Small Group Tour: Galway to Cliffs Cruise, Aran Islands and Connemara Full Day Tour

  • 9 Hours
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Daily

Tour Detail

This Luxury Small Group Tour is certainly the most comprehensive day trip available in Ireland – You get to experience rugged Connemara, the wild Aran Islands, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the mysterious Burren region – All in just one day!

How is this possible? The secret is in the tour route – Your guide takes you through a series of one-way trips on multiple ferries, all supported by your dedicated tour driver and luxury midi-coach. This allows us to circle all of Galway Bay, hense our in-house nickname for the tour – “Galway Bay In A Day”

In this groundbreaking day trip, you will get to taste the best of the west of Ireland in just a few hours. Sample south Connemara, explore Inis Oirr (the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands), and take a cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. Coming back onto the mainland, we take in part of the finest coastal drive in Ireland, as we make our way along the Wild Atlantic Way through County Clare back to Galway city.

What makes this day trip truly unique is that it is a looped route, so you are experiencing a completely different region of the West of Ireland in every hour that passes. You won’t see the same thing twice!

  • Small Group - Max 20 Guests
  • Luxury Midi-Coach
  • Driver & Guide
  • 24 Hour Free Cancellation
  • South Connemara
  • Aran Islands Walking Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher Cruise
  • Free Hotel Pick-Up


  • Small Group TourAn intimate experience with an expert local guide
  • The Stone Walls in ConnemaraSee the infamous Irish stone walls, that were skillfully constructed by previous generations
  • Explore The Aran IslandsSpend the afternoon discovering everything this quaint island has to offer
  • O'Brien's Castle, Inish OirrVisit this 15th century castle on the Aran Islands
  • Golden Beaches on Inis OirrExperience the beauty of the Aran Islands beaches
  • See The Cliffs of Moher from The Atlantic Ocean!On the Cliffs Cruise, you will get to experience The Cliffs of Moher from below; which is a sight to behold!
  • See Native Birds and WildlifeExperience everything this part of Ireland has to offer
  • Doolin, Co. ClarePass by Doonagore Castle Tower in Doolin on your trip
  • The Plassey Shipwreck, Aran IslandsSee this huge shipwreck on the south side of Inisheer (Inis Oir) on your visit
  • Cruise Along Under The Cliffs of MoherExperience a ferry trip on the Atlantic Ocean as you make your way towards Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Explore ConnemaraConnemara, the heart of the West of Ireland. Steeped in history and Irish culture, it is a rural gem on the Emerald Isle
  • Option To Rent Bikes On The IslandWhile bike rental is not included in the tour ticket, you will have time to hire a bike and explore the smallest of the Aran Islands
  • Learn About Irish History and CultureOur expert local guides will provide you with a wealth of local insight into The West of Irelands heritage

Tour Highlights

Getting to experience so much of the West of Ireland in such a short amount of time.

Along the Route

Salthill, Connemara, Rossaveal, Inis Oirr, Cliffs of Moher Cruise, Doolin, Ballyvaughan, Wild Atlantic Way, Coastal Road, Blackhead Lighthouse, Dunguaire Castle.

Featured Stops

South Connemara

Leaving Galway City, we will take the scenic coastal route along South Connemara to Rossaveal Harbour. This region is steeped in history and culture, and one of the few areas in Ireland where the Irish Language is still used as a primary language.

Inis Oírr

Upon arriving on Inis Oírr, you’ll be greeted by golden sandy beaches, turquoise water and maybe even the island’s resident dolphin, Dusty! This tranquil collection of fishing villages is also home to a burial mound dating back to 1500 BC, a Medieval Church ruin buried half in the sand, and a 3-story tower built within a Stone Age fort. Among the shore, you’ll encounter a shipwreck from 1960, breathtaking views of Connemara and the Burren, and one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. Whichever path you take on the island, you’ll be sure to stumble upon history, traditions and a good cup of tea.

Length: approximately 2 hours

Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Crossing from Inis Oirr to Doolin, we will take the scenic route underneath the Cliffs of Moher. This jaw-dropping experience truly puts the Cliffs of Moher into perspective. Prepare to feel tiny!

Length: 60 minutes

*Please note that the ferry crossings and Cliffs Cruise are both weather dependant and as such, the tour route is subject to change.
On rare occasions the advertised route and/or timings at stops may have to be altered without notice.*



What size is the group on this tour?

We limit this small group tour to no more than 20 guests at a time.

We can accommodate larger groups as part of a private experience. Please Contact Us to arrange this for you.

Is there a stop for lunch?

Yes, you will have plenty of time on the island of Inis Oirr to have some lunch. Have a chat with your guide and they will help you decide on where best suits your tastes. Some of the finest and freshest seafood is available on the island, so be sure not to miss out if thats your thing!

FYI – Lunch is not included in ticket price.

Where is the departure point?

Victoria Hotel, Galway City. Check in by 09:15am

Can I bring my luggage on board?

Yes, no problem. You’ve the same bus, driver and host for the day.

Is there a discount available?

The best rates are available by booking direct on Also, it’s best to purchase multiple tours at the same time to avail of bundled discounts

Do you have an office in Galway City?

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.

Can I display my ticket on my mobile phone?

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

Should I tip?

Gratuities are not required. However we think our drivers and guides put a lot of passion and time into their craft, so if you enjoyed your experience, please do tip your driver and guide appropriately – it is truly appreciated.

Are there toilets on the bus?

This is a small group tour, on a smaller than usual vehicle so we do not have a restroom on board the bus. However, each of the ferries do have toilets on board and we do make plenty of rest and toilet breaks.

Can I purchase my tickets from the driver?

Yes, any remaining tickets will be available to purchase from the driver pre-departure

Can the weather affect the tour?

The ferry crossings and Cliffs Cruise are both weather dependant and as such, the tour route is subject to change. On rare occasions the advertised route and/or timings at stops may have to be altered without notice.

Do you offer Hotel Pick Up?

Free hotel pick-up is available by request and can be done as part of our online booking process, or by contacting us in advance. – Please Note Pick Up Requests must be Confirmed the Day before Travel, we cannot guarantee Pick Ups requested after 17:00 the day before travel.

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