Explore the stunning landscapes of Connemara and immerse yourself in Irish culture as you experience a traditional sheepdog demonstration. Step back in time during your guided tour of a 16th century castle and discover the quaint village of Cong..
This Premium Small Group Tour from Galway City to Connemara, Aughnanure Castle, Cong Village enables guests to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the Irish landscape and get a first-hand insight into an Irish tradition; a working sheep dog demonstration. This is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of this stunning region of Ireland. With our expert local guides, comfortable transport, and exciting itinerary, you will discover the hidden gems and treasured landmarks of Connemara like never before.
Where does the tour leave from?
This tour starts in Galway City, where you will be picked up outside The Hyde Hotel by our comfortable and spacious bus, driven by one of our experienced and friendly drivers. Check in is at 9:00am. You will then be taken on a picturesque drive through the rugged wilderness of Connemara, with its rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and majestic mountains. Our knowledgeable tour guide will share fascinating insights into the local history and culture, giving you a deeper understanding of this remarkable region.
Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard, Co. Galway
Step into history at Aughnanure Castle on our premium day tour. This 16th-century stronghold in Oughterard holds the key to unlocking Ireland's rich history and cultural heritage. As you make your way inside, you'll be transported to an era of knights and nobles, surrounded by stone walls, spiral staircases, and hidden chambers.
Discover the legacy of the O'Flaherty clan, known for their fierce independence and resistance against English rule. Marvel at the architectural marvels that have withstood the test of time, and let our expert guides regale you with captivating stories and insights. Explore all four stories of the castle, gaining a deeper understanding of the lives of its past inhabitants. Ascend the narrow stairs, imagining the echoes of the past that still resonate within the ancient walls. Aughnanure Castle is not just a testament to history, but also a gateway to Ireland's vibrant culture.
Engage with displays showcasing traditional Irish music, dance, and folklore, allowing the melodies and tales to transport you to a time when music was the heartbeat of the nation. From the castle's vantage points, take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, gaining a newfound appreciation for the strategic significance of its location. Aughnanure Castle stands as a cherished historical landmark, preserving and sharing the stories of Ireland's past with visitors from around the world.
Soak up the scenery on this journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Connemara region. Settle into our comfortable and spacious bus as we venture into the heart of this captivating region, where rugged mountains and pristine lakes await.
As we wind through the breathtaking Connemara countryside, you'll be greeted by a tapestry of natural wonders. Enjoy views of the majestic Twelve Bens mountain range, their peaks reaching towards the heavens, creating a dramatic backdrop that will leave you in awe.
You will see shimmering lakes such as Lough Corrib, Lough Inagh and Lough Derryclare. Witness the reflection of the surrounding mountains, creating a serene and mesmerizing vista. The pristine beauty of these mirrored lakes is a testament to the untouched splendor of Connemara.
Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture that define Connemara. Our knowledgeable local guides will share fascinating tales of the region's past, from ancient legends to the resilient communities that have shaped its character. Delve into the Irish traditions, music, and language that permeate the fabric of Connemara's cultural heritage.
With our small group size, you'll enjoy a more personalized experience, allowing you to connect with the stunning surroundings and the fellow travelers sharing this extraordinary journey. As we traverse the narrow roads and hidden gems of Connemara, you'll feel the magic of this unspoiled land seep into your soul.
We will make our way to Leenane village nestled between the borders of County Mayo and County Galway. The village is surrounded by majestic mountains, including the iconic Maumturk and Mweelrea ranges, providing a stunning backdrop for your photographs. Whether you're an avid photographer or simply enjoy capturing memories, Leenane will offer you a plethora of breathtaking vistas.
Not only does Leenane provide incredible photo opportunities, but it also offers a chance to satisfy your taste buds. Take your time to explore the charming local cafes and restaurants, where you can indulge in a delightful lunch if you wish. Sample the flavors of Connemara and savor traditional Irish dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. It's the perfect chance to immerse yourself in the local culinary delights and experience the warmth of Irish hospitality.
During our stop in Leenane, you'll have the freedom to roam the village at your own pace, soaking in its peaceful ambiance and capturing the essence of Connemara's charm. Whether you choose to sit by the waterfront, enjoy a leisurely stroll, or simply take in the breathtaking views, this stop provides a tranquil respite and an opportunity to create lasting memories.
Sheep Dog Demonstration
Early afternoon, we head to a traditional Connemara sheep farm, where you will experience traditional Irish country life with a Sheep Dog Demonstration. This is an Irish tradition and a unique opportunity to witness the skill of working sheepdogs in action. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to witness a captivating Sheep Dog Demonstration, deeply rooted in Irish tradition. Led by Joe, a skilled shepherd and passionate sheepdog owner, this experience offers a genuine glimpse into the heart of Connemara's rural life.
You will also have the opportunity to interact with the sheep and the dogs; and learn more about this important aspect of Connemara culture.
Prepare to be amazed as Joe's highly trained sheepdogs showcase their remarkable skills in action. With precision and finesse, they respond to his every command, herding the sheep with incredible agility and intelligence. You'll marvel at the seamless communication between man and dog, witnessing the centuries-old bond between them unfold before your eyes.
This Sheep Dog Demonstration is a window into the rich heritage of Connemara, where time-honoured traditions and the deep connection with the land are celebrated. It's an opportunity to witness firsthand the skill, dedication, and deep bond between shepherd and dog—a testament to the resilience and spirit of the people who call this rugged landscape home. If you’re lucky, you may get the opportunity to hold a baby lamb!
Our last stop is the charming village of Cong, where you will have the opportunity to explore the historic Cong Village, a quaint little town that borders County Galway and County Mayo. One of the key attractions in Cong Village, the 12th century Cong Abbey stands as a testament to the enduring power of faith and human creativity. The abbey has a rich and fascinating history, and our knowledgeable guide will give you a detailed account of its past, including its connection to St. Patrick. Marvel at the intricate stone carvings and Gothic arches, evidence of the skilled craftsmanship of the time. Fun fact: Cong Abbey is associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, adding to its historical significance.
Beyond the abbey, Cong Village itself is a sight to behold. Nestled on the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, this picturesque village exudes charm and tranquility. As you stroll through its quaint streets, you'll discover delightful shops, cozy pubs, and traditional cottages adorned with colorful flowers. It's no wonder that Cong Village has served as a backdrop for the iconic film "The Quiet Man," starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
Take a leisurely walk along the Cong River, where the gentle sounds of flowing water provide a soothing soundtrack to your exploration. If you're a nature enthusiast, don't miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Cong Woods, a magical forested area that offers scenic trails and breathtaking views. Keep an eye out for the resident wildlife, including red squirrels and a variety of bird species.
Whether you're a history buff, a film enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, Cong Abbey and the surrounding village offer a perfect blend of heritage and natural beauty. From the majestic ruins of the abbey to the idyllic charm of Cong Village, this is a place where time stands still and memories are made.
Back to Galway City
As we make our way back to Galway City, you will be able to enjoy the magical scenery of Connemara once more, with its stunning landscapes and rugged coastlines. Our tour is designed to provide an authentic and unforgettable experience, and we are committed to showcasing the best of Connemara's local history, culture, and traditions.
The Premium Small Group Tour from Galway City to Connemara, Cong, Aughnanure Castle is the perfect way to discover the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of this stunning region of Ireland. With our expert local guides, comfortable transport, and exciting itinerary, you are sure to have an unforgettable day. Book your tour today and experience the magic of Connemara!
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