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From Galway: Connemara National Park Full Day Tour

1. 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 the National Park, each varying in difficulty and length. Each route starts and finishes at a welcome center and cafe/tea rooms. After the two hours of hiking, meet your driver at the predetermined drop-off point and start to make your way back to Galway. The return route shows you the coastal side of Connemara, providing a different view from the outbound route.

Rossaveel, Galway: Ferry Transfer to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

2. Rossaveel, Galway: Ferry Transfer to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

Prepare for a warm Irish welcome as you board the luxury vessel, which includes a full bar and refreshment service. The ferry departs daily at 10:30 AM from the sheltered fishing harbor of Rossaveel in Connemara, Galway. Sail for about 40 minutes to Inis Mór (Inishmore), located just off the coast of County Galway in the heart of Galway Bay. The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór offers visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world. Upon arrival at the island choose from a variety of activities. Rent a bike or hop on a bus tour with a local guide. Explore ecclesiastical ruins and prehistoric stone forts such as the world-renowned Dún Aonghasa. Enjoy live music, taste seasonal local foods, or visit the Aran Island Sweater Market. Hop back on the ferry at 5:00 PM at Kilronan Pier on Inis Mór for your journey back to Rossaveel Harbor in Connemara.

Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

3. Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Experience Galway from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view. With your expert guide, discover key points of interest and get insider tips on food, drink, and other activities in the city. Start the tour at the historical Eyre Square area. Learn first about wealthy merchant families who made Galway one of the wealthiest places in medieval Europe. Hear further tales of invaders, visiting presidents, movie stars, and the local legends who helped put Galway on the map. Stroll through the medieval city center, with several stops en route to highlight the historical significance of the area. See sights like the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle, and Saint Nicholas's Collegiate church, among others. Get a glimpse of what makes Galway so important when it comes to its fame as a haven for artists. Learn more about cultural events such as the Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Festival which take place during the year. Conclude the tour at the buzzing Spanish Arch area beside the sea, with a detailed introduction given to the Claddagh village and its people.

Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

4. 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.

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: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour

7. 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.

South Western Ireland: 4 Days from Galway to Kerry

8. South Western Ireland: 4 Days from Galway to Kerry

Travel through Connemara, one of Ireland’s most striking and most remote regions. Visit Galway, the country’s trendy party capital. Marvel at the awesome beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. Explore the magical town of Killarney and discover the rugged mountains, isolated sandy beaches, and charming villages of the Dingle Peninsula. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone on the way back to Dublin, where you’ll stop for a pint at the Guinness Storehouse. All in all, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the most scenic and popular spots in Ireland in just 4 days! Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Dublin – Connemara – Galway From Dublin you’ll cross the midlands of Ireland in style in the green Paddywagon! You’ll be in the west in no time at all. Experience dramatic mountain scenery that has been the setting for countless Hollywood blockbuster movies. You’ll stop in the charming village of Cong to see magnificent Ashford Castle and the ruins of Cong Abbey. Enjoy lunch at one of Cong’s quirky cafés and take a lakeside walk. Your route follows along the massive Lough Corrib on the way to Galway. When you arrive your guide will find a nice pub for you overlooking Galway Bay, where you can enjoy the scenery and some traditional Irish music. Consider taking an optional walking tour of the city with a local guide or participating in an award-winning pub crawl! Day 2: Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Dingle Today you’ll have the wild Atlantic Ocean at your side as you drive along the west coast. See golden sand beaches and maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Explore the lunar landscape of the Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic, and Mediterranean flowers grow side by side. Then it's on to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. See why they were called the Cliffs of Insanity in the movie, The Princess Bride, and why world surfing champ Kelly Slater came to surf here for the award-winning cult movie, Wave Rider. Tonight you'll stay in the village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula. Mix with the locals and enjoy the character of a real Irish village, away from all the tourist traps. Pull up a stool by the fire or choose to dance the night away! Day 3: Dingle – Killarney Head out on the short drive to Dingle, a charming Gaelic-speaking fishing village. You’ll have ample free time for shopping and lunch before a pleasant tour around Slea Head. There will be loads of time off the bus to take in the views and maybe a wee hike, or to just breathe in that wild Atlantic air. Learn stories and songs of this traditional region from your guide. See Sleeping Giant Island and the famous 3 Sisters mountain range. Spend the night in Killarney, a popular town because of all the things to see and do. You’ll find traditional music, great restaurants, dancing, and an idyllic national park. Enjoy the nightlife and try singing a few of the many songs your guide will have taught you on board the Paddywagon today! Day 4: Killarney - Dublin The day begins with a horse and cart ride through Killarney National Park (optional) or horseback ride through the park for the energetic and adventurous (optional). Afterward he head for the world famous Blarney Castle. You will enjoy 2 hours visiting the Castle where you kiss the Blarney Stone if you wish  The beautiful gardens offer a chance to relax in the fresh air whilst those seeking last minute souvenirs can explore the excellent Blarney Woolen Mills, the world's largest Irish shop.  After lunch we take a leisurely drive through the Golden Vale region, Ireland's finest agricultural land and home to some of the best livestock in the world. Before we reach Dublin, we'll pause at the Rock of Dunamase - a ruined castle perched high on a hill overlooking the province of Leinster - amazing photo opportunities and vistas await you. Arrive back in Dublin late afternoon in time for dinner reservations and evening entertainment.

Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

9. 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.

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

10. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National Park, and look out for the unique Fairy Forts and Celtic Crosses. Continue around Galway Bay to medieval Galway City, passing the Blackhead Lighthouse and fishing village of Kinvara, famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). Upon arrival in Galway - described by W.B. Yeats as “The Venice of the West” - enjoy a 30-minute guided walk, and learn about the city’s trade connections with Spain. You will have some free time to explore the narrow streets on your own, or relax in boutique stores and quaint cafés. Then, sit back on the return drive to Dublin, enjoying the on board entertainment, including extracts from the show “Riverdance” and other examples of Irish culture.

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I don't understand French but I was able to hear a few words thanks to our great driver John it was super nice I really liked seeing the cliffs from a boat and after getting on it it was owl.

Our guide (John?) was terrific and we were also very happy that we took the horse carriage to go around the island. The beauty surrounding us made every penny absolutely worth it.

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

Very nice tour had nice weather absolutely recommendable with the Aran islands just fantastic and the cliffs just a must see.

Seen a lot of beautiful places, great driver and guide, we enjoyed the tour.