Connemara National Park and Diamond Hill Full Day Tour

  • 7.5 Hours
  • Guided Tour
  • Daily

Tour Detail

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.

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).

Check-In: 09:45 at Hyde Hotel, Galway City (MAP)

Return to Galway City: Approx 17:30-17:45

  • 24 Hour Free Cancellation
  • 2 Hours Independent Hike at Diamond Hill
  • Fully Guided Day Tour
  • Free Hotel Pick-Up


  • Killary Fjord OverlookIreland's only Fjord
  • Leenane VillageCharming village amongst the Connemara Mountains
  • An SpidéalTraditional Cottage in An Spidéal
  • Connemara WildlifeSee how many sheep you can spot throughout the day

Featured Stops

Leenane Village

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

Connemara National Park & Diamond Hill

As part of the Galway to Connemara National Park and Diamond Hill Full Day Tour, you have the opportunity to spend 2 Hours at the Connemara National Park at Diamond Hill.

There are three routes to choose from, each varying in length and difficulty. There is no additional charge to enter the National Park, and there are tea rooms on site for coffee and light snacks. Please be aware that the bus and driver cannot wait any longer than the allotted 2 hour duration, so please plan your visit cautiously.

Length of stay approx. 2 hours

Killary Fjord Overlook

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

An Spidéal

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.



How much time do we get to hike?

You will have 2 hours of free time to hike Diamond Hill at Connemara National Park

Is it a guided hike?

No, you are free to enjoy the hike on your own

Is 2 hours enough?

There are 3 x routes: 1 x Short, 1 x Medium, 1 x Long (to the peak of Diamond Hill). It is possible to reach the peak and back down in 2 hours if you have a good pace and only make brief stops. Please be realistic with your ability and speed, don’t push yourself too hard and make sure to allow time to have a bite to eat.

Please make sure to keep an eye on the time – If you are not back within 2 hours, the driver will have to continue the tour without you, and you will have to arrange alternative transport back to Galway. There is a local / public service bus that passes near the national park.

What happens if I'm not back in time?

Please make sure to keep an eye on the time – If you are not back within 2 hours, the driver will have to continue the tour without you, and you will have to arrange alternative transport back to Galway. There is a local / public service bus that passes near the national park.

Do you have an office in Galway?

Yes we do! Our HQ is the Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square. Please come and say hello ahead of your trip and ask for some local tips for Galway and the West of Ireland.

Is there a stop for lunch or should I pack a lunch?

Our first main stop is in Leenane village where we will have a short 20/30 minute stop, you will have the opportunity to get something small to eat here. When you visit the National Park, there is a cafe on site there,you will also be dropped off near the village of Letterfrack where you can also pick up some food to bring with you for the hike. Quite a lot of our hikers for Diamond Hill do bring a packed lunch with them so they can spend more time hiking, and make a stop for lunch when they feel like it along their way up to the peak.

What is the max amount of people on this tour?

In peak season, there can be a max of 61 people on this tour.

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