Full-day Connemara, Kylemore Abbey And Wild Atlantic Way Tour From Galway

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Ports
    Kinlay Hostel Galway, Merchants Rd, Eyre Square, Galway, H91 F2KT, Ireland
  • Return Details :
    Merchants Road, Galway.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This guided day trip from Galway takes in the highlights of Galway Bay and wild and rugged Connemara along the new Wild Atlantic Way route. You will see thatched cottages, dry stone walls, mountains, woodlands, rivers,streams, lakes, Connemara ponies, amazing beaches, deserted islands, wilderness bog landscapes and experience the tranquility and isolation of Connemara.
Visit wild Connemara National Park, OR uncover the magic of Kylemore Abbey and its romantic Victorian gardens (admission not included). Then its back on the coach
for a weaving drive through the desolate Inagh Valley, between the majestic Maumturk and Twelve Bens mountains. Finish your tour with stops to see the legendary Connemara Giant and Quiet Man Bridge before returning to Galway City.

Highlights

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Family friendly

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Fully narrated tour

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

You depart central Galway in the morning, north along the Wild Atlantic Way and your fully trained, local driver guide will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill. You will then head west along the southern shores of Connemara, looking out across Galway Bay. As your tour passes through the picturesque villages of Barna, Furbo, Spiddal and Inverin, you will see thatched cottages, dry stone walls, mountains, woodlands, rivers and streams, lakes, Connemara ponies, amazing beaches and unspoilt bogs and deserted islands.

Your first scheduled stop of the day at approx. 10:30am will be Pearses Cottage (Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point); please note entry is at own expense. Patrick Pearse was one of the leaders of Irish Nationalism and a signatory to the Irish Proclamation of Irish Independence, read out by him outside the GPO in Dublin during the Easter Rising 1916.

Then its on through Connemaras hidden jewel, Bothar na Scragoige. View the wilderness bog landscape and experience the tranquility and isolation of Connemara.

Just before midday you will arrive in Roundstone for a cup of tea or coffee (own expense) at the picturesque little fishing village of Roundstone. At noon, departing Roundstone you will head out along the Wild Atlantic Way. To your left will open up the iconic Dogs Bay Beach stretching a mile out into the Atlantic.

Next is Derrygimlagh Bog (Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point). This remote site was the centre of the communications (Marconi) and aviation world (Alcok & Brown) in the beginning of the 20th century. After travelling through Clifden, the capital of Connemara, you head skyward. Renowned worldwide for its heart stopping twists and turns, the Sky Road (Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point) swoops and soars above the Atlantic Ocean. The views and photo opportunities from this Discovery Point have to be seen to be believed. Next on the tour you have a choice of stop: a 2-hour stop to explore and ramble/hike in the Connemara national park or a 2-hour stop at the magical 19th century limestone and marble Kylemore Abbey (admission at own expense).

Departing Kylemore Abbey or Connemara national park, you will finish off the tour and weave your way between the majestic Twelve Bens and Maumturk Mountains through the Inagh Valley and onto the main Galway to Clifden Road. Here you get to greet the impressive Connemara Giant as well as a visit to the famous Quite Man Bridge before returning to Galway City at approx. 5.30pm.

All times are approximate, the local operator reserves the right to amend tour routes in the event of traffic delays or road closures.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Live commentary on board

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions

Entry/Admission - Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-Aug-2022

    Superbes vues du Connemara par très beau temps. Nombreux arrêts pour faire des photos et marcher selon les préférences. Le choix de faire la marche dans le parc ou visiter l'abbaye de Kylemore est bien vu. Le conducteur/guide était très agréable.

  • 05-Jun-2022

    Thanks Mike for this amazing trip! It was a wonderful day. The Abbey was amazing and the trip very confortable. I spent a lovely day. Thanks!

  • 02-May-2022

    When booking this trip it said Kylemore Abby “AND” Connemara. Most of the tours I was looking at you had to choose one or the other. So I called Viator because this tour did not say either or it said and. The person I spoke with at Viator assured me that I would be spending three hours at each site. He said because it states a stop you go to both. After I paid and got my tickets now it’s states either or. But I had taken a screenshot where it stated “and”. So I was very disappointed because I would not have chosen this tour. I would’ve picked the one that went to Kylemore Abby and spent some time in the town of Cong. Instead of just 3 hours at the castle. I’ve done Viator tours for several years and I’m starting to see a pattern. Especially when they stay how much time you’re going to be at each site and then it turns out to be a lot less.

  • 29-Oct-2021

    Really enjoyed our Connemara tour with our tour guide Jerry. He was very enthusiastic, helpful and full of knowledge about the area. He was giving us sa random facts about anything in the area which are really interesting. He was also very patient. He waited for us to finish our hike around Diamond Hill eventhough we were 30mins late because of the difficulty of the hike. Normal drivers would’ve left already, but he was not like any other drivers. He is definitely a good man. Most of the duration of tour was amazing. I would’ve given them 5 stars, but there was this one guy who was checking each people booking before they hop on the bus who was really mean and unhelpful. But overall, t’was ol good. Thank you Wild Atlantic Way tours especially Jerry.

  • 04-Jul-2021

    I recently took a tour with the wild Atlantic way tours from Galway. It was a very enjoyable and informative tour and I learnt plenty of the history of Galway city. We got to experience the rugged beauty of Connemara and also kylemore abbey. Kylemore Abbey is the most beautiful place I have ever been too and also the most peaceful. We had a three hour stop and believe me you need it to take it all in. If I was to go to Galway again I would go on tour with the wild Atlantic way tour company.

  • 01-Feb-2020

    Wonderful and unforgettable trip! Amazing places and a special driver and guide. Thank you very much Gerry! Laura

  • 22-Sep-2019

    We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Mike was very informative and kept everyone interested with his running commentary on the sites

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Small group of 6 persons, very interesting tour. Good driver.
    Short foto stops were possible.
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  • 09-Aug-2019

    Small group of 6 persons, very interesting tour. Good driver. Short foto stops were possible. . ... .

  • 03-Jul-2019

    My wife and I were picked up at our hotel on this rainy morning by our guide in a small van with 3 other couples. We started off on a road trip through Connemara National Park, passing through the bogs and reaching a high point on the road for a view of Mannin Bay. We reach Kylemore however the abbey itself was closed due to renovations (we were never informed about this) but we were able to walk the gardens and look at the gothic cathedral. We also stopped at Teach An Phiarsaigh however Patrick Pearce's Cottage was closed for renovation (again never informed). We finished off the tour driving through the countryside, stopping at several "Quiet Man" filming locations before we were dropped off at our hotel. It was disappointing that some of the attractions on this tour were closed, we basically drove around most of the day with several picture opportunity stops.

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