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  • From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Tour with Cruise

    1. From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Tour with Cruise

    Depart Galway and journey through the lunar landscape of The Burren en route to the Cliffs of Moher. Pass pretty villages like Kilcolgan and Ballyvaughan en route to Doolin. Board the ferry for a 30-minute crossing to Inisheer, and keep a look out for bottlenose dolphins on the way to the smallest of the Aran Islands. Get some free time to explore the ancient sites at your own pace. Use the time to hire a bike or explore by pony and trap. Cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry crossing. Then, travel to the eco-friendly visitors center, where you can stroll along the cliff top before the return trip to Galway via the famous "matchmaking" town of Lisdoonvarna.

    Damien gave us an excellent tour. He was a lot of fun and very good at his job. The Aran island tour is well worth the trip. Very picturesque landscape and has to be seen in person to fully appreciate the beauty of the area. Would recommend this hands down

  • From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    2. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    The Cliffs of Moher cruise sets out from Doolin Pier and follows the cliffs, allowing you to experience them from below their stunning heights. While boarding, passengers will take in amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and The Burren. After sailing for about 20 minutes or so, the ferry will make a stop underneath the famous O'Brien's Tower, perched high atop the Cliffs at their highest point. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a magnificent height of over 214 meters which you can really appreciate by sea. On-board you will enjoy an entertaining and informative expert commentary, allowing you to learn about the local history and wildlife. The Cliffs of Moher base is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesti...

    I travelled with family including my 82 year old mum who can transfer but needs a wheelchair for walks 50yds plus however the staff were excellent and courteous helping her on and off boat etc.

  • Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    3. Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Galway is a popular city on Ireland's West Coast, attracting tens of thousands of tourists each year. This picturesque town is jam packed with traditional shops, pubs and eateries, as well as boasting an interesting historic background. There's no better way to discover it all than on this city sightseeing Galway tour.  Starting at Eyre Square, passengers will immediately be greeted by some of Galway's interesting history as the bus approaches The Browne Doorway. This feature is famous for being a doorway to the homes of some of Galway's wealthiest merchants and members of the Tribes of Galway. Other historic landmarks along the route include the Spanish Arch and the striking Lynch's Castle. The castle is one of the finest examples of Irish Gothic style architecture in the city - having been built in the 16th century. Today, Galway is recognized by many for being the focal point of Ed S...

    Had the best day on the city sightseeing trip, the travel co ordinator and the bus driver were so helpful, thankyou

  • From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    4. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    This tour combines a visit to the smallest island Inis Oirr and a cruise underneath the Cliffs of Moher. Explore the island for a few hours and return to Doolin via Cliffs of Moher. Inis Oirr (Eastern Island) is only a 30 minute ferry journey from Doolin. There are many attractions to be found here including ancient castles, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several fine pubs and cafes. The 3 pubs all serve good, local food and traditional Irish music can be heard on a daily basis. The Cliffs of Moher are the crowning glory of the Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, the cliffs provide an unrivaled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean, a world unchanged since the pre-Celtic masters of magic, the Tuatha Dé Danann who ruled Ireland.

    All staff were lovely and friendly and very accommodating as we had a buggy with us and allowed us to board first with small child. We also booked the cliff tour on the return journey from the island which was amazing and the guide was very informative and friendly overall amazing experience

  • From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

    5. From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Galway on this guided tour to Connemara National Park. Learn about the traditions, music, and language of the region before enjoying free time to explore the park and hike Diamond Hill. Start by meeting at the meeting point or making use of the free pickup option. En route to and from the park, your driver will break up the journey by making frequent photo and coffee stops and allowing you to soak in as much of Connemara as you can. With the help of your driver-guide, learn all you need to know about the region and plan how you'll spend your time at the Connemara National Park. Plus, get a chance to hear some local traditional music. Upon arrival at the park, your driver will explain your return time with you before you enjoy free time for two hours. Shortly after arriving, prepare for a hike on Diamond Hill. There are three primary hiking routes at th...

    Really nice experience, the driver was incredible. The only problem is that there was not enough time on the national park. I, obviously, went to the peak of Diamond Hill, but takes one hour to arrive there and I literally took three photos and had to run the way back to not be late (and even like that I was about 5 minutes late).

  • Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip from Galway

    6. Cliffs of Moher Half-Day Express Coach Trip from Galway

    Experience the Cliffs of Moher independently with a round-trip express coach service from Galway. Get access to the visitors center on arrival, and enjoy a full 2 hours to explore at your own pace. Go for a stroll along the nature trails of the 214-meter high cliffs and get breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Look for up to 20 species of birds found in the area during nesting season. Learn more about the cliffs at the interactive exhibits, displays and virtual reality aerial tours of the visitors center before the return coach service to Galway.

    Great experience. Really good value for money and a definate must do when visiting Galway or the West. Transportation was clean and roomy and the driver was so lovely and knew so much. Defo recommend.

  • From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    7. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    Set sail from Doolin pier and embark on a voyage of discovery as you cruise along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic views of the islands of Aran and amazing limestone rocks of The Burren in North Clare. Approach the Cliffs of Moher to get a fantastic view of the headland of Aill na Searrach, popular with surfers for the wave they call the Aileen. Continue to the large sea stack of An Bhreannan Mor, just below the highest point of the cliffs. Marvel at all the tiny people strolling around the Visitors Centre and O'Brien's Tower observatory as you cruise off the coast for about 20 minutes. Benefit from the services of the experienced crew who will point out areas of interest and help you look for sea birds, such as gannets, guillemots, razorbills and Atlantic puffins nesting on the rocks. Return to Doolin and enjoy more amazing views on the 20-minute journey bac...

    This trip was a great experience, allowing to see the full extension of the amazing Cliffs of Moher from the sea, from a totally different than the one visible from the top of the cliffs.

  • From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

    8. From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

    Take a day trip to the Aran Islands and see the Cliffs of Moher by cruise. Enjoy exploring Inis Mór with an audio guide. Sail through the sea and take in incredible views of the Cliffs of Moher on your return to Galway. Depart from the Galway city docks and admire the stunning views of the Connemara and Clare Coast before arriving on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Learn about the history, heritage, and culture of the Aran Islands via an audio guide. Spend 4.5 hours on the island to enjoy sandy beaches, stone forts, and the serenity of island life. Your return journey takes you along the Cliffs of Moher. Formed 300 million years ago, the cliffs rise to a magnificent height of over 200 meters which you can only truly appreciate from the water. Listen to your audio guide while onboard to learn why the Cliffs of Moher are so iconic. See Ireland’s largest sea bird colony, 'An B...

    The ferry team was very good and helpful. Checking around to see if we are well. Snacks, drinks etc were on point. I really enjoyed the ride.IN OVERALL, IT WAS GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.

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

    9. 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: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour

    10. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour

    Depart from the Kinlay Hostel at 9:00 AM and take the scenic journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Pass  the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Doolin. Turing right at Ballyvaughan, your local, driver/guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way. Witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland. Your driver / guide will drop you at the Quay at Doolin, from here you start your walk via the village of Doolin along the cliff path to the Cliffs of Moher. Have 5 hours to yourself and meet your drive/guide at the visitor's center.  Return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September.

    A really beautiful hike along the cliffs but 5hrs is way too much time even at a leisurely pace. Felt we were just killing time waiting for the return bus ride even after stopping for coffee in the pub before starting the hike and having lunch and touring the interpretive centre after and this is the only reason I wouldn’t recommend this tour. If you can find your own way to the trail head you could hike up and back, or cab it back and probably have a better lunch in the local pub.

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What people are saying about County Galway

The tour was excellent. The 2 hours bus trip didn't seem long at all because of the scenerie and also the guide, who kept telling us stories about Ireland and what we were going to see. The ferry trip to Inesheer was a nice experience (if you get dizzy in boats you may have some trouble but it's just around 20 minutes) and they gave us and hour and half to walk around the island. Finally, about the Cliffs of Moher, the visit is MANDATORY. There was mist when we arrived, but at the end we were able to enjoy the outstanding views. In general a really awesome tour.

It’s was a fantastic boat trip from start to finish. All the staff & captain knew there stuff and treated us to a great ride. The bar staff was very pleasant and helpful (not to mention) hard working. We would 100% come back and do the same trip, they made it that good. Thank you everyone.

Such an amazing experience! From the boat ferry to Aran Islands to cruise around the cliffs, to just the bus tour and commentary-the perfect day! Our driver, Jerry, was so funny, informative, kind, and could tell he has a passion to show the beauty of his country. And that was the best part!

Damien gave us an excellent tour. He was a lot of fun and very good at his job. The Aran island tour is well worth the trip. Very picturesque landscape and has to be seen in person to fully appreciate the beauty of the area. Would recommend this hands down

Very relaxing trip, and well looked after by the team. Thanks Guys!