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Connemara
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.
Address: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galway

Explore the natural wonders and historic monuments of Connemara on this full-day tour from Galway. Visit the Sky Road, Pearse’s Cottage, and Derrygimlagh Bog along the Wild Atlantic Way; go hiking or visit Kylemore Abbey in the Connemara National Park; and enjoy views of Twelve Bens, Galway Bay, and Bothar na Scragoige.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin

Discover the delights of the Emerald Isle on a 3-day trip to Galway and Kerry from Dublin. After travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way – a rugged stretch of coastline famed for its beauty – you’ll absorb the cosmopolitan charm of Galway and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. 2 nights’ accommodation, entrance fees and round-trip transport from Dublin are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend 8 nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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Connemara National Park or Kylemore Abbey Day Trip from Galway

Embark on a thrilling road trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Discover the natural wonders of Galway Bay and Connemara as you leave the tourist trail behind and journey along the coast. Admire views of Rosmuc, Derrygimlagh Bog and the Twelve Bens Mountains; visit the former residence of political leader Padraic Pearse; and stop for morning tea in Roundstone (not included). Finally, look out for wild Connemara ponies as you hike through Connemara National Park or pay a visit to the magnificent 19th-century Kylemore Abbey.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Shore Excursion: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Sea Kayaking Adventure

Cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara during this kayaking tour that includes your kayak, paddles, and snorkeling gear. Head out on the Atlantic Ocean, and paddle the water to explore sea caves. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, and basking sharks. You’ll also visit a salmon farm before your tour is over. This adventure is offered two times during the day, so you can pick which fits your schedule best.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Connemara National Park Nature Trails Self-Guided Day Tour including Lunch

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 route. The park covers some 2.957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. The Park's mountain's, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous 12 Bens mountain range. The Park offers safe and easy trails that allow the whole family to participate, to the challenging tracks and trails specifically for those who enjoy their walking.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway

There are ample opportunities for hiking in the Connemara National Park, but a self-guided tour means you can explore at your own pace and spend more time admiring the scenery. Browse the exhibitions at the Connemara National Park Visitor Centre, enjoy hiking the many nature trails, and take in the views from Diamond Hill, then tuck into a tasty 2-course lunch at the Connemara Tea Rooms (included).
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-day Private Connemara National Park Ecology Walk from Letterfrack

The wild landscapes of the Connemara National Park make a stunning backdrop for a hike, but visiting with a private guide means you can learn more about the natural ecosystems and wildlife. On this private full-day tour, explore the bogs and forests of the Connemara National Park, stroll along deserted beaches, and admire views of Croagh Patrick mountain.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway

The Connemara National Park is one of Ireland’s most popular hiking destinations and this self-guided tour from Galway lets you explore at your own pace. Ride the bus to Letterfrack village, where you can enjoy hiking along the park’s many trails, take in the views from Diamond Hill, then re-fuel with a tasty 2-course lunch at the Connemara Tea Rooms (included).
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour

Visit one of Ireland's six national parks, Connemara National Park, and enjoy a lunch at the park's tea room during this self-guided tour, including entrance fees. While there, choose between four hikes, ranging in distance of 0.3 miles (0.5 kilometers) to 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers). If you choose to hike to the top of Diamond Hill, you can catch sights of the village of Letterfrack and Twelve Bens.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Into The West- Cycle- Self Guided 6 Day Tour

Cycling is the best way to experience this beautiful island. If you are searching for an adventure that will take you through the true wonders of Ireland, and magnificent landscapes of mountain lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, then you have picked the right tour. Your self-guided cycle will take you 291 kms through the heart of Ireland’s real emerald gem; Connemara. The route takes you from a small town called Oughterard all the way along the sparkling Atlantic, and then entering Connemara National Park. You will cycle up north to bustling Westport and then descend to Leeanane and finish after a scenic cruise of Killary Fjord. On your way you will be able to enjoy famous castles, stunning beaches, the magnificent Connemara mountain ranges, charming sheep farms and experience authentic Irish cuisine. + FREE DAY TOUR of your choice If you want to read a detailed overview of each of our different day tours please visit www.irishdaytours.ie
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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Connemara- Self walking- 7 days

An area naturally gifted with sharp contrasts, vibrant colours, stunning wilderness and warm welcomes, Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. Witness lambs strolling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the Cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape. This self guided tour of Connemara will bring you to an area of Ireland where sheep have right-of-way on the roads. You will take in Killary harbour and Ireland's only fjord, the Maumturk mountains and the wonderful Inagh Valley. This tour is among our most popular and if you book it you'll understand why! We will take care of the details - accommodation, luggage transfers, guided maps and tour documentation!
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour from Dublin

Enjoy Ireland’s spectacular southern and western coastlines on this 4-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. Visit highlights including Cork city, the Blarney Stone and Limerick; and take coach trips around the beautiful Ring of Kerry and Galway Bay, and to the epic Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. See wild beaches and fjord-like bays; visit pretty villages and castles, and absorb Ireland’s traditional rural charms on route. Three nights’ accommodation — two in Killarney, and one in Galway city — plus daily breakfasts, and all rail travel and coach trips are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Guided Connemara Day Tour from Galway

Home to rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and spectacular coastal scenery, the Connemara Peninsula is one of western Ireland’s must-see sites. During this tour, spin through the Connemara countryside in comfort by air-conditioned minivan as your guide talks of the region’s colorful history. Reach Wild Atlantic Way attractions including Clifden, Derrygimlagh Bog and Dog’s Bay beach, and admire panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean shoreline. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Connemara Day Trip Including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey from Galway

