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  • County Galway Killary Fjord 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    1. County Galway Killary Fjord 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

    Enjoy the unspoiled splendor of Connemara’s Killary Fjord on a 1.5-hour catamaran cruise, and discover Ireland’s only fjord. The all-weather, purpose-built Connemara Lady can accommodate up to 150 passengers, and offers maximum comfort and safety to all passengers. Once on board, enjoy uninterrupted views as you gently cruise the 9-mile (15-kilometer) inlet of Killary Fjord. Head for the top deck to experience Ireland’s great outdoors and feel the cool air on your face. Alternatively, the Connemara Lady has full bar facilities, and the galley serves a wide variety of hot and cold meals allowing you to enjoy a meal, snack or beverage as the natural beauty of Killary floats by.

    An interesting cruise but spoiled by not including a view back to the amazing coastline from out at sea. It was such a disappointment to feel the boat turning at the end of the fjord. Commentary and staff all great but a missed opportunity to see the area from a different perspective.

  • From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    2. From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    Discover everything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer on a guided full-day trip from Galway. Pass through charming villages along the coast and into the heart of Connemara. Meet your guide at the Kinley Hostel early in the morning and hop on the comfortable tour vehicle which will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill, and along the coast, through Barna, Spiddal, and Inverin. Listen to entertaining tales about the culture and history of the area from your professional local guide and driver. Enjoy stops along the way for tea and a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage replica. Continue through bogs and onto the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone next to Derrygimlagh Bog. Head along Sky Road and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic. Stop for 3 hours at the Connemara National Park. Take your time to explore the more than 3,000 hectares of bog, mountains, grasslands, and woodland...

  • From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Day Tour

    3. From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Day Tour

    Explore picturesque little fishing villages and tour the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. Start in the morning and hit coastal road through the villages of Connemara. En route, your locally-sourced and fully-trained driver and guide will entertain you with facts and tales from the areas passed. Enjoy a stop at Peacockes Hotel for a tea or coffee. Drive through the bog landscape to the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone. AFter that, it's on to the Derrygimlagh bog and Wild Atlantic Way. Make the most of a 3 hour stop at the jewel of the crown of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy this magnificent castle before journeying back to Galway via the Inagh valley, including a stop on the Quiet Man Bridge.

    Beautiful drive to kylemore with stops along the way. Our host, Mike, was awesome.

  • From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

    4. From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

    First, visit Aughnanure Castle, a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. Find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and dry harbour.  Stop in the quaint village of Oughterard with its thatched cottage pub for a short coffee break. Continue with stops at the Quiet Man Bridge and the legendary Connemara Giant and on through the desolate Inagh Valley. The next castle stop is Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery. The next few hours are up to you to explore this romantic abbey, its Victorian walled gardens and Gothic church.  After the break, head to the capital of Connemara, the colourful market town of Clifden. En route (weather permitting), join the famous Sky Road (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) viewing the ruins of Clifden castle and taking in the panoramic views.  Them, explore Ballynahinch Castle and the es...

    Excellent trip, done at a relaxed pace with a very nice driver. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

    5. Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

    Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Limerick (breakfast available). We join our coach here for a short tour of Limerick City and then to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park(admission included). On to the village of Doolin for O'Connors Pub. Next we visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay overnighting in the heart of Galway City(3 star hotel accommodation - bed and full Irish breakfast) Day 2 At 10:00h we head into magnificent Connemara where John Ford filmed "The Quiet Man" in 1951, taking in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate applies to Abbey itself), Leenane and Killary Harbour or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road. See lots of breathtaking wild Atlantic coastline. We return to Galway for our return InterCity train to Dublin Heuston a...

  • From Dublin: 5-Day West Coast Self-Drive Tour

    6. From Dublin: 5-Day West Coast Self-Drive Tour

    Day 1: Westport (approximately 3.5 hours driving from Dublin) Upon arrival at Dublin Airport, meet the local rep to go over the itinerary. Head west and make a stop at the Killbeggan Distillery Experience. Arrive in Westport and check in at The Brooklodge Guesthouse (or similar accommodation). Drive out to Murrisk Abbey to catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean and Clew Bay. Head back to Westport and consider stopping at Molloy's Traditional Music Bar. Day 2: Connemara (approx 2.5 hours driving) After a hearty breakfast, hit the road and head past Murrisk. Drive to Louisburg and take in the views of the mountains and sea. Turn south towards Delphi Village along Dough Lough and Valley, one of Ireland's most scenic routes. Take a detour to see Mwelrea Mountain, then drive to the beautiful town of Leenane at Fjord, Killary. Consider taking a boat tour to ...

  • Wild Atlantic Way: Sea Kayaking along Mannin Bay, Connemara

    7. Wild Atlantic Way: Sea Kayaking along Mannin Bay, Connemara

    Get off the beaten track and into a sea kayak at Bundouglas in Connemara for an unforgettable experience. Explore the Wild Atlantic Way from the salty waves as you set off on this exciting adventure. Expect to see stunning sea caves and arches created over hundreds of years by the power of the ocean, as well as a variety of marine life and perhaps even a dolphin. Kayak safely with your guides in and around the stunning Connemara coast and coves, and the magnificent cliffs near Cleggan Head. All necessary equipment is provided, including sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and snorkeling gear. All you need to bring is your swimwear, a towel, a pair of sneakers you don’t mind getting wet, and perhaps a waterproof camera.

  • Connemara: Coasteering on the Wild Atlantic Way

    8. Connemara: Coasteering on the Wild Atlantic Way

    Get your adrenaline pumping with Coasteering, an exhilarating experience suitable for all levels. Explore Connemara’s west coast up-close like never before. Be ready to embrace a combination of adventure swimming, climbing, scrambling and cliff jumping. Explore the natural wonders of gullies, caves, cracks and different rock formations created by the sea. Each session is unique, as your expert guide will use one of various sites to ensure that you have the best experience Coasteering in Connemara. Benefit from your session being tailored to suit the group’s sense of adventure, fitness, and ability.

  • From Clifden: Connemara Hill Walking

    9. From Clifden: Connemara Hill Walking

    Set the day aside, pack a picnic, and get ready to explore the magnificent Connemara mountains on foot. Enjoy the surreal natural beauty of the area, stopping to take in the picturesque views. Suited to both beginners and experienced hikers, choose to be fully guided or step-up the adventure by learning the art of navigation using a map and compass. The Twelve Bens, the Maam Turks and the Mweelrea mountains in Connemara, Co Galway are all dominant topographical features in Ireland with some of the most stunning views in the country and are a "must do" when visiting the area.

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What people are saying about Clifden

Lovely relaxing g trip lasting 90 minutes. Weather was dry and it was warm enough to stay out on the deck area. Very comfortable trip with plenty of information from the crew on the outward leg of the trip about the history both real and mytogical. Great trip.

Beautiful drive to kylemore with stops along the way. Our host, Mike, was awesome.

Extremely pleasant crew, very comfortable with everything. Would highly recommend

Really enjoyed the Killary cruise. Lovely trip for all the family.

Very good trip plenty of information about the area