• Location: Galway, Ireland
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 35.34 View price calendar

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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

What You Can Expect

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

Connemara

Depart from Galway Coach Station 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 Galway Coach Station.

Customer Reviews

Alex S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Mike I think his last initial was D? was hilarious, and provided us a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. He was full of stories, and could talk the whole time without getting boring or making me feel like he was droning on. The scenery was amazing. Mike gave us plenty of time at each place, and gave us really good suggestions and instructions for every stop. Honestly, I would have given the tour only a 4 if it weren't for our tour guide!

Jarle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

To Good for the price, Driver were so professional, polite and knowledge of the tours topics

Thanks

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

wonderful experience. well worth the time and cost.

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I took 2 tours with Galway tour company and on this one we had a tour guide by the name of PJ. He was very informative and funny. The tour itself was awesome and plenty of opportunities for great pictures. I would suggest using this tour company for any day trip you are interested in!

cjclak2004

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The abbey had scaffolding up on part of it so we could not get a full picture, but it is a truly beautiful sight. Since we went in January, we were not able to see the walled garden at its best, but everything about this stop was magical! Mickey our tour guide was delightful, very knowledgeable and quite witty. Would recommend and go again especially in spring or summer!

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour, though i wish wed had more time in Connemara. But im being picky. Great experience.

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What an amazing day trip to Connemara... stopping at the beautiful Ross Errily Friary and Kylemore Abbey. The stop in the quaint village of Cong was just fantastic... more beautiful sights and great little shops. But best of all was our driver... who was full of so much knowledge of Ireland's history. We all had the best time! I would STRONGLY suggest this tour!

Kay M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A trip to the spectacular Connamurra and beautiful Kylemore Abbey is a must. I was not disappointed. Our bus driver Mike D kept us entertained all day. Well worth visiting.

Ariel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Loved getting out into the country on this tour! The driver was very chatty and had a lot of great information to share. We mostly took this trip to get out to Cong for the Quiet Man museum, but found that we really loved visiting Kylemore Abbey. This should definitely be at the top of your list if you're looking for great views, and a great story.

Linda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The Abbey itself is simply stunning - there is LOTS of walking to do between the gardens, the Abbey and the chapel... and the lunch room and gift shop were tours in themselves! The Village of Cong was sweet, but not much open the day we were there, and the Friary was stupendous - I could have spent half a day there, but it was pouring down rain by the time we got there. Tour guide had brilliant wisdom to offer - both on history and Irish points of view. I would go again.

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