General Information About the Connemara
Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish. The Connemara is situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, it is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.
Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland. The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day
This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
Connemara Day Tour Details
This tour has been curated based on some of our most popular West of Ireland tour requests. The tour will commence from Galway. Leaving the city of Galway we travel to Oughterard. As we drive Lough Corrib is on the right-hand side, Oughterard is a real fisherman’s town with many experts available to bring the visitor to the best fishing spots. Five miles past Oughterard down the Leam Road you can see The Quiet Man Bridge is which was the setting for the 1950s film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.
we’ll travel along the Wild Atlantic Way and we’ll arrive at Maam Cross which is the cross roads of Connemara. We’ll continue to drive to Clifton which is the capital of Connemara and a must stop on any tour Clifton as it has a superb range of restaurants, cafés, pubs and shopping.
‘You can see America’
Leaving Clifden we travel past Clifden Castle built in 1818 but fell into disrepair in 1894, access to the ruins is on the Sky Road which is said to be the most panoramic drive in Ireland where it is said ‘you can see America’.
Onwards to Letterfrack which was selected by Marconi as the location for the transatlantic wireless receiver station. Letterfrack is the key entry point to Connemara National Park. The park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains are part of the famous Twelve Bens. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
A short distance from Letterfrack is the magnificent Kylemore Abbey. No longer a school but the nuns are still present and run the Abbey as a visitor attraction, this is a must see on the Connemara tour. Built in 1867 by a wealthy doctor from London and ultimately purchased by the Irish Benedictine Nuns after they were forced to flee Belgium during the first world war.
Travelling on the homeward journey we drive along by Killary Harbour which is the only Fjord in Ireland. The town of Leenane is at the end on the harbour and was the town that featured movie The Field.
Driving through the Maam Valley North Connemara this is a breathtaking drive which really will take your breath away. The word Maam is derived from the Gaelic word “MÁM” meaning mountain pass.
We’ll now head back to your hotel in Galway with hopefully a better understanding of this beautiful part of Ireland.
Duration approx 6 hours
Whilst on route to each point our guide will entertain you with stories of growing up in Ireland, historic information about the Connemara and Galway and fun facts about Ireland. We have looked high and low to find our taxi guides. We’ve made sure they have the gift of the gab and are blessed with a friendly and welcoming attitude. Don’t be afraid to ask our guides any questions about the city. They will be more than happy to help you making sure you have a wonderful stay whilst you in Ireland. These guys are our ambassadors of Ireland.
They’ll have you smiling for the whole duration of the trip.
Once we have received the booking you should get an email confirmation of the payment. If you would like to amend any of the destinations with something slightly different please add the amendments to the booking forms comment section.
We will then get in touch and and work with you to plan the amendments.
Collections & Drop Info
We can pick you up from your hotel or anywhere in Galway City. Please enter your required pick up point, time, passengers travelling and contact number when filling in the booking form. We’ll contact you if we require any more information.
We can drop you back to your ship, hotel or any other destination in the city centre once your tour finishes. The usual drop off point is Eyre square as it is located in the centre of town. Should you require to be dropped of somewhere else please let us know on the day and you can be dropped somewhere else instead.