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Connemara Tours

Wild, beautiful, and sparsely populated, Connemara, extending from Galway to the Atlantic Ocean, is Ireland at its most rugged and elemental. The indented Atlantic coastline is interspersed with beaches and seaside hamlets, while the interior encompasses bog, mountains, lakes, and empty valleys where sheep outnumber people. 

The Basics
With knock-your-socks-off beauty and a promise of peace and solitude, the westerly region of Connemara holds great sway among Ireland visitors and locals alike. If you’re into outdoor adventures, take part in guided and self-guided nature walks and hikes around Connemara National Park. Or go sea kayaking around the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, where dolphins, seals, and basking sharks inhabit the waters. 

You can also explore the region during sightseeing day tours from Galway, which often incorporate stops at Kylemore Abbey, Pearse’s Cottage, Roundstone, Derrigimlagh Bog, and Killary Fjord, as well as the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Connemara is a must-see for sightseers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as many hiking trails in the region have rocky, uneven surfaces.
  • If you plan on spending much time exploring outdoors, bring a rainproof outer layer, water, and sunscreen. 
  • Gaeltachts (Irish-speaking regions) are scattered throughout Connemara. 

How to Get There
Connemara is west of Galway city, with the Atlantic Ocean marking its south and west boundaries. Public transportation is sparse here, so the best way to get around is by car or organized tour, most of which depart from Galway city. Driving from Dublin takes about four hours. 

When to Get There
The best time of the year to visit Connemara is between June and October, when mild temperatures make exploring outdoors easier. July and August are the busiest months, so if you plan on visiting then, you may want to hit the most popular spots early in the morning to beat the crowds. In winter, Connemara has a stark, desolate beauty, and tourists are few and far between. 

Connemara’s Hollywood Connections
Among the most picturesque villages of Connemara is Leenane, which is set on the edge of Ireland’s only fjord, and was the filming location for The Field, a 1990 film starring Richard Harris. Elsewhere in Connemara, between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, sits the village of Cong, which still retains a collection of traditional thatched cottages. It was here that The Quiet Man was filmed back in 1951.

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Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey Day Trip from Galway, Galway, null
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Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey Day Trip from Galway

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Our Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, tour takes in all the highlights of Connemara along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.66
Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galway, Galway, Day Trips
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galway

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This guided day trip from Galway takes in the highlights of Galway Bay and wild and rugged Connemara along the new Wild Atlantic Way route. You will see ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $56.95
Shore Excursion: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Sea Kayaking Adventure, Galway, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Sea Kayaking Adventure

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Come explore the wilds of the Connemara coastline along the majestic Wild Atlantic Way, on this invigorating half-day guided scenic kayak tour. Experience ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.29
Full-day Private Connemara National Park Ecology Walk from Letterfrack, Western Ireland, Kayaking & ... 
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Full-day Private Connemara National Park Ecology Walk from Letterfrack

Come and bounce with us on quaking bogs, forage in the forest and taste delicious edible seaweeds - discover Connemara's hidden treasures during this one day ...  Read more

Location: Letterfrack, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $764.08
Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway, Galway, Private ... 
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway

This self-guided 1-day tour gives you an opportunity to explore a variety of nature walks in Connemara National Park located on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $34.41
Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour, Galway, Ports of Call Tours
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Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour

Explore a variety of nature walks in Connemara National Park located on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way route.The park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $34.41
Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway, Galway, Nature & Wildlife
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Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway

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Explore a variety of nature walks in scenic Connemara National Park located on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way route. The park covers some  ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $71.19
Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway, Galway, Day Trips
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

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A full day, guided tour of Connemara, an area famed for it’s unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes. Spend time exploring the iconic Kylemore Abbey and ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.59
Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway, Galway, Day Trips
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Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway

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If you're into walking, hiking, photography, exploring or quite simply wish to take your time and enjoy a day at the world famous Cliffs of Moher (Wild ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.66
The Wild North - 8 Day Tour, Dublin, Day Trips
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The Wild North - 8 Day Tour

JUMP ABOARD OUR SPECTACULAR WILD NORTH TOUR, as we take you along the most amazing wild landscapes of Ireland’s northern Atlantic coastline for the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $947.99

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