Discover the Magic of Connemara: An Unforgettable Premium Small-Group Tour with Lally Tours
Welcome to the premium day tour, Lally Tours invites guests to embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes of Connemara. This unforgettable small group experience immerses visitors in the rich tapestry of Irish culture, exploration of the historic Aughnanure Castle, and witnessing the incredible skills of working sheepdogs on a traditional Connemara sheep farm. Joining this tour, visitors delve into the enchanting beauty, fascinating history, and warm hospitality of this breathtaking region in the West of Ireland.
Galway City Departure: This day tour sets out from the heart of Galway City, leaving at 9AM sharp, from outside the luxurious Hyde Hotel on Foster Street. Guests staying within 5km of the city can avail of our ‘pick-up’ service when booking their tickets. Simply select which pick up point you’d like to be collected from at the check out on our website.
As we leave The City of the Tribes (Galway) behind, set your sights on the scenic N59, a picturesque route that promises breathtaking vistas and the promise of adventure. As you venture along the winding road, the anticipation builds, leading you to the enchanting village of Oughterard. The charming allure of Oughterard sets the stage for an unforgettable experience, drawing you closer to the captivating Aughnanure Castle.
Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard, Co. Galway: This 16th-century stronghold in Oughterard allows visitors to step into an era of knights and nobles, surrounded by stone walls, spiral staircases, and hidden chambers. Guides regale visitors with captivating stories about the O'Flaherty clan, known for their fierce independence and resistance against English rule. Aughnanure Castle preserves and shares Ireland's rich history and cultural heritage, offering a deeper understanding of the lives of its past inhabitants.
The castle engages visitors with displays showcasing traditional Irish music, dance, and folklore, transporting them to a time when these arts were the heartbeat of the nation. From the vantage points of the castle, breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside underscore the strategic significance of its location. Entrance into the castle and heritage site is included in your day tour ticket.
Connemara: The tour takes visitors on a scenic journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Connemara region. The rugged mountains and pristine lakes of Connemara come alive as the tour winds through its breathtaking countryside. The majestic Twelve Bens mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop with peaks reaching towards the heavens, leaving travellers in awe of its natural splendour. Our expert local guides share information on the area's culture, history and geography; as well as some fascinating tales, from ancient legends to the resilient communities that have shaped the region's character.
Shimmering lakes, such as Lough Corrib, Lough Inagh, and Lough Derryclare, reflect the surrounding mountains, creating serene and mesmerising vistas. The pristine beauty of these mirrored lakes speaks to the untouched splendour of Connemara. The cultural heritage of Connemara is woven into the fabric of the landscape, offering visitors an authentic and immersive experience.
Exploring Cong Village and its Historic Abbey: The next stop on this premium day tour is a visit to the charming village of Cong, renowned for its association with the classic film "The Quiet Man."
Visitors have the opportunity to explore the historic Cong Abbey, an architectural marvel dating back to the 12th century. Amidst the ancient ruins, guests can marvel at the intricate stone carvings and Gothic arches, reflecting the skilled craftsmanship of the time. Notably, the abbey is associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, adding to its historical significance. Guests can visit Cong Church and see the infamous stained glass window display, curated by Harry Clarke, renowned artist.
There is time for a leisurely walk along the Cong River or a cup of coffee in one of the quaint tea rooms in the village. For nature enthusiasts, nearby Cong Woods provides scenic trails and captivating views of the surrounding landscape, where red squirrels and various bird species are often spotted. Cong Village combines heritage and natural beauty, offering a tranquil escape for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of Ireland.
Sheep Dog Demonstration: Following this, the tour proceeds to a traditional Connemara sheep farm, where visitors are treated to a captivating Sheep Dog Demonstration by the well-known Connemara farmer, Joe Joyce.
Rooted in Irish tradition, this unique experience offers a glimpse into the heart of Connemara's rural life. Under the guidance of Joe, a skilled shepherd and passionate sheepdog owner, visitors witness the remarkable skills of highly trained sheepdogs in action. With precision and finesse, the dogs respond to Joe's commands, herding the sheep with agility and intelligence. This time-honoured demonstration reflects the deep bond between shepherd and dog, highlighting the resilience and spirit of the people of Connemara.
Guests will get the opportunity to feed and/or hold baby lambs and goats; as well as being able to spend time with the friendly sheepdogs. This really is a must-do activity when visiting this part of the world!
Lunch: Leenane Village: The tour culminates in Leenane village, nestled amidst majestic mountains, including the iconic Maumturk and Mweelrea ranges. Leenane presents an array of breathtaking vistas, making it a haven for avid photographers and travellers seeking to capture cherished memories. Beyond its scenic allure, Leenane offers a delightful array of local cafes and restaurants, where visitors can indulge in traditional Irish dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The warm hospitality of Leenane exemplifies the essence of Ireland. We recommend that guests get their lunch here in Leenane.
The journey back through Connemara offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the region's untamed allure once more. The tour guide will stop off at various viewing points along the way to give guests the chance to get some photographs and really take the scenery in. This gives guests the chance to really immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of Connemara's rugged landscapes, its flora and fauna thriving in the wild.
Back into the city: As the day draws to a close, the tour makes its way back to Galway City and arrives around 5:30pm. This is perfect timing to go and see some live music in Taaffe’s Bar, which has a traditional Irish music session everyday at 5:30pm.
This premium small group tour from Galway City to Connemara, Cong, Aughnanure Castle, and Leenane promises an authentic and unforgettable experience. With knowledgeable local guides, comfortable transportation, and an exciting itinerary, visitors are assured of creating cherished memories of the magic of Connemara. Book the tour today and embark on an adventure like no other, immersing yourself in the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of this stunning region of Ireland.