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  • Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

    1. Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway

    This full-day excursion to Connemara and Cong takes you to see the hidden Ireland that’s off the main tourist route. This is a magical day spent in typical Irish countryside. See the region come to life with stories from the past and its many legends - from killer sheep to lake monsters! The first stop is at Ross Errily Friary. This hidden 14th-century monastery is located just outside the village of Cong. You’ll have time to explore Cong Woods and see Ashford Castle, or just stroll through the town that was the setting for the 1950s classic film “The Quiet Man”. As you enter Connemara, you’ll see Lough Nafooey, known as Ireland’s most haunted lake. You’ll note the stark beauty of Connemara as you continue on your route, arriving at Killary Fjord in Leenane. Those staying in hostels can opt to hop off at Sleepzone Connemara - just let the tour operator know in advance! Head back inlan...

    We enjoyed our tour and our guide immensely. It was a great introduction to the Galway/Mayo countryside.

  • 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 and explore iconic landmarks on your own, such as the rivers and lakes that flow off the 12 Bens mountain range.  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.

    I really recommend it. You will get to see amazing places and beautiful landscapes. Also, Michael, the guide, is fantastic, he explains lots of things about history and culture.

  • From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    3. From Galway: Full-Day Wild Atlantic Way and Connemara Tour

    Discover everything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer on a guided full-day trip from Galway. Pass through charming villages along the coast and into the heart of Connemara. Meet your guide at the Kinley Hostel early in the morning and hop on the comfortable tour vehicle which will take you through the Claddagh and Salthill, and along the coast, through Barna, Spiddal, and Inverin. Listen to entertaining tales about the culture and history of the area from your professional local guide and driver. Enjoy stops along the way for tea and a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage replica. Continue through bogs and onto the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone next to Derrygimlagh Bog. Head along Sky Road and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic. Stop for 3 hours at the Connemara National Park. Take your time to explore the more than 3,000 hectares of bog, mountains, grasslands, and woodland...

  • From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Day Tour

    4. From Galway: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey Day Tour

    Explore picturesque little fishing villages and tour the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. Start in the morning and hit coastal road through the villages of Connemara. En route, your locally-sourced and fully-trained driver and guide will entertain you with facts and tales from the areas passed. Enjoy a stop at Peacockes Hotel for a tea or coffee. Drive through the bog landscape to the picturesque fishing village of Roundstone. AFter that, it's on to the Derrygimlagh bog and Wild Atlantic Way. Make the most of a 3 hour stop at the jewel of the crown of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy this magnificent castle before journeying back to Galway via the Inagh valley, including a stop on the Quiet Man Bridge.

    Beautiful drive to kylemore with stops along the way. Our host, Mike, was awesome.

  • South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    5. South Ireland: Galway and Kerry 3-Day Budget Tour

    Discover the majestic beauty of the Ring of Kerry and South Ireland on a 3-day budget tour to Gaelic-speaking Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Mix with local characters, and learn the legends of the “Emerald Isle” up-close-and-personal. Enjoy an unforgettable night in Killarney, Ireland’s party capital. Dormitory style accommodation is provided in hostels, with the option to stay in B&B or apartment-style accommodation for those that crave a bit more privacy. Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway Depart Dublin for Galway, traveling towards the west of Ireland, and stopping en route for a comfort break. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Irish midlands. Experience the rugged wilderness of Connemara as you drive over dramatic mountains that have provided the setting for countless Hollywood movies. Continue along the Connemara coastline to Galway City. Find a nice pub in Gal...

    I had a great time. it was quick way to see the country. I do wish the stops were longer.

  • From Galway: Castles of Connemara Full-Day Tour

    6. 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 es...

    Excellent trip, done at a relaxed pace with a very nice driver. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

    7. Rail Tour from Dublin: 2-Day West Coast Explorer

    Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Limerick (breakfast available). We join our coach here for a short tour of Limerick City and then to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park(admission included). On to the village of Doolin for O'Connors Pub. Next we visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay overnighting in the heart of Galway City(3 star hotel accommodation - bed and full Irish breakfast) Day 2 At 10:00h we head into magnificent Connemara where John Ford filmed "The Quiet Man" in 1951, taking in Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate applies to Abbey itself), Leenane and Killary Harbour or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road. See lots of breathtaking wild Atlantic coastline. We return to Galway for our return InterCity train to Dublin Heuston a...

  • The Titanic Rail Trail & Wild Atlantic Way: 9-Day Tour

    8. The Titanic Rail Trail & Wild Atlantic Way: 9-Day Tour

    Experience the best of Ireland on a 9-day tour that takes you to the spectacular west coast, to Cork and Cobh in the southwest, and to Belfast and the Antrim coast. Spend a day exploring Dublin. Travel by rail and coach on a journey through this scenic and fascinating land. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Check in at Dublin Heuston Station for a 07:00 departure to Cork. Visit Blarney Castle (admission included) and kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. After time for lunch and shopping you’ll have a short tour of Cork city and a scenic journey alongside Cork Harbour to Cobh. This was the last port of call for the Titanic and where generations of Irish emigrants left for the New World. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, home of the Queenstown Story (admission included). Travel by train from Cobh to Killarney, where you’ll check in at yo...

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What people are saying about Kylemore Abbey

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 684 reviews

Beautiful place and a must go to location. There were a bunch of stops on the way which were amazing. We had enough time to explore around as well as go to the well known spots. A day well spent. Highly recommend. The tour guide gave so many details and explained in depth about everything we were seeing and the history of Ireland. Superb.

We had the best tour of Connemara with Michael, he was so knowledgeable and fun. We saw incredible sights and learned so much about the area. The pick up and drop off were so convenient. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a great day!

I really recommend it. You will get to see amazing places and beautiful landscapes. Also, Michael, the guide, is fantastic, he explains lots of things about history and culture.

Beautiful drive to kylemore with stops along the way. Our host, Mike, was awesome.

It's an excellent option to know Ireland. It really worth it.