Connemara, Galway & the Far West – 1 day tour

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See the mountains, myths, and majesty of Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful regions of Connemara and the far west.

Tour map

Highlights

Mountains
Lakes
Gaelic Culture
Film Locations

Places you explore


Cong Village and Abbey - This tiny town is postcard-perfect Ireland. There’s a ruined abbey, a slow-flowing river, and a castle that hosts weddings for the rich and famous.

Lough Corrib - Keep your eyes peeled and grab your binoculars, this lovely lake boasts an abundance of wildlife.

Connemara Landscape - A rugged, mountainous landscape that possesses a dark beauty that’s evocative of the hardships of the people who once lived there.

Galway - Stone clad buildings line the winding lanes and medieval walls of this ancient harbour city.

Connemara National Park - Stunning vistas and superb wildlife abound within this famously serene park, from the towering peaks of the Twelve Bens to the panoramic Sky Road.

Clonmacnoise - A 1,500 year old abbey, whose ancient spirituality pervades the whole area. The heart of Ireland’s Golden Age of Learning.

Locke’s Distillery - The oldest licensed distillery on Earth has something for the history buff and the beverage connoisseur.


Your journey


A culture is inseparable from its landscape.

The terrain shapes the language, the climate creates the characters, and the native animals and plants determine what’s going to be for lunch.

So, on this day tour, we take you deep into the scenery that crafted the history and heritage of Ireland.

You venture into the peatbogs that provided fuel and heat to thousands of homes around rural Ireland. You discover the Connemara Mountains, where hundreds of Irish people fled when the English invaded in the 13th century. And you wander through the cobbled lanes and kaleidoscopically coloured houses of Galway, Ireland’s capital of culture.

Embark on this tour and learn to love the legends and landscapes of Connemara, Galway, and the far west.


Tour Details

Departs
08.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
20.00
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

You leave Dublin and travel west. On your way across the green plains of central Ireland, you stop off for a refreshment and comfort break.

The landscapes begin to become impressively rugged as you arrive in Cong. This beautiful little town is famous for featuring in the Oscar-winning movie, The Quiet Man.

You choose what to do here. You can spend your time taking gorgeous photos of the castle and river, learn about the Augustine Monastery, or simply enjoy a large and delicious local lunch.

After you’ve had your fill of the quaint village sights, we venture to the scenic delights of Lough Corrib. This is the second largest lake in Ireland and is surrounded by the smooth slopes of the Connemara Mountains. Your friendly guide will help you try and spot the wildlife that scurries about here.

Now you can sit back, relax, look out your window, and watch the greatest show on earth. You wind down epic roads, over gorgeous vistas, and past stunning mountains as your guide drives you through the wilderness of Connemara. They’ll also tell you about the local legends that this land is famous for.

You take a photo stop at the Quiet Man Bridge before wandering over the Mollycullen Bogs. You’re wrong to thing this bleak landscape is lifeless. The peatlands host an incredible array of wildlife, while at the same time the peat itself was used as fuel throughout Ireland.

Your last stop is the famous town of Galway. You should have around two hours here. This means you have time to buy local gifts for your friends, take in the atmosphere and tastes at a local pub, or enjoy the medieval architecture and cobbled lanes.

You arrive in Dublin in the evening.

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FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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