Connemara, Kylemore Abbey Or Connemara National Park Day Tour From Galway-Guided

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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 :
    Merchants Rd (Kinlay House), Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up at all registered hotels and bed & breakfast in Galway City
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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 tour takes in the filigreed coast of the Connemara Peninsula along the Wild Atlantic Way, which is endlessly pleasing, with pockets of sheer delight awaiting discovery. The name Connemara (Conamara) is Irish for 'Tribe of the Sea' and the coastal roads bear this out as they wind around small bays and coves, some with hidden beaches. A succession of seaside hamlets entice.
Connemara's interior is a kaleidoscope of rusty bogs, lonely valleys and shimmering black lakes. At its heart are the Maumturk Mountains and the pewter-tinged quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Everywhere the land is laced by stone walls you're glad you didn't have to build. It's dazzling at any time of day but especially when the sky and waters sparkle azure, the hills shine green and bright yellow blooms abound.

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Wedepart Galway in the morning, north along the Wild Atlantic Way, your 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 beautiful 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 (entry not included). 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


Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Sep-2019

    Nice tour guide but good if can switch on the air-conditioner as we felt studdy in non-ventilated coach with sealed windows. Good if organiser can include both Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park in the tour

  • 09-Jul-2019

    Gerry was fantastic. Took the time to explain details along the way - like stopping to show the cut peat. Quite the singer too. My wife and two teenage daughters thoroughly enjoyed this.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was such a beautiful tour of Connemara and Mike was such a wonderful guide! The views were truly exquisite, and Mike was kind enough to stop often so we could all capture great photos! We stopped at many scenic views, and in the afternoon, we all had the choice to spend two hours at either the Connemara National Park or Kylemore Abbey. My boyfriend and I chose the National Park and we thought it was well worth it!! We were both very pleased with our tour!!