Galway City, Connemara & Diamond Hill

This special offer tour runs from late September to early May each year in the offseason. It is open to anyone who wants to explore Ireland with us.  All hostel dorm accommodation is included in the price. Optional upgrades to various other accommodations are available upon request after you make your booking.

The wild west of Ireland is where this wonderful adventure tour will take you. Enjoy an evening hike around Diamond Hill (Don’t be scared, it’s a moderate climb up a path, that will leave you feeling GREAT!!!). Experience the world famous nightlife of Galway city and it’s 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.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Galway City and Irish music sessions
  • The famous Salthill Promenade Walk
  • The sleepy village of Cong & Ashford Castle nature walk
  • Drive through Connemara Region and Killary Fjord & Fairy Tree
  • Hike around Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
  • Experience the nightlife of a small rural Irish village

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
  • Personally Guided to evening walk around Diamond Hill.
  • Galway City / Connemara
  • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work
  • All relevant taxes.

 FREETIME

  • Plenty of free time in many of the towns and villages we visit.
  • Experience local Irish Pubs with traditional Irish Music.
  • Many of the walks and hikes 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

FREE TIME

  • An exhilarating walk around Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park
  • Listening to live Irish Music in a traditional Irish Pub, in Galway City

Additional information

Duration2 Days
Depart FromCork, Limerick

DAY 1: Depart for Galway City

We leave our pick up point and after about 2.5 hours driving we will arrive on the suburbs of the city to a seaside resort of Salthill. It’s hard to beat Salthill’s location. Situated on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands are visible to the right and Galway City ‘The City of the Tribes’ to the left. Directly across Galway Bay is the Burren (County Clare) and to the west are the bogs and mountains of Connemara. On a clear day, you feel as though you could reach out across the bay and touch the Clare hills though there are also many days when you can’t see them at all.

From there we will make our way into the city of the tribes, Galway City. Here you will have ample time to explore the medieval streets of the city and listen to the many talented street artists along with its busy streets.

Galway is truly a top-class city, with its friendly people and lively pubs. It’s a city that promotes true Gaelic culture of Ireland.

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: Cong & Connemara

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, 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 home 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.

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

9.00am departure from entrance to Castlewhite Apts Western Road.

9.20am departure from  Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop)  SEE HERE


FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

10.45am departure from the University of Limerick, Flagpole entrance.

11.00am departure from Arthurs Quay, Limerick City. 


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.