Galway City, Connemara & Inis Mor

The wild west of Ireland is where this wonderful adventure tour will take you.  Experience the world famous nightlife of Galway city and the bustling array of true Irish musical pubs. This tour will take you through the valleys of Connemara with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites. On day 2, we will take a ferry to Inis Mean where you can opt to hire a bike and ride along the old country roads, with an abundance of stone walls and historical sites.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galway City and Irish music session
  • The sleepy village of Cong & Ashford Castle nature walk
  • Drive through Connemara Region and Killary Fjord & Fairy Tree
  • Photo / Lunch stop at Kylemore Abbey
  • Full day Inis Mor
  • Experience the nightlife of the electric Galway City
  • Salthill promenade walk
  • Gentle hike around Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
  • Day trip to Aran Islands
  • Dun Aongeus Fort & the treacherous wormhole

INCLUSIONS

  • Highly trained local Irish Guides
  • A journey of discovery in an Irish Experience mini coach
  • 1 light breakfast
  • 1 nights accommodation (1 night in quality accommodation ).
  • Personally guided nature walks
  • Ferry ride to/from Inis Mor
  • Galway City / Connemara
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes.

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time to visit Galway city.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks give you time to share the experience with like-minded young travelling companions.

Price – Optional Extras List

  • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
  • Galway City Pub Crawl €15

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Additional information

Duration2 Days
Depart FromCork, Limerick, Tralee
AccommodationHostel

DAY 1: Connemara & Galway City

This morning we will make our way to the ‘savage beauty’ of the Connemara region. En route we will stop at the beautiful village of Cong, where you will get the chance to go for a wee stroll around the nature trail of Ashford Castle.

From there we will make our way to your accommodation in the heart of  Connemara, located beside the picturesque Killary Fjord. After a bite to eat at Kylemore Abbey, we will make our way to Diamond Hill. Your starting point is the visitor centre at the Connemara National Park. From here, the fully signposted and surfaced track takes you along the Sruffaunboy Nature Trail before branching off towards the cone of Diamond Hill.
Gravel footpaths and wooden boardwalks ease your passage over the bog as you approach the foot of the mountain.
From here, look to the sea to Inishturk, Inishbofin and Inishshark; to Tully Mountain rising over Ballynakill Harbour and along the intricate Connemara coastline.
To the north and east, the Twelve Bens are nothing short of sensational and directly north, the summit of Mweelrea, Connaught’s highest mountain, can be seen peeping out.

Return to accommodation through the Connemara  Valleys. We will drive into the heart of the Connemara region, with plenty of photo stops along the way of the Corrib Lake, Killary Fjord, Fairy trees and vast bogland.

Arriving back in Galway for 16.00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the Galway City.

Overnight in Galway City

Tips: Walkthrough Shop street to see the spectacular street musicians and artists performing. Make sure you take a wee visit to the old medieval St Nicholas Church in the centre of the city. 

DAY 2: Galway to Inis Mor

This morning we will catch the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the 3 Aran Islands. After the 40 mins boat trip, you can choose to explore the island by foot, bike, bus or horse and cart. Travel back in time as we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis  Mor. Miles of stone walls wait as you explore the island by bike. After lunch and visits to the islands main attractions, such as Dun Aongas and the wormhole, home of the Red Bull diving experience.

Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands (7,635 acres) and includes several ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. Most impressive of the stone forts is Dun Aengus. It is semicircular, resting on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean. The fort consists of an inner court 50 metres across surrounded by a wall six metres high and five metres thick at the base. Outside is a rampart, a defence formed by sharp-pointed stones set closely together. Dun Aengus superb position and it’s structural perfection, have prompted many experts to pronounce it one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe. There are about 1100 inhabitants on Inis Mor making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large new harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. The best way to see Inis Mor is to hire a bike or take a Pony & Trap. You can also go bus tour which is also recommended.

In the evening we will catch the ferry back home after seen all the glorious west has to offer.

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

8.00am departure from the entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.

8.10am departure from  Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop)  SEE HERE


FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

9.30am departure from the University of Limerick, Flagpole entrance.


FROM TRALEE:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

8.00am departure from the entrance to Tralee Bus Station. 

We’ve chosen high-quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels.  Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).

To request an accommodation upgrade, please email us (info@irishexperiencetours.com) to book.

Please note: 

Large Dorm style hostel accommodation only available for our Special Offer Tours

Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won’t.