Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara And Wild Atlantic Way Tour From Galway

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 Day
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Kinlay Hostel Galway, Merchants Road, Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
  • Return Details :
    Merchants Road, Galway.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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. This tour will take you to two signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way route, which have three fascinating sites of international historical significance in Connemara - Pearse's Cottage and Derrigimlagh.


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

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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.



Live commentary on board

Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Entrance fees

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Important: A voucher will be supplied after booking with departure times, departure point, directions and details. Please print out and bring with you to validate.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-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.

  • 12-Oct-2017

    Can't do much regarding the weather but rainy and cloudy and the wonderful sites were a little less clear. Otherwise, tour guide David was great. Loved the small van vs bus.

  • 26-Aug-2017

    We loved this trip. The stops at different points were beautiful and informative. If you haven't heard the story behind turf,that fires are still burned with - you will feel you know Ireland and its people a little better. WE were given the choice of walking the trails at Connemara Park or going to Kylemore Abbey. We went to Kylemore Abbey and it was breathtaking, and just a beautiful spiritual place to be. You will hear the story of the man behind this place which is both joyful and sad. We went in a 20 plus comfortable large Van not bus. A bus would not have made some of the off road adventures we had. What I would say to parents of young children is that this is a long full day trip that takes some time getting from place to place. There were some younger children who were restless and loud on the bus disturbing other guests. I would say that this is not the trip for younger children. Nonetheless a beautiful day with beautiful views of the Wild Atlantic WAY and an Abbey that touched our souls. MNG 220 Toronto, Canada

  • 24-Aug-2017

    Our Guide was darling and entertaining, the people I traveled with were curious and joyful!

  • 25-Jun-2017

    Well designed and perfectly executed tour. Being guided and driven by a Connemara native was a huge plus. Every stop was timely and worthwhile. We enjoyed every minute. Kylemore Abbey and Gardens is well worth the trip. Connemara is spectacular. We would take this same tour over and over again. Highly recommended.

  • 12-Jun-2017

    Best tour ever scenery was amazing, tour guide was even better!!!!

  • 30-May-2017

    This was an excellent tour, tour guide John, did an job making the tour a wonderful experience. John is local to the area, and was able to provide detailed insight to the local history and culture. Although, the vehicle is not equipped with a toilet, the tour include frequent stops to ensure everyone remains comfortable. I highly recommend the Wild Atlantic Way tour company that was used by Viator for this tour.

    NOTE: I was disappointed that I was told by a Viator representative to purchase my Kylemore Abbey tickets on line, when asked if the tour company received a reduced rate. The tour company does receive a reduced rate of 8 euros per person. I spent approx. 11.5 euros per person, or 7 euros more than I could have purchase the tickets for on the tour bus.

  • 25-May-2017

    Best tour I did while in Ireland! John our driver was funny and knowledgeable. You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck - worth way more than the cost!