Dublin to Galway City, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey Full Day Tour

  • 14 Hours
  • Max Guests : 10
  • Daily

Tour Detail

Staying in Dublin? Want to see the best of the West of Ireland in 1 day? This is the perfect tour for you!

This tour includes an early morning transfer from Dublin City centre to Galway City centre with transport company Citylink; and then a fully guided day tour with tour operating company Lally Tours.

  • Return Bus Transfer Included - Dublin to Galway and back
  • 48 Hour Free Cancellation
  • Galway to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey Full Day Tour
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey & Walled Garden
  • Guided Day Tour

Based in Dublin City but want to experience the charm and beauty of the West of Ireland in just one day? Look no further than our Dublin to Galway City, Connemara, and Kylemore Abbey Full Day Tour!

Dublin to Galway Transfer:
Begin your adventure with an early morning transfer from Dublin City center to Galway City center aboard the comfortable and convenient transport provided by Citylink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this non-guided journey as you make your way westward.

Join the Guided Tour of Connemara:
Once you arrive in Galway City, seamlessly switch buses to join the fully guided tour operated by Lally Tours—all with just one ticket for your convenience. From here, your day of exploring the West of Ireland truly begins.

What to Expect:
On this guided day tour, you will get an insight into the history, culture, geography and folklore associated with the rugged beauty of Connemara. See Connemara’s iconic landscapes of mountains, lakes, and grazing Connemara ponies. Keep an eye out for sheep dotting the countryside.

Throughout the day, our expert local guides offer insights into Ireland’s cultural heritage, folklore, and history, bringing the spirit of Irish fun, or “Craic,” to life. It’s the perfect way to experience the best of the West of Ireland in just one day!. Learn about customs, traditions, and the unique character of Ireland as you travel.

Pass through iconic film locations featured in renowned movies like “The Field” and “Marley & Me,” adding an enchanting layer to your tour experience.

Visit some quaint villages like Oughterard, Leenaun and Spiddal. You’ll be able to enjoy the scenery and get a sense of authentic rural Ireland. Passing through Gaeltacht areas, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Irish language and culture firsthand. Listen to the melodious sounds of Irish spoken by locals and gain insight into this unique aspect of Irish heritage.


  • The Twelve Bens Mountain RangeOur route weaves throughout this 12-peak mountain range, serving up an endless natural kaleidoscope of hypnotic colors and shapes
  • Leenane VillageThis tiny mountain-side village is simply bursting with colorful Irish charm and overflowing with everchanging scenery.
  • Killary Fjord OverlookIreland’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.
  • Kylemore AbbeyExtravagantly placed on a lake in the midst of the mountains, this 19th century abbey is now home to a new Visitor Experience, telling the stories of the generations of people who lived, worked, studied and prayed inside it's thick granite walls
  • Victorian Walled Gardens at Kylemore AbbeyThe Victorian Walled gardens comprise of roughly 6 acres, devided in two by a beautiful mountain stream. Each side boasts an eclectic yet meticulously organised array of flora and fauna, all native to the west of Ireland.
  • Neo-Gothic Church at Kylemore AbbeyOn the grounds of Kylemore Abbey, a short lakeside walk will lead you to the neo-Gothic Church, a lasting testament to the love of Mitchell Henry for his wife Margaret.
  • Romantic Film LocationsLearn more about why the Quiet Man, The Field, Marley & Me and many more silver-screen flix selected Connemara at the backdrops to their romantic storylines
  • How ya, horse?Keep an eye out for our native breed of Connemara Ponies - These short-eared ponies are said to have come to Ireland from Scandanavia along with the Vikings, but have since earned a much more relaxed reputation. We assume that's what the west of Ireland does to you.
  • Leenane VillageSome 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
  • Insert BAAAAAD Joke...You're guaranteed to spot at least few hundred sheep in Connemara, regardless of weather or time of year. They're so cute they will make you want to come baaaaaaack...
  • An SpidéalThe 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.



Depart from Dublin City cente on the non-guided transfer from Dublin to Galway from the stop at the CityLink Dublin Office:
4 Crampton Quay,
Temple Bar,
Dublin, D02 X434
Between the O’Connell Bridge and the Ha‘penny Bridge outside the Forbidden Planet comic store and Eden Recruitment. (MAP)


Arrive in Galway City


Join the Guided Day Tour to Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.


Return to Galway City


Departure from Galway City centre on the Citylink transfer.


Arrive back in Dublin City centre.

Featured Stops

Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens: (Admission included)

The highlight of this tour is the visit to Kylemore Abbey, a historic Benedictine monastery and iconic visitor attraction set in 1,000 acres of mountainside in Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland. Visit the Abbey itself, the walled Victorian Gardens, the Neo Gothic Church on the grounds; all while taking in the stunning y picturesque mountains and lakes in the area.

Back to Dublin City in the Evening:

As the guided tour concludes, return to Galway City, where you can catch your Citylink bus back to Dublin City centre in the East of the country. Sit back and reflect on your day of exploring the best of Ireland’s west coast.



Can I display my ticket on my mobile phone?

Yes, we actively encourage a paperless environment as much as possible

What should I bring with me?

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

Is there a stop for lunch?

Yes, there are plenty of stops for lunch and refreshment options. Lunch is not included in ticket price.

Should I tip?

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.

I'm a student outside of Ireland, do I qualify for the Student Discount?

Yes. You will need to verify enrollment in your home university. Please bring your valid Student I.D.

Are there toilets on the bus?

For your Dublin to Galway return transfers there are toilets on the bus.

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