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.
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
17:30 (approx) Return to Galway City New Coach Station
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
Ireland’s only fjord serves the natural border between counties Galway and Mayo.
Length: 10 minutes
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
A picturesque Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking) village. It is home to many traditional thatched roof homes, scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches.
Length: 30 minutes
Galway Coach Station
Kylemore Abbey & Walled Gardens