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Galway to Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Galway to Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Visit the Kylemore Abbey & Award Winning Gardens from Galway

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 is named the Traditional Irish Cultural Experience – and is a look into traditional life on the West coast of the Emerald Isle. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit of the Irish language, the history that has shaped the region, and a few tales of the local residents.

Tour Type
Bus Tours

AvailableAll Year

Duration7 Hours

Departs FromGalway City

Departure PointGalway Coach Station

Departs at10:00

Group TourYes

Guided TourYes

Pick Up AvailableYes

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).

Along the route, you will see Oughterard, Lough Corrib, Maam Cross, Maam Valley, Twelve Pins Mountain Range, Leenane, Killary Fjord, Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens, Inagh Valley, Scroib Waterfall, Rossaveal, Spiddal.

9:45 Check in to Galway Coach Station

10:00 Depart Galway for Connemara Day Tour

  • Leenane Village
  • Killary Fjord
  • Kylemore Abbey and Walled Gardens
  • An Spidéal

17:30 (approx) Return to Galway City New Coach Station

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 the 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


  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional and Experienced Driver/Guide
  • Hotel pickup (specific locations, must be arranged in advance)

Not Included

  • Food and drink
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens
  • Gratuities (optional)

Galway Coach Station


Killary Fjord

Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens


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