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4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

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  • Location: Galway, Ireland
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

A great way to see this beautiful region of Ireland. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Very pretty drive! Tour Guide was great, may suggest incorporating a lunch spot or suggesting bringing a lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Provides a great opportunity to see countryside. The bonus of stopping to see Quiet Man town and bridge was a nice bonus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

It was great. Good commentary. Knowledgeable docent. Fun trip

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

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!

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

It took a lot of time getting out of Galway. Several stops to get people. Trip was good. The driver, guide was good.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

This made for a long day of looking at green but we recommend. The friary was my favorite part. A great contrast to the giftshop etc of the Abbey. Make sure to bring "off" wipes or some other sort of insect repellent for the Abbey. I missed one spot along my arm that the midges took full advantage of, I hate to think of how other people faired that didn't have repellent at all.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

This was a wonderful trip with spectacular scenery. I had no idea what i was going to see and i was completely surprised. I was a solo traveler and it was a perfect trip. All the extra stops were wonderful.

The only bad thing was the driver constantly telling us his opinion about things.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

Our trip was fantastic, we enjoyed a lot. Good staff and really nice explanations. The driver was funny!
We high recommend to do this excursion.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

Beautiful! Great tour guide, lots of interesting information, great stops along the way.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

This tour takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in Northwestern Ireland. Here we had a series of small short stops mixed in with many other photo ops. The region while not heavily populated is a fantastic day trip and I strongly recommend it. The tour guide was knowledgeable and actively participated in answering our questions and trying to accommodate us.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

Interesting tour. Driver was knowledgeable and friendly. Would take this tour again.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2013

In general we were very happy with the tour and the organisation in general.
Unfortunately there were a few things which were a bit messy: We were picked up on time from our B and B and then made a tour of the whole city to pick up yet more people. Once we made the whole turn in almost half an hour (we could have walked there in 5 minutes if we would have known) we all had to leave the bus to go into another. Which was extremely crowded... We were a group of 4 and there were only single seats left. Arrangements with other passengers made it possible that at least 2 and 2 could sit together (we had a child with us).
Once close to the Ross Errilly Friary we were informed that this part of the trip had to be cancelled as they were making a film at the location and we couldn't even stop for photos. And that was it. Very disappointing.
The busdriver who also did all the talking was quite nice and new a lot of things, but he kept repeating himself quite a lot. What was really annoying was the part when he wanted to sell the tickets for Kylemore Abbey. Like a never ending advertisement. Also, Viator should say in the description that tickets could be purchased at a special price from the driver. We did some research before we discovered that queuing at the ticket desk would waste a lot of time. So we wanted to be smart and purchased our tickets online. This was a big mistake, as the girl at the ticket desk had to exchange our online tickets to "normal" tickets. Ridiculous, and it took forever.
Again, why didn't Viator inform us before that the tickets could be purchased at a cheaper price from the driver directly and we would have avoided the queue???
Talking so much about the quiet man it would have been nice to stop at the famous bridge (we passed directly in front of it). But as some people had to get their bus or train or whatever we had to speed up everything and didn't stop at all.
But all in all, it was a great day and I had previously very good experiences with Viator

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2014

The trip to Kylemore Abbey, which forms the morning component of the tour, was great and despite the rainy weather we had a great time. The afternoon was

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

I used this tour company for 3 tours while In Galway. This was my least favorite. The sites were beautiful as was the Abby. However the bus driver Mike O. Seemed like he would have rather not been at work for the day. Especially disappointing was the lack of real information and the abundance of bad jokes. Upon our return to the station as I have gathered from other tours, people are redeposited to the places they were picked up from in the morning. Mike pulled into the station, pointed the way to the town center and proceeded to unload the bus. A lot of people were confused and didn't know how to get back to their respective hotels. Myself and four other people stayed on the bus and asked him who was going to take us back to our drop off spots. His answers were curt and it was clear that he didn't want the responsibility of doing more than helping us exit the bus. Since several of us were miles away we stayed fast until he begrudgingly agreed to take is back. I would strongly recommend this tour but would encourage you to ask for a different driver.

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