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 ambling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape. Our guides will tell you about the fascinating and sometimes tragic history of the area. The abundant lakes in the region inspired the French to write a song about them and visitors come in droves each year to take in the landscape, which is so striking it is hard to believe it is real.
Departure Time : 10:00 AM ( Arrive 10mins before )
Departure Location : Galway Coach Station
Return Time: approximately 5:30 PM
Student (13-16) / Senior: €25
Children (5-12): €20
HIGHLIGHTS: LEENANE VILLAGE – KILLARY FJORD – KYLEMORE ABBEY – AN SPIDEAL
A full day, guided tour of Connemara, an area famed for it’s unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes. As you travel from Galway, listen to your expert driver/guide share the origin of the Irish language and how it is still the native language of Connemara, despite its diminishing status in the rest of Ireland. Exit the coach to visit iconic Irish landmarks independently and discover rivers and lakes that flow off The Twelve Pins Mountain Range to naturally shape this majestic region. You’ll surely see reasons why Hollywood directors chose Connemara as backdrops to movies such as The Field (Written by John B. Keane, starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and most recently, Marley and Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).
Visit the Kylemore Abbey an Award Winning Gardens from Galway and explore the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish-Speaking) region of Ireland. Travel through Leenane Village a small mountain-side town bursting with Irish charm and explore Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit of the Irish language in An Spidéal,, the history that has shaped the region, and a few tales of the local residents.
Finally we return home to Galway after a long day of exploring the heart of Connemara.
We will meet in front of the Galway Coach Station (map is available within the link to the booking page). This exciting journey will begin by crossing the west coast of Ireland toward the vibrant town of Galway. We will take an exceptionally scenic route towards Oughterard, which is considered to be the gateway into Connemara! While passing through charming little towns along the way, you will have the luxury of encountering views that are truly unmatched anywhere else across the land! Any signs or boundaries do not mark Connemara National Park; you will realize you have arrived from the breathtaking surroundings.
A small mountain-side town bursting with Irish charm (also the setting for the 1990 film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris and John Hurt). Length: 30 minutes
Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo.Length: 10 minutes
Extravagantly placed on a lake in the midst of the mountains, this 19th century abbey has was originally built by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife, Margaret. The Kylemore Abbey provided many improvements to the land after the Great Famine: reclaiming bogland, providing locals with work, shelter and even education. Today, visitors can explore the Abbey (now owned and run by Benedictine nuns), miniature Gothic Church and award winning-walled Victorian walled gardens. Nestled at the base of the Druchruach Mountains and looking out onto the northern shore of Lough Pollacappal, the sprawling abbey is a sight to behold. It is known as one of the most romantic places in Ireland
Admission to the abbey and gardens is not included in Lally’s ticket price. Length: 2 hours
A picturesque Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) village. It is home to many traditional thatched roof homes, scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches. Length: 30 minutes
We will arrive back in Dublin after an exciting and unforgettable journey discovering the savage beauty that is Connemara. Your friends will be jealous and will all want to go to the region of Connemara after seeing your beautiful photos.
We had Michael today and he was brilliant, despite the winding narrow roads we felt very safe. He was quite knowledgeable, entertaining and funny. The tour itself was great and we saw some beautiful places despite inclement weather. Highly recommend
We were on the Connemara tour with Michael yesterday. It was fantastic, the nature, the hidden gems of Connemara, we enjoyed this tour more than Cliffs of Moher as we were really close to nature, some “untouched” wilderness. All the tiny old cottages, all the beautiful nature, it was exceptionally good day tour. My only wish, a tour what stops a bit at the national park too, that was the only missing part for us. But technically we saw the edges of it. Michael was a really good guide, adding detailed and interesting information about the region, the sights, the history of Connemara.