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Galway to Aran Islands & Connemara

Tour Connemara and Aran Islands in 2 Days!

A true immersion of Irish Culture! Spend 2 days in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of the West. Experience Connemara on a guided coach tour. Travel through natural, majestic landscapes of mountains, lakes and sandy beaches. Travel to the Aran Islands for a bit of adventure and discover preserved monuments and sea cliffs on the island of Inis Mór!

Tour Type
Bus Tours
Ferry Transfer
Shuttle Service

AvailableAll Year

Duration2 Days

Departs FromGalway City

Departure PointGalway Coach Station

Departs at10:00

Group TourYes

Guided TourPartially

Pick Up AvailableYes

This tour offers the best of both worlds – a full day, guided tour of Connemara and a day of independent exploring on Inis Mór.

Connemara Day Tour Highlights

Depart from Galway at 10:00am

Experience the majestic landscapes of Connemara in this guided tour. From the rugged Twelve Pins Mountains to the glassy lakes and bogland, this region is absolutely breathtaking! Spend 2 hours exploring the enchanting Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens before heading back to Galway for the evening. Collection from many accommodations throughout Galway city are available for the Connemara Day Tour.

 

Aran Islands Transport

This package includes return transportation to Inis Mór (the largest island). You’re free to explore the island independently or join a local tour around the island. The choice is yours!

Spend your day on Inis Mór exploring on your own. There are plenty of walking paths, shops, restaurants, pubs and beaches on the island. After departing the ferry in Kilronan, the island’s main settlement, explore the patchwork fields, stone monuments and farmland either on foot, by renting bicycles, or hiring horse and trap or minibus. Discover one of Ireland’s most important prehistoric monuments, Dún Aonghusa, sitting dramatically a top 100m cliffs that drops into the Atlantic Ocean. When along the coast, try to see if you can spot the resident seal colony!

You’ll need to meet at the departure point (the Victoria Hotel) at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. We do not offer a collection service for the Aran Islands Transport service.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive a reservation ticket. After booking, you must collect your travel vouchers to the Aran Islands from the Lally Tours Office, 4 Forster Street, prior to boarding the bus. No payment is needed upon collection.

 

Connemara Tour Featured Stops

Leenane Village

A small mountain-side town bursting with Irish charm (also the setting for the 1990 film ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris and John Hurt).

Length: 30 minutes

Killary Fjord

Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo.

Length: 10 minutes

Kylemore Abbey

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. The 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 the abbey and gardens is not included in Lally’s ticket price.

Length: 2 hours

An Spidéal

A picturesque Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) village. It is home to many traditional thatched roof homes, scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches.

Length: 30 minutes

 

Inis Mór Schedule (Available Year Round)

  • 9:30 Travel by coach to Ros a’Mhíl Harbor (60 mins, departing from Victoria Hotel)
  • 10:30 Ferry ride to Inis Mór (45 minutes)
  • Free time to explore Inis Mór
  • 17:00 Depart Inis Mór
  • 19:00 Arrive to Galway City (Victoria Hotel)

Additional sailings available in the summer months. See booking engine for available times.

 

Connemara Day Tour Stops

Leenane Village

A small mountain-side town bursting with Irish charm.

Length: 30 minutes

Killary Fjord

Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo.

Length: 10 minutes

Kylemore Abbey

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. Today, visitors can explore the Abbey (now owned and run by Benedictine nuns), miniature Gothic Church and award winning-walled Victorian walled gardens.

Length: 2 hours

An Spidéal

A picturesque Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) village. It is home to many traditional thatched roof homes, scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches.

Length: 30 minutes

Returns to Galway approximately 5:30pm

 

Aran Islands Features

Getting to the Aran Islands from Galway is easy with Lally Tours. We provide a daily transport service from Galway to the port at Rossaveal (Ros a M’hil). Return ticket includes bus transport to/from Galway, and ferry transport to and from Inis Mór.

In summer months (June-August), there are multiple sailings throughout the day.

Bus Departure Point:
Queen Street (in front of Victoria Hotel).

Bus Duration:
Approximately 1 hour

Ferry Duration:
Approximately 45 minutes

 

Inclusions

  • Full Day Tour on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Professional and Experienced Driver/Guide
  • Accommodation pickup (Connemara Tour)
  • Return Bus Transfer from Galway City to Ros a’Mhíl
  • Return Ferry Transfer from Ros a’Mhil to Islands

Not Included

  • Food and beverages
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens
  • Any bike rental or excursions on the Aran Islands
  • Gratuities (optional)
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Galway Coach Station - Connemara Tour Departure

Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens

Leenane

Killary Fjord

Spiddal

Rossaveal

Inis Mor

Aran Islands Shuttle departs from Victoria Hotel, Queen Street

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