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From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

1. From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Full-Day Guided Tour

Experience the unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Connemara and explore iconic landmarks on your own, such as the rivers and lakes that flow off the 12 Bens mountain range.  Stop in the charming mountain village of Leenane and take in the views of Ireland's only fjord at Killary. Then, get 2 hours to explore Kylemore Abbey and go for a nature walk in the Victorian Walled Gardens. Continue along the coast to the pretty Gaelic-speaking village of An Spideal to take a stroll amongst the many traditional thatched roof homes and admire the beautiful beaches.

From Galway: Connemara & Cong Full-Day Tour

2. From Galway: Connemara & Cong Full-Day Tour

Explore hidden Ireland on this full-day tour from Galway. Experience a magical day in the typical Irish countryside and hear the many legends from killer sheep to lake monsters. First, stop at Cong Abbey, an Augustinian Abbey dating back to the early 12th century and one of the best examples of medieval ecclesiastical architecture.  Enter Cong Village and explore Cong Woods, stroll around the village that was in the 1950s classic movie, ‘The Quiet Man,’ or feed the ducks on the edge of Lough Corrib - the Republic of Ireland's largest lake. Admire Connemara's hidden valleys upon entering on the Lough Nafooey route.  Continue to Kylemore Abbey and enjoy a lunch break. Entrance into Kylemore Abbey and Gardens is not included in the tour price (purchase discounted entrance tickets from your driver on the day of the tour).  Leaving Kylemore in the late afternoon, drive through Inagh Valley, Maam Cross, and Oughterard. Complete the circuit of Lough Corrib before arriving home to Galway City. 

Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

3. Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

Check in with us at Dublin Heuston Station at 06:40 to take the InterCity train service to Limerick. Upon arrival, we will join our coach bus and have a short tour of the treaty city, the setting for "Angela's Ashes". From there, we will head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our traditional Irish lunch stop. Then, it's on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the country's wild Atlantic coast, one of Ireland's most famous and beautiful attractions. After that, we'll enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to reach Galway, the city of the tribes. After taking some time to take in this beautiful city, we will board our Dublin-bound train, arriving at Heuston Station at 21:00.

From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Day Tour

4. 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.

Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

5. Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

Discover the scenic splendor of southwest Ireland on a comprehensive 5-day tour of The Burren, the Dingle Peninsula, and the fabled Ring of Kerry. Stop at historic castles and monasteries, and wander the colorful fishing villages to sample fresh seafood. Enjoy dramatic views from the Cliffs of Moher, and stroll along the vast stretch of Inch Beach watching the local surfers. Transportation is by small minicoach, with accommodation in quaint bed and breakfast guesthouses for a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of Kildare and Offally counties. Stop at Locke’s Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey to experience the true spirit of Ireland. Continue west to the mighty Shannon River, and vist the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. Admire its collection of churches, stone crosses, and round towers. After an afternoon stop in a traditional pub in one of the attractive villages, travel to Galway City to check into your base for the night. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the evening. Day 2: From Galway City it’s only a short drive along the coast to The Burren, one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. Marvel at the limestone pavements, barren hills, and rare flora. See Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You will spend most of the morning exploring this unique area, stopping in Kilfenora for lunch. Known as the “Town of the Crosses,” there will also be time to visit the old cathedral before driving to the Cliffs of Moher. Marvel at this natural beauty, where the cliffs drop almost 700 feet into crashing Atlantic Ocean waves. Take a walk along one of the cliff top trails, and watch the seabirds at work. Alternatively, visit the award-winning environmental exhibition to learn about the region’s ecology. Then, travel south through County Clare, passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon Estuary and into County Kerry. Go to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney, your base for the next 3 nights. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings. Day 3 Today, you will explore the Dingle Peninsula, one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. Your first stop in this heartland of Gaelic culture will be Inch Beach, a vast expanse of sand facing the Atlantic Ocean popular with surfers. From here, increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself, through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings that date back thousands of years. Visit some of the best examples along the way. Enjoy views of the Blasket Islands as they rise dramatically from the sea. Marvel at the mountains of the famous Ring of Kerry to your south. Weather permitting, time will be allotted for a walk on the beach or along the cliff tops. Learn why the area is important in Gaelic literature. Then, head back to Dingle town with its brightly colored buildings and busy harbor. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good you could enjoy an evening walk in Killarney National Park, just on the edge of town. Day 4: Today, you will take one of the world’s classic routes, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Depart Killarney and enjoy the views to Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen. Possible stops along the way include Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace, and the ring fort of Cahersiveen. Go to the little fishing village of Portmagee for a lunch of local seafood. Alternatively, cross to the island of Valencia and visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the small community of monks who once lived on the nearby rock island of Skellig Michael. In the afternoon, stop in picturesque Waterville, a favourite holiday destination for Charlie Chaplin. Stop again at the top of the Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in Ireland. From here, the road drops down to sea level, where you will visit Derrynane House, the family home of Daniel O’Connell. You can stroll in the gardens and down to the beach, as well as look inside the house itself. Continue around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. There will also be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before returning to Killarney. Day 5: The final day of your tour heads east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom. Then, drive along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, although in peak season it can be very busy. In the afternoon, head to the Rock of Cashel to see the medieval monastery complex high above the town. Finally, go to Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Visit the National Craft Centre, or just hang out in one of the pubs for a last Guinness. Hit the road again for the final leg of your journey, arriving back in Dublin at approximately 19:30.

Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

6. Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

Galway is the oldest and largest city on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile, fully-defined coastal touring route along the entire west coast of Ireland. Once a small fishing village, Galway grew in strength in the 13th century to become a prosperous, walled town ruled by 14 merchant families, known as the Tribes of Galway, and has now been nominated as the Capital of Culture 2020. Today, the city is one of the most enchanting in Ireland. On this tour, get ready to explore Galway and it’s many historical landmarks, find the city’s charming local spots, and uncover hidden places that you could never discover on your own. On this 2.5–hour walking tour, benefit from the service of an expert, local guide who will shed light on Galway's history. Enjoy over 1,000 years of history brought to life, dramatized in incredible stories. Trace the medieval city that runs from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch, the official old city of Galway that is home to the original 13th-century, Anglo-Norman fortress, as well as the intriguing 15th-century Lynch’s Castle. One the finest medieval laneways in Galway, Kirwan’s Lane, located in what is now referred to as the Latin Quarter, is crammed with landmarks that provide the perfect backdrop for an examination of social history, political intrigue, and even a couple of great ghost stories. Your guide will also share stories of Celtic legends, myth, and folklore. This perfectly-paced walking tour is the best choice for first timers, or for visitors looking to develop a more comprehensive appreciation of the city. Later, stop at the Museum of Galway, packed with incredible artifacts and displays that will further enhance your visit to Galway. The tour will also include a visit to the Village of Claddagh, home of the famous Claddagh ring, a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The design and customs associated with it originated in this Irish fishing village of the same name.

From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

7. 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 estate grounds including the newly restored walled garden before sitting down to some delicious castle tea and scones. Finally, make your way back through storybook villages. Pass green fields marked by dry stone walls, and see sheep, cows, Connemara ponies and blanket bogs.

Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

8. Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Located in the West of Ireland, Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart. Accompanied by your local guide, visit key historic sights and earn about local history, dating back to the 13th century. This tour can be customized to best suit your interests. Explore Eyre Square and visit Galway's historic Latin Quarter. Discover the significance of the name of King's Head Pub and visit Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest functioning medieval church in Ireland. At the Claddagh Ring Museum, learn about the symbolism behind the wearing of the Claddagh ring. At the old Fishmarket Square and Spanish Arch, hear about the rich history and traditions of the area.

Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

9. Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). We visit Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then train to Killarney for two nights B & B with en-suite facilities. Day 2 10.00 depart Killarney on Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney. Day 3 07.30 transfer from Killarney to Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher Tour, visit Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, O'Connors Pub at Doolin, Galway Bay, overnight Galway City in 3 star Hotel (2 nights). Day 4 10.30am transfer to Connemara Airport for flight and tour of Inishmór, largest of the Aran Islands Day 5 10.00 depart Galway for tour of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey after which we depart Galway by train, arriving Dublin Heuston 20.45 transfer by tram to three star hotel for two nights (room only). Day 6 Check in Dublin Connolly Station at 07.10 departure for the Giants Causeway tour. At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede* rope bridge (Mid March - October only. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 22:20 for second night in three star hotel. Depart Monday/Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (March to October only) * Price is per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

10. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Discover the Cliffs of Moher, the number 1 attraction in Ireland on a full-day sightseeing tour. Depart Dublin in the morning by luxury bus, and drive across Ireland to the Atlantic coast, arriving at this natural wonder in the early afternoon. Stop en route at Doolin to experience Ireland's traditional music capital. Pull over for a hearty Irish lunch and pint of Guinness on the lovely western shore. Drive along the dramatic limestone coast and lunar landscape of the Burren to see the only place on earth where the Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flora grow together. Look out for 28 different types of orchids in season. Arrive at the cliffs to enjoy a short hike among the staggering rock formations. Soak up the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Aran Islands before entering the interpretive Atlantic Edge Exhibition and award-winning Visitor Center. Visit the set of the movies “Princess Bride” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Capture photos of the scenic spots along the way, including the traditional fishing village of Kinvara and the 15th-century Bunratty Castle.

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Overall rating

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based on 1,198 reviews

What a joy to be able to take a trip without taking the car! What magnificent landscapes in Connemara, visit the village of Cong, and Kylemore Abbey. It's a pity that I don't speak enough English to understand all the comments of the guide who is really friendly.

Our guide is cash! And he made the entire trip such a lovely and enjoyable experience! Thank you! Highly recommended! The tour was just nice and the food (fish n chips + ice cream) was good tooo!!

Fabulous time! We travelled to many places not included on the itinerary. Jerome the tour guide and the fellow passengers were lovely. Such wonderful memories

Michael, the driver and guide, was so informative and friendly. He stayed on the time schedule too. A most pleasant tour and time with Michael.

The tour guide was Irish. He introduced us very well to Irish culture and history. A very good story teller too. I really enjoyed the trip