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Delve into the rugged wilderness of Connemara, an Irish county thronged with historic monuments and natural splendor, on a full-day tour from Galway City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the perfectly preserved Franciscan friary of Ross Errilly Friary and enjoy some leisurely free time in Cong, a picturesque village. Gaze at the tranquil surfaces of Lough Carrib and Loch NaFooey and discover the elaborate walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy pleasant balance of guided tours and independent exploration on this enriching excursion. 

Highlights

  • Full day trip to Connemara from Galway city with an expert guide
  • Explore Ross Errilly Friary, one of Ireland’s best preserved Franciscan friaries
  • Spend time at leisure in Cong village, where The Quiet Man was filmed in the 1950s
  • Travel around Lough Carrib and Loch Na Fooey – two of Ireland’s most picturesque lakes
  • Visit Kylemore Abbey and admire its Victorian walled gardens (entry at your own expense)
  • Transport by luxury coach

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What You Can Expect

Connemara Day Trip from Galway: Kylemore Abbey and Ross Errilly Friary

Connemara

Depart from your Galway City hotel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach and admire stunning natural panoramas as you travel through the Irish countryside towards Headford, home to the ancient Ross Errilly Friary. Receive an insightful introduction to the sacred structure from your expert guide and then set out to explore the medieval tombs and atmospheric cloisters that beg to be discovered. 

After thorough exploration, travel onward to Cong village to delight in the quaintness of the setting for John Wayne epic movie, The Quiet Man. Stroll the cobbled streets during some leisurely free time, perhaps ambling over to Cong Woods to see the 11th-century Ashford Castle. 

Head next to County Connemara, home to the unspoiled glacier lake, Loch Na Fooey, and absorb sweeping countryside vistas. Listen to tales of Connemara’s rich culture and learn about the time-honored Irish traditions that are still preserved in the region. 

Next, venture to Kylemore Abbey and immerse yourself in the sacred ambience of an ancient Benedictine abbey shrouded in history. Hear legends surrounding the construction of the abbey and enter the abbey at your own expense. Spend two hours inside the Irish national treasure, opting to enjoy lunch at your own expense if you wish. 

On the return journey to Galway, meander through the incredible tableau of Connemara’s Inagh Valley and the Mamm Turks Mountains and then bid your guide and group farewell on arrival at your Galway hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Adrian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

5 out of 5! Excellent tour and have to make a special comment regarding Ken, the guide of the tour: he is an outstanding person with a bubbly and chatty person. Not too many like him on the field, unfortunately. Well done, Ken and hope you'll be again on my next trip to Cliffs of Moher tour! Thank you for your time and your knowledge sharing!

Adrian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

5 out of 5! Excellent tour and have to make a special comment regarding Ken, the guide of the tour: he is an outstanding person with a bubbly and chatty person. Not too many like him on the field, unfortunately. Well done, Ken and hope you'll be again on my next trip to Cliffs of Moher tour! Thank you for your time and your knowledge sharing!

clark.rebecca59

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really beautiful way to see the Irish countryside. Picturesque at every turn. Mike our tour guide was amazing, funny and kept the whole bus on focus of Ireland.

Todd K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip was a great day trip. The tour bus picked us up right at our hotel. The day flew bye and was a perfect trip away from Galway.

Kathleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour company. There was a bit of an issue figuring out the hotel pickup, but other than that the tour was a breeze. Mike D. is awesome and full of fun knowledge. I learned so much about Connemara!

Mark V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Michael D. was a great tour guide. Enjoyed the day!

Suzanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is a lovely introduction to Connemara--an area of Ireland filled with mountains and lakes. Don't expect to stay in any one place for long as this tour covers a lot of ground. There are many photo stops and chances to stretch your legs. Our longest stop was a Kylemore Abbey which was two hours. You obviously could spend an entire day there, but with strategic tips from our guide Ken, I managed to see everything I came here for. A helpful tip was to take the shuttle to the Victorian walled gardens first. They are lovely and not to be missed. There is also a nice tea shop in the garden for a snack.

Larry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

we had a great tour guide! the places we visited were beautiful and my boyfriend still talks about how much fun he had. The scenery is breathtaking and the guide was very informative and had a great personality. Not to be missed!

Cheryl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a nice day trip that took you over the Irish country side. You learned a bit of history, viewed some spectacular gardens, and phenomenal country side.

Kathryn V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the perfect day trip for our short time in Ireland. By traveling in the bus, you get to see the wide range of stunning landscapes Ireland has to offer. Our tour guide, Phil, was fantastic! Giving knowledgeable recommendations and facts about Irish culture.

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