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Extreme Ireland - Connemara & Galway City

Extreme Ireland / Irish Day Tours

Activity Type: Coachtour, Sightseeing

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday

Arrival Time: tours depart 6:30am (Pick-up time), arrival 15min prior to departure, Drop Off 7:00pm (Approx)

Departure Location: Old Stone Church, Suffolk St.

Minimum required: 5 people

Languages Available: English

Description: 

During the winter months (November - March) we offer a unique sheep dog and turf cutting

experience on a traditional working mountain farm.

The Connemara day tour takes you to the wild west of Ireland, with its lakes, mountains and bogs,

where the traditions of yesteryear are still very much a part of daily life. This scenic country tour

includes a photo stop at the romantic Kylemore Abbey, a 90 minutes boat cruise on the Killary fjord

in summer, or traditional sheepdog trials and turf cutting in winter, and an hour stop in the

university town of Galway.

6:30am

We depart from Suffolk street outside the old stone church (sitemap is available within the link to

the booking page). We head towards Galway with a short break in Athlone to break the journey.  

9:00am

We have a short coffee break in Galway and then head out the coast road taking a scenic route to

Oughterard, ' The Gateway to Connemara'. We will pass through many quaint towns and enjoy

beautiful scenery before we enter the national park, which has no boundary lines but is marked by

its truly outstanding beauty and panoramic, unspoiled views. Enjoy this truly unique part of Ireland.

We will visit a famous bridge in the area that any fan of John Wayne's 'The Quiet Man' will recognise

straight away.

10:30am

Time to visit the only Fjord in Ireland: 'Killary Fjord'. Enjoy the views across the water of Mweelrea,

the highest mountain range on the west coast and marvel at the mussel beds in the harbour. During

the high season ( April - October ) this tour includes a one and a half hour boat cruise around Killary

harbour. Your lunch stop will be on the boat during these months.  During the low season (

November - March ) the boat cruise does not run but instead we will visit the Killary Sheep Farm, a

traditional farm with approximately 200 ewes and lambs that roam freely around the fjord. You will

be given a skilled sheepdog demonstration and told about how the people and the livestock cope

with the barren land and the harsh weather. You will also be given a demonstration on Turf cutting.

Maybe turn a sod yourself!

11:30am

Then we travel to Maam Cross, a particularly beautiful place with picture perfect views of lakes, hills

and other gems. Breathe in the air and enjoy the stillness of this enchanted place. This national park

is truly a hidden gem. This area is also a gaeltacht area, which means that Irish is still the first

language of its inhabitants. We expect you all to have a few words of Irish by the end of the day, but

don't worry there won't be any exams! We'll drive along the mesmerising Maumturk mountains and

the Twelve Bens and arrive at the village of Recess, where we'll learn some more about the history

of the region concerning aviation history and radio. I won't spoil it by saying more.

12:30pm

We will travel through the fabulous Inagh Valley, which was featured in the mobile phone add "can

you hear me now", a line every Irish person says when reception is poor. This is a beautiful area and

if you can't get a good picture here, you can't get one anywhere! Next stop is "Kylemore Abbey",

once a prestigious girls boarding school, it now homes nuns on retreat and welcomes tourists from

everywhere around the world. The abbey is situated at the base of the Druchruach mountains with

views out to the northern shore of Lough Pollacapall. You will be allotted sufficient time to enjoy the

views, history and the pure beauty of this place.  

2:00pm

Next on the list is the village of Leenane where the iconic film "The Field" was shot - a must see for

any film buff. The story of the Bull McCabe captures the Irish mind set of the value of land above all

things. From here, we will continue in a circular route towards Galway taking in views of the Sheefry

Hills.  

4:00pm

Back in Galway City, take an hour to explore the narrow streets and visit some craft shops or visit

some of the many tourist attractions, the Cladagh Ring Museum, Galway Cathedral and Galway

harbour with the magnificent Spanish Arc are but a few. Galway is a vibrant city with lots going on in

the streets, in the pubs and in the theatres. It was also the last port of call for Columbus before his

trip to discover America!

7:30pm

Back in Dublin after a long, yet full day of sights and adventure! HIGHLIGHTS :

Inagh Valley | Connemara National Park | Kylemore Abbey ( Photo stop ) | Killary Harbour Boat

Cruise ( summer months ) | Killary Sheep Farm ( winter months ) | Galway City

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