06:45am - Depart from Dublin from the stop right outside the CityLink Dublin Office at:
4 Crampton Quay,
Dublin, D02 X434
Between the O'Connell Bridge and the Ha‘penny Bridge outside the Forbidden Planet comic store and Eden Recruitment. (MAP)
09:15am - Arrive in Galway City
09:30am - Depart to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
05:30pm - Return to Galway City
06:15pm - Departure from Galway
08:45pm - Arrive back in Dublin
Explore the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish-Speaking) region of Ireland. Travel through Ireland’s most untouched, rugged landscape blanketed in majestic mountains, expansive lakes, golden beaches and breathtaking valleys.
This tour takes a look into traditional way of life on the West coast of the Emerald Isle along with the history that has shaped the region. Be prepared to learn a bit of the Irish language and to hear a few tales of the local residents.
Yes, we actively encourage a paperless environment as much as possible
A camera – You’ll see many beautiful landscapes and iconic Irish sights, so many guests bring their own camera
Comfortable Shoes – On each of our tours, we make stops that can require lengthy walks. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes so you don’t miss out on Ireland’s hidden gems!
Weatherproof clothing – If the forecast is showing anything other than 100% sunshine, you should probably bring a rain jacket. All of our vehicles have air-conditioning, but in the winter months it is advised to bring a scarf and/or gloves to keep you warm and snug when you’re outside in the elements.
A phone charger - this is going to be a jam-packed day, especially if you opt to spend a little longer in Galway, so it'll be a good idea to bring a phone charger
Yes, there are plenty of stops for lunch and refreshment options. Lunch is not included in ticket price.
Gratuities are not required. However we think our drivers and guides have a tough job to do, so if you enjoyed your trip, feel free to tip your driver appropriately – it is truly appreciated.
Yes. You will need to verify enrollment in your home university. Please bring your valid Student I.D.
For your Dublin to Galway return transfers there are toilets on the bus. There are toilets on your day tour bus during the Summer season only, but don't worry, we make plenty of rest and toilet breaks.
A full day, guided tour of Connemara, an area famed for it’s unspoiled natural beauty and rugged landscapes. As you travel from Galway, listen to your expert driver/guide share the origin of the Irish language and how it is still the native language of Connemara, despite its diminishing status in the rest of Ireland. Exit the coach to visit iconic Irish landmarks independently and discover rivers and lakes that flow off The Twelve Pins Mountain Range to naturally shape this majestic region. You’ll surely see reasons why Hollywood directors chose Connemara as backdrops to movies such as The Field (Written by John B. Keane, starring Richard Harris and John Hurt) and most recently, Marley & Me (Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston).
This tiny mountain-side village is simply bursting with colorful Irish charm and overflowing with everchanging scenery. Some guests will choose to stroll out along the edges of Killary Fjord, while others will opt for an Irish Coffee or Hot Whiskey in one of the local bars. Length of stay approx. 30 minutes
Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. This breathtaking vista helps tell the story of millions of years of natural geographical evolution, while also doubling as a featured photo stop. Length of stay approx. 10 minutes
Extravagantly placed on a lake in the midst of the mountains, this 19th century abbey has was originally built by Mitchell Henry as a gift to his wife, Margaret. Kylemore Abbey provided many improvements to the land after the Great Famine: reclaiming bogland, providing locals with work, shelter and even education. Today, visitors can explore the Abbey (now owned and run by Benedictine nuns), miniature Gothic Church and award winning-walled Victorian walled gardens. Admission to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens is included in your ticket price. Length of stay approx. 2 hours
The second half of our tour takes the Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive along South Connemara, but not without a stop at one our absolute favorite seaside villages. An Spidéal is a "gaeltacht" town where the Irish (Gaelic) language is spoken as a first language and where many Irish cultural traditionals still thrive these days. Here we get a sample of these traditions, experience a taste of sea-side living in Ireland and (if you choose to dare) dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean.