Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Michael Rooney was an excellent, kind, and generous tour guide. His stories were funny, insightful and very interesting. I would recommend this tour to anyone. It's really the best way to enjoy the West Coast of Ireland.
Fantastic day trip! One of the best we experienced during our visit to Irland. Our driver Michael with his witty personality made the day all the more fun. I highly recommend this trip.
Easy pace your, with good driver/guide, and scenic Connemara.
My only wish it will be more time in Cong, so we could explore Ashford Castle - extra 30-40 min. could make a difference.
Definitely a winner tour!
Our driver's name was Ken. Very knowledgeable and explained sites as we traveled. He didn't overwhelm with info - but answered every questioned asked. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area - as a matter of fact I did. Not sure if they booked - but there at our hotel looking for trips to take.
My wife and I went on three day trips while visiting Ireland and this trip was by long and far the best and the most inexpensive! If you picture Ireland as vast rolling green fields, small villages, super friendly people, good food, and picturesque lakes/castles then this is the tour for you! The other two tours where day tours to the Cliffs of Moher this trip was also quite excellent only a bit more generic and to the Giants Causeway and Belfast this tour was rather terrible simply because out tour guide was more interested in meeting ladies than giving a tour. Connemara ended up going from being an interesting time filler to the best day we spent in Ireland. BE SURE to clarify the means of hotel pick up when you call the company to confirm pick up on the phone. We are not sure exactly who or what was going to pick us up but we waited outside our hotel for 30 minutes. We were led to believe a taxi or bus would be picking us up however it appears that it may have actually been an individual that went into the hotel to the lobby, gathered all of the people waiting only those in the hotel, not those outside and walked them to the bus station. Either way, we ran into a different company employee 5 minutes passed the deadline kindly located the driver and got us on the tour just fine! Our Galway Tour Company guide, Mike D there are three Mikes that drive gave 120 and was perhaps the most fun and good hearted Irishman we met, ask for him if you can! Make sure that you actually want to see and pay 7 extra euros per adult Kylemore Abbey for two reasons: 1 It is incredibly beautiful and very interesting 2 because it is 2 hours almost not enough time! of your trip and one of the best highlights for sure. Also if you are looking for unique gifts to bring home as Dublin and Galway are both rather commercialized when it comes to shopping there are some very cool craft shops at Cong village where you stop close to the end of the trip.
A long and rewarding day. Some of my best photos of Ireland came from that trip. The driver kept us entertained with a lot of interesting facts about various landmarks and local lore along the way. It beat driving... something I wasn't comfortable with.
Spectacular. Driver was charming, witty and knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see these places. We did a bit of driving while in Ireland, but the coach option took the worry out of the travel and we all got to sit back and enjoy the outrageously beautiful landscape. Well done!
A great way to see this beautiful region of Ireland. Highly recommended.
A fantastic trip. The scenery, the Abbey, everything was delightful. Also enjoyed our guide. He provided so much information and was an absolute blast. Loved everything about. Keep up the great work Viator!
Very pretty drive! Tour Guide was great, may suggest incorporating a lunch spot or suggesting bringing a lunch.
The driver was very charming and the scenery was beyond beautiful. Each stop on the trip was well chosen and very relaxed, and we never felt like we were in some kind of tourist machine, like on so many other trips. The Friary was peaceful and relaxing, the Abbey was expansive and very scenic, and the cherry on top was a 'tea break' in Cong, which is impossibly quaint and charming. Possibly our favorite daytrip of the entire holiday.
M. Rooney was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable and charming. We appreciated all the extras and it was the perfect way for my elderly parents to have access to this part of Ireland.
I prefer to drive and tour in our car, however, this was definitely the best way to see Connemara from Galway.
I could not possibly have seen the wonderful sights in both Galway and Mayo that I saw from our comfortable coach- even if it rained at times!
The main difference from doing your own thing is to have a very experienced, amusing and extremely knowledgeable driver/guide such as Michael O'Malley! How he negotiated some of these narrow roads was amazing as the attached photos show.
We were worried that an 8 hour trip would be too much but actually time flew by and I did not fall asleep once.
Great value for money!
Provides a great opportunity to see countryside. The bonus of stopping to see Quiet Man town and bridge was a nice bonus.
We really enjoyed our trip. We originally took the trip to see Cong, the village where The Quiet Man was filmed but truly enjoyed the countryside and Kylemore Abbey. Ross Errilly Friary was an amazing stop for atmospheric photography. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent commentary from the driver. The poor weather meant that some views were quite limited. Otherwise, the Abbey gardens are very nice and the overall countryside well worth the visit.
Friendly driver/guide with interesting history of Ireland. Lots of good stops with more time off the bus than the Wicklow Mountains tour we took with the same company. It was difficult to find the right bus in the morning. This company generally tells you a one block radius they'll be in, but the bus is not clearly marked and is surrounded by other tour buses. Since the same employee has to be guide and driver, traffic problems sometimes distract from the tour. At one stop we were unceremoniously dumped off in a traffic jam and not told where to meet.
Excellent tour except for driver/narrator who continuously told horrible jokes and got angry if anyone on the bus talked to interfere with his joke/story telling. He needs to give his career in comedy a break and stick to the narrating the tour!!!! Otherwise, very enjoyable tour.
All in all an excellent tour.
Our driver was certainly knowledgeable, took us the less travelled route and was always very courteous.
I am Irish, but I found his long, one-sided lecture on the Big Hunger grated after a while. Yes things were bad, but that 150 years ago it really is time to move on.
That said, there was ample time to explore the various stops and even the weather obliged by raining when we were travelling, and the sun shinining when we stopped!
To be recommended.
Kylemore Abbey and Connemara are places you have to visit!! It was a great time and the tourguide knows a lot about the area and like to share his knowledge.
Magnificent views of the countryside. Would have enjoyed Kylemore Abbey more if the weather had been more cooperative. Entertaining tour guidel Can't wait to come back!
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour despite the weather. The abbey and its setting is spectacular. Inside is nothing special. Other places/landscapes visited rounded out the tour nicely, though probably the landscape not seen at it best becauseof the rain.