Extreme Ireland - Connemara & Galway City
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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