Discover top attractions including Leenane Village and Kylemore Abbey on this day trip to Connemara from Galway. Travel to Connemara as your guide sheds light on the region’s rich heritage and spectacular natural scenery. Take in fine views over the Twelve Pins mountain range and enjoy free time to explore Leenane Village at your leisure. Visit attractive landmarks such as Killary Fjord and Kylemore Abbey, and gain insight into Ireland’s heritage. Stop in the Irish-speaking village of Spiddal and perhaps try chatting to the locals, then head back to Galway.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Connemara Day Trip From Dublin

Discover the natural splendor and cultural richness of Connemara on a full-day trip with round-trip transport from Dublin. From the comfort of a luxury coach, admire the splendid scenery and unsurpassed beauty of the coastal region; see the magnificent Kylemore Abbey; visit the Glengowla Mines; and take a tranquil cruise around Killary Harbour. (The boat cruise on Killary Harbour will be substituted with a visit to Killary sheep farm during the winter.)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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10-Day Ultimate Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

Spend 10 days exploring the top sights of Ireland on a 10-day round-trip tour from Dublin. Covering the length and width, from top to bottom, of the Emerald Isle, you'll visit the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, the city of Galway, Dingle Bay for kayaking, the Aran Islands, and Titanic Belfast and Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. As you go, you'll experience and learn about Ireland's history, traditions, culture, castles, and outdoor scenery. Accommodation is included.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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Western Ireland 2-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit some of Ireland’s most popular attractions during this 2-day tour from Dublin. Choose from three different lodging options, and have your accommodations and transport taken care of for one night and two days. Travel through western Ireland to Connemara and Galway, and see Cong, the adorable village where John Wayne’s The Quiet Man was filmed. Lastly, journey to the Corcomroe Abbey, Bunratty Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher before making your way back to Dublin.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Authentic Ireland - 11 Day Tour

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way runs the entire length of the West Coast from Cork to Donegal, passing natural wonders, historic cities, and beautiful beaches. On this epic 11-day tour from Dublin, take in all the highlights and experience true Gaelic culture. Drive the famous Ring of Kelly, see the mighty Cliffs of Moher, explore the Connemara National Park, and visit cities including Cork, Killarney, and Galway.
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Duration: 15 days
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Connemara and Galway Day Tour from Dublin

Explore the best of Ireland’s beautiful countryside on this Connemara and Galway day tour from Dublin. Visit the pretty village of Cong, home to the Augustinian monastery of Cong Abbey. Admire fortified castles and tranquil lakes, and watch for native hawks and otters on the shores of Lough Corrib Lake. Enjoy uninterrupted views over Inchagoil Island and the Maumturk Range. Head through the Maam Valley to bustling Galway, and discover top city attractions including St Nicholas Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Shop Street during your walking tour.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2 DAY WEST FROM LIMERICK (STUDENT SPECIAL)

1 nights out in Galway, 1 nights’ accommodation, 1 breakfasts, Pubcrawl, Paddywagon tour guide, Wild Atlantic Way coastal sceneryTrip to the Aran islands, Galway city walking tour, Connemara, Aran islands ferry, Songs and stories, best scenery in the west, Atlantic Edge ExhibitionLots of fun and mighty Craic!!
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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7 Day Stunning South and West Ireland Adventure from Dublin

This 7 day small-group tour takes in some of Ireland’s finest scenery, along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, including Killarney National Park and the McGuillacuddy reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range; the rugged coastline and stone walls of the Dingle peninsula; the Caha mountains of the Beara Peninsula; and the lush green fields of Inland counties. Experience some of Ireland’s most popular destinations including, Kilkenny Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Enjoy fantastic activity options including hiking and cycling, kayaking, stand up paddle and surfing in the most scenic and breathtaking locations. Discover Ireland’s historical treasures and learn about the rich history from the Neolithic period to the modern age. These include a visit to Cashel, Ross Castle, Ancient Neolithic stone forts and monuments, Celtic ring forts and burial tombs.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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The Connemara Experience- 7 Days

Connemara is, for many, the very best of what Ireland has to offer, in one place.  The people, pubs, restaurant and, of course, some of the most spectacular scenery.  This 7 day soft adventure tour includes all accommodation, breakfasts, etc and, of course, all activities, like sea kayaking, trout fishing and horse riding. All of this with some of the best tour guides in the business.  Surely a once-in-a-lifetime adventure !
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Wild Atlantic Way Tour-North-6 Days

The Wild Atlantic Way - North will take you from the bohemian city of Galway to Donegal in Northern Ireland. We will meet in Doolin if you join us from Dublin coming down on our Cliffs of Moher day tour or in Galway later in the day. It's your choice how you meet us there! We will head north, taking in fantastic coastal views every step of the way. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience the spectacular Irish countryside with a selection of brilliant outdoor adventures, such as 'Stand Up Paddling', kayaking and surfing to name just a few. We immerse ourselves into history through visiting ancient sites as well as visiting natural attractions. At each stop you have the chance to mix with the locals and experience traditional culture and music. All this makes for a trip of a lifetime - it is the perfect mix of adventure, culture and history! See our itinerary section for a detailed insight into this wonderful 6 day tour of the Wild Atlantic Way - North!
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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