Connemara Tours

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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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Address: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
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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
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US$758,38
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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
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US$792,90
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  • Duration: 9 days
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Connemara Day Trip

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
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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7-Day Grand Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

Experience the Emerald Isle on a 7-day small-group tour of Ireland’s natural and historical highlights from Dublin. With a guide you’ll stray from the beaten path and visit the Ring of Kerry, Connemara, and County Mayo. Ascend to the summit of Croagh Patrick; discover the coastal beauty of Dingle Bay; and see the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. Six nights’ accommodation, Irish breakfasts, and round-trip transportation from Dublin are included.
  • Duration: 7 days
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3-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour from Dublin

Journey from Dublin on a three-day coach, rail, and ferry tour along Ireland’s spectacular western coast. With the vibrant city of Galway as your overnight base, you’ll head out to explore both the rugged mainland and catch a ferry to the Aran Islands, home to prehistoric Dun Aengus fort.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Authentic Ireland - 13 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 13-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
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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
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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
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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
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  • Duration: 6 days
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Wild Grande - 15 Day Tour

Want to discover the real Wild Atlantic Way? Well, that is exactly what you will get with our wondrous 15 day journey through the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland’s wild Atlantic coastline. This is an adventure tour second to none, as we take you off the beaten track to experience magical landscapes, spectacular adventure experiences, meet the vibrant people of Ireland and unearthing our unique Gaelic culture. Our journey commences in Dublin and brings us from Cork’s wild Atlantic setting in the south to the Giant’s Causeway in the north. Discover the sheer magnificence of Ireland’s wild West coast from spectacular peninsulas, golden beaches to colorful villages and towns. Experience adventures such as kayaking on the lakes of Killarney, hiking to the edge of Europe on our discovery of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle, exploring the Cliffs of Moher and the moon like surroundings of the wild Burren on this discovery of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Duration: 15 days
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  • Duration: 15 days
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