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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.

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

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

Experience the unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes of Connemara on this day trip from Galway. Travel in an airconditioned bus and explore Kylemore Abbey and its elegant gardens with the included entry ticket. 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.

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.

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 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 Food Tour

5. Galway Food Tour

This Galway food tour is a 2.5-hour culinary delight. It gives a great overview of the passionate people and beautiful produce which combine to make Galway one of Ireland's gourmet jewels. During the tour, you will meet artisan producers and sample their products with experienced local guides, giving you insights into local favorites and treasured ingredients. Galway's famous food culture is explored over a morning and takes in some of the city’s best known and secret food haunts. You'll try produce including oysters, cheese, sushi, crab, whiskey and artisan bread. This is an unforgettable trip for foodies and to experience the now-famous Galway Market, with visits to award-winning restaurants and cafes.

From Dublin: Galway and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

6. From Dublin: Galway and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

Start your morning in Dublin and head to Galway, arriving at approximately 11:30 AM. You'll have 2 hours to discover the city, stop for a pint or a cup of tea, or savor a full Irish breakfast. Stroll through the JFK Memorial Park at Eyre Square, enjoy an ice cream on the Salthill Promenade, or pick up local specialities such as Claddagh rings and Aran sweaters. From Galway, sit back and relax while driving the short distance to Lisdoonvarna along the Burren coastal route. Take in amazing vistas of the limestone countryside as you pass through ancient parishes such as Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Kinvarra, and Ballyvaughan. Continue to the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are one of the world's greatest natural attractions, where you can enjoy a relaxed walk and breathtaking views. You'll have 1.5 hours to enjoy this incredible site, before departing at 6:00 PM to head back to Dublin.

Galway: Gaelic Games Experience

7. Galway: Gaelic Games Experience

Experience a Gaelic Games session at a local Gaelic club called "Liam Mellows", located a 10-minute bus journey from the city center. The modern facility includes a dedicated visitor center, with one public bus route (number 402) stopping close by the club. Sessions start with an introduction to what are known locally as "Gaelic Games". This includes the history of the games, their revered place to life in Ireland, and how the games are structured/played. You’ll see video clips and the Irish passion for GAA, and will generally just have the "craic". Following the engaging introduction, you will head out to the astro pitch where you'll partake in gentle team-building activities of Gaelic football, hurling, and handball. Your trainers for the day will be great; being passionate about their beloved games and really interacting with visitors. Depending on your group, you most likely play some mini-matches, all in good fun.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Traveling with Paddywagon tours was a very good experience. The pick up was on time and we departed as planned. The bus driver/guide explained very well how the trip was going to go and what to expect. He was funny and interesting, and the places he told us about were amazing. His stories were very interesting and I learned a lot about Irish culture, language and history that I didn't know before. Overall feeling of the trip was positive and I felt very secure riding the bus even in heavy rain.

10/10 tour, our group was really small so we got to do, see, and learn a lot. John (our guide) made the experience everything that it was. He was super personable and kept the day lively. Highly recommend!

It was an excellent excursion, our guide, Philippe was very nice and gave us good addresses for the different places we visited. Kylemore Abbey was beautiful and breathtaking scenery. I recommend 100%

The Abbey is amazing. You have several stops on the way where you can get nice pictures of the nature around Connemara!

The driver/guide (Charles) was very knowledgeable. The landscape was beautiful and had enough time in kylemore abbey.