through the incredible tableau of Connemara’s Inagh Valley and the Mamm Turks Mountains and then bid your guide and group farewell on arrival at your Galway hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Patti J K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a wonderful tour. If you are in the Galway area this tour is a must see.

Patti J K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a wonderful tour. If you are in the Galway area this tour is a must see.

Boris K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. Phil was an excellent guide and driver.

William E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

PJ was wonderful- funny, informative, and a fine driver. We enjoyed our day very much!

wjolson Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour operator was PJ. He was excellent! We were able to see the mountains and the countryside of sheep farmers with their baby lambs. So sweet! The story of Kylemore Abbey is even more beautiful than the beautiful Abbey itself. We had a great day and thoroughly enjoyed it all. I would recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I booked this tour after reading the reviews and was really glad we did, it was excellent. The bus departs from the COACH station not the bus station, this was not stated on the itinerary.
The driver Mike D was superb, spoke in great detail about the areas we were passing, clear on instructions of where to go and when to return to the bus and navigating along the narrow country roads.
We stopped off at Kylemore Abbey first, which is quite spectacular along with the gardens and church, there's a cafe and shop on the grounds. We made several stops to take photo's of the amazing views of the Connemara mountains and surrounding areas. We had a look around the village Cong, which is where the film The Quiet man was filmed.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would strongly recommend it.

Kathryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

PJ was awesome, and couldn't have asked for a better trip

Hendrik d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

My wife cried when we had to leave. We returned on another day. More than that I need not say.

Cate M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was great. The scenery spectacular. Paul was very knowledgeable and a great guide. Only downside was the pouring rain at the abbey

Juanita S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent way to see the country side and Kylemore Abbey if you do not have a car. Scenery was beautiful. Very good tour.

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