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Ireland’s west coast is a land of mountains, blanket bogs and rugged wilderness ideal for exploring. You’ll have an opportunity to do just that on this three-day driving tour from Dublin that includes a two-night stay in Galway, a bustling harbor city known for its live music scene. Following a hearty breakfast each morning, you’ll set out to experience some of the region’s most spectacular sights, such as the Cliffs of Moher, which rise dramatically 700 feet up from the Atlantic Ocean; the Twelve Bens of Connemara; and the incredible ruins of Clonmacnoise, a former monastery built in the 6th century. Along the way you’ll get to sip whiskey at one of the world’s oldest distilleries, meander along stunning cliff-top trails and mingle with locals at traditional Irish pubs. This multi-day trip includes both guided sightseeing and time for doing some touring on your own.


  • 3-day driving tour of Ireland's West Coast
  • Sample whiskey at Locke's Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in the world if you wish
  • Visit Clonmacnoise and the Shannon River
  • Explore Cong, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, and Clifden, the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara
  • Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher's 700-foot (213-meter) drop into the Atlantic Ocean
  • Spend two nights in a centrally located 3- or 4-star Galway hotel with breakfast included

What You Can Expect

Ireland's West Coast: 3-Day Drive to Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara

Visit the beautiful house and grounds of Kylemore Abbey on your 3-day West Coast tour

Day 1 (B):
Begin your 3-day exploration of Ireland’s stunning West Coast in central Dublin, where you’ll board an air-conditioned mini-coach and set out on your journey. Keep your eyes glued on the passing scenery, which includes the bucolic farmland and peat bogs in Kildare and Offally counties, before you make your first stop at Locke’s Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the whiskey (own expense) in 18th-century buildings before continuing to the Shannon River.

Here you can soak up history at the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise, where churches, stone crosses and round towers still stand. Get a feel for the welcoming spirit of the West Coast’s small villages during an afternoon stop at a traditional pub—where you can purchase delectable Irish fare—and then make your way to Galway, which will be your home for the next two nights. The seaside town houses an array of pubs and restaurants where you can finish your day with drinks and food (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star minimum en suite hotel in Galway (10 to 15 minutes walk from city center)

Day 2 (B):
After filling up with a hearty breakfast, hop back in the mini-coach and explore the unspoiled beauty of Connemara. You’ll travel inland through Maam Valley to Cong. Located on the shore of Lough Corrib, the village is where the classic film The Quiet Man was filmed. Find costumes and other memorabilia from the award-winning movie at the Quiet Man Museum, and enjoy a visit to Cong Abbey. Continue to Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Clifden, the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore on foot and take photos. In the evening you’ll return back to Galway for leisure time and another night in the bustling city, where you can purchase filling fare for dinner.

Overnight: Same as above

Day 3 (B):
Fuel up for your final day with breakfast before riding a short distance along the coast to Burren. The landscape charms with limestone pavements, windswept hillsides, ancient stone monuments and rare flora. Stop in a scenic village for lunch (own expense), and then head to the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher. Take a light walk along the cliff-top trails and watch seabirds soar over the cliffs' highest point, a 700-foot (213-meter) drop into the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop into an award-winning environmental exhibition before parting from the stunning natural beauty of West Ireland and returning to central Dublin.

Customer Reviews

Matthew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Still on this tour, one day to go, with the fantastic Martin Murphy. Been spectacular. We have rules when we travel: Have fun. Be flexible. Don and #39;t die. Martin changed up our itinerary some but got us the OPTIMAL weather for each site in doing so. Very talented guide and GREAT driver. A+ RECOMMENDED!

Ralph N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Neal was very attentive to our needs and those of other guests. The sites were awesome. His stories about Ireland history and culture were extremely informative. The hotel exceeded our expectations based on the description online. Breakfasts were very good, second day hotel offered menu cook to order rather buffet, The tour greatly exceeded our expectations in great part due to our guide. Ralph

Hwee-Leng L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a very enjoyable time. The weather was kind and the tour guide Kieran was very helpful, informative, giving us a lot history of the area. He was very friendly and obliging, he is a credit to your company. We recommend highly your tour.

